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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Shanghai, China; Xi'An, China
  • Program Terms: Winter Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter Break 2019 06/14/2019
Rolling Admission 12/13/2019 12/23/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Fall
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Program Lead Faculty: Gayle Elliott
Program Advisor: Bene Khoury, Thomas Shannon
Program Description:

Program Overview

This program will introduce students to industry and culture in China. We'll fly into Beijing where we'll visit a company and travel to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Great Wall of China. From Beijing we'll travel to Xi'an where students have the opportunity to see the famous terra cotta warriors, which date back to the third century BCE and were discovered by a local farmer in 1974. From Xi'an we'll travel to Shanghai, visiting two additional companies and sightseeing in this large metropolitan city. The company visits will provide the opportunity for students to learn about, compare and contrast the differences in business practices between the US and China.
One aspect of this program that makes it unique is the opportunity for UC students to participate with students from the Joint Co-op Institute (JCI) at Chongqing University (CQU) in China. Students from the JCI complete the same curriculum as UC engineering students including the co-op component. Because of the partnership between UC and CQU, students are considered UC students who will spend their senior year taking classes in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at UC. During this program students from UC and CQU will have the opportunity to share their culture with each other and begin to develop friendships that can continue when the JCI students come to UC next year.
Some evenings will include group activities while other evenings will be free. Students will have a project to plan activities for a free day in Shanghai. They will be permitted to work in groups or individually. Students will also create an e-portfolio describing their experience when they return from China. 

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This program combines old traditional China in the cities of Beijing and Xi'an with the rapidly expanding metropolis of Shanghai. 

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Who Can Participate?

Undergraduate students from all colleges and majors.

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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in PD2060 section 001 (23215) for 3 credits for Fall term.  
Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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Gayle Elliott is Professor and Director of UC's International Co-op Program which prepares and places students in co-op positions in Germany, Japan and Spanish-speaking countries. She has extensive experience abroad and was instrumental in helping the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences establish the Joint Co-op Institute at Chongqing University in China. She taught a condensed section of Intro to Co-op in China for four weeks. 

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Living Arrangements

During the program we will be staying in three-star hotels with double occupancy for students. The hotels will have typical western amenities including western bathrooms in each hotel room. 

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Getting There

Airline tickets will be included in the program cost. We will fly from the US to Shanghai and home from Beijing. Travel details will be provided after tickets are purchased. Transportation between cities in China will also be included with details to follow.

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Program Costs

 2019 PROGRAM COSTS: $4499

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
  • Visa application/processing fees (~$200)
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$0.00)
  • Additional Meals- 14 meals  (~$100)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$20-$200)
This program has been awarded a $1000 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $3499.  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in student scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.

In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:

UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.

Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

While UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad, traveling UC faculty, students and staff are the individuals making decisions overseas and therefore play a key role in their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS, a company that provides medical and security advice. UC's member ID is 11BCAS000010.

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad.
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety and cultural tips.
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Gayle Elliott, Professor
Division of Experience Based Learning and Career Education, 8th Floor Steger Center

Beth Hanson, Assistant Professor, UC (tentative)

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This program is currently not accepting applications.