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  • Locations: Beijing, China; Changchun, China
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 12/07/2018
Rolling Admission 05/06/2019 05/18/2019

** 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: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: University Wide
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Fall
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: Christopher Auffrey Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:

Program Overview

  UC Tiananmen
This course, with faculty-led travel to China, will focus on the concept and practice of urban sustainability from a global perspective. Through field study across various disciplines, the course examines many of most challenging urban sustainability issues. The course provides students with experiential learning in the application of the current theories, models and methods used in engineering, architecture and urban planning to specific, real-world issues of sustainable urbanism as they are currently being confronted rapid developing China.

China Sustainable Urbanism Flyer.pdf

This course has been offered annually since 2013, and we publish a book every time.
2013 book:
2014 book:;
2015 book:

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 Sustainable Urbanism

Students will travel to  Beijing, China and Changchun.  In Beijing, unique connections to important cultural, environmental and urban development sites will be fostered.  With a population of over 20 million people, Beijing is the political, cultural and educational seat of the People's Republic of China.  Changchun is an important northeastern  city of over 6 million. 

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Who Can Participate?

China Hand Sculpture

Open to undergraduate and graduate students. 

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Academic Program and Course Information

China Tiananmen

This seminar course will focus on the concept and practice of urban sustainability from a Chinese perspective. The focus is on how to allow for resilient change in urban communities, while promoting social justice, environmental quality and economic prosperity. Through field study across various disciplines, the course examines the contemporary sustainability issues faced by major cities. Students will gain experiential learning in the application of the current theories, models and methods used in engineering, architecture and urban planning to specific, real-world issues of sustainable urbanism as they are currently being addressed in rapidly changing cities in China. For more information visit:

All students in this program are required to enroll in a spring 2019 course below(choose one):

PLAN5199-001 International Field Study for 3-6 credits
PLAN6099-001 International Field Study for 3-6 credits 
ENVE6099-001 Sustainable Urbanism for 4 credits
SAID6099-001 Sustainable Urbanism for 4 credits 
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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Xinhao Wang is a professor in the School of Planning in the College of DAAP. 

Rainer Von Hofe is a associate professor and planning program director.

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Living Arrangements

China Sustainable Urbanism 3

Students will stay in inexpensive hotels and college dorm. Meals will be in the college cafeterias and restaurants patronized by locals.

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Getting There

China Pagoda

International airfare will be arranged by UC. International airfare is included in the program costs. 

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Program Costs

2019 Program Cost:  $2,800

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
  • Professional translator and private guides
  • Discussions with Guest Lecturers
  • Visa application/processing fees 
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
This program has been awarded an $800.00 (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $2000. The 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

Professor Chris Auffrey
School of Planning, DAAP
6106 DAAP

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This program is currently not accepting applications.