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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Registration Term: Spring Program Lead Faculty: Richard Hess
Program Additional Faculty: Susan Felder Program Advisor: Cory Smith
Program Description:

Program Overview

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe takes place every August for three weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. In 2016 there were 50,266 performances of 3,269 shows in 294 venues, making it the largest ever arts festival in the world.
The EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL, SCOTLAND Study Abroad Course will offer interested students the opportunity to spend 11 days immersed in the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland while affording participants the opportunity to perform an original show for 4 performances on this exciting world stage. CCM Acting will commit the Spring 2018 Studio Season slot to a special Edinburgh Study Abroad experience. An original 60-minute show will be created by the company, designed to tour, ready for participation in the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

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Scotland's capital lives and breathes history. Steeped in Celtic and medieval history, Edinburgh is a cultural tapestry that's visually defined by hills, cathedrals, and the bold stone turrets of Edinburgh Castle. Explore historic castles and palaces and roam ancient streets and wynds. Explore the Old Town and uncover its unique character, formed by centuries of human habitation. 

You're never far from a cultural attraction in Edinburgh. Scale the monument dedicated to Sir Walter Scott on Princes Street, admire traditional and contemporary artworks in galleries, see treasured wonders in museums or explore they city's many royal connections. Visit the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo to hear bagpipes at Edinburgh Castle. See shows from around the world in the Edinburgh Fringe. And there's an extinct volcano to climb.

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Who Can Participate?


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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in DRPF3035, 001, Drama Study Abroad for 3 credits in Spring.  

CCM Acting is pleased to offer this unique study abroad opportunity to interested CCM students in any major. Students in the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL, SCOTLAND study abroad course will create, rehearse, perform, design, and produce an original student-created 60-minute performance piece. It is expected that participants will use the many and diverse preparation techniques, warm-up exercises, and self-study research and rehearsal tools that are taught in major classes. This is a chance to put into practice the work of Acting, Voice, Movement, Dance and Production classes within a production setting that must tour. Participants will assume a production assignment in alignment with artistic and creative goals. Composition, E-Media, DMC, TDP, and Musical Theatre majors are welcome. Participants will begin to hone a craft and to craft a technique, practicing artistic collaboration and flexibility. The time commitment includes a full five week, four hours a night, six night a week rehearsal schedule from March 19 – April 21 for a Cincinnati presentation of our Fringe creation April 19 – 21, 2018 in the Cohen Family Studio Theatre. The study abroad portion will allow participants to perform the same show for 4 performances in Scotland for an international audience in a new venue as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of 2018.

With the increased necessity for artists to cultivate the ability to create original work and their own opportunities as an integral part of a career, the EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL, SCOTLAND Study Abroad Course is a unique learning opportunity for students. Working artists in the industry need the skills that this international festival experience provides. Students have the opportunity to write original material, create new work, sing, dance, explore a theme, design, manage and work with like-minded peers on the world stage. You are expected to practice finding your voice as actors and artists and designers and managers within the process of creating original work. 

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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Richard E. Hess is the A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair of Acting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and has chaired the Acting Department for the past 23 years. He studied at Glasgow University in Scotland as an undergraduate, and he has enjoyed making original theatre and working with actors from Los Angeles to New York, from Amsterdam, in the Netherlands to Tartu, in Estonia. In Kenya he created an original theatre piece with CCM Acting students and refugees from the Dadaab Refugee Camp for World Refugee Day, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Kenyatta University in Nairobi. He has been looking forward to taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland for 35 years.6. Living Arrangements

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Living Arrangements

Eleven nights double accommodation in a shared college dorm room with a same sex room-mate.
Shared bath facilities.
Voltage is 240v/50Hz. Most establishments in Scotland have square-pin sockets for 3, 5, and 13 amp fuses. You will need an adapter for all your electrical appliances.

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Getting There

 Transportation to Edinburgh is the individual responsibility of each participant. The Edinburgh Airport will be the simplest choice, but because the United Kingdom is easily accessible and so ready to enjoy, students may choose to fly into London, or Dublin, or Glasgow early and arrive in Edinburgh by train after enjoying other sights. Participants must be in Edinburgh by 9:00 am on Wednesday, 1 August, 2018. Participants will depart at 9:00 am on Sunday, 12 August, 2018.

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Program Costs

2018 Program Cost: TBD

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
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 a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  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

Richard E. Hess
A.B., Dolly, Ralph and Julia Cohen Chair in Acting
Office: Room 3704 Corbett Center
College-Conservatory of Music

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This program is currently not accepting applications.