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  • Locations: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • 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
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Credit Offered: UC Credit Registration Term: Spring
Language Courses Offered: No Language of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Yurena Yanes Program Advisor: Thomas Shannon
Program Description:



Program Overview

This course is designed to train undergraduate students on all aspects of the scientific method. To gain such skills, students will investigate the ecology and paleoecology of the Canary Islands along environmental gradients and through geologic time.
Students will learn about island types and geneses, biotic/abiotic factors impacting organisms, field sampling strategies, species identification, basic statistical treatments and data interpretation, and scientific writing and oral presentations. 

Canary Islands Beach

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 This interdisciplinary course covers a variety of topics including geology, biology and environments of the Canary Islands, a stunning volcanic and oceanic Spanish archipelago located to the west of Morocco. An optional international field trip to the Canary Islands during Spring Break is planned to complete the field component of the course and learn about Canary Islands culture and nature.

El Teide

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Who Can Participate?

 Open to upper-lever undergraduate students and science majors.


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Academic Program and Course Information

All students in this program are required to enroll in GEOL/EVST 4056, Ecology and Paleoecology of the Canary Islands for 3 credits for Spring 2018

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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Yurena Yanes is an Assistant Professor in the UC Department of Geology since 2013. She was born and raised in the Canary Islands and is a native Spanish speaker. She has received extensive international research and education training on Biology and Geology in multiple research institutions and universities from USA and Europe. Yurena studies the effects of climate and environmental change on ecosystems and organisms over various spatio-temporal scales.

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Living Arrangements

Students will stay in apartments. Each apartment will be shared by four students.
La Laguna City

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Getting There

All students will have to arrange travel plans in group (group flight, apartments, etc.)

Canary Islands Mountains

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Program Costs

2019 Program Cost:  $TBD

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
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. This brings the posted financial liability of the program down to $TBD

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

Name: Yurena Yanes
Department, Office Location: Geology 608
College: Arts & Sciences
Phone Number (513) 307-6777
email address

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This program is currently not accepting applications.