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  • Locations: Belgrade, Serbia; Pula, Croatia; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Zagreb, Croatia
  • 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 12/01/2018
Rolling Admission 05/05/2019 05/17/2019

** 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: Language, Culture, and Humanities
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Program Lead Faculty: Sunnie Rucker-Chang
Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:
On "The European Vampire" study tour we will learn about the origins and function of vampires and other monsters in European contexts by way of travel through the region of Central and Southeast Europe where vampire lore is woven deeply into the fabric of their societies. On our tour, we will explore how the vampire myth functioned in peasant society and how concepts associated with monstrosity and monster lore continue to play a role in contemporary societies as well as how the myth has traveled west to become closer to our contemporary vampires.  We will visit Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia, three regionally similar, but culturally and historical different, countries in Central and Southeast Europe. We will explore and learn how and why as Nina Auerbach stated, "every age embraces the vampire it needs."
Please see flier for more information: Vampire Tour.jpg


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Countries in Central and Southeast Europe are dynamic and rapidly changing. Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia have deep, rich histories that have constructed the boundaries between East and West in Europe for generations. In these spaces you will see beautiful landscapes and become familiar with their rich cultures and traditions. On our trip we will stay and attend courses in Zagreb and Rovinj Croatia, Belgrade, Serbia, and Sarajevo, Bosnia.
In addition to studying, in Croatia we will visit Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will also visit the only remaining Roman amphitheater with four side towers in Pula, spend the day in Motovun where we will eat local truffles and learn about local monster folklore, and spend some downtime on the beach in Rovinj. In Bosnia, we walk through Baščaršija, the historical merchant quarter in Sarajevo. In Serbia, we will visit the 6th century Kalemegdan fortress, and spend some time in the Serbian countryside to see the mill that the vampire, Sava Savanović, has haunted for centuries.

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Who Can Participate?

Undergraduates, Graduates

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Academic Program and Course Information

Vampires have become so commonplace in our society that they are always among us in our books and on our screens. What we know of our Western vampires, however, is quite distant from their European ancestors in the Slavic countries of Central and Southeast Europe (CSEE). In this study tour, we will travel to Serbia, Croatia, and Romania to trace the origins of the European vampire from its folkloric roots, historical, and literary contexts in the very countries where the vampire has deep roots. We will learn about how "otherness" and difference manifest in the form of local monsters and vampire legends to control difference and maintain social harmony.

Through our travels we will additionally learn to challenge the notion of European difference in relation to notions of East/West, Central/South, center/periphery, and urban/rural in Central and Southeast European contexts. We will contemplate where "Europe" lies and how difference is constructed and maintained both in reference to vampire lore and contemporary relations between CSEE countries and peoples and those in the West.

All students in this program are required to enroll in EUST 2044 for 1-3 credit hours for the spring 2019 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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Sunnie Rucker-Chang is an Assistant Professor of Slavic and East European Studies in the German Studies Department. At UC she teaches courses on Russian literature, East European Studies, and general European Studies. She enjoys sharing her love and appreciation of Central and Southeast Europe culture with her students as well as colleagues and friends.

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Living Arrangements

 On this program housing will be primarily in hotels and apartment hotels.

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Getting There

 Professor will work with a travel agent to buy student tickets as a group.

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Program Costs


2019 Program Cost: $3000
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 $800 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA. This brings the total financial liability of program cost down to $2200.

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

Sunnie Rucker-Chang
German Studies, Old Chem 731
office phone: (513)556-2716

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This program is currently not accepting applications.