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  • Locations: Auckland, New Zealand; Christchurch, New Zealand; Wellington, New Zealand
  • 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 08/01/2019
Rolling Admission 01/01/2020 01/11/2020

** 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: Communications and Media, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
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: Russell McMahon
Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:

Program Overview

 Virtual (VR) and augmented (AR) reality span multiple disciplines within the university from the arts (DAAP) to science (A&S) and engineering (CEAS) to medicine (COM, CON, AHS). Additionally, our own Information Technology students would find this trip very attractive since we now have a game development track which will cover VR/AR development. This proposal is very unique in both the place to be visited and the area covered. For more than 10 years, the Human Interface Technology (HIT) Lab in Christchurh, New Zealand has been a leader in developing and researching AR technology. Their work covers the following areas: tracking, visualization, and interaction in a wide variety of fields, including telecommunications, entertainment, and education. The impact on students will be profound and give them an opportunity to learn about a field that is very interdisciplinary (VR and AR) and is made up of a very diverse group of innovators.
New Zealand has become a leader both research and its development of technologies related to the next generation of computing applications and usage. With that in mind, we plan on building relationships with both universities and business which will involve student engagement. 

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New Zealand is a land of beauty with a rich cultural history. It was already a popular tourist destination before the movie "The Lord of the Rings" was filmed there nearly 20 years ago. A innovative tech industry grew out of that endeavor and today New Zealand has a strong and vibrant virtual and augmented reality industry. The Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand and students will get the opportunity to learn more about their culture and language.

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Who Can Participate?

Graduate Students

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Academic Program and Course Information

There will two foci related to this course. One is on the technical side as related to how VR and AR has begun to change the way we interact with our world. The other will be on the cultural side, where students will explore the rich Polynesian culture, languages, and contributions to human society.

All students in this program are required to enroll in IT3079>001>Topics in Information Technology for 1-3 credits for fall term 2019. 
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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Russell McMahon has been teaching IT related subject matter for over 38 years and have been a faculty member of the School of Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati since 1999. The past two years he led a group of students to South Africa exploring how Information Technology has changed the face of the African continent. He enjoys learning about new technologies as well as the peoples of different cultures.

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Living Arrangements

 Housing will most likely be some sort of dorm style layout with 2-4 students sharing a living space.

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Getting There

 This would be a group flight. We will fly from Cincinnati (leaves at 6pm) to Houston and then direct to Auckland, NZ (leave December 28, 2019). Due to the fact the New Zealand is 18hrs ahead of us, the group will arrive 2 days from the departure date and arrive back on the same day of departure (January 13, 2020).

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Program Costs

 2019 Program Cost: $4500

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
Professional translator and private guides
Discussions with Guest Lecturers 

Not Included in Program Cost:

Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
Some meals (~$)
Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
Visa application/processing fees (~$)

This program has been awarded a $600 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 $3900.

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

Russell McMahon
School of Information Technology, 250H Teachers-Dyer

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This program is currently not accepting applications.