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  • Locations: Bordeaux, France; Paris, France
  • 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 10/15/2018
Rolling Admission 05/08/2019 05/19/2019
NOTE: In person interview required.

** 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: Spring
Program Lead Faculty: Valda Bronston Program Additional Faculty: Cheri Lynn Westmoreland, Jody Ballah
Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:

Program Overview

BordeauxPartnering with Universite’ de Bordeaux, UC McNair Abroad and CECH are offering this cross-cultural service learning opportunity. Depending on your major and interests, this program has many options available. Students may be placed in primary schools in Bordeaux, France for a practicum experience. Other options include service learning projects with teachers and/or middle and high school students and guided research projects. Discussion sessions, cultural outings and break time will be available each night. There will also be a trip to Paris. This is a faculty-led program, so students will be accompanied by faculty members during the entire trip.

Students in this program would prepare by taking LSLS 3050 or 7050. During this class, we will learn about Parisian culture, history, politics and education, as well as learn some French, hear from speakers and other activities.

Bordeaux Flyer


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France's sixth largest city, Bordeaux is located on the Garonne River in Southwestern France. An hour flight or two hour high speed train ride from Paris, this beautifully constructed city's historic section is on the UNESCO World Heritage listing for outstanding 18th century architecture.

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Who Can Participate?

Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply


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Academic Program and Course Information

The objective of this class is to help develop your understanding of Parisian Culture and Educational system in a course structured around leading themes in culture and ethnography ultimately culminating in a study abroad service learning experience during Spring 2019 (March 15-24). The class format involves lectures, student presentations and class discussions.

All students in this program are required to enroll in 18-LSLS-3050/7050 for 1-3 credits  for spring 2019.
Additional application requirement: ​In person interview
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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Valda Bronston
Since 2008, I have been the Assistant Director/Senior Academic Advisor for the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program at UC. In 2014, the McNair Abroad service learning component was implemented. McNair Abroad is designed to "encourage students to participate in educational abroad programs and experiences during their academic career". Thus, for the past 5 years, not only have I have continually supported scholars to explore new opportunities and new places, but I have been the lead/co-lead on five service learning trips to Ecuador and three to Costa Rica. 
This past spring, I was selected as one of ten to participate in an experientially-based professional development program for academic advisors to Bordeaux, France and Madrid, Spain. Having the opportunity to establish a European component to McNair Aboard is not only in alignment with our program goals, but allows me to continue to advocate for students participating in various educational prospects, at home, as well as abroad

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Living Arrangements


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Getting There

TBD - everyone will be traveling as a group


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Program Costs

Tentative 2019 Program Cost: $3700

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 (~$)
  • ISIC Card ($25)
This program has been awarded a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  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

Valda Bronston
McNair Scholars Program, 2804 Clifton Court Pavilion-North, N25
Student Affairs

Dr. Cheri Westmoreland
Executive Director, McNair Scholars Program,CPG - 2804 Clifton Court Pavilion-North, N25
Student Affairs

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This program is currently not accepting applications.