In the summer of 2021, Centre is offering several options for study around the world.  Some of these programs are offered each year (e.g. Strasbourg and Barbados) and others are brand new (e.g. Canada and Cuba).  Please note that graduating seniors are eligible for these courses.

We have extended our application deadline for our summer programs to February 17th 2021. A $500 non-refundable payment is due by March 12th and the remaining  is due by May 1.



Summer 2021 Programs

 France: The Economics of Tourism Cancelled due to COVID-19

The Economics of Tourism ECO 457

Tentative Dates: June 3-23

Dr. David Anderson (

Participants will study the economics of tourism with Strasbourg as a remarkable case study. The angles on economics and tourism will include art, history, food, sustainability, business, government, health, religion, recreation, and ethics. Topics will include tourism carrying capacity, the indirect effects of tourism spending on employment, exchange rates, globalization, and the true costs and benefits of tourism for participants, residents, businesses, communities, and the environment.

There is no prerequisite in Economics or French.

To apply, please provide the following information to both and

• One paragraph explaining the reason for your interest in this course.

• Year of graduation from Centre

• Major


• Years of French language study (NONE is necessary, but this will help us determine eligibility for a language-related scholarship)

Information is available at

For the dates, please add: Tentative dates: June 3-23.


The cost of the course, housing, and outings is $1340. This does not include the airfare (estimated cost for airfare $1300) or food (estimated cost $735). A $500 non-refundable payment is due by March 12th and the remaining $840 is due by May 1.



Barbados: Primate Research Cancelled due to COVID-19

Research in Primate Behavior BNS 450 (Perquisites: BIO110 or PSY110 )
Tentative dates June 1- June 22

This course offers students the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of primate behavior by study of green monkeys in their natural habitat. The class will conduct field observations of the monkeys during the day and then review book chapters and research articles as the basis for discussion during class meetings. After familiarizing themselves with the monkeys, students will develop a research question, collect appropriate behavioral data, conduct statistical analyses, and present their findings. Students will develop proficiency in the methods and data analysis techniques commonly used in field research; gain an appreciation for the rich culture, history and ecology of Barbados; and identify ways to reduce human-wildlife conflict.  Directed by Profs. Melissa Burns-Cusato and Brian Cusato. Estimated cost, $3000 (airfare not included).

 APPLICATIONS DUE February 17th, 2021.

A $500 non-refundable payment is due by March 12th and the remaining  is due by May 1.




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 Israel Uncovering Roman Galilee Cancelled due to COVID-19

Uncovering Roman Galilee: Religion, History and Archaeology REL 370/HIS 370

Dates: 29 May - 28 June, 2021

The goals of the course are to enhance the students’ comprehension of this time and this space and the ways of material culture and texts. The course is taught in conjunction with a field school in archaeological method, which makes possible exposure to the means of the recovery of primary data, and the interpretation of that data for the sake of the reconstruction social, economic, political and religious history. The students will be evaluated both in terms of their fieldwork and course work. In addition to being the Associate Director of the Excavations, Dr. McCullough is also the Field Director of this dig. The course takes advantage of its setting in the midst of Galilee, of the daily work of uncovering a first century Jewish village, of interaction with a wide range of archaeological fieldwork and attendant academic disciplines (e.g., ancient technology/anthropology, public – religious – buildings/religion, numismatics and faunal recovery/history and anthropology, flora studies/botany). Visits will include the sites of Shikhin and Sepphoris... Tour site possibilities: Magdala, Capernaum, Cana, Yodefat, Caesarea Philippi, Sea of Galilee.other possibilities are Beit Alpha, Beit She’an,Megiddo, Beit She’arim, Caesarea, Mediterranean Sea... Students will also visit Jerusalem! Tours of the Old City, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, museums, and side trips to Bethlehem Herodium, Qumran, Masada, and the Dead Sea. Applications due by Feb 10th. This is a 4 and a half week course. A $500 deposit is due by March 12th and the remainder by May 1st. Cost $4145

This Program is led by Dr. Tom McCollough. Apply Feb 17,,2021 to the director  (859-494-7565) Click here for more information.

Quebec: Political Thought and Separatism Cancelled due to COVID-19

"Quebec Political Thought and Separatism". POL/IST 348

Dr. Rahim Mohamed

This course will introduce students to perspectives on Quebec's self-image as a culturally and linguistically 'distinct society' within Canada -- focusing on the catalyzing events of La révolution tranquille (1960-70) and the October Crisis (1970); as well as Quebec's two referenda on separating from Canada(held in 1980 and 1995, respectively). It will also explore how nationalistic and sovereigntist sentiments continue to shape the politics of Quebec. Finally, the course will use the case of Quebec as a window into the uncertain international norms surrounding secession - drawing comparisons between Quebec and other regions with strong separatist movements, such as Scotland and Catalonia.

Application form is available here and you apply directly to the director Dr. Rahim Mohamed (  

Cost: $3200 which includes travel to and from Canada.

Applications due by Feb 17,2021.

A $500 non-refundable payment is due by March 12th and the remaining  is due by May 1.



USA : Middle East to Middle West Cancelled due to COVID-19

From Middle East to Middle West: Studies in Mid East Migrations to the United States ARBXXXX; HISXXXX; ASNXXXX

Dr.  Sami Sweis (

Beginning in the 1880s, populations of immigrants from the Middle East began to arrive in sizable numbers to the United States from the Ottoman Empire.  Ambiguously labelled as “Turks” or “Syrians,” these immigrants consisted of Arabs, Armenians, Assyrians, and others who established their first community in an enclave in New York known as “Little Syria.”  Their population continued to climb as they moved westward in search of new economic opportunities that established other Little Syrias.  This class will begin in Pittsburgh, PA, and chart the westward migration of Middle East peoples in the United States, visiting historical and contemporary centers in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and finally “Little Syria on the Wabash” in Indiana.  It will explore the history of their migrations, but also the creation of a transnational culture and community that sought to combine old and new.  In addition, this class will consider the reception of these communities into the diverse American landscape as they grappled with racial hierarchies, xenophobia, and immigration policies that continue to affect how they formulate their own American identities through the course of the 20th century and into a post-9/11 world.  These topics and questions will be explored through various mediums (like literature, art, theatre, and historical literature) and by meeting civic leaders and representatives who represent these communities.

A $500 non-refundable payment is due by March 12th and the remaining  is due by May 1.



Cost: $2720 applications due by Feb 17.  apply here

Tahiti: Huahine to Tahiti Cancelled due to COVID-19

"Returning" Pacific: Huahine to Tahiti. FRE 268/414; HUM 243; ENS 258

Dr. Marc Demont (  Dr. Christian Wood (

Our rigorous course, either for Humanities, French, or Environmental Studies credit, offers students established Tahitian structures in which to live sustainably, practice ecologically sound methods, and to develop a framework for critical assessment based upon experiences. We will question the logic of consumer culture and of the ‘post-card’ image of the regions, as well as what it means to have visited a foreign place. We thereby engage with many assumptions in “modernity,” “progress,” and “development”. Course themes include sustainability (in food and dwelling for instance); confronting socio-economic realities beyond ‘the postcard’ (poverty, obesity, for instance); Tahitian language and culture; French colonial influences informing the assumptions of “civilization”; and the cultivation of sustainable relationships with local persons.  

Cost: $4050 (Includes three meals per day, all transportation to and from CVG (Cincinnati), and access to all events and activities.) Apply bt February 17th, 2021.

Tentaive syllabus for the Summer and CentreTerm courses. 

A $500 non-refundable payment is due by March 12th and the remaining  is due by May 1.



Apply here.


Cuba and Miami: Narrative and Reality Cancelled due to COVID-19

Cuba And Miami: Narrative and Reality : SPA 271- HIS 379

Dr. Genny Ballard (  Dr. Mauricio Castro (

Before we leave for Cuba we will spend time in Miami learning from local Cuban Americans in Little Havana. This Miami neighborhood is bursting with flavors, rhythm, sounds, and traditions. The experience includes visiting local historians, a cigar factory and watching cigar rollers, and a museum gallery.

We will travel to the beguiling Habana Vieja which is a trove of cobbled plazas and colonial buildings fringed with colonnaded arcades. There we will visit the tree-shaded Plaza de Armas, site of the city’s founding. We’ll delve inside the Castillo de la Real Fuerza—the oldest fort in the Americas—to admire its superb museum of maritime history.

We will travel together to the Tobacco Fields of Viñales, Pinar del Río which is renowned for its sensational landscapes. Arriving in this region is a jaw-dropper as you suddenly emerge into the broad valley framed by soaring mogotes—sheer-sided, conical limestone hills underlain by subterranean caves.

Students in this class will explore the cobbled Streets of Trinidad, Sancti Spíritus. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, its historic, traffic-free core has been restored. It’s sheer joy to serendipitously wander the sloping cobbled streets lined with exquisite 18th century buildings that evoke the wealth of a bygone era, when the nearby Valle de los Ingenios held over 50 sugar mills.

While in Cuba we will stay in casas particulars where you will interact with Cuban families.  We’ll take salsa dancing lessons and eat Authentic Cuban Food. Local Cuban fare—comida criolla—is country food. Roast chicken and pork are the ubiquitous base for most meals, usually accompanied by rice and black beans, plantains, and yucca.

Estimated Cost: $4,000 (Cost does not include airfare to Miami, our group point of departure, and additional meals in Little Havana.)

To Apply:

Write a 500-word essay answering the following questions and submit it to Dr. Ballard and Dr. Castro. 

  • How will studying abroad help you achieve your future academic or professional goals?
  • Why did you select this course in Cuba?
  • What aspects of studying abroad do you expect to be the most challenging for you?
  • What knowledge, skills, and experiences will you draw on to meet these challenges?

Note: If you are applying for SPA 271 then please submit your essay in Spanish.

A $500 non-refundable payment is due by March 12th and the remaining  is due by May 1. Apply by February 17, 2021.



Spain: The Legacy of Islamic Spain Cancelled due to COVID-19

AL-ÁNDALUS: The Legacy of Islamic Spain SPA 261 (Prerequisite required SPA 220 or equivalent)  

Dr. Alicia Juncos ( Dr. Juncos is a native of Spain. 

The course provides an introduction to the history and culture of Al-Andalus and Muslim Spain. The course focuses on exploring the architecture and art created during the Umayyad, Almoravid, Almohad, and Nasrid Dynasties. We also plan to visit significant monuments such as Mezquita-catedral and Medina Azahara in Córdoba, Alhambra, and The Generalife in Granada, among other monuments. Moreover, the class will cover the social and cultural exchange between diverse communities that coexisted peacefully in the Peninsula—Christians, Jews, and Muslims—and further explain the role of Arabic influence on the Spanish language. The integral topic of discussion during the course will be to analyze questions regarding "otherness" representation and the lasting impact of islam in Spanish canonical works such as El Poema Del Mio Cid, and El Conde Lucanor.   

We will begin the course in the city of Málaga. This strategic location presents archeological sites both from the Roman and Muslim periods. In Málaga, we will discuss topics related to pre-Muslim history in the peninsula –the fall of the Roman empire, Visigothic Spain, and the Muslim conquest—and explore related sites: Malaga's Roman theatre and La Alcazaba. After visiting the city, we will travel to Córdoba, the capital of the independent emirate of Al-Andalus, and home to several architectonic gems such as La Mezquita and Medina Zahara. We will proceed to Sevilla and end our trip in Granada, where we will visit El Albaicín, and La Alhambra considered the jewel of the Nasrid Kingdom. Before we embark on a return journey to the United States, we will revisit Málaga and stop at Nerja's beach town to relax on the Mediterranean coast.   

To apply to for this course please contact the director at  

Cost: $4000 Apply by February 17, 2021.

A $500 non-refundable payment is due by March 12th and the remaining  is due by May 1.



Colombia: Intensive Language Course Cancelled due to COVID-19

The J. David Grissom Intensive Language Study Abroad Course during summer 2021 Led by Dr. Genny Ballard. 

During this 21-day course, students will study both on the Caribbean coast as well as in the coffee regions of Colombia. Students will stay in homes and hostels as they interact with Colombian university students in Barranquilla, famous for Carnival, this is a modern coastal city with high-rises. And Manizales, a city in the mountainous coffee-growing region of western Colombia. It’s known for its cultural events, steep streets and views.

We will also go to Cartagena de Indias, a historic city of preserved beauty lying within an impressive centuries-old colonial stone wall. Cartagena's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a maze of cobbled alleys, balconies covered in bougainvillea, museums, massive churches and leafy plazas.

Students in this course will spend time in Tayrona National Park which is a magical slice of Colombia's Caribbean coast, with stunning stretches of golden sandy beach backed by coconut palms and thick rainforest. Behind it all rise the steep hillsides of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world's highest coastal mountain range. Apply directly with Dr. Ballard ( June 5-26 $1200 (this course is subsidized by the J. David Grissom Intensive Language Study Abroad Award. Applications due to director by Feb 10 and the non refundable deposit by March 10th and remainder by May 1st.


Dates: June 5- June 26 Applications due by February 17, 2021.

Cost $1200 (this course is subsidized by the J. David Grissom Intensive Language Study Abroad Award).


A $500 non-refundable payment is due by March 12th and the remaining  is due by May 1.