UC Blue Ash College

Study Abroad 2020 Great Britain

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The 2020 British Summer Study Abroad program has been canceled due to public health directives related to COVID-19. Check back to this site in the future for information about our 2021 program.

Design for a Threatened Planet

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In this month-long program to Great Britain and Germany, the cities of Grantham, Nottingham, London, and Berlin become living laboratories where students will study environmental sustainability. Using the tools of history and design, students will examine how cities came to be, and then explore creative, hands-on techniques to make cities more sustainable in an age of rapid growth and climate change. No foreign language skills necessary.

Program Courses

The program offers two 3-credit hour courses. Students may take one or both:

­­HIST 2050 | Unsustainable Cities 

Taught by Professor Rob Gioielli

(Fulfills UC General Education requirement)

HIST 2050 explores the environmental history of European cities, focusing on how human settlements shape the natural world (and vice-versa), and the political, social, and economic forces that have made cities more or less sustainable over time. Students will learn to “read” urban landscapes to uncover how everyday items—trash cans, street signs, sewer grates, and apartment buildings—tell us how people lived in the past and shape cities and their environments today.

CMDS 2095 | Design Thinking and Problem Solving Methods 

Taught by Professor Jamie Albert

(Fulfills UC General Education requirement)

CMDS 2095 explores urban sustainability through the problem-solving methods of Design Thinking. Students will learn skills and processes for solving real-life issues of urban sustainability: ineffective design, poor city planning, and consumer waste. Students will practice methods of creative problem solving such as gathering research, generating ideas, and testing concepts, all within a rapid, hands-on design process focused upon the needs and motivations of end-users.


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  • Harlaxton Manor, Grantham, England
  • Nottingham, England
  • London, England
  • Berlin, Germany

Program includes a few free days for students who want to pursue short-term independent travel at their own cost.

Tentative Dates

May 6, 2020 - June 4, 2020

Program begins on campus prior to departure date. On-campus dates TBA.

Anticipated cost

$4,600* (plus tuition)
Includes meals, lodging, transportation and excursions.

Students are encouraged take advantage of the many scholarships and grants available for study abroad programs:

*price is tentative


Contact Information

British Study Abroad Contact
Professor Libby Anthony