Study Tours

A study tour is a credit-bearing course in which the majority of the academic work is accomplished through group study and travel outside the UCO campus. It provides a group of students with an applied, supervised experience at an off-campus location, whether foreign or domestic, for a minimum of two or more overnights, and enhances the student's classroom knowledge of an academic discipline(s) through first-hand exposure. Once on site, travel during the study tour is an integral part of the learning process.

Important Financial Note: The program costs listed typically cover airfare, lodging, local transportation, guided activities, and select meals. The cost for UCO tuition is in addition to the program fees listed and will be charged to your student Bursar account. If you have questions about program fees, please contact the faculty leader.

Current Study Tours
Paris: Culture and Commerce
Credit hours: 3
Faculty Leader: Dr. Victoria McKee
Contact information: / (405) 974-2836
Dates: Twice a year / Spring Break and August. Check the website below for exact dates.
Cost: $3,695, paid in three installments
Destination: Paris and the surrounding region
Comments: This Study Tour course is offered twice a year, during the Spring Break and in early August.
Website: Culture and Commerce

An Italian Experience: Culture, Education and Leadership
Credit Hours: 3
Faculty Leader: Lori Risley
Contact information: / (405) 974-5533
Dates: March 16 - 25, 2018 (Spring Break)
Cost: $3,100 plus the cost of 3 credit hours of tuition/fees
Destination: Italy - Venice & Padua
Comments: This course provides students with the rare opportunity to experience a non-English speaking culture while practicing leadership skills; to experience being the other and determine how to meet objectives as a group when the leader speaks a different language other than the main population. Using Padua and Venice as our laboratories, students have the opportunity to observe and practice leadership in unfamiliar environments and to compare and contrast the outcomes. Additionally, this course offers students the opportunity to engage with students at University of Padua (the 2nd oldest university in Italy and a leader in Education) and interact with leading international organizations based in the Venice region. This course offers students a deeper understanding of the challenges and rewards of working with cultures other than their own while encouraging them to become global citizens. This is a STLR tagged course.
Website: An Italian Experience

Applied Research: Dutch Church Library Provenance Project
Credit Hours: 3
Faculty Leaders: Michael S. Springer, Ph.D.; Mark Janzen, Ph.D.; Heidi Vaughn, M.A. 
Contact Information: / (405) 974-5453;;
Dates: May 6 - 20, 2018
Cost: $3,895 plus the cost of 3 credit hours of tuition/fees
Destination: London, England
Comments: Students participating in this course spend two weeks in London working on a research and cataloging project with the Lambeth Palace Library and the Dutch Church in London, two important institutions in London’s rich history. We are researching sixteenth and seventeenth-century books given to the palace library, the oldest public library in England, by the Dutch Church following World War II. Students will learn about London’s archival collections, how to keep research logs, taking good research notes, and developing a research prospectus. They will also have opportunities to engage with professionals from the Dutch Church Library, Lambeth Palace Library, British Library, and the London Metropolitan Archive. The work students do on this trip will be added to the Lambeth Palace Library catalog as well as contribute to entries in the Dutch Short Title Catalog and the Universal Short Title Catalog.

Applied Research: London
Credit Hours: 3
Faculty Leader: Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen, Ph.D. 
Contact Information:
Dates: May 6 - 20, 2018
Cost: $3,895 plus the cost of 3 credit hours of tuition/fees
Destination: London, England
Comments: In this course, students will design their own research projects with the help of Dr. Sheetz-Nguyen. This course is open to all majors. This course supports UCO’s Transformative Learning Objectives, primarily Research, Creative and Scholarly activities, and Global Awareness. It offers students a rare opportunity to learn advanced research skills at the premier London libraries and archival collections. It includes side trips to the British Museum, National Gallery of Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Applied Research: Rome
Credit Hours: 3, HIST 4970/5970
Faculty Leader: Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen, Ph.D.
Contact Information:
Dates: May 27 - June 12, 2018
Cost: $3,395 plus the cost of 3 credit hours of tuition/fees
Destinations: Rome, Ostia, and Pompeii, Italy
Comments: Travel to Rome to study its history, culture, art, and monuments. Students will develop a research project based on the study of the libraries, historical plans, monuments, churches, and art galleries of Rome. This will be an extensive research project abroad; students also will participate in guided activities across Rome, Ostia, and Pompeii.

Berlin & Beyond
Credit Hours: 3
Faculty Leaders: Dr. Rudi Nollert (German) and Dr. Erik Huneke (History)
Contact Information: / (405) 974-5845
Dates: May 26 - June 10, 2018
Cost: $3300 plus the cost of 3 credit hours of tuition/fees
Destinations: Berlin, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria
Comments: Explore the most vibrant cities of Central Europe: Europe's economic and political powerhouse Berlin, the Bohemian paradise Prague and the cultural capital of Europe - Vienna. The faculty are fluent in German and experienced in all three locales. The whole continent will be open to you after this tour!

France & Spain: Border Culture and the Camino
Credit Hours: 3
Faculty Leaders: Dr. Maria-Teresa Moinette and Dean Catherine Webster
Contact Information: / (405) 974-5850
Dates: June 4 - 17, 2018
Cost: $3,700 plus the cost of 3 credit hours of tuition/fees
Destination: Paris, Bordeaux, and St. Jean Pied-le-Port, France; Roncevalles, Léon, and Santiago, Spain
Comments: The Study Tour traces the path of the Medieval Pilgrimage known in English as the Way of Saint James. We will address the centuries-old tradition of the Camino while learning about contemporary France and Spain, with a special emphasis on that Basque culture that crosses the border and continues to invite travelers onto the Camino.

Imperial Cities of Morocco
Credit Hours: 3
Faculty Leaders: Dr. Diana Pardo and Dr. Karen Manna
Contact Information: and
Dates: June 15 - 28, 2018
Cost: Approximately $3,100 plus the cost of 3 credit hours of tuition/fees and insurance
Destination: Morocco
Comments: This study tour will explore the Imperial Cities of Morrocco. Students will have the opportunity to experience the grandeur of the imperial cities of Rabat, Fes, Meknes, and Chefchaouen. Special attention will be placed on history, architecture, and cultural heritage.

Layers of Rome Study Tour
Credit Hours: 3 in Humanities or Sociology
Faculty Leaders: Dr. Sarah Kyle and Dr. Brenda Chappell
Contact Information: or
Dates: May 27 - June 12, 2018
Cost: $3,395.00
Destination: Rome, Italy
Comments: The Layers of Rome Study Tour offers a learning experience that enables students to become aware and connected global citizens. Students develop a strong foundation of knowledge about this historic city and its cultural, sociological, and artistic significance to western civilization and to American and European identity. After this course, students will be equipped with the knowledge and experience needed to perceive and appreciate the different cultures, histories, politics, and peoples of a great world city and to travel confidently on their own to other global metropolises.

London, Dublin, Belfast Study Tour
Credit Hours: 3
Faculty Leader: Jessica A. Sheetz-Nguyen, Ph.D. 
Contact Information:
Dates: May 6 - 20, 2018
Cost: $3,895 plus the cost of 3 credit hours of tuition/fees
Destination: London, England, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Dublin, Ireland
Comments: This course affords students an opportunity to hit all of the highlights these world-class cities have to offer. In London, students will see the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Saint Paul's Cathedral, the British Museum, and Trafalgar Square. The class will travel by train across England to Holy Head, where they will board a ferry to Dublin, Ireland. Highlights in Ireland include the Titanic Museum and Trinity College and the Book of Kells. Students can earn credits in History, Finance, and Legal Studies.  

Spain & Italy Study Tour
Credit Hours: 3 (course may be applied as a Psychology elective)
Faculty Leaders: Dr. Tom Hancock and Dr. Dan Vincent
Contact Information: or
Dates: May 17 - 28, 2018
Cost: $3,950 plus the cost of 3 credit hours of tuition/fees 
Destinations: Barcelona, Spain; Venice and Rome, Italy
Comments: The focus of the course is on the changing worldviews that began with the Scientific Revolution. Through visiting sites in Spain and Italy, there will be an emphasis on views of the “Mind” and how those ideas challenged Government, Authority, and Power.
Website: Spain & Italy