Summer Abroad Europe

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Genetics—The Global Language of Biology 

Vienna, Austria; Brno, Czech Republic; Cambridge, UK; Stockholm, Sweden

Arrive Date: August 5, 2018    End Date: September 2, 2018

Program Overview

This program takes you on an exciting trip across Europe—4 countries—to visit sites ranging from historical landmarks to institutions conducting cutting edge research in genetics. Your studies will begin in Vienna, Austria, with a side trip to the Mendel Museum in the Czech Republic. You will then continue by air to England and stay at the University of Cambridge, which is steeped in the history of genetics. Next you will fly to Stockholm, Sweden, which hosts the Nobel Prize. This “genetics immersion” program takes a research and molecular based approach. The program will broaden your life and scientific views and increase your knowledge about opportunities to further study/work abroad, all while enjoying the variety of academic and national cultures.

Tutoring Opportunity: Students who have already taken BIS 101 or a similar genetics course are eligible to apply as tutors: two positions available, courses MCB 197T & MCB 198. Interested students should contact the instructor during the fall quarter 2017 for more information. Enrollment as a tutor is by consent of instructor.

The onsite coordinator abroad will be Capt. Ingemar Olsson, who has extensive travel experience and foreign language proficiency.

This program was nominated for an Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  30

Program Coordinator:  Erin Schlemmer


Biological Sciences (BIS) 101Genes and Gene Expression (4 units)


Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) 198Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Prerequisite Note: Summer Abroad will be enforcing prerequisites for this program.

Program Highlights 

  • Live and study at the University of Cambridge, where Watson stayed during his work on DNA with Crick.
  • Attend research lectures by leading scientists at academic and research institutions in cities across Europe.
  • In Sweden's capital, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, attend class at Stockholm University and visit the sites of the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies.
  • Experience living aboard the Rygerfjord Hostel ship, located in the heart of Stockholm.
  • Visit the monastery where Gregor Mendel conducted his experiments, in Brno, Czech Republic.

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