Genetics—The Global Language of Biology
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Europe
- Weather and Climate
- Research Your Destination
The program begins in Vienna, where students will stay in double rooms at a fun and friendly downtown student hostel.
In Stockholm, students will stay in shared rooms on the ship Rygerfjord Hotel and Hostel, a docked ship in the center of Stockholm.
Classes in Vienna will be held in meeting rooms at the accommodation facilities. In Cambridge, classes will be held at Clare College within the University of Cambridge. In Stockholm, classes will be held at Stockholm University, a short commute away from the housing.
UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.
Breakfasts every day are covered as part of the program fee. Periodic group meals will be provided in Vienna but most meals will be on your own. Most all meals while in Cambridge are provided as part of the program fee, and most lunches in Stockholm are provided.
Excursions will be fully integrated with the course material. Many of the highest accomplishments in genetics have been recognized by the Nobel Prize, and that will be an underlying theme linking topics and places.
In Vienna, the focus will be on Gregor Mendel and the research on mechanisms of inheritance. A side trip to the Czech Republic will allow students to visit Mendel’s monastery and the site where his greenhouse once stood.
In Cambridge, the focus will be on DNA, with visits related to the discovery of DNA structure, evolution, and DNA sequencing.
In Stockholm, the focus will be on current research and the future, with visits related to the Nobel Prize ceremonies and global development.
See the syllabus for a day-by-day account of topics and related excursions.
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
Currency: Austria, Euro (EUR); UK, Pound (GBP); Sweden, Swedish Krona (SEK)
Language Spoken: German, English, Swedish
Weather in Vienna
Weather on the Continent during the summer can range from light rain and cool temperatures (50-60F) to sunny and hot (80-90 F). Be prepared with layers and expect greater humidity than in California.
Weather in Cambridge
England's climate is classified as temperate maritime, making it mild and damp. Summer months rarely see temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit. You can expect to experience some cloudy weather as well as rain anywhere in England at any time. So bring an umbrella and/or raincoat.
Weather in Continental Europe can get quite hot over the summer and students should expect humidity as well.
Weather in Stockholm
Sweden has a cool, temperate climate, yet the southern part of the country experiences warmer weather than the northern. The summer months in Sweden are generally sunny with occasional rainfall. However, by the time August rolls around, the weather tends to get a little wetter.
- New York Times Coverage - Great Britain
- Cambridge Tourism Website
- US Relations with the UK
- University of Cambridge