UC Davis Summer Abroad


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Genetics — The Global Language of Biology

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The program begins in Vienna, where students will stay in double rooms at a fun and friendly downtown student hostel.

In Cambridge, students will be housed in comfortable shared rooms at Clare College, one of the many colleges of the prestigious University of Cambridge.

In Stockholm, students will stay in shared rooms on the ship Rygerfjord Hotel and Hostel, a docked ship in the center of Stockholm.

Program Alumni Video Project (Joseph Owen)


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 and Day Trips

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.

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

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.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

About Program Locations

Currency: Austria, Euro (EUR); UK, Pound (GBP); Sweden, Swedish Krona (SEK)

Language Spoken: German, English, Swedish

Weather and Climate

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.

Research Your Destination

State Department Country Specific Data

CIA World Factbook


New York Times Coverage- Austria

US Relations with Austria 

Tourism Website


New York Times Coverage - Great Britain

Cambridge Tourism Website

US Relations with the UK

University of Cambridge


New York Times Topics- Sweden

US Relations with Sweden

Stockholm Visitor's Guide

City of Stockholm