Summer Abroad Europe

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Genetics—The Global Language of Biology 

Cambridge, United Kingdom; Stockholm, Sweden

Arrive Date:  August 7, 2021    End Date:  September 4, 2021

Program Overview

This program takes you on an exciting trip in two European countries to visit sites ranging from historical landmarks to institutions conducting cutting edge research in genetics. Your studies will begin in England 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 science-based approach. The program will broaden your life and scientific views and increase your knowledge about opportunities to further study/work abroad, all while you enjoy an array 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. Tutors take courses MCB 197T & MCB 198. Interested students should contact the instructor during the fall quarter 2019 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 has been 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.
  • Visit a variety of academic and research institutions, and attend lectures by leading scientists.
  • 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.
  • Live on a boat hotel in the historic center of Stockholm.

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