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Genetics—The Global Language of Biology 


You will begin your program studies with accommodations at Prince’s Gardens, Imperial College, located in central London. Then onto Cambridge, where you will be housed in comfortable shared rooms at Clare College, one of the many colleges of the prestigious University of Cambridge.

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange alternative 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. Most lunches and dinners while in Cambridge are provided as part of the program fee. Welcome and Farewell Dinners are also included. All other meals will be on your own.

Excursions & Activities

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 Cambridge, the focus will be on DNA, with visits related to the discovery of DNA structure, evolution, and DNA sequencing.

See the syllabus for a day-by-day account of topics and related excursions.

Get to Know Your Destination

London, England

Everyone comes to London with a preconception shaped by a multitude of books, movies, TV shows and songs. Whatever yours is, prepare to have it exploded by this endlessly fascinating, amorphous city. You could spend a lifetime exploring it and find that the slippery thing’s gone and changed on you. One thing is constant: that great serpent of a river enfolding the city in its sinuous loops, linking London both to the green heart of England and the world. From Roman times the world has come to London, put down roots and whinged about the weather. There is no place on earth that is more multicultural; any given street yields a rich harvest of languages, and those narrow streets are also steeped in fascinating history, magnificent art, imposing architecture and popular culture. When you add an endless reserve of cool to this mix, it’s hard not to conclude that London is one of the world’s great cities, if not the greatest.

Cambridge, England

Abounding with exquisite architecture, exuding history and tradition, and renowned for its quirky rituals, Cambridge is a university town extraordinaire. The tightly packed core of ancient colleges, the picturesque riverside 'Backs' (college gardens) and the leafy green meadows surrounding the city give it a more tranquil appeal than its historic rival Oxford.

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)

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