Summer 2015 Study Abroad Program
General Microbiology in Poland
The University of Minnesota Duluth will offer a Summer 2015 Short-term Study Abroad Program in Wroclaw, Poland. The program will include Biol 4503 General Microbiology, a 4-credit lecture/laboratory course offered at the University of Wroclaw Institute of Genetics and Microbiology. Biol 4503 is suitable for students preparing for graduate study in the biological sciences or admission to a school of medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, or public health. University of Wroclaw Institute faculty will provide all instruction in English. UMD Biol 4503 transfers to the UMN-Twin Cities as equivalent to VBS 2032.
The Study Abroad in Poland Program (June 13 to July 19, 2015, tentative $3600) includes: land transfers; tuition; international student insurance; university dormitory housing; Wroclaw bus/tram pass; microbiology field trips; on-site lectures on the geography, history and customs of central Europe; a three day group excursion to the medieval city of Krakow (including lodging, transportation, and tours of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, Wawel castle/cathedral, and 13th century Wielicka salt mine); and a weekend group excursion (including transportation, four meals and lodging) to the spa/sport village of Karpacz to hike the Karkonozse Mountains along the Poland/Czech Republic border. Three-day weekends are free for independent travel to Prague, Warsaw, Berlin, Gdansk and the Baltic Sea Coast. Meals, personal expenses and airfare are not included.
Wroclaw (Breslau), founded in the 10th century, is situated at the foot of the Sudety Mountains and on the Odra River in southwestern Poland. The city has over 650,000 inhabitants and is noted for its beauty, with 12 islands, 112 bridges, and many historic buildings. The European Union has selected Wroclaw, Poland as the European capital of culture for 2016. Wroclaw is a major central European educational center with 13 academic institutions and over 125,000 university students. The historic University of Wroclaw is over three hundred years old. Graduates and professors of the University have received nine Nobel Prizes. Charles Darwin and Johannes Brahms are among a long list of outstanding individuals who have received honorary doctorates from the University.
Admission to the program is limited to sixteen students. Application deadline: February 1, 2015. Early application is strongly encouraged. A minimum GPA of 2.5 and one year of university level Biology and Chemistry plus a course in Cell Biology or equivalent are required. Scholarships and stipends are available for University of Minnesota students.