The University of Minnesota Duluth will offer a Summer 2014 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.
The Study Abroad in Poland Program June 14 to July 20, 2014, tentative $3400) 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 eastern 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 trip to the spa/sport village of Karpacz to hike the Karkonose Mountains along the Poland/Czech Republic border. Weekends are free for independent travel to Prague, Warsaw, Berlin, Gdansk and the Baltic Sea Coast. Meals and airfare are not included.
Wroclaw, 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 625,000 inhabitants and is noted for its beauty, with 12 islands, 112 bridges, and many historic buildings. Wroclaw is a major eastern European education center with 13 academic institutions and over 125,000 university students. The historic University of Wroclaw (Breslau) is over three hundred years old. Graduates and professors of the University have received ten 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. Early application is strongly encouraged. A minimum GPA of 2.5 and one year of university level Biology and Chemistry plus a course in Introductory Cell Biology or equivalent are required. Scholarships and stipends are available for University of Minnesota students.