Microbiology in Western Europe
- Explore the differences between European and US health care systems by visiting some of the leading pharmaceutical research institutes and companies
- Spend three weeks exploring and experiencing some of the most beautiful cities in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
- Earn three Biology credit hours towards your degree
This program will take students to some of the leading infectious disease research institutes and pharmaceutical companies in Germany, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Participants will be exposed to many of the public health approaches and aspects of western European countries giving them the opportunity to compare and contrast those found within the United States. The itinerary will also include visits to historical sites related to infectious disease impacts on human development (e.g. plague, pox vaccine, etc.), industry visits highlighting food microbiology processes, as well as cultural tours and activities.
May 24 - Depart U.S.
May 25 - Arrive in Paris, France (5 nights in Paris): The program begins with a guided boat tour down the Seine River, one of the most relaxing and expedient ways to view the sights of Paris. The following days in Paris will include visits to the Palace of Versailles, the Institut Pasteur, the Musée du Louvre, UNESCO head offices, and the Musée Pasteur.
May 30 - Travel to Geneva, Switzerland (3 nights in Geneva): Once in Geneva, there are scheduled visit to the World Health Organization, UNAIDS Headquarters, the United Nations Office at Geneva, and the Red Cross Museum. Before moving onto Basel, the group will enjoy a day trip to Gruyere.
June 2 - Travel to Basel, Switzerland (1 night in Basel): Participants will visit Novartis Basel, a pharmaceutical company, to learn about their reserach in the health care sector. Other visits will include a distillery, the Anatomic Museum and the Pharmacy Museum.
June 3 - Travel to Strasbourg, France (2 nights in Strasbourg): From Basel, students will travel to Strasbourg, the capital of the Grand Est region of France and the official seat of the European Parliament. A visit to the hospital group Saint Vincent will provide participants with a comparative view of the French and US health care systems. The itinerary also includes a winery tour and a weekend excursion to the Haut-Koenigsbourg Castle, former residence of Wilhelm II.
June 5 - Travel to Heidelberg, Germany (5 nights in Heidelberg): Participants will then travel on to Heidelberg, home to one of Germany’s most reputable universities. A guided tour of the Germany Pharmacy Museum and Heidelberg Castle will start things off, and during their time in Heidelberg participants will have the opportunity to visit several leading research institutions such as the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), the German Cancer Research Center, and the Max Planck Institute for Medical Research.
June 10 - Travel to Utrecht & Amsterdam, Netherlands (3 nights in Utrecht): For the final leg of the program, participants will stay in Utrecht with day trips to Amsterdam. The group will visit Micropia (a microbiology museum), the National Health Care Institute and the Van Gogh Museum.
June 13 - Depart Europe and return to U.S.
Three hours of upper level undergraduate credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program.
Credit: BIOL 423 – Non-laboratory Independent Study
BIOL 423 will count towards the elective requirement for all biology majors, and it also satisfies KU Core Goal 6.
Participants will stay in conveniently located hotels in Paris, Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Basel, Utrecht and Geneva. Rooms are double or triple occupancy, and continental breakfast is included daily.
Open to undergraduate and graduate students, sophomore level and above, from any accredited US college or university who have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
No prior biology experience or knowledge is required, but priority will be given to students pursuing one of the Molecular Biosciences majors. Priority will be given to current KU students, but students from other colleges and universities will be accepted if space is available.