Human Biology in China

SHANDONG: Saturday, June 6 to Saturday, August 8, 2020 (9 weeks)
TAIWAN: Sunday, June 28 to Saturday, August 15, 2020 (7 weeks)

Students will be encouraged to run a small research project under the direction of the lab supervisor. In each laboratory, students will have the opportunity to learn the techniques and data analysis required for the specific research project, participate in lab discussion and journal club, and take part in scientific research presentations. Students will earn a HMB396Y0 credit that can be used towards their degree requirements.

Details on Shandong

This program takes place in the Cheeloo College of Medicine at Shandong University (SDU) in Jinan, China. SDU is one of the largest universities in China, with more than 60,000 students, 31 faculties and eight campuses. SDU is regularly recognized as one of the top 20 universities in China, has four affiliated hospitals, three non-subordinate affiliated hospitals and 11 teaching hospitals. Students will be conducting research mainly in hospital laboratories. Some research topics in SDU include Neuroscience, Infection and Immunity, and Genetics and Epigenetics.

Shandong Accommodation and Meals

Students who are eligible for Shandong’s student accommodation will stay on the Bao Tu Quan campus in either a single room without private washroom or double room with a private washroom. Each room is equipped with heating, air conditioner and internet access.

Students will have access to eat in on-campus cafeterias. Students should budget approximately CAD$420 for meals.

Entry Requirements for Visitors to China

All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order. Information on visitor entry requirements, including visa application forms, is available from the Chinese Visa Application Service Center.

Details on Taiwan

This program takes place in the College of Biological Science and Technology at the National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) in Hsinchu, Taiwan. NCTU is a top research university with more than 10,000 students and is located at the centre of Hsinchu Science Park (the “Silicon Valley” of Asia). More than 40% of the engineers and CEOs in this area are NCTU alumni. Students will be conducting research mainly in university laboratories. Some research topics in Taiwan include Bio nanotechnology, Molecular Biology and Metabolic Engineering.

Taiwan Course Fee

NCTU requires that students enroll in their summer session (July and August, 4 credits) for the duration of the program. The total cost for the 2 credits is CAD$1,100.

Taiwan Accommodation and Meals

Students will stay in residence at the National Chiao Tung University. Depending on the campus at which students will be doing their research, there will be either two or four students per room. The residences are either all male or all female. Effort will be made to place U of T students together, but rooms may be shared with other international students or with Taiwanese students. There are cafeterias on campus where meals can be purchased.  Students should budget about CAD$750 for meals.