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Science Abroad China, Hungary, Switzerland, or Taiwan

Science Abroad allows science students to complete a research course at one of several prestigious research facilities located overseas.  Students will collaborate with colleagues from other countries, and explore problems of a global nature.  Through this experiential learning process, students will have the chance to relate their academic studies to real-world lab situations, while also earning course credit that will count towards their degree requirements.

 

Chemistry in Hungary

Program Dates: Friday, May 8 to Friday, June 26, 2015 (7 weeks)

The University of Szeged is located in the heart of Hungary’s third-largest city, Szeged, and is consistently ranked the top university in the country. As part of the program with the Drug Discovery Research Center, students will attend lectures by international researchers and participate in a laboratory component. Students will be guided and supervised through the practical components, where lecture material will be expanded on. The skills learned will later be used for data collection in individual projects. Each student will be responsible for construction of input, submitting calculations to the computer system, and data collection/analysis. This program will be comprised of students from North America and Europe. Students will also participate in an international research symposium held this year in Szeged.

CHM396Y0 Research Topic Abroad
Course credit for research or field studies abroad under the supervision of a faculty member. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: At least 8.5 FCEs and no more than 14.0 FCEs including at least 1.5 FCEs in 2nd year chemistry courses, or permission of the instructor.

This is a Science course; BR=5

Recommended Preparation: CHM299Y
Knowledge of introductory physical chemistry (e.g. CHM220H or equivalent) is highly valuable, as is any previous experience/interest in computational chemistry software or visualization software. A basic knowledge of organic chemistry is expected (e.g. CHM247H or equivalent). Research skills and chemistry journal literacy are advantageous to successful project completion. Applicants may be invited for an interview.

Research supervisor: Imre G. Csizmadia is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto and a Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He joined the professorial staff at the Chemistry Department of the University of Toronto in 1964 and has been involved in both research and teaching since then. During the past four decades he has been a visiting professor in many countries including: Canada, Argentina, Japan, China, Taiwan, England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and most extensively in Hungary. He was the first, globally, to carry out Gaussian molecular computations on an organic molecule. The ultimate goal in his computational pursuits has been to develop an extremely practical method for drug design.

Human Biology in China or Taiwan

CHINA: Saturday, June 27  to Friday, August 28, 2015 (9 weeks)
TAIWAN: Thursday, July 9 to Friday, August 28, 2015 (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. 

HMB396Y0 International Research Project in Human Biology
Your individual, independent research project is supervised by a faculty member in an approved partner university. This unique opportunity to conduct a lab-based research project is open to students in any Human Biology program. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisites: At least 10 FCEs including relevant courses in human biology.
• Applicants must submit one reference letter and may be invited for an interview.
• Note if students wish to apply to both the China and Taiwan programs, they will need to submit two separate applications.
Research supervisors: Faculty members at the host institutions will supervise students. Each student will work with their own supervisor in their lab.
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Details on China
This program takes place in the School of Medicine at Shandong University (SDU) in Jinan, China. SDU is one of the largest universities in China with more than 57,000 students, 31 faculties, and seven campuses. SDU is regularly recognized as one of the top 20 universities in China. Some research topics in China include: immunology, physiology, and neuroscience. Students will be conducting research mainly in hospital laboratories.

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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. Some research topics in Taiwan include microbiology, nanotechnology, and microbiology.  Students will be conducting research mainly in university laboratories.

Taiwan Course Fee (new for 2015)
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 4 credits is CAD$280

Payment for the course fee and accommodations will be made by the student directly to NCTU University upon arrival.

Physics in Switzerland

Program Dates: May to August 2015 (16 weeks)

Final dates will be confirmed once the research schedule has been set in early 2015.

ATLAS is a particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.  CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centres for research in particle physics.  Seven UofT professors are among the scientists conducting research there, leading a group of approximately 25 UofT researchers on ATLAS.  The experiment is recreating the conditions at the birth of the Universe and will bring us closer to a more complete understanding of the subatomic structure of our world.

In this program, students will work on a project analyzing Large Hadron Collider data under the supervision of one of the senior scientists in the group. Students will earn a PHY396Y0 credit that can be used towards their degree requirements. Not eligible for CR/NCR option

PHY396Y0 Research Topic Abroad
Course credit for research or field studies abroad under the supervision of a faculty member.
This is a Science course; BR=5

Prerequisites:
• At least 8.5 FCEs and no more than 14.0 FCEs.
• Strong interest in physical sciences, comfort working with advanced software (no specific programming language is required, but knowledge of c and/or c++ will be of benefit) and have a minimum CGPA of 3.0.
• Applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

The course will begin with up to two weeks in Toronto, followed by up to 12 weeks working in the laboratory at CERN, and finally one to two concluding weeks back in Toronto where students will complete their final report.

Research supervisors:
Professor Pekka K. Sinervo has held various leadership positions at the University of Toronto and with several national and international research groups. He has been recognized for his exceptional teaching skills and is widely respected in the research community. His research has centred on the study of particle interactions at very high energies. He currently is a member of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider and is focusing on the search for new types of particles and interactions.

Professor Richard Teuscher has been a member of the ATLAS collaboration since 1999, and played leadership roles in the development of the ATLAS detector and the search for new types of particles and forces.  Stationed full-time at CERN, he has been head of the ATLAS working group responsible for measuring the properties of jets and missing energy, and focused his research effort on the search for and study of the Higgs boson. He is currently the ATLAS Canada Deputy Spokesperson.
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Science Abroad Courses

The University of Toronto will offer the Science Abroad program in 3 locations in 2015:

• Chemistry in Hungary
• Human Biology in China or Taiwan
• Physics in Switzerland

Chemistry in Hungary

CHM396Y0 Research Topic AbroadCourse credit for research or field studies abroad under the supervision of a faculty member. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.
Prerequisite: At least 8.5 FCEs and no more than 14.0 FCEs including at least 1.5 FCEs in 2nd year chemistry courses, or permission of the instructor.
This is a Science course; BR=5

Recommended Preparation: CHM299Y
Knowledge of introductory physical chemistry (e.g. CHM220H or equivalent) is highly valuable, as is any previous experience/interest in computational chemistry software or visualization software. A basic knowledge of organic chemistry is expected (e.g. CHM247H or equivalent). Research skills and chemistry journal literacy are advantageous to successful project completion. Applicants may be invited for an interview.

Research supervisor: Imre G. Csizmadia is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto and a Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He joined the professorial staff at the Chemistry Department of the University of Toronto in 1964 and has been involved in both research and teaching since then. During the past four decades he has been a visiting professor in many countries including: Canada, Argentina, Japan, China, Taiwan, England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and most extensively in Hungary. He was the first, globally, to carry out Gaussian molecular computations on an organic molecule. The ultimate goal in his computational pursuits has been to develop an extremely practical method for drug design.

Please click here for a copy of the course outline.

 

Human Biology in China or Taiwan

HMB396Y0 International Research Project in Human BiologyYour individual, independent research project is supervised by a faculty member in an approved partner university. This unique opportunity to conduct a lab-based research project is open to students in any Human Biology program. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisites: At least 10 FCEs including relevant courses in human biology.
• Applicants must submit one reference letter and may be invited for an interview.
• Note if students wish to apply to both the China and Taiwan programs, they will need to submit two separate applications.


Research supervisors: Faculty members at the host institutions will supervise students. Each student will work with their own supervisor in their lab.

Please click here for a copy of the course outline.

 

Physics in Switzerland

PHY396Y0 Research Topic AbroadCourse credit for research or field studies abroad under the supervision of a faculty member.
This is a Science course; BR=5

Prerequisites:
• At least 8.5 FCEs and no more than 14.0 FCEs.
• Strong interest in physical sciences, comfort working with advanced software (no specific programming language is required, but knowledge of c and/or c++ will be of benefit) and have a minimum CGPA of 3.0.
• Applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

The course will begin with up to two weeks in Toronto, followed by up to 12 weeks working in the laboratory at CERN, and finally one to two concluding weeks back in Toronto where students will complete their final report.

Research supervisors:
Professor Pekka K. Sinervo has held various leadership positions at the University of Toronto and with several national and international research groups. He has been recognized for his exceptional teaching skills and is widely respected in the research community. His research has centred on the study of particle interactions at very high energies. He currently is a member of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider and is focusing on the search for new types of particles and interactions.

Professor Richard Teuscher has been a member of the ATLAS collaboration since 1999, and played leadership roles in the development of the ATLAS detector and the search for new types of particles and forces.  Stationed full-time at CERN, he has been head of the ATLAS working group responsible for measuring the properties of jets and missing energy, and focused his research effort on the search for and study of the Higgs boson. He is currently the ATLAS Canada Deputy Spokesperson.

Please click here for a copy of the course outline.

 

Entry Requirements for Science Abroad Students


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; www.visaforchina.org

As of the time of publication (December 2014), Canadian citizens NOT born in Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan require a Visitor’s Visa to enter China, which can be obtained from the Chinese Consulate in Toronto. Citizens of other countries, and Canadians who WERE born in Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan, may have different requirements. Each student is required to obtain their own Visitor’s Visa for entry into China. We STRONGLY encourage you to do this while in Canada.

 


Entry Requirements for Visitors to Hungary

All students are responsible for making sure that they have the necessary travel documents to enter the countries listed below as visitors.

As of the time of publication (December 2014), Canadian citizens only require a passport valid for at least six months beyond their return date to enter Hungary or Poland as a visitor. Citizens of other countries may have other requirements.

Information on entry requirements is available from:
• Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Ottawa, www.mfa.gov.hu/kulkepviselet/CA/en

Program Development Fee: Students are required to contribute CAD$375 to aid in the continued growth of this program. This fee will be paid in local currency on site.

 


Entry Requirements for Visitors to Taiwan

All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order.  Information on entry requirements is available from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Toronto, www.taiwan-canada.org

At the time of publication (December 2014), Canadian citizens only require a passport valid for at least six months beyond their return date to enter Taiwan as a visitor, for stays up to 90 days.

 

Entry Requirements for Visitors to Switzerland
All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order. Information on visitor entry requirements is available from: www.embassypages.com/missions/embassy7721/ or by contacting the Consulate General of Switzerland in Toronto (Oakville) at: 905-845-1259 or toronto@honrep.ch.

As of the time of publication (December 2014), Canadian citizens may be required to obtain a Visa prior to departure. Students are advised to contact the Swiss Consulate upon admission to the program to ensure they have the appropriate documents.  Citizens of other countries may have other requirements.

Cost of Science Abroad

A breakdown of the program costs is outlined below. All prices are in Canadian dollars.

CHEMISTRY IN HUNGARY

HUMAN BIOLOGY IN CHINA AND TAIWAN

 

PHYSICS IN SWITZERLAND

Accommodation and Meals

Hungary Accommodation and Meals:

Students will receive assistance to find and secure accommodation in apartment buildings. Students can expect to share an apartment with up to three other students but have individual rooms. Apartments typically have a kitchen, and there are grocery stores nearby.

The approximate cost of living in Szeged for the period of the program is CAD$1300, which includes accommodation and meals.

China Accommodation and Meals

Students can stay in Shandong’s student accommodation 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 (internet fee of CAD$15). The approximate cost for accommodation in the apartment is CAD$375 for a single room and CAD$325 for a double room. Full payment for accommodations to Shandong University will be the responsibility of the student upon arrival. A refundable damage deposit of CAD$100 must also be paid to SDU upon check-in.
Students will have access to eat in on-campus cafeterias.  Students should budget approximately CAD$7/day for meals.

Taiwan Accommodation and Meals

Students will stay in residence at the National Chiao Tung University.  There will be four students per room.  The residences are either all male or all female.  Effort will be made to place UofT students together, but rooms may be shared with other international students or with Taiwanese students. The approximate cost for accommodation in the dormitory is CAD$190 for the duration of the program.
There are three cafeterias on campus.  The average cost is CAD$3 - $4 per meal.  Students should budget about CAD$720 for meals.

Switzerland Accommodation and Meals

Accommodation will be arranged and provided by the ATLAS/Toronto research group, either on-site in one of CERN’s hostels, or off-site in an apartment, hostel or motel. Meals are normally purchased at one of the cafeterias on the CERN site and would be the responsibility of the student.  Students should budget approximately CAD$ 2,800 for meals and various expenses.

Group Flights and Pre-Departure Orientations

Science Abroad Group Flights

There are no group flights for Hungary, China or Taiwan, Students must arrange their own travel to and from the host site.

Switzerland: The ATLAS/Toronto group will cover the cost of airfare to and from Geneva.

 

Science Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Science Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues.  Students must also attend the in-person Science Abroad Pre-departure Orientation on Thursday, April 9 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.

• Summer Abroad Bursary (six awards at $2000 each)
 

Information Session

A detailed information session for the Science Abroad program will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from the instructor and previous participants, see photos, and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Location: Woodsworth College Residence, in Waters Lounge, 321 Bloor Street West (SE corner of St. George and Bloor)

Payment Deadlines

The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

• Application fee: due February 16, 2015
• Deposit of $500: due two weeks after admission notification
• All remaining fees: due April 1, 2015

Health & Safety

For general information related to travelling safely and region-specific risks, please review the health and safety page.