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Science Abroad

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.

Science Abroad is partially funded by the Faculty of Arts & Science Curriculum Renewal Initiative Fund.

IMPORTANT: Spaces in each location are limited.  Students must submit a separate application and application fee for each of the locations they wish to be considered for.

Biological Anthropology/Archaeology in South Africa

Program Dates: Monday, June 2 to Friday, July 18, 2014 (7 weeks)

This program will take place at the University of Cape Town (UCT), a world-renowned English speaking institution with over 21,000 students located at the foot of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak, with panoramic views of much of Cape Town, the legislative capital of South Africa. Students will be placed in the Stable Light Isotope Laboratory within the Archeometry Research Unit in the Archaeology Department at UCT and will earn an ANT396Y0 credit that can be used towards their degree requirements.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
• Applicants should be in second year or higher of a science program and have at least some basic knowledge of physical sciences, including chemistry. Undergraduate courses in biological anthropology, archaeological science, and/or ecology are recommended. 
• Applicants may be invited for an interview

Chemistry in Hungary

Program Dates: Friday, May 9 to Friday, June 27, 2014 (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. As part of this program for 2014, students will travel to Poland (location to be confirmed) for a research symposium. Students will earn a CHM396Y0 credit that can be used towards their degree requirements.

Read more about the summer program in Szeged at http://drugcent.eu

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

This program is open to all science students who have completed at least 8.5 credits by the time the program begins.  Participants must have completed courses in Chemistry or related science disciplines or have permission from the instructor. 
• Students should be interested in using computational chemistry software or visualization software.
• Applicants may be invited for an interview.

Human Biology in China

Program Dates: Saturday, June 28 – Friday, August 29, 2014 (9 weeks)

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.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria 
• This program is open to Human Biology students.
• Applicants must submit two reference letters.
• Applicants may be invited for an interview.
• If students wish to apply to both the China and Taiwan locations, they will need to submit two separate applications.

Human Biology in Taiwan

Program Dates: Saturday, June 28 – Friday, August 29, 2014 (9 weeks)

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.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria 
• This program is open to Human Biology students.
• Applicants must submit two reference letters.
• Applicants may be invited for an interview.
• If students wish to apply to both the China and Taiwan locations, they will need to submit two separate applications.
 

Physics in Switzerland

Program Dates: May to August 2014 (16 weeks)
Final dates will be determined once the research schedule has been set in early 2014.

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.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
• Students must have a strong interest in physical sciences, be comfortable 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.

Science Abroad Courses

The University of Toronto will offer the Science Abroad program in five locations in 2014:

• Chemistry in Hungary
• Human Biology in China
• Human Biology in Taiwan
• Biological Anthropology/Archaeology in South Africa
• Physics in Switzerland

Space in this program is limited to up to 7 students per location. Students must submit a separate application and application fee for each of the locations for which they wish to be considered.

Chemistry in Hungary

CHM396Y0 Research Topic Abroad
Course credit for research or field studies abroad under the supervision of a faculty member. 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 is a Science course; BR=5.

Prerequisite: At least 8.5 FCEs including courses and no more than 14.0 FCEs including at least 1.5 FCEs in 2nd year chemistry courses, or permission of the instructor. Recommended Preparation: Knowledge of introductory physical chemistry (e.g. CHM220H or equivalent) is highly valuable, as is any previous experience with 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. Having taken CHM299 will also be beneficial.

Research supervisor: Imre G. Csizmadia is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto and a Member of 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

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. This is a Science course; BR=none.

Prerequisite: At least 8.5 FCEs including relevant courses in human biology.

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 (China and Taiwan).

 

Human Biology in Taiwan

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. This is a Science course; BR=none.

Prerequisite: At least 8.5 FCEs including relevant courses in human biology.

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 (China and Taiwan).

 

Biological Anthropology/Archaeology in South Africa

ANT396Y0: Research Topic Abroad
Course credit for research or field studies abroad under the supervision of a faculty member. The program will begin with a reading list and one week preparatory course in Toronto with the instructor.  Each student will take responsibility for archaeologically derived human tissue samples, which they will be analyzing at UCT using stable light isotope technology to help reconstruct the diet, climate and food webs of prehistoric Ontario.

This is a Social Science course; BR=none.

Prerequisite: This course is open to B.Sc. majors with at least 8.0 FCEs.

Research Supervisor:
Dr. Susan Pfeiffer is a professor at U of T and a research associate at the University of Cape Town.  Her research concentrates on reconstructing the conditions of life from characteristics of bones and teeth, where she is especially interested in newer methods that focus on the tissue level, such as biomechanical modeling and histology.  She pursues research questions in southern Ontario, and in southern Africa, seeking to understand diverse human adaptations.

Please click here for a copy of the course outline.

 

Physics in Switzerland

PHY396Y0: Research Topic Abroad
Course credit for research or field studies abroad under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will work on a project analyzing Large Hadron Collider data under the supervision of one of the senior scientists in the group. 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.

This is a Science course; BR=5.

Prerequisite: At least 8.5 FCEs and no more than 14.0 FCEs.

Research supervisor:
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.

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 Centre:  http://toronto.china-consulate.org

As of the time of publication (December 2013), Canadian citizens NOT born in Hong Kong, Macao, or Taiwan require a Business Visa (F-Visa) to enter China for stays of more than 30 days but less than 6 months. 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 for the duration of the program. We STRONGLY encourage you to do this while in Canada.

 

Entry Requirements for Visitors to Hungary and Poland
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 2013), 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 the embassies/consulates of each country:
• Hungary:  Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Ottawa.  http://www.mfa.gov.hu/kulkepviselet/CA/en
• Poland: Consulate General of the Republic of Poland. http://toronto.msz.gov.pl/en/

Note: Both Hungary and Poland are parties to the Schengen Agreement, so students who do need a visa to enter them should only need to obtain one Schengen visa (not two separate visas). For further information, please contact either of the embassies/consulates above. If applying for the Schengen visa, you should apply through the Hungarian embassy, as Hungary is the primary destination for this program.

 

Entry Requirements for Visitors to South Africa
All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order. Information on visitor entry requirements is available from the South African Consulate General, http://www.southafrica-canada.ca/pages_canada/toronto/consulate.html

As of the time of publication (December 2013), Canadian citizens need a passport valid for at least six months beyond their return date to enter South Africa as a visitor for up to three months. Citizens of other countries may have other requirements.

 

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: http://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/reps/nameri/vcan/ref_visinf/viscan.html or by contacting the Consulate General of Switzerland in Montreal at: 514-932-7181 or mon.visa@eda.admin.ch.

As of the time of publication (December 2013), Canadian citizens may be required to obtain a Visa prior to departure. Students are advised to contact the Swiss Consulate in Montreal upon admission to the program to ensure they have the appropriate documents.  Citizens of other countries may have other requirements.

 

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, http://www.taiwan-canada.org

At the time of publication (December 2013), 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.

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

 

BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY/ARCHAEOLOGY IN SOUTH AFRICA   

 

PHYSICS IN SWITZERLAND

Accommodation and Meals

China 

Students can stay in Shandong’s student accommodation on the Bao Tu Quan campus. There are two types of rooms available: single room without private bathroom, or double room with a private bathroom. Each room is equipped with heating, TV, air-conditioner and internet access. The approximate cost for accommodation in the apartment is CAD$300 for a single room and CAD$250 for a double room. Payment for accommodations to Shandong University will be the responsibility of the student upon arrival.

Students will have access to eat in on-campus cafeterias.  Students should budget approximately CAD$7/day for meals.

Hungary

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.

South Africa

Accommodations will be reserved at a local hostel in Observatory, a student area that is a five minute drive to UCT. The hostel is a four-bedroom house with small private garden, fully fitted kitchen, and two bathrooms (one with shower and one with bath/shower).  Students may have to share bathroom and kitchen facilities with other visitors. The cost of a double room for the duration of the program would be approximately CAD$825. For a single room, the cost would be approximately CAD$1625.

Students should budget approximately CAD$875 for meals based on an estimate of $25/day for self-prepared and purchased meals.

Switzerland

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.

Taiwan

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$180 for the duration of the program. Payment for accommodations to NCTU University will be the responsibility of the student upon arrival.

There are three cafeterias on campus.  The average cost is CAD$3 - $4 per meal.  Students should budget about CAD$720 for meals.

Flights and Pre-Departure Orientation

Flight Arrangements for Science Abroad Programs

There are no group flights for the Science Abroad programs.  Students must make their own travel arrangements.  Flight dates should accord with the program dates.

In the case of the program in Switzerland, the ATLAS/Toronto group will cover the cost of airfare to and from Geneva.

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 PDO, at which you will receive a course syllabus, Student Handbook, and detailed program information.  Attendance at this PDO is mandatory for all participants in the Science Abroad program.

Science Abroad PDO: April 9 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Financial Assistance

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

• Summer Abroad Bursary (six awards at $2000 each)
• Rose Patten International Program Award (two award at of $1500 each)
• John Browne Award
• Dora and Al Track Travel Award
• OSAP

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 21, 2014 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 14, 2014
• Deposit of $500 ………….due two weeks after admission notification
• All remaining fees .………due April 2, 2014

Health & Safety

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