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*UMD Short-term: General Microbiology in Poland
Wroclaw, Poland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer Session
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Session 2016 02/15/2016 02/15/2016 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Class Standing: 2-Sophmore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Housing: Dormitory
Type of Program: Faculty Led Short-term Program: Yes
Program Description:

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Program Highlights
  • Study microbiology with Polish faculty while exploring the beautiful city of Wroclaw
  • Gain hands-on experience through laboratory time and lectures
  • Learn about Polish language, geography, culture and history while interacting with locals
  • Live in a shared dormitory at the Uniwersytet Wroclawski (University of Wroclaw) campus, just minutes from the city center
  • Travel to Krakow to visit The Wawel castle and cathedral, a 12th century Wieliczka salt mine and the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp museum

Program Overview
Cities visited: Wroclaw and Krakow
Dates: June 13 - July 19, 2015


Wroclaw, founded in the 10th century, sits at the foot of the Sudety Mountains along the banks of the Odra River. The European Union selected the city as a European Capital of Culture for 2016, during which a series of cultural events will be held.

Receive an introduction to the language, geography, culture and history of Poland. Course field trips and a weekend excursion to Krakow to visit The Wawel, a 12th century Wieliczka salt mine and Auschwitz-Birkenau are included.  Spend free weekends traveling to destinations such as Prague, Berlin, Gdansk and Warsaw.

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There are prerequisites for this program:
  • One year of college-level Biology
  • One year of college-level Chemistry
  • One course in Cell Biology
Earn 4 credits in BIOL 4503: General Microbiology in Wroclaw, Poland. The course consists of laboratory and lecture time.

The program is designed for biology majors, cell and molecular biology majors and pre-professional students (pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-pharmacy, pre-optometry, pre-vet medicine, nursing, public health, etc.).

Course topics include:
  • Microbial cell structure, metabolism, nutrition, growth and genetics
  • Structure and pathogenicity of viruses
  • Microbial taxonomy and diversity
  • Microbial diseases, immunity, serology and control
  • Applied and environmental microbiology including medical, food, aquatic and soil
Program Leader
Conrad Firling is a professor in the Department of Biology at University of Minnesota Duluth. His areas of focus are general biology, developmental biology and cell biology.

Program Costs

Summer Session
Program Cost: $3,383
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $2,670
Estimated Total Cost: $6,053

What’s included in the program cost?
  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • Housing (shared dormitories)
  • Local transportation
  • Field trips & entry fees
  • CISI international travel, health and security coverage
  • Faculty leader support
  • Re-entry support
View the breakdown of costs for General Microbiology in Poland. These estimated costs do not include the application fee. Financial aid only applies to students who take at least 6 credits total during May and Summer session combined. Credits taken on study abroad programs cannot be used in tuition banding. Apply for scholarships, including the Solidarity through Science Scholarship.

Live in the Olówek Residence Hall at the University of Wroclaw. Each apartment accommodates four students and contains a bathroom, a mini-kitchen and two bedrooms. Restaurants and inexpensive student "milk bars" are nearby. Olówek is a twenty-minute bus ride from the Institute of Genetics and Microbiology and a five-minute tram ride from the historic Wroclaw city center and Market Square.

Travel Documents
A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required.

To apply, email the following to the program leader, Conrad Firling:
  1. Personal Statement: In approximately 250 words, describe why you selected this program and how it suits your academic and personal goals.  Include dates and information on any previous international experience living, traveling, or studying abroad.
  2. Unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges attended.
Early application is strongly encouraged, as space is limited and the program will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applicants will receive official acceptance following the deadline.

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