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European Study Abroad in the Chemical Sciences

Dates: 3 May–15 June 2024
Priority Deadline: 1 November 2023
Application Deadline: 31 January 2024

We will spend six weeks in Europe visiting sites of both scientific and cultural importance. In general, we will spend one week in a city, which will be our base, visiting important sites in that city as well as those in surrounding cities. In general, we will travel to our next city on Saturdays. Our plan is to start in London, England, and then proceed to Leiden (between Amsterdam and The Hague), Netherlands; Paris, France; Basel, Switzerland; Milan/Florence, Italy; and Ljubljana, Slovenia. Day trips will be taken to cities like Manchester, Zurich, Strasbourg, and Zagreb. Some of our cultural visits will include the British Museum in London, the Louvre and Eiffel Tower in Paris, Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam, and the cathedrals in Strasbourg and Milan. We will visit a national park (Plitvice National Park in Croatia) and Lake Bled in Slovenia. We will see some of the great universities and educational institutions of Europe, including Oxford, Cambridge, the ETH in Switzerland, and the University of Genoa in Italy.

As we go between countries, we will experience different cultures and languages. We will be in northern, southern, and eastern Europe. We will be in countries that speak English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Slovenian, and Croatian. Each morning a student will present a short (ca. 30 min.) lecture on the place(s) we will visit. These presentations will be prepared the semester before we travel. They will usually have a focus on the chemistry related to the venue(s) of the day. We recommend that students that participate in this study abroad have taken Chem 101 or 105 or the equivalent.

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Daniel Austin
(801) 422-1551

Matthew Linford
C-306 BNSN
(801) 422-1699


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Frequently Asked Questions
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Students will enroll in the following course while on this program:

CHEM 102: Concepts of Chemistry (3 hours Spring Term, counts towards the GE Physical Science requirement)
CHEM 586R: Special Topics in Chemistry (3 hours Spring term)

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students), housing, group transportation on field trips, some meals, and international health insurance.

Does not include include airfare, prep course tuition, or personal expenses.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Students are required to take the following prerequisite courses prior to departure:

CHEM 596R—Special Topics in Chemistry (0.5 credit hours)
CHEM 101—Introductory General Chemistry (3 credit hours)
CHEM 105—General College Chemistry 1 (4 credit hours)
Or equivalent

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will stay in hotels or hostels. All housing and travel will be arranged by the program.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information page.

Priority Deadline: 1 November 2023
Application Deadline: 31 January 2024
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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Daniel Austin is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Brigham Young University. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He plays the bagpipes, enjoys Taekwondo, and sings in the Tabernacle Choir.

(801) 422-1551
cell phone/text: (385) 236-8739

Matthew Linford is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Brigham Young University. He has visited multiple times or lived in England, Germany, Australia, Uruguay, Brazil, and Japan.

C-306 BNSN
(801) 422-1699
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International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.