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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