Wollongong, Australia | Cardiff, Wales | Bethesda, Maryland
Colgate is unique in that it offers off-campus study groups which allow majors in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics to study abroad while keeping up with the requirements of the major. Three off-campus study programs are directly relevant to the Chemistry and Biochemistry programs:
"Where the mountains meet the sea" is the translation of the aboriginal phrase, wollongong. The University of Wollongong, host institution for the Australia Study Group, has 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is located 50 miles south of Sydney on the east coast of Australia. The study group is open to students from all Colgate departments who are interested in the social and environmental diversity of Australia and in extending their liberal arts education by studying and residing with Australian students. Organized and led by faculty in the Department of Geography and the Environmental Studies Program, students will engage in studies of the historical and environmental processes that shaped national and regional development throughout Australia. Students enroll in two required courses: HIST 121Y, Dispossessed, Diggers and Democrats: Australia 1788 to 1888 in the Department of History and Politics; and GEOG/ENST 200, Geographic and Environmental Issues in Australia, a seminar and lecture series organized by the study group director in collaboration with faculty from departments throughout the University of Wollongong. This course includes a series of day trips throughout New South Wales and an intersession trip to Australia's red center including Alice Springs, the northern tropical rain forest and the Great Barrier Reef. In addition, students choose two electives from approved courses within the Wollongong curriculum.
Students concentrating in any of the natural sciences, mathematics or computer science may continue required courses at the University of Wales, College of Cardiff (UWCC), while studying the history and culture of Wales. Participants take two required courses (Welsh History and Welsh Literature and Culture) and two science courses chosen from offerings in archaeology, biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology. All courses are in English. The study group begins the last week in January, and final exams are completed by early June. Students share university dormitory suites with Cardiff students.
National Institutes of Health
This program began in 1992, and is based on the campuses of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda and Frederick, Maryland. The NIH Program provides an opportunity to broaden the educational experience of students interested in careers in biomedical research, including fields such as molecular biology, neuroscience and biochemistry, or the health sciences in general. By carrying out research (about 30 hours per week) in the laboratory of an established investigator, by taking courses from scientists who are leaders in their respective fields, and by attending lectures of visiting scientists from all over the world, students have a tremendous opportunity to enhance their scientific education. Students live in apartments near the NIH facilities.
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