This program will not be running in 2020. For information about 2021, please contact the program director.
UGA - Franklin - Biotechnology in Scotland
Biotechnology and Biopharma are well established business models that generate 100s of billions of dollars in revenue for companies around the globe. There is a need for workers that understand the science around biomanufacturing and business students that understand the science of biotechnology and biopharma are well positioned to attain jobs in this field.
Biomanufacturing is a major process in the Biotech and Biopharma areas, but key concepts in this area are not always well covered in the University level. This study abroad program will focus on key aspects of biomanufacturing, building on the well-established Bioprocess Science program directed by Dr. David Blum who is also director of the UGA Master of Biomanufacturing and Bioprocessing program. This program will focus on concepts in Biotechnology as well as business skills that will position the learner for exciting careers in the biomanufacturing. The program will be held on the campus of Heriot Watt University and will feature excursions to a range of different locations including biotechnology companies, University Labs and Craft Breweries.
Program Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
This program is based in Edinburgh Scotland and will focus on the business and science of biotechnology. Students will reside and take classes at Heriot Watt University learning skills in biotechnology and international business. We will have numerous cultural activities including tours around Edinburgh, Glasgow and an excursion to the Scottish Highlands. Other activities will include training at FlexBio, a local biotechnology training resource in Scotland as well as visits to the company GSK, Genome Foundry and the Scotch Whiskey Institute.
This is a working itinerary and subject to change.
March/April (TBA) Program orientation
June 19, 2020 (Fri) Depart USA
June 20, 2020 (Sat) Arrive in Edinburgh
June 21, 2020 (Sun) Walking tour of Edinburgh and visit Edinburgh Castle
June 22, 2020 (Mon) Class
June 23, 2020 (Tues) Class, Surgeon's Hall Museum
June 24, 2020 (Wed) Class
June 25, 2020 (Thur) Class, Enlightenment and the Age of Reason Tour
June 26, 2020 (Fri) Class, visit Edinburgh Genome Foundry and the National Museum of Scotland
June 27, 2020 (Sat) Scottish National Gallery and "City of the Dead" Guided Ghost Tour
June 28, 2020 (Sun) Glasgow day trip
June 29, 2020 (Mon) GSK Irvine Company visit
June 30, 2020 (Tues) Class
July 1, 2020 (Wed) Class, Royal Botanical Gardens
July 2, 2020 (Thur) Scotch Whisky Research Institute
July 3, 2020 (Fri) Western Highlands Excursion: overnight in Stromeferry
July 4, 2020 (Sat) Western Highlands Excursion: Isle of Skye (overnight in Stromeferry)
July 5, 2020 (Sun) Western Highlands Excursion: Eilean Donan Castle and Cruise on Loch Ness
July 6, 2020 (Mon) Class
July 7, 2020 (Tues) Class, Fermentation Workshop
July 8, 2020 (Wed) Class, Fermentation Workshop
July 9, 2020 (Thurs) Class, Fermentation Workshop
July 10, 2020 (Fri) Last day of class and Ghillie Dhu 3-course Dinner & Ceilidh
July 11, 2020 (Sat) Return to USA
Students will live on the HWU campus.
See "Cost of Attendance" sheet at the top of this brochure for dollar estimates. Basic cost breakdown for study abroad includes:
Speak with a UGA Financial Aid Advisor about how to apply the HOPE scholarship and other financial aid to study abroad expenses.
- Program fee for student travel (including accommodations, group excursions, meals, etc.); $4,800
- Tuition and fees for academic courses; $2,830
- International airfare estimate: $1,600
- Personal spending money estimate: $1,000
- Satisfactory academic and disciplinary records, and strong references.
- Enrollment is limited (Likewise, a minimum enrollment count must be met to confirm program).
- Pre-requisite courses, if any, will be enforced.
Admissions are rolling after the Oct. 15 decision date, and only applications marked "complete" by that time will receive a decision. Admission decisions will be sent via the studyaway.uga.edu application portal. Students will have a limited time to accept or decline an admission offer before the spot passes to another candidate. Students who accept the offer of admission must pay a non-refundable $200 deposit to confirm their place in the program and register for courses.
Dr. David Blum, Program Director
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
A414A Life Sciences Bldg.
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
Tom Bramorski, Professor