UMD: A Globally Connected University

UMD-Winter: United Kingdom: The British Masters of Science: From Newton to Hawking (HLSC/HONR)

Cambridge, United Kingdom
Gloucester, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
Oxford, United Kingdom
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Spend 10 days in the UK this Winter studying the British masters of modern science.  British scientists and innovators have been at the forefront of some of history's most significant scientific advances and have shaped the disciplines of biology, chemistry, medicine, and physics as we know them today. This study abroad program will explore locations in London, Oxford, and Cambridge to examine the places where scientists including Rosalind Franklin, Stephen Hawking, and John Snow lived, studied, and made their tremendous scientific breakthroughs.  Students will experience the historic foundations of science and connect the discoveries of a diverse group of these natural philosophers to modern science.  The trip will include historic site visits such as Stonehenge, Edward Jenner's residence, museums, laboratories, and notable institutions of learning such as the Royal Observatory and Cambridge University.

*There is one $1,000 scholarship available for this program. Please contact the Faculty Director for additional information once you have completed your program application.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD first-years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the Integrated Life Sciences Honors program are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the program director (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • HLSC217: British Masters of Science: From Newton to Hawking
  • HONR299Z: British Masters of Science: From Newton to Hawking

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit.

London will be our home base for this study tour, and you will stay in shared accommodations in a hostel or hotel.

Costs are current for winter 2020.
*There is one $1,000 scholarship available for this program. Please contact the Faculty Director for additional information once you have completed your program application.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $500
This fee is charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $25
Tuition $1,675
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $375
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $200
Visa $0
Passport $145
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,000
Course Materials $10
Optional Activities/incidental expenses $300
Optional trip cancelation/interruption Insurance (estimate) $180


Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Sabrina Kramer earned by BS in Biology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia in 2001 and her Ph.D. in molecular virology from The University of Maryland in 2008 (Go Terps!).  After graduating she completed postdoctoral research in bioengineering using viruses as templates for nanowires. In the fall of 2011, she joined the Center for Teaching Excellence at Maryland where she worked with faculty and graduate students to improve their courses.  In 2017, she joined ILS as the Associate Director. She has over 12 years of experience teaching on campus in science, science education, and higher education. Although she has visited London before, this is her first Study Abroad trip and she is excited to share her love of science and science history.

Zabrina Anzyl is a proud Terp alum who earned her BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Maryland in 2005. Upon graduation, she entered the federal workforce with the National Security Agency before earning her Master's in College Student Personnel at BGSU. Zabrina has extensive experience traveling with students abroad, including sailing to 10 countries on Semester at Sea in 2009 including Morocco, Greece, and Turkey.  She also served as Advisor to the January 2016 UMD Alternative Break trip to the Bahamas, and is always looking for her next passport stamp!  Zabrina also brings years of risk mitigation and crisis management experience to the team as a former professional staff member in residential education at Bucknell University.  She is most excited about exploring the origins of science from diverse backgrounds and experiences on this trip with young ILS scientists.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Collaboration with current science students at Cambridge University
  • Comprehensive exploration of notable contributions to the history of physics, biology, and chemistry from an international lens
  • Experience multiple on-site locations in London that illustrate the intersectionality of history and science
  • Bus tour of London to orient students with the city's layout, historical landmarks, and cultural touchstones
  • Exploration of the mysterious and ancient Stonehenge
  • Visit to Fleming's Laboratory, the John Hunter Museum, the site of John Snow's public pump, Cambridge and Oxford Universities, and other scientifically significant landmarks
Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Winterterm 2020 10/01/2019 10/11/2019 01/07/2020 01/18/2020