Science & Policy in the UK

London, England

May 14 - June 1, 2018

Program Highlights

  • Interview a Member of Parliament and Mitochondria Replacement Therapy scientist
  • Meet with an ethicist to discuss MRT
  • Visit the Centre of the Cell
  • Explore London through walking tours and on your own
  • This is an Intercultural (IC) designated core course

Program Description

Policy makers pass laws regulating scientific techniques that scientists/medical professionals must follow. However, individuals in each field do not have much exposure to the concerns and knowledge of the opposite field. This course will bring students with public policy interests together with students interested in the natural sciences by examining one scientific breakthrough and the policy regulating it in the United Kingdom. Mitochondrial diseases are inherited entirely from the mother; an affected female will pass the disease to all children. However, a recent scientific advance inserts nuclear DNA from the parents into the egg from a third party donor. We will learn the basic biology about mitochondria and disease intervention, as well as the known/potential risks. We will then examine the cultural norms and ethical considerations leading to scientific policy. 

Course Information

Course Name: MRT Policies in the UK

Course Code: COLG 280U

Credit Number: 2

Designation: Intercultural

Program Cost

The estimated Program Fee is $3700 plus the cost of 2 CSB/SJU credits at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $615 per credit). 

This price includes:

  • Accommodations during the program
  • Local transportation card (Oyster card)
  • All course related excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Program administrative costs and fees
  • Welcome and departure group dinners

The Program Fee does not include:

  • Round-trip international airfare to London (estimated at $1500)
  • Food (estimated at $450)
  • Personal money (estimated at $400)


Most housing accommodations are converted townhomes in the South Kensington area of London, located only 2 miles from Buckingham Palace. There are double, triple, and quad occupancy rooms. You can view the inside of the residences here

Each room is fully furnished and kitchens are fully equipped. Each apartment (flat) has WiFi and a television, while computers and printers as well as laundry facilities are available in the main housing location. Bed linen is provided and washed weekly (students will need to supply towels). 

There are Residence Life Supervisors on-site in each hall and housekeepers which clean the kitchens and vacuum (hoover). 


Katherine Furniss, Biology faculty member at CSB/SJU, will be leading the program. This will be Katherine's first time leading a study abroad program. However, she is looking forward to bringing together, exploring, and working with students from multiple disciplines.