London: Science, Literature, and Infectious Disease

The Burch Science Seminar in London is a six-week interdisciplinary summer program designed to broaden students' views and understanding of scientific discovery in infectious disease in relation to the prevailing intellectual views of society as a whole. Students will examine major advances in the prevention and control of infectious disease made in or near London, and read novels, plays, and poetry from the same periods as these discoveries to better understand the world in which these scientists lived.

This program will not run in 2023. Check back for Summer 2024!


All Burch Field Research Seminars are open to UNC undergraduates (sophomore status or greater) who have a 3.0 GPA. While this seminar is primarily designed for science majors, it is open to any student who has taken Biology 202 or through arrangement with the professor.

Did You Know?

From a disease standpoint, Shakespeare lived in one the worst places and times in history. Shakespeare’s London was a hub for the nastiest diseases known to mankind.



Gina Difino
Director, Global Education and Fellowships

Schedule an appointment to discuss Honors Study Abroad programs here.

Diseases desperate grown,
By desperate appliance are relieved,
Or not at all.