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UConn Neuroscience in Salamanca, Spain (Faculty-led) (summer)

This 5 week program typically runs from the third week in May through the third week in June.
The Program
UConn Neuroscience in Salamanca, Spain will introduce students to Neuroscience at an international level. Sponsored by the Honors Program and the Department of Neuroscience, this five week program will be taught by a team of international scientists. It is a joint effort by the University of Connecticut, the Institute of Neuroscience of Castilla y Leon, and the University of Salamanca. The program is designed for Honors students, upper class Pre-med, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Audiology Communication Science majors.
The program will take place at the University of Salamanca (USAL), founded in 1218. A college town that is both medieval and modern, Salamanca was founded by the Romans in the 4th century, and it teems with cafes, tapas bars, shops, night life, and a rich mix of locals, students, and European tourists. Students will learn about Neuroscience and Spanish culture by becoming immersed in the vibrant life of this truly unique city.


This program is open to both graduate, post-graduate, and undergraduate students from any University or College. Since this is a summer program, admission to the program is handled by the Education Abroad Office at UCONN. Students enroll in one Neuroscience course and one Spanish class to earn 6 credits. All students receive credits and a transcript from the University of Connecticut. You should get credit at your home university for these courses. We can send information about these course to your home university.

MEDS 5377: The Neurobiology of Hearing. Offered each year. (Dr. Oliver and Invited Faculty, 3 Credits, Honors) A graduate school course on the basis of sound processing. Become familiar with current research topics in Auditory Neuroscience, including synaptic physiology, neural circuitry, acoustics, physiology, and behavior. This course is taught by UCONN, Johns Hopkins, UK and Spanish faculty and will expose you to research in an international context. This course is for upper-level undergraduate neurobiology majors, pre-med students, psychology majors, communication science majors and graduate students. Undergraduate students should have completed an introductory neuroscience course (e.g., Biology of the Brain) or courses in physiological psychology, sensation and perception, or communication science. Some combination of these prerequisites is preferred. Permission of the instructor is required for registration. Undergraduate students (Honors and non-Honors students) with a grade of B- or above receive Honors credit for MEDS5377. Students from Johns Hopkins and Purdue will receive credit from their home university for this course.
For more details on the Neurobiology of Hearing course, see

PNB 3251: Biology of the Brain. Offered in 2016 (Dr. Filipovic, 3 credits, Honors) This course is for upper-level undergraduate physiology & neurobiology majors and is suitable for majors in the neurosciences, biological sciences, and psychology. Biology of the Brain presents provides students with a detailed foundation of cellular neuroscience that includes the ionic basis of resting and action potentials, synaptic transmission, sensory and motor systems neuroscience and plasticity. The required text for the course is Purves, et al, Neuroscience, 4th Edition. Undergraduates should have already completed course work in Basic Biology, Chemistry and an intermediate level course in Human or animal physiology, or Physiological Psychology. Anatomy and physiology is required for PNB majors. Permission of the instructor is required. Students will be assessed on their classroom participation and examinations

PSYC 2200: Physiological Psychology. Offered in 2016  (Dr. Chrobak, 3 credits, Honors) Introduction to how distinct levels of neurobiology (from genes, molecules, proteins to neural circuits and neural systems) influence behavior and cognition. Emphasis is on forebrain systems that support movement, attention, decision-making, and memory as well as the neural changes associated with psychological (ADHD), psychiatric (depression, schizophrenia) and neurological dysfunction (Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease).

SPANISH: Beginner, Intermediate, Medical, and Advanced Scientific Spanish.(USAL staff, 3 credits) All student have instruction in Spanish language and elements of Spanish culture at a level matched to their level. Beginner and intermediate Spanish are for students with no previous Spanish or High School Spanish, respectively. Medical Spanish is for non-native Spanish Speakers. Advanced Scientific Spanish is a Neuroscience special topics course offered for native Spanish speakers by Dr. Saldana in the Neuroscience Faculty.


Neuroscience Methods in Prague, Czech Republic: This is a short course on neuroscience methods at the Institute of Experimental Medicine at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. All students are strongly encouraged to attend. This is a 5 day, 4 night trip to Prague where the students will have two days of instructions and ample time to tour the city.

The Experience
The University of Salamanca offers dormitory accommodations with a meal plan. There will be many opportunities for socializing with Spanish students as the University of Salamanca will be in session during the program. In addition, UConn students will interact with the Ph.D. students in the Institute for Neuroscience who will act as hosts and guides.
As stated above, Salamanca is one of the most exciting cities in Spain! The Plaza Mayor is perhaps the most beautiful in the country and is the site of concerts, public events, and round-the-clock social gatherings. Students can travel easily from Salamanca to the walled city of Avila (home of the Spanish Inquisition), the museums of Madrid, and the narrow streets of Segovia and Toledo. Portugal is approximately a seventy-five mile drive away.  Classes will be held on Mondays through Thursdays for the duration of the five week program, allowing students time to travel, study and socialize during three day weekends.
For more information, visit  or contact:
Dr. Douglas Oliver
Professor of Neuroscience
UConn Health
(860) 679-2241

Please note that the only type of financial aid that can be applied to the cost of this program, other than scholarships, are Federal Stafford Loans. Click the link below for this program’s budget sheet and contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017 03/10/2017 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 3rd Year, 4th+ Year, 5th Year, Graduate Student Academic area: Audiology Communication Science, Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, Pre-Med, Psychology
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: Yes Required GPA: 3