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UConn Graduate Neuroscience in Salamanca (Faculty-led) (summer)

INFO SESSION: Wednesday, February 7th from 5-6pm in the Class of 1947 room in HB Library

This 5 week program typically runs from the third week in May through the third week in June.
The Program

UConn Graduate Neuroscience in Salamanca, Spain will introduce graduate students to Neuroscience at an international level. Sponsored by 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 overall program in Salamanca is designed for Honors students, upper class Pre-med, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Audiology Communication Science majors, and graduate students.

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; 20 students maximum ) 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.

Click here for more details on the Neurobiology of Hearing course (

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.

Click here to download the syllabus for Spanish – Beginner

Click here to download the syllabus for Spanish – Intermediate

Click here to download the syllabus for Spanish – Medical

Click here to download the syllabus for Spanish – Advanced Scientific

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. The course will use research in the auditory system to illustrate these general neuroscience methods. Laboratory visits and demos will introduce evoked potential recordings, extracellular recording in vivo, patch clamp recording in brain slices, neuroanatomy methods, two photon calcium imaging in cortex in vivo, prepulse inhibition behavior, acoustic startle, operant conditioning, anesthesia and surgery, acoustic measurements and signals, and audiological examination methods in humans. All students in the Neurobiology of Hearing class are expected to attend. Other students are encouraged to attend if interested in laboratory research. 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.  Housing in Prague will be arranged only for students participating in the course.

Enrollment in the Neuroscience Methods course is typically limited to 30 students.

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 dudring three day weekends.

For 2018:

May 19-20 – (Saturday, Sunday) Arrive in Salamanca; Saturday arrivals will travel to Salamanca together by bus
May 21 – (Monday) – Post-arrival meeting and first day of classes
TBA – Prague short course on neuroscience methods
June 21 – (Thursday) – Last day of classes (final exams); farewell party
June 24 – (Sunday) Latest departure from dormitory

Classes are Monday through Thursday of each week.

For more information, visit  or contact:

Dr. Douglas Oliver
Professor of Neuroscience
UConn Health 
(860) 679-2241

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date

Fact Sheet:

Class status: Academic area:
Language of instruction: Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: Required GPA: 3