Neuroscience summer program opens in Spain
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 23:10
One of the many impressive study abroad programs UConn offers is the summer neuroscience program in Salamanca, Spain. The program aims to teach both undergraduate and graduate students about neuroscience at an international level. A group of international scientists teaches all of the classes at the University of Salamanca, which is a top-ranked university in Spain. Having international professors reinforces the importance of collaborating with other professionals to promote the under-researched field of neuroscience.
Students will not only be able to discuss their professors’ research projects and interests, but also learn about research methods currently used by scientists around the world. Some of the neuroscience classes include drug and perception, hearing and sensation and neurobiology of hearing. A course in Spanish is also taken so no prior knowledge of the language is required. The graduate students of the University of Salamanca will be hosts and mentors to act as academic resources to UConn students.
Salamanca is a dynamic city that has a lot to offer, and has many contemporary aspects. Within the city there are restaurants, shops, bars, and a lively nightlife. There is an even balance between students, locals and tourists. During the five-week program that the university is in session, UConn students will have the opportunity to interact with local students.
Another important feature is that Salamanca is centrally located, with Madrid and Portugal just a short ways away. The program accommodates for students to travel by not scheduling classes on Fridays, giving them three-day weekends to explore Europe.
The most visited attractions include the cathedrals and the Plaza Mayor Square. The Plaza Mayor Square features some of the best ice cream stands. Also, it is tradition to go for tapas, which is a small snack served with an ordered drink. Tapas allow tourists to sample the vast variety of foods offered. After class going for tapas with a friend would be an afternoon well spent.
Students that are a part of this program receive a quality education that supplements the science majors offered here at UConn, while experiencing Spain’s culture at the same time. Students come back with an edge as they have learned a second language and have opened the doors to learning about neuroscience, a field on the forefront.
For more information about this program visit the study abroad website.