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London - Neuro Quick Facts

Language of Instruction

Fields of Study
Neuroscience, with electives in the humanities or social sciences.

Host Institution
University College London (UCL)

UCL residences with program participants and/or British Students

Program Dates
Spring semester: early January to mid-June. Students will attend two UCL terms—Spring and Summer—with an extended break between terms.

Faculty Liaison
Karen Parfitt

Pomona College: Neuroscience Program

University College London (UCL), founded in 1826, is the oldest and largest College of the University of London. It was the first university institution to be set up in England after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to admit students regardless of class, religion, race, or sex. The College consistently ranks among the top five institutions in the United Kingdom.

UCL is located in the heart of the Bloomsbury district in the center of London. Most attractions of London are within walking distance of the College: national art galleries, museums, theatres, cinemas, concert halls, opera houses, rock and jazz venues, the main shopping district in the West End, and a variety of cafes and restaurants.

The Pomona Program at UCL is run in cooperation with the school’s International Office and the on-site Pomona director from the neuroscience faculty. This study abroad option is available to qualified Pomona students, who wish to take advantage of the school’s top-ranked Neuroscience program. Students are fully integrated into academic life at UCL and are expected to attend courses exactly as British students do. This means attendance at lectures, seminars, tutorials, and labs associated with each course, and sitting the end-of-the-year examinations during the Summer term.  

Academic Program

Students take four UCL courses, and normally each course is worth 4.0 American semester credits or 1.0 Pomona course credit. A maximum of 4.0 Pomona course credits will be granted for the semester. Typically students will enroll in two neuroscience courses, one with significant European content, and one elective. Students will receive credit at Pomona for one core neuroscience lab course and one neuroscience elective. Students will apply to the Division of Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience. Students may also apply to a second department, if taking two non-neuroscience courses in a single department, such as psychology, anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, history of art, or science and technology studies. 

Following the UCL Neuroscience Study Abroad session, applicants should schedule an advising session with Professor Parfitt, the program faculty liaison. Course selection will be finalized in consultation with the on-site Pomona director. 

Pomona’s P/NC option is limited to one of the non-Neuroscience courses.

One of the many attractions of studying Neuroscience at University College London is the opportunity to attend the Neuroscience research seminars that take place in London. Pomona requires participation at five research seminars. Students select any five seminars to attend and write a one-page double spaced response. The response will focus on what you found most interesting and why. Upon return to Pomona, students will submit the five responses to the Office of Study Abroad. Grades at UCL will not be posted until the responses are submitted.

Living Arrangements

 Pomona students live in either UCL or University of London residence halls, and students may choose either catered or self-catered halls. In catered halls, breakfast and dinner are eaten in hall cafeterias and a lunch allowance is provided by Pomona. For students in self-catered residences, Pomona provides a full meal allowance.

Number of Students

 Enrollment is limited to 10 Pomona students. UCL enrollment is approximately 22,000 students. 


  • Completion of Neuroscience 101; Chemistry 1a and 1b; and Biology 40 and 41. 
  • Applicants must schedule an advising session with the Neuroscience Coordinator at Pomona College. 
  • 10.0 GPA and junior standing required. 

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