England: London - Neuroscience
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. UCL currently has over 16,000 students and over 4,000 academic staff. 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 an endless 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.
Spring semester: early January to mid-June. Students will attend two UCL terms—Spring and Summer—with an extended break between terms.
Fields of Study
Neuroscience, with electives in the humanities or social sciences.
10.0 GPA and junior standing required. The following Pomona courses are prerequisites: Neuroscience 101, Biology 40 and 41, and Chemistry 1a and 1b. Applicants must schedule an advising session with Prof. Lewis, the Neuroscience Coordinator.
Number of Students
Approximately 5 to 7 Pomona students. Total College enrollment is approximately 16,000.
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. Students identify a maximum of two UCL departments in which they wish to enroll; they are admitted directly by these departments. One department must be Division of Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience. Other departments from which students may choose include: Philosophy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Geography, History, History of Art, or Science and Technology Studies. Typically students would enroll in two courses in each of the two departments identified in the application. One of the total of four courses must have significant European content.
Applicants should schedule an advising session with Professor Richard Lewis, the program faculty liaison, to assist in course selection. In addition to the required course, ANAT2008 Developmental Neurobiology, students should select another course in neuroscience. Students will normally select two other courses at the time of application. All courses will be finalized upon arrival in London in consultation with the on-site Pomona director and UCL’s departmental advisers (“Affiliate Tutors”). 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 being able to take advantage of 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.
Whenever possible, Pomona students are housed nearby 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.
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