The Neuroscience Study Abroad Program at University College London

Neuroscience majors at Amherst College have the opportunity to study at the University College London, the oldest and largest institution within the University of London system, which is located in the heart of the city.

Neuroscience faculty at Amherst College and their colleagues at UCL have identified courses that are appropriate for credit in the Amherst Neuroscience major. However, final approval is required by the neuroscience faculty. Concurrent with Amherst study abroad policy, students must receive a C or better in liberal arts courses not previously taken to receive transfer credit.

Follow this link for more information and instructions for applying to the program:

Neuroscience program at University College London

Program Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing
  • Consultation with your Neuroscience advisor
  • Application and supporting documents (personal statement, official transcript, 2 academic references) must be submitted to the Director of International Experience, Amherst College Career Center. See the above link for all the details and to apply.
Application includes:
  • UCL “Application for Admission as an Affiliate Student”
  • Most recent official transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation from Amherst professors familiar with your work
  • A personal “Statement of Academic Purpose” explaining why you wish to study at UCL that includes a preliminary selection of courses
  • Full year students are guaranteed housing by UCL if they meet the necessary criteria; Spring Term students are encouraged to submit their application early.
  • The University of London Housing Services assists students who are not housed within the university residences.

Course Selection

UCL is on the trimester system. Amherst students may study for the full academic year or the two spring terms. Students studying at UCL for the full year may expect to receive eight Amherst credits; spring students typically receive four Amherst credits.

Sample Course Plans:

1. Full academic year

Fall (1st term):

Biochemistry BIOC2001 or BIOC2002 + 1 science elective + 1 non-science course
2 science electives + 2 non-science courses

Spring (2nd + 3rd terms):

Same as for the Spring-term option below
2. Spring term only (two terms)
2 science electives + 2 non-science courses

Course Approval

In order to receive course credit within the Neuroscience major, you must email the Neuroscience Chair for approval of your Science Electives.

Past Science Electives that counted for Neuro Major requirements:

  • NEUR2006 Cellular Neurophysiology — counts for cell/molecular upper-level requirement
  • ANAT2010 Human Neuroanatomy lab course — Group A
  • ANAT2008 Developmental Neurobiology lab course — Group A
  • NEUR3045 Visual Neuroscience — Group A
  • PHOL2003 Systems Neuroscience — Group A
  • NEUR3041 Neuralcomputation — Group B

Past Science Electives that did not count for Neuro Major requirements:

  • PSYC2209 Developmental Psychology 
  • PSYC2205 Brain and Behavior
**Note that UCL courses will not satisfy the behavioral upper-level requirement**


Please consult with the department course listings at UCL (links below) for other options:

Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience

Molecular Biosciences