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 pre-selected courses that are appropriate for credit in the Amherst Neuroscience major. 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 3.3
  • 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. Below are some sample course selections.

Sample Course Selections:

Full academic year (sample version)

  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
Spring term only (sample version)
Cellular Neurophysiology NEUR2006 (meets cell/molecular upper-level requirement) + 1 science elective + 2 non-science courses
2 science electives + 2 non-science courses
Possible Science Electives that count 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

Important, these examples are sample versions of course pairings. Please consult with the department course listings at UCL (links below) for other options and, as always, confer with your neuroscience advisor.

Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience

Molecular Biosciences