Summer Abroad in Paris, France

  • students exploring Pere Lachaise cemetery

    NBB Program in Paris, France

  • Paris street with Place de la Concorde in the background
  • students touring the Catacombes
  • The interior courtyard of the Palais Royale
  • students from 2017 at Loire Valley
This summer program allows two professors from Emory to travel to Paris with approximately twenty NBB students each June.  Two courses for NBB majors are offered.  One course NBB402 is always taught, and it fulfills a core requirement for the major.  A second course is an elective that changes yearly, but is specifically designed to highlight French culture and science.  Please talk to your NBB advisor about how this program fits into your schedule, and how it may enhance your ability to do an Honor's project in your senior year, graduate early, or allow you to study abroad on another Fall or Spring program.

NBB Paris Program 2019-Program info

Program Information: The Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology program is offering a unique opportunity to study in Paris for a 5+-week program that will connect the rich history of French neurology with contemporary neuroscience research. Students will couple in-class discussions with a variety of extracurricular outings to locations that illustrate France’s role in early Neurology and its current research interests.  Other program outings will focus on the intersection of Parisian culture and neuroscience.

Classroom Instruction: Required readings will be given to students prior to arrival in Paris to expedite classroom preparation. Classroom instruction will be conducted three hours a day for five days a week (Monday-Friday) at the Accent facility in Paris, with excursions planned for many afternoons and some Fridays. Please note: NO FRENCH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY IS REQUIRED.

Majors: NBB and Biology

Eligibility Requirements: GPA of 3.0 or higher. Good academic standing, at least 18 years of age; completion of a full year of college, and having course prerequisities: BIOL 141 & 142, one year of chemistry, QTM100, NBB 201, and NBB301 or NBB 302, or permission of the instructor.

Program Dates: May 23 - June 29, 2019 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)

Application Deadlines: This program begins accepting applications December 14, 2018. The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of February 15, 2019. 

NBB Paris Program 2019-Coursework

NBB 402W: Global Neuro and Behavior – (5hr credit)
Instructor: Kristen Frenzel, PhD
**Note: This offering of NBB402 is equivalent to NBB401 (core course), or it can be used as an elective (“W’) by NBB majors.  It has been approved as a BIOL elective for BIOL Majors.  It does fulfill the College GER writing requirement.
Description: The course will focus on current French neuroscience by examining primary literature published by French neuroscientists. Students will examine data contributed by French investigators and discuss the findings from various perspectives that reflect levels of neuroscientific inquiry. The topics can vary but a selection of classes may be devoted to special topics especially suited to study in Paris, such as sensory perception or the impact of national sports on brain injury.
Course Prerequisites:  BIOL 141 & 142, one year of chemistry, QTM100, NBB201, and NBB301 or NBB 302, or permission of the instructor.

NBB 471: Arts on the Brain - (3hr credit)
Instructor: Kate O'Toole, PhD
Description: Listen to the swell of the symphony, marvel at the bold strokes on the canvas, taste the flavors of a time and place.  Study abroad programs are a unique opportunity to learn more about the world and experience culture. The means for these sensory experiences reside within our nervous system. In this course, we will experience French culture and investigate the neural correlates of those experiences. For example, we will visit iconic Parisian museums such as the Musee d'Orsay and the Musée de l'Orangerie to visually experience art and we will investigate neurological case studies of specific artists such as VanGogh, Kandinsky, Rembrant and Monet.

Course Prerequisites: BIOL 141 & 142, CHEM 141 & 142, NBB201 or NBB301 or approved upper-level course.