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 is a core requirement for the major (NBB401 or NBB402).  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 2018-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 (e.g. Hôpital de la Salpêtrière) and its current research interests.  In addition, students will have access to the food, culture and art of Paris, including visits to Versailles, the Loire valley, and Paris museums.

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; currently enrolled at Emory, and having course prerequisites. Reviewed by Dr. Easterling.

Program Dates: May 24 - June 30, 2017 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)

Application Deadlines: This program begins accepting applications December 15, 2017. There is a 1st Priority deadline of January 19, 2018; students with complete applications will be notified within 2 weeks.   Applications completed between January 20 and March 1 will be reviewed by March 7.

NBB Paris Program 2018-Coursework

NBB 402W: Global Neuro and Behavior – (5hr credit)
Instructor: Keith Easterling, 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, CHEM 141 & 142, NBB201 or NBB301 or approved upper-level biology course.

NBB 471: Neuroethics- (3hr credit)
Instructor: Karen Rommelfanger, PhD
Description: In this course, we will discuss how revolutions in Neuroscience and Neurotechnologies have implications for concepts of selfhood, cognitive enhancement, legal standing, consumer and DIY neuroscience and brain health. We’ll discuss primary literature along with gray literature (major news outlet and social media platform both in the US and France) on how advances in neuroscience are changing the landscape of daily life. We may also meet with Neurotechnology and Society policy-makers headquartered in Paris (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD), and attend a premier international Neuroethics conference in Paris at ICM ( Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière).