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The Wake Forest Salamanca Neuroscience Program is a new program offering STEM students the opportunity to study science at one of the leading neuroscience institutes in Europe. Students on the program will be enrolled at the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Salamanca (INCyL), site of cutting-edge research in areas ranging from Parkinson’s Disease to regenerative medicine to cell therapy. The University itself has been designated an International University of Excellence in the Teaching of the Biological Sciences and of Spanish as a Second Language.
The Wake Forest Salamanca Neuroscience Program is a program that offers STEM students the opportunity to study science at one of the leading neuroscience institutes in Europe. Students on the program will be enrolled at the Neuroscience Institute at the University of Salamanca (INCyL), site of cutting-edge research in areas ranging from Parkinson’s Disease to regenerative medicine to cell therapy. The University itself has been designated an International University of Excellence in the Teaching of the Biological Sciences and of Spanish as a Second Language.
The program, which will run again in Spring 2021, will include guided visits to culturally and academically relevant locations around Spain, including neuroscience institutes in Barcelona, Madrid, and/or Zaragoza, along with visits to different sites around the historic university city of Salamanca.
The program costs the same as a semester on campus. All expenses, including trips, books, and airfare up to $1500 are included.
Accepted students can find more information on the program website
Salamanca is a cosmopolitan university city approximately two hours northwest of Madrid. Students come to the city from all over Europe to study at the highly prestigious university (founded more than 400 years before Harvard) and to enjoy the lively social and intellectual scene.
Designated a Cultural Capital of Europe in 2002, Salamanca has some of the most stunning architecture in Spain. The cathedral, plaza, and major buildings are constructed of a local sandstone that glows golden at dawn and sunset. University buildings, some of which date from 1254, include a recently-restored plateresque façade famous for its whimsical carvings.
Portugal and other parts of Spain are easily accessible from Salamanca. Students routinely visit Lisbon, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Madrid, and Barcelona.
Students in the Salamanca Neuroscience Program typically take 4 courses + HUM 170 during the semester in Salamanca.HUM 170 Contemporary Spanish Experience (1.5h) is required and includes the group excursions to sites around Spain. This course is pass/fail and is taught by the Salamanca Cultural Instructor.
The 4 remaining courses are chosen from the following list and must include at least 1 Spanish course. BIO 370 is not required.
All courses except the Spanish course are taught in English and all courses are scheduled Monday through Thursday, leaving three-day weekends for exploring the city or travel to other destinations.
BIO 363. Sensory Biology. (3 h) A lecture course with emphasis on sensory physiology and other aspects of sensory systems, e.g. molecular biology and anatomy. Credit not allowed for both BIO 363 and 364. P-BIO 114 or 150 and 214 or 160, or POI
BIO 354. Methods in Neuroscience. (3 h) and BIO 301 Neuroscience methods lab (1h) This lab course is an introduction to the techniques used in the field of neuroscience. Anatomical, physiological, molecular and behavioral methods are covered through lectures, laboratory work, and reading the primary literature. P-BIO 114 or 150 and 214 or 160, or POI. - This course contributes to the biology lab requirement (300 level, 4h course) for the Biology Major (the lab portion of the course is only offered in Salamanca).
BIO 370. Biochemistry I: Macromolecules and Metabolism. (3 h) Introduces principles of biochemistry including structure, function, biosynthesis and breakdown of biological molecules, analysis of enzyme function and activity, bioenergetics, and regulation of metabolic pathways. Also listed as BMB 370 and CHM 370. P-POI or two of the following: CHM 122 (CHM 123); CHM 280; BIO 214 (BIO 160).
PSY 317. Special Topics in Experimental Psychology: Cognitive Neuroscience. (3 h). Theoretical and empirical examination of specialized areas within experimental psychology. May be repeated for credit if topic varies. P-PSY 151. (D)
SPA 196. Spanish for Neuroscience. (3 h) Introduction to basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar for those working in the field of neuroscience. Offered only abroad. P - POI.[For students who have not yet completed a fourth-semester Spanish course at WFU and who have placed into SPA 112, 113, 153, 154, or 212]
SPA 300C. Spanish Across the Sciences Curriculum. (3h) Coursework in Spanish done as an adjunct to specifically-designated courses in the sciences and medical curriculum. May be repeated for credit. P—POI. Counts as an elective towards Spanish major and minor. [For students who have already completed a fourth-semester Spanish course at WFU (SPA 212, 213) or placed into SPA 280)]
HUM 170. Contemporary Spanish Experience. (1.5h) An introduction to Spanish history, culture, art and society for students taking part in the WFU Neuroscience in Salamanca program. Includes site visits and field research. Pass/fail.
Faculty from the University of Salamanca teach courses in the program.
A WFU faculty member from either Neuroscience or the Department of Spanish & Italian will serve as resident professor in Salamanca throughout the semester. Two WFU staff members (both Spanish) serve as permanent administrators. Two of these three professors will accompany students on the excursions included in the program.
Students will live in either a residence hall or in a host family.
In a residence hall, students would live with local students within walking distance of the Neuroscience Institute and downtown Salamanca. The residence hall includes a cafeteria, an exercise room, laundry facilities, a game and social room, study space, and more.
Students will ordinarily be housed in doubles with other students from the program in a residence hall close to the Neuroscience Institute (INCyL).
In a host family students will stay in a single room. Host families typically live slightly further away from the Neuroscience Institute, though still within easy walking distance.
Over the course of the semester, students will travel with two professors on a number of excursions. Destinations will include cities from a variety of regions around Spain. These trips will total approximately seventeen days and will enable students to explore places of cultural and scientific relevance to their studies.
Sites that may be visited range from Moorish palaces and Christian cathedrals to science institutes and art museums and from ancient ruins and modern wineries to local restaurants and eateries.
Program trips are mandatory. Do not make plans for personal travel without first consulting this calendar of trips for the semester...
Students must be in good academic standing and have completed the equivalent of one semester of college-level Spanish or placement into SPA 112 or higher.
Prerequisites to the program are POI or two of the following: BIO 150 or PSY 151 or NEU 200..
Majors in all disciplines are eligible. Preference will be given to applicants who have taken NEU 200 and NEU 201.
Students pay regular Wake Forest tuition, room and board. This covers the total cost of the program including tuition and fees, room and board, books, all group activities (including excursions), and internet.
Students are responsible for personal travel, laundry, snacks, and expenses.