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
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 2016-Program info

Program Information: Students engage in a unique opportunity to study NBB in Paris; the faculty and students on the program 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 and Giverny and museum passes for the Parisian museums as a part of the program.
Academic Focus: This program is open to students of varying majors and minors, but is particularly suitable for students with a background and academic interest in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology.

Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing; at least 18 years of age; completion of a full year of college; and currently enrolled in a college/university. Prerequisites for NBB 402: BIOL 141 & 142, CHEM 141 & 142, NBB201 or NBB301 or approved upper-level biology course.  Prerequisites for NBB 471:  BIOL 141 and 142.


Program Dates: May 30 - July 2, 2016 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)

Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting December 15. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 1. The Emory College Study Abroad office encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible because some programs fill up by the end of January.

Acceptance Process:This program has a First Priority Deadline of January 22. Students who complete applications by January 22 will be notified with results within two weeks. Applicants who complete their applications between January 23 and March 1 Final Deadline will be notified with results within two weeks after March 1.

NBB Paris Program 2016-Coursework

NBB 402W**: Global Neuro and Behavior (5 hr credit)
Instructor: Dr. Keith Easterling, PhD

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 nationalized healthcare on basic scientific research.

**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.

NBB 471: Neuroethics (3 hr credit)
Instructor: Dr. 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. At the conclusion of the course, students will attend a premier international neuroethics conference in Paris to hear the leading voices in the field and see neuroethics scholarship in action in an international context at The Brain and Spine Institute (ICM: Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière). ICM is located within the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital complex, France’s largest hospital and one of the world’s foremost centers for nervous system diseases.