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Study Abroad for Neuroscience Majors

Study abroad complements a liberal arts education in a number of ways
. Students who study abroad gain maturity, self-knowledge, and appreciation of cultural differences, all of which contribute to personal growth and professional success. Majors interested in studying abroad should discuss their options with their advisors early. The Global Education Office (GEO) at the Reves Center for International Studies manages all aspects of study abroad programs for W&M. Advisors will guide you from pre- to post-program with research, advising, financial aid opportunities, procedures, academic credit, and more.

All study abroad experiences arranged through the Global Education Office satisfy COLL 300, even third-party programs; some W&M programs also provide credit for language proficiency courses or COLL 200. In some cases, students have earned credit towards a second major. Other students have earned elective credit towards the 120 credits needed to graduate.

Study abroad requires careful planning.  W&M faculty-led winter programs and embedded programs have favorable scheduling options for the major, although students should carefully plan with their advisor to ensure that they can complete the requirements for the Neuroscience major within their preferred timeline. Study abroad during the academic year impacts the hierarchical sequence of courses required for Neuroscience majors. Satisfying requirements during summer school at William & Mary or elsewhere may facilitate study abroad during the academic year. Students should contact their advisor to determine which courses are commonly offered during the summer sessions.

When considering studying abroad during the summer, students should weigh the relative benefits of study abroad and the potential for summer research experiences in the context of their career goals.

Study abroad courses generally do not earn credit in the NSCI major. Transfer credit is rarely possible for 300 and 400 level courses required for the Neuroscience major and the grades never transfer. Discuss options with the Global Education Office, your academic advisor, or the Neuroscience Coordinator.

Additional guidance for Pre-Health career students.  All prerequisite coursework required for medical, dental, pharmacy, and veterinary school is best taken at an accredited American college or university – check with the relevant professional schools before deciding to take ANY prerequisite courses abroad. Required prerequisite coursework taken abroad may have to be retaken at an accredited college or university in the United States prior to matriculation at some medical schools. Policies for other professional school programs can be similarly restrictive.