Harvard Summer Program in Trento, Italy

Dates: 
TBA
Apply by: 
January 31, 2019
Cost: 
$8,500
Housing: 
Dorms

The Trento program was a perfect blend of science, sightseeing, and adventure. From the winding canals of Venice to the snowy peaks of the Italian Alps, the variety of locations we experienced was absolutely breathtaking.”

Study the mind and brain through lectures, field trips, and demonstrations at the University of Trento’s Center for Mind/Brain Sciences. 

In this program, you delve into the field of neuroscience through lectures, hands-on laboratory sessions, and experimental research. Courses are taught in English, exposing you to several different methodologies for analyzing the mind, brain, and behavior. In addition to coursework and research, you take advantage of your surroundings with field trips and excursions throughout Italy.

Program Structure

The University of Trento's Center for Mind/Brain Sciences provides this unique opportunity for you to study neuroscience and cognitive science, as well as explore Italy. Courses generally run Monday through Thursday, with Fridays dedicated to program outings.

The program's multifaceted offerings are designed to give you a broad understanding of the mind and brain. You learn about cognitive neuroscience research by participating in experiments, as well as attending talks and presentations at the research center. 

Interesting classes with fantastic professors in the mornings, delicious gelato in the evenings, and a different Italian city every weekend. What more can you ask for? The professors succeeded in sharing their passion and excitement for neuroscience and psychology. I can't praise the program enough for creating an environment conducive to both learning and community. I will cherish my Trento memories forever.” 

Courses

The program is designed to give you a broad understanding of the mind and brain. In the first half of the program, you take MBB S-101; during the second half, you take MBB S-105.

In general, tracks in MBB will give one course (4 credits) for completion of the program. Please consult with concentration advisor to confirm. Note: MBB S-101 does not substitute for either MBB foundational course (SLS 20 or MCB 80).

MBB S-101 Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: Windows into the Structure of the Mind and Brain (33300)

John A. Assad
Alfonso Caramazza
4 credits
UN Limited enrollment.

The mind/brain can be studied at multiple levels of description and with various methodologies. The course reviews methods from psycholinguistics perception and language processing to neuroimaging, and from computational modeling to cellular and clinical neuroscience. Each method is illustrated through laboratory demonstrations. This course is mandatory for all program participants, and it is meant to provide the neuroscience and cognitive science foundation necessary to explore specific topics in the field.

Prerequisite: none.

MBB S-105 Study Abroad in Trento, Italy: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Film (34515)

Jeffrey M. Zacks
4 credits
UN Limited enrollment.

Movies occupy an outsized share of the human psychological and economic landscape. They are also terrifically rich, dynamic stimuli that exercise perception, comprehension, and memory systems. This means that movies have the potential to illuminate psychological mechanisms of understanding and memory. In this course, students explore psychological and neurophysiological mechanisms that underlie the experience of the movie viewer, and use film theory and practice to explore psychological hypotheses about how people make sense of the complex events that make up our lives.

Prerequisite: MBB S-101.

Where You Live and Study

Program outings and trips are designed to immerse you in Italian culture and tradition. You participate in hikes in the Italian Alps, a weekend getaway on Lake Garda (Italy’s largest lake), and day and overnight trips to nearby cities such as Verona and Florence.

On free weekends, you can organize additional trips to nearby lakes (Lake Caldonazzo, Lake Levico, or Lake Garda) or to explore other popular destinations in Italy (in the past students visited Milan, Rome, Tuscany, and Cinque Terre).

Coming to Italy for this program was the best decision I made this summer! Pasta, history, and neuroscience made every moment unforgettable.”

Accommodations

You receive on-campus housing at the University of Trento, where you have the opportunity to interact with Italian students. There is access to lounge areas and kitchens in the individual entryways. Laundry facilities are also available on site.

Application

Early application is strongly encouraged. Each program has unique requirements included in the online application. Beginning your application early is the best way to ensure that you have sufficient time to review and complete the application requirements by the deadline.

A complete online application includes:

  • Basic personal information
  • A statement of interest
  • Your most recent transcript
  • Program-specific requirements (if applicable; may include letters of recommendation, audio or video submissions, etc.)
  • A $75 application fee (per program)

Interviews may be requested at the discretion of the program.

Apply Now 

Applications are due by 11:59 pm ET on January 31, 2019. You may apply to up to two programs; each program requires a separate application and fee. Harvard College students applying for funding from the Office of Career Services (OCS): Please note that the OCS funding application is separate.

If you have questions about the application, please contact the Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Office by email at summerabroad@summer.harvard.edu, or by telephone at (617) 998-9602.

Cost & Expenses

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodations
  • Scheduled program activities
  • Some meals (the program will provide further details)

You will also need to budget for a number of expenses not covered by the program fee. The amounts listed below for these out-of-pocket expenses are approximate, and you may incur additional expenses not noted here. Your actual expenses will depend on a number of factors, including personal spending habits and currency exchange rates.

  • International airfare ($1,300 - $1,600)
  • Ground transportation ($500)
  • Meals ($600)
  • Personal expenditures, communications, course materials, and miscellaneous ($300)

If you have specific questions about personal budgeting, please contact the program directly.

See Funding and Payment for information on how to submit payments and funding options.

Additional Information

Program director

Alfonso Caramazza

Faculty

  • John A. Assad, PhD, Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
  • Alfonso Caramazza, PhD, Daniel and Amy Starch Professor of Psychology, Harvard University and Visiting Research Professor, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, University of Trento
  • Jeffrey M. Zacks, PhD, Professor and Associate Chair of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Washington University in Saint Louis