UC Davis Study Abroad, Summer Abroad Italy, Biological Psychology Program

Summer Abroad Italy - Courses

Science of the Mind

On this Summer Abroad program, you can
  • Earn 8 quarter units in 4 weeks.
  • Enroll in UC Davis courses to fulfill degree, major, minor, or GE requirements as listed in the General Catalog.
  • Experience academic coursework enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities.
Note to Non-UC Davis Students
  • Students from other campuses should consult with their home campus to determine whether courses may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements. 
  • Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid can get an additional unit to meet unit minimums for financial aid eligibility. Please contact Summer Abroad for additional information.


Psychology (PSC) 135 - Draft Syllabus (PDF)

The above syllabus is representative of this program. The instructor provides a term-specific program syllabus to enrolled students. The program syllabus and schedule, including the daily itinerary and planned activities, are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Class Format

You will have class during the week at a classroom at the Department of Psychology on the University of Bologna campus.


You will enroll in the course set below. Auditing is not an option. UC Davis programs are academic programs so participants should expect a substantial amount of course work.

  • Psychology (PSC) 135. Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biological Foundations of the Mind (4 units)
  • Neuroscientific foundations of higher mental processes including attention, memory, language, higher-level perceptual and motor processes, and consciousness. Emphasis on the neural mechanisms which form the substrates of human cognition and the relationship of mind to brain. PSC 101 or PSC 121 recommended.
  • Psychology (PSC) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, Pass/No Pass grading only)
  • Directed group study. This course includes participation on excursions and tours and attendance to guest lectures. Students are often asked to write reflective pieces. Assignment topics vary by program.


Along with the general eligibility requirements, Study Abroad will be enforcing the completion of the following prerequisites. For non-UC Davis students, the equivalent at your campus:

Psychology (PSC) 001 or Psychology (PSC) 001Y and Psychology (PSC) 041

Prerequisites can only be waived by individualized consent of instructor—please contact the instructor if you wish to discuss this option. Please note that you will be required to submit proof of prerequisites waived when submitting your enrollment. Failure to complete unwaived prerequisites prior to program departure can result in administrative withdrawal and fees owed accordingly.