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2019 Summer Learning Community in Germany

Enrollment for 2018-2019 programs is now open. All applications and program deposits are due by Jan. 15, 2018.

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Students study the philosophy, physiology and psychology of the human mind before visiting the Max Planck Institutes and Pongoland Primate Research Center in Leipzig, Germany.

This program offers upper-level students of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, biology and related fields the opportunity to visit cutting edge researchers, explore the fields of neuroscience and neurophilosophy and visit some of the top research facilities in Europe.

Students will take a learning community made up of seminar-style courses in neuroscience, with an emphasis on cognitive and behavioral neurosceience and philosophy of the mind, during the spring term.

They then travel to Leipzig and its environs for a two-week exploration of the research being conducted at the world famous Max Planck institutes for Human Cognitive & Brain Science and Evolutionary Anthropology, as well as the affiliated primate research center, Pongoland.

In addition to visits to these centers for neuroscience research, the program will take students to the University of Leipzig and the University of Madgeburg, with guest lectures from distinguished faculty in the field, as well as the famous Goethe Haus in Weimar.

Optional side trips will be provided to students who wish to explore some of Germany's history or visit regional cities such as Prague, Dresden or Naumburg.

Eligibility: This program is open to any Augustana student in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher) but is targeted at students within the neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and biology fields.

Recommended for: This program is recommended for students with a background or an interest in neuroscience, philosophy, psychology or the biological sciences. Students from outside these disciplines should consult with the program directors before applying.

Anticipated program cap: 24 students

Academics: The Spring Learning Community in Leipzig program consists of two courses within neuroscience that combine with the on-site experiential learning program in Germany to form a Learning Community. Courses will be linked as a single learning experience and both will follow a seminar format. Students also will register for a zero-credit ISS Summer Experience as part of this program.

Courses included in this program are:

PSYCH 471: Special Topics in Psychology (Dr. Ian Harrington)

PHIL 440: Advanced Seminar in Philosophy (Dr. Heidi Storl)

Dates: Travel will occur in June 2019. Exact dates will be available soon.

Faculty contacts:Dr. Heidi Storl (Philosophy) and Dr. Ian Harrington (Neuroscience)

Program cost

Tentative cost for 2019 is $2,875. Final program fee will be announced soon.

Cost includes: Accommodations, ground transportation, entry to all facilities and excursion sites, health insurance and group meals (breakfast and lunch).

Cost does not include: Airfare, evening meals, discretionary spending, or optional side trips to Naumburg, Prague or Dresden.

Financial aid

As a short-term program, the Leipzig Learning Community is not eligible for standard academic year financial aid. However this program is Augie Choice and IOP Grant eligible. IOP Grants of $1,000 are competitive and limited in number.

Augie Choice: This program is Augie Choice eligible to any students who will have completed their sophomore year in the spring 2017 (six terms on campus or 60 credits through spring 2017).

Application process: Each program will also hold informational meetings in November and early December. The online application for this and all 2018-2019 programs will be available in November 2017. Online applications and a $300 deposit are required by Jan. 15, 2018, in order for full consideration.

If the program is over-enrolled, a selection process based on academic year and GPA will be used to select the participants and a short alternate list. If a program has vacancies after the January deadline, late applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.