Quick Info

  • London, England
  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Neuroscience, Pre-Medical, Psychology
  • : June 4, 2018 - June 30, 2018 (June 4-16 in Pittsburgh, June 17-30 in London)
  • : $4,799 In-State / $4,999 Out-of-State
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record, Must have enrolled in corresponding course at Pitt, Open to Non-Pitt Students


War and terrorism affect all who are exposed to these traumatic experiences, including children.  This course will provide students with an opportunity to learn more about the psychological impact of conflict and adversity on young children and their development.  We will explore the importance of environmental supports, especially caretaking behavior and the role of attachment in resilience and coping.  Interventions for children and families exposed to trauma will be examined. 

This course examines the impact of early life stress on brain development. Specific topics include an overview of brain development, the HPA axis, brain circuitry underlying threat detection and fear responses, epigenetic mechanisms, and the role of caregiver-child interactions. This hybrid course includes online content, lecture, and a study abroad experience.

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Robert Gallen, Associate Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Jennifer Willford, Associate Professor of Psychology at Slippery Rock University


Students will be housed on-campus at the University of Pittsburgh for the first half of the program, should they require accommodations in town.  The group will reside in shared accommodations while in London, UK.

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,799 $4,999
Begin in Pittsburgh Depart London
June 4, 2018 June 30, 2018


Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.


All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 10, 2018. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • 6 credits of tuition
  • Shared accommodations in Pittsburgh (if needed) and London
  • Academic site visits in Pittsburgh and London 
  • Cultural activities in London including a day trip to Harry Potter Studios
  • International health insurance

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee $300
  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • Meals and personal expenses in Pittsburgh and London
  • Passport fees and visa fees for international students
  • Routine medical costs prior to departure

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • Students must have completed Intro to Neuroscience OR Intro to Biopsychology AND EITHER  Intro to Developmental Psychology or Abnormal Psychology in order to participate in this program.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Nazir Noori

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Salam! I’m Nazir and I am a Program Manager at the Study Abroad Office. I was born and raised abroad and went to school in Iran, Afghanistan, and the U.S. I also took classes with the Foreign Service Institute in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I am glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad. Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Mon, Wed, and Fri, 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at nazir.noori@pitt.edu or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.