Students from Georgia State University will explore cutting-edge research at the intersection of neuroscience, cognition, and music through a guided visit to laboratories and clinics at the Karolinska Institute (KI) in Stockholm, Sweden – world-renowned city of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. Through this exploration, GSU students will discover how neuroscience research is approached at the Karolinska Institute, through in-depth interactions with faculty, staff, and students in several labs exploring several topics including:
- What are the neural underpinnings and anatomical impact of expertise, particularly musical expertise, Ullen Lab
- How does activation of the brain's immune system affect the pathophysiology of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression, Erhardt Lab( )
- per the Ehrsson Lab
We will also learn how the Nobel Prize is awarded including which criteria is used for selection by meeting with faculty currently on the selection committee. Finally, we will visit sites around Stockholm including the City Hall (site of Nobel Prize dinner), Royal Palace, The Old City, and The Vasa Ship Museum.
There will be a few class sessions prior to departure, where the program's coursework will be discussed, and students will receive important pre-departure information about health, safety & insurance. There will also be at least one class session held after returning to Atlanta for debriefing.
Sunday, March 17: 2:30pm: Meet in ATL airport International Terminal
4:55pm: Flight to Stockholm over Amsterdam
Monday, March 18:8:55am: Arrive Stockholm.
Local train to hotel and checkin
Tuesday, March 19: 10 am: Introduction and tour of KI
12pm: Lunch with PhD students at KI (everyone)
1-3pm: KI and GSU students project exchange session. Selected KI and GSU students present their ongoing work in brief presentations.
Evening on own
Wednesday, March 20: 10am: Journal Club with Ullen Lab at KI
12pm: Lunch on own at cafeteria
1pm: Nobel lecture hall discussion with Nobel Committee member (Ernfors)
2pm: KI Class Visit
3pm: Depart for City Hall
Evening on own
Thursday, March 21: 10am: Journal Club with Ehrhardt Lab at KI
12pm: Lunch on own at cafeteria
1pm: Martin Norgaard seminar: Effects of Improv on Cognitive Flexibility
3pm: Depart for the Opera House
Evening: Group dinner
Friday, March 22: 10am: Dissertation Defense at KI
11:30am: Journal Club with Ehrsson Lab at KI OR Ernfors Lab (concurrent sessions)
2:30pm: Depart for ELK or CMA Microdialysis Tour
Evening on own
Saturday, March 23: Sightseeing in Stockholm. Let us know if you have special sites you'd like to see.
Sunday, March 24: 6:25am: Return flight to ATL over Amsterdam.
3:35pm: Arrive ATL.
Participants will stay in comfortable, double-occupancy rooms in the Generator Hostel, a short walk from the Karolinska Institute. See https://generatorhostels.com/destinations/stockholm
The program is open to all GSU graduate students in good academic standing. Preference will be given to students in neuroscience, music, psychology, and biology should the program have more applicants than available spots. Undergraduate students with special interest in neuroscience and music may contact the program directors for possible inclusion. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Directors.
- Transient students should visit the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page of our website
- International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at (404) 413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.
The associated courses are offered for variable credit hours (1-4 credits) to accommodate students' program of study. Students signing up for 3-4 credits will have additional related course requirements. Undergraduate students should register for (NEUR 4980 or MUS 4890) and graduate students should register for (NEUR 8790 or MUS 6890). Students from other institutions should follow their institution's regulations concerning transfer credits.
Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $2046, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Nonresident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes:
- Round-trip airfare
- Hotel accommodations, double occupancy
- International insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Passport or visa fees
- Additional meals
- Excess baggage charges and tips
- Personal expenses
- Travel not associated with the program
As early as Possible: $150
Early January: $1896 due along with tuition and fees
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Georgia State University students may use any financial aid they currently receive for the term they study abroad, including: Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans and PLUS loans), Perkins Loan, HOPE Scholarship, and other scholarships. Please note: due to federal regulations, these funds are not available in time to use for your initial payments!
Georgia State University students may be eligible for the IEF Scholarship
and the International Access Scholarship
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Are accepted into a program
- Pay a deposit by the deposit deadline
will be considered for these scholarships based upon the program application they submit. Visit the scholarship page on our website
or stop by the Study Abroad Programs Office for advisement to learn more about
other scholarship opportunities
& financial aid for study abroad
Study Abroad Advising
Interested in studying abroad, but not quite sure where to get started? Meeting with a Peer Advisor
is your first step in studying abroad! All of our Peer Advisors have study abroad experience and can help you define your goals for studying abroad and point you to resources to make your study abroad experience a success. After you meet with a Peer Advisor to learn the basics about studying abroad, you are eligible to come in to meet with a Study Abroad Advisor
during walk-in advising hours. Study Abroad Advisors are here to guide you through the entire study abroad process, from choosing a program and applying to scholarships to making sure you're readjusting to life back on campus when you return. To view our current advising schedule, please visit our website
Study Abroad Programs Office
Georgia State University
Dahlberg Hall, 3rd Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30303