Doing research in another country is exciting and certainly possible, yet it requires plenty of advanced planning. Students who wish to conduct research in a foreign country often need to make arrangements for independent projects. Some ways in which students can conduct international research include:
You know you will be studying abroad and can define a research project ahead of time so that you can successfully gather data while you’re away. Or, participate in a study abroad program that includes research as part of the curriculum. Learn more about Ohio State-sponsored study abroad trips at OIA’s website.
Be aware of these important OSU policies:
1. Students conducting research abroad are required to maintain their primary insurance coverage and are also required to enroll for Ohio State's supplemental travel insurance, provided through HTH Worldwide Services.
2. In countries under a current Department of State Travel Warning or other locations designated high risk, undergraduate students cannot use funding or scholarship awards to travel for research purposes outside of venues approved by Ohio State. Countries currently on Department of State Travel Warning can be viewed at: www.travel.state.gov. For further information on the policy, please contact Dru Simmons, international risk manager, (firstname.lastname@example.org), Office of Risk Management and Insurance.
3. If your research involves human subjects, you will need approval from Ohio State’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) before beginning in-country research activities.