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. Visit the OIA page on insurance to learn more and enroll for supplemental insurance.
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.
International research programs
While Ohio State sponsors some international research opportunities for undergraduates, there are formal international researcher programs that students can apply to as well.
- DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)
Deadline: January 15, 2017
Location: Universities throughout Germany
- EPFL School of Life Sciences Summer Research Program
Deadline: January 31, 2017
Location: Lausanne, Switzerland
- John Innes Centre International Undergrad Summer School
Deadline: January 18, 2017
Location: Norwich, England
- Pasteur Foundation Summer Internship Program
Deadline: January 29, 2017
Location: Paris, France
- UCLA's Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics Research in Industrial Projects for Students
Deadline: February 14, 2017
Location: Hong Kong
- University of Tokyo Research Internship Program
Deadline: February 2, 2017
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Study abroad programs with a research emphasis
- EuroScholars Program
Deadline: October 1, 2016 for Spring 2017 and April 1, 2017 for Autumn 2017
- OSU's Impact of HIV: Tanzania
Deadline: January 4, 2017
- OSU's Social Sciences School in Warsaw
Deadline: February 1, 2017
- Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)
MSID places students in direct contact with the social and economic realities of communities and activists. Through classes, field trips, internships, and research, MSID strives to establish a continual dialogue linking experience with theory and critical analysis. Available programs to Kenya, Ecuador, and Senegal.
- The School for Field Studies