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There are many opportunities for researching abroad.  Many study abroad programs – UCEAP, UC Summer Abroad and IOP - offer opportunities to include research along with classroom study abroad programs.  Some programs focus exclusively or mainly on research.  Listed below are a few opportunities to participate in research abroad that are primarily not connected to a study abroad program.  If you are a UCI student and decide to participate in one of these, or any other program abroad, you are an IOP participant and need to pick up IOP Forms and Information from the Study Abroad Center!


This list is meant to highlight only a few programs and is by no means a complete list.

UROP: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

UROP encourages and supports research and creative activities by UCI undergraduates under the supervision of faculty members. Support can be provided in all phases of research activity: proposal writing, developing research plans, resource support (financing), conducting research, analyzing data and presenting results. Projects may be conducted at any time during the academic year and/or summer and may take place in any academic department or interdisciplinary laboratory - on campus or internationally.

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT)

The Minority Science Programs (MSP) in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) offers international research training opportunities to qualified undergraduate, graduate students who are from groups underrepresented in basic science, biomedical, clinical or behavioral health research career fields. MHIRT provides international research training for the purpose of: Encouraging undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented populations to pursue careers in biomedical and/or behavioral health research fields.


BIOS, based in Bermuda, offers students the opportunity to obtain up to four months of hands-on experience working with a scientist on an on-going project in atmospheric studies, chemistry, ecology or marine biology. Students have the opportunity to carry out research on a variety of well-equipped research Vessels at Sea. Scuba diving certification is helpful, but not mandatory. Undergraduate and Graduate students at BIOS can participate in a variety of summer and fall semester courses, gain valuable laboratory and field experience as interns, and work on collaborative research” Grants are available from $300 to $3,000 dollars to offset the cost of room and board.

DAAD: German Academic Exchange Service

DAAD sponsors grants for summer study and research in Germany. Applicants must be US citizens and currently enrolled or teaching at accredited US universities or colleges. Proficiency in reading German is expected.


Earthwatch allows volunteers to join research scientists in fields such as archaeology, marine biology, animal behavior, ecology, and anthropology on projects all over the world. Expeditions take place year-round for 2-3 weeks at a time. Cost of the program is considered a tax-deductible contribution.


EuroScholars provides an opportunity for advanced students who are enrolled in an honors program at their home university to conduct research at a high caliber institution in Europe for one academic semester.  Participants are not required to know the language of the host country.  Research is conducted in English.  During the application process students indicate their research area of interest.

Koç University Summer Research Program in Turkey

Koc University Summer Research Program is for motivated undergraduates from who want to improve their research skills and plan to attend graduate school. The program offers the undergraduates the opportunity to gain research experience that helps them decide if they want to pursue graduate education or professional research career.  This program is open to all undergraduate students including internationals. 


LEXIA offers summer and semester academic programs with a research component in Argentina, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Poland, and South Africa. Classes are taught in English, but intensive language is required during the first phase of the program. A multi-disciplinary course introduces the history, politics, economics, geography and culture of the host country. Students then pursue an independent, well-defined field research project during the second phase of the program. Students can do research in fields such as architecture, engineering, business, communication, education, science and technology, fine arts, health, and the social sciences. Students may choose to either do one research project each semester or just one in-depth project over the academic year. Internships are also available.


SFS offers students the opportunity to obtain field training before graduation by providing an experienced-based education in environmental issues, including the sustainable management of natural resources. Hands-on field studies and research sites are available in Australia, Bhutan, New Zealand, Tanzania, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands and Cambodia during fall, spring and summer. Grants, scholarships and financial aid are available to those who apply.

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