For USC Columbia students ONLY
ALL students traveling abroad MUST register with the Study Abroad Office (except when traveling for vacation) and comply with all university travel policies (ACAF 2.09) - Columbia campus only
Do ANY of these apply to you?
- Volunteering abroad
- Researching abroad
- Interning abroad
- Studying abroad (for credit or not)
Yes? Register with the USC Columbia Study Abroad Office
Not sure? Check in with the Study Abroad Office. Be safe, not sorry!
Legare College, Suite 321
What is Research Abroad?
Exactly as it sounds: asking questions and finding answers, learning more about and exploring topics that intrigue you, and investigating a particular field of interest more in-depth WITHIN a different country, adding the benefit and experience of a cross-cultural setting.
What are my options for Research Abroad?
There are so many you can choose from. Options include:
- Working directly on a faculty member’s project. Many faculty have projects with varying degrees of international ties and often students can work directly on these on-going projects.
- Developing your own idea or project. You would need to work with a faculty member as an advisor, project supervisor, and mentor. NOTE: These research projects can be combined with or added to a traditional study abroad experience, an internship, volunteer, or service abroad experience, or performed independently (meaning the travel is “only” for the research project)
- Taking a USC sponsored faculty-led course with a research component.
- Selecting a structured research experience through an outside provider - these are VERY similar to study abroad programs but the focus is research (there may be a course as part of the program but the majority of the experience is research).
What kind of projects are allowed (or what can I do)?
Projects are as varied as student interests and majors! Students can research abroad in all disciplines and majors but it is very important (REQUIRED) that you work out a plan with the Study Abroad Office and your academic advisor so that it fits within your academic plan. The earlier you start this process - the better!
Here are a very few examples of the many research abroad projects:
- Exploring Japanese Musical Traditions
- A New Arrangement for Hong Kong: One Country, Two Economies?
- Management of the London Olympics Stadium Experience for Disabled Individuals
- Comparative American and German Arithmetic Teaching Techniques
- Developing Efficient Supply Chains in Africa
- Identification of Active Faults in the Ene Basin, Peru Through Earthquake Recording and Analysis
- Stopping Genocide in Darfur: Assesing the Impact of the International Criminal Court
- The Development of Empathy, Leadership and Pro-Social Dispositions in Middle-School and High School Age Children in Brazil
- Al-Andalus in the 21st Century: Spain's Perceptions of Immigration
- Barriers to International Health and Social Service Provision in the Dominican Republic
- Late Stone Age Lithic Technology in Northern Ghana
- Editing a Critical Text of Pappus of Alexandria
- Chiang Mai Craftsmen
- Physiological Impact of Intertidal Mollusk Microclimate
- A Case Study of How French Teachers Understand Purpose in Educating Immigrant Students
- Visual Translations; Painting the Theogony in Greece
- Was Iceland's Financial Meltdown Vindicated? A Comparative Analysis
- Creating an Informational Video and Strategic Communications Plan for Promotiong Community Based Orphan Care in Malawi, Africa
- Studying the Origins of Oboe Reed Cane in France
- Basque Folk-Dancing and Concepts of Identity
- Academia Cluster Development in the United Arab Emirates
- Tales of Scottish Lore for American Children's Theatre
- Analyzing the Textile Cluster in San Pedro Sula Honduras
How do I get started?
If you are interested in research abroad:
- Talk with a Study Abroad advisor: See info below
- Talk with a research advisor: Legare suite 120; 803-777-1141; firstname.lastname@example.org
Find your Study Abroad contact:
When should I get started & deadlines?
As soon as you begin considering a research abroad experience, it’s time to get started with the process. You will need to plan how this experience will fit into your academics. Talk with your advisor and the appropriate study abroad contact on your campus (see below).
For Columbia campus:
There are specific deadlines, policies, and forms required for all students traveling internationally for university-related activities, even if your activities are not for credit!
Find your Study Abroad contact:
Structured research abroad
These are not the only options because there are SO many. Talk with a Study Abroad advisor to learn about these and MANY other opportunities. Your professors or academic advisor may also know of discipline-specific opportunities.
A few options include:
- Globalinks EuroScholars Program - Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland. You pay.
- DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) - Germany; You get a small salary.
- Semester in Perugia, Italy through CISabroad can be customized with planning and preparation. You pay.
- International Research Experiences for Undergraduates These programs are primarily science and engineering with a few social science programs (such as psychology) and will mostly be summer programs of 6-10 weeks. They pay you AND usually cover travel and housing. These are FANTASTIC!
- SIT Study Abroad - Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. You pay.
- Koc University - Turkey, summer research; Housing covered, no tuition fee.
Resources & Funding Options:
Research abroad projects are ALSO eligible for funding from other programs on the Money & Awards
page, including the Magellan programs and Honor fellowships - check them out!!
Remember research can be combined with other activities to enrich the experience. You may want to consider combining research with service, an internship, or study experience. Also see: Volunteer, internship, research, teach, or service-learning opportunities abroad
A sampling of national scholarships: