Research and Community Engagement

Research Abroad

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Participating in undergraduate research abroad is great way to supplement your coursework and add an experiential dimension to your studies. Programs that offer these opportunities abroad have different ways to participate in research.

  • Join an existing research team or project
  • Conduct an independent study
  • Participate in a field study

See below for some of the programs we’ve partnered with that offer a research component.

Why Conduct Research Abroad?

  • Make valuable connections with researchers and practitioners in the field
  • Improve your research, data collection, problem-solving, presentation, and analytical skills
  • Explore a specific area of interest
  • Start research that you can continue when you return to UIC
  • Jumpstart a research project that can serve as the basis for an Honors College Capstone Project
  • Participate in a high-impact experience and present at UIC Impact and Research Day
  • Become a more competitive applicant for specialized academic programs, graduate school, or future employment
  • Prepare for graduate school research opportunities

DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia

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DIS is a non-profit study abroad foundation established in Denmark in 1959 through affiliation with the University of Copenhagen. DIS has campus locations in Copenhagen and Stockholm and provides semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English, offering high-impact learning experiences for upper-division undergraduate students.  DIS offers 27 semester program tracks many of which have research options.

The DIS Abroad research opportunities include:

Euroscholars: Research Abroad

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EuroScholars is a unique research abroad program designed for advanced and talented undergraduate students from US and Canadian institutions looking for an international research experience in Europe. The EuroScholars Program offers these students to conduct research at one of four nternationally renowned European Research Universities. In this program, students have the opportunity to undertake one course in the classroom and then work under the direct supervision of professors and other academic staff on a specific academic research project chosen by both the student and the faculty. There are an abundance of academic research projects in a variety of fields to choose from within the participating European universities.

SIT - The School for International Training

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This portfolio of study abroad programs offer thematic curricula supporting cultural immersion pedagogy. In addition to content coursework, students are prepared through a research methods and ethics course to complete an in-depth, field-based project known as the Independent Study Project (ISP).   In each case, the project involves conducting original fieldwork, giving a final presentation, and writing a formal research paper. Students are required to examine the ethics of their research and consider its impact on local communities. For samples of student ISPs, go to the SIT Digital Collections page.

For a list of programs by theme, go to the SIT search engine.  Themes include:

  • Climate, Environment
  • Development, Economy, Inequality
  • Global Health
  • Media, Arts, Social Change
  • Migration, Identity, Resilience
  • Peace, Human Rights, Social Movements

UIC students have completed a number of unique and interesting independent study projects while studying abroad on an SIT program.

University of Minnesota LAC: Psychology and Research in Madrid

If you’re a Psychology, Spanish, or Neuroscience major or minor, The University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center Psychology and Research program in Madrid is designed for you. During the six-week summer program, choose either a 6-credit research track or 6-credit non-research track.

During the semester program, take up to 18 credits of psychology along with other English-taught topics courses and Spanish language courses. Both the summer and semester programs allow you to gain an international perspective on psychology and to conduct hands-on research.

Students can be placed in both Spanish and English-Speaking research placements in a laboratory, institute, medical facility or community setting. Browse some potential research placements here and learn more about the program.

SFS - The School for Field Studies

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This portfolio of programs is centered around environmental field studies and human ecology, with curricula anchored in 5 year research plans in 8 locations.

Each program and research station focuses on topics relevant to that specific location.

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