University Level Research Programmes
The research opportunities listed below are only a small sample of those available. While the list below provides a taste of what is out there, it is by no means exhaustive, so do investigate other countries, institutions or programmes if you can't find the right opportunity for you.
When you apply for a research opportunity listed below, you will (with some exceptions) do this independently without direct involvement from the UCL Study Abroad team. However, you will be welcome to apply for a bursary to support this activity. For information about scholarships, please visit our funding webpage.
- Chinese University of Hong Kong Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) *Virtual Programme*
The Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from overseas universities to undertake research attachments for eight weeks at CUHK during the summer. Students will conduct research under the supervision of a CUHK faculty member and earn three credits upon successful completion of the programme. Due to travel restrictions brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, SURP will be conducted virtually in the summer of 2021 to allow students to take part in the programme without leaving home.
50 research projects are offered, across a range of different subject areas. As part of the application, students must indicate which research projects they are interested in taking. The list of projects can be found here.
Please note that applications from all overseas undergraduate students are welcome but that priority will be given to the senior students. Applicants should include examples of their past research experience and demonstrate the ability to conduct research in their application.
Dates: 28th June - 20th August 2021
Tuition Fees: No tuition will be charged. A deposit (of HK$1,560 (US$200)) will be required, which will be refunded upon successful completion of the programme.
For more information visit the CUHK SURP website.
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University Summer Research Internship Program
The SJTU Summer Research Internship Program aims to promote international research collaboration and enhance of the academic environment at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. It offers top undergraduate students from around the world the opportunity to spend a summer studying at world-class research laboratories, side-by-side with prominent research professors. It will prepare undergraduate students for further study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.
In addition, participants will develop their research skills by enjoying lectures with topics such as “How to Write a Research Essay”, “How to Cooperate in a Project”，etc. Participants will also learn about Chinese language and culture, enhancing their intercultural awareness and communication.
Dates: 8th July - 20th August 2021
Tuition Fee: 8000 RMB is waived for successful applicants from UCL. A non-refundable 400RMB application fee is required though.
For more information visit the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Summer Research Internship Program website.
- University of British Columbia Visiting International Research Students (VIRS)
- UBC is a hub for outstanding researchers from around the world and welcomes Visiting International Research Students (VIRS) to participate in our community of inquiry.The VIRS program provides admission to UBC for international students conducting full-time research at UBC. The student is under the supervision of a UBC faculty member. Since 2014, UBC has welcomed over 2500 VIRS students from over 650 universities and 85 different countries. The VIRS program is managed by Go Global under the Office of the Vice Provost, International.
Please note that it is the responsibility of the individual applicant to identify, contact, and obtain approval from a UBC faculty member who will be their VIRS supervisor.
Programme Fee: $415
For more information visit the UBC VIRS website.
- DAAD RISE Germany
RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering. RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. RISE Germany is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.
Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field). Host universities and institutes provide housing assistance and match students with Ph.D. student mentors. German language is not required and the working language will be in English.
DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) also provides students a monthly stipend for three months to help cover living expenses. More information about that can be found here.
Dates: Research projects start between 15th and 12th July 2021 and run for a maximum of three months. Minimum stay is ten weeks.
For more information visit the DAAD website.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) International *Virtual Programme*
The NCSA International Research Internship Program is a summer research training experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).
This opportunity is open to highly-motivated international undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in any major and in any year of studies in U.S. university or foreign students enrolled in universities in their home countries.
Students interested in this opportunity will not be able to take academic courses simultaneously with this program as they will be expected to work 40 hours weekly.
Students need to demonstrate English proficiency to participate in research and professional development activities. The program will culminate with final presentations by all students.
Students will be responsible for program fees.
Dates: 7th June - 30th July 2021
For more information visit the REU programme website.
- ETS Montreal Laboratory Research
Would you like to come to Québec to carry out an internship as part of your studies? Located in the heart of Montréal, the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) can help you make your plan become reality.
Equipped with specialized technologies such as drones, 3D printers, flight simulators and a clustered supercomputer, the ÉTS labs and chairs will enable you to carry out your research project. Our renowned professors working in emerging areas such as artificial intelligence, health technologies, aerospace and transport electrification will support you throughout your research internship.
Research internships, which are supervised by a professor from one of the 60 ETS Montréal Chairs or research units, usually last from three to 12 months. However, current UCL students can only take such opportunities over the summer vacation period.
Tuition Fees: Successful students will not have to pay any tuition fee for this opportunity.
For more information visit the ETS Montreal Laboratory Research website.
- Yale UCL Collaborative Student Exchange Programme
As part of this exciting new iniative the two universities have launched an exchnage scheme doctoral students, giving UCL students the opportunity to undertake a period of research at Yale as part of their doctorate under the supervision of an identified Yale Supervisor.
This opportunity has specifically been desgined to enable UCL doctoral students to experience working in a different academic setting at another world-leading research intensive university and to gather skills that will enhance their current work as well as future personal and professional plans.
As ambassadors for UCL, Exchange participants will be expected to make the most of their time at Yale by engaging as fully as possible with Yale's research community. It is hoped that the experience will allow UCL's doctoral students to forge future links between the two institutions and within their research areas.
Exchanges will normally be for a period of three months, but other periods specifically agreed to by student and proposed Supervisor may be considered. Doctoral students from any research area are eligible to apply for the Exchange.
If you would like to apply for the opportunity to visit Yale on an Exchange you should:
- Discuss the opportunity with your UCL Supervisor and identify a suitable Supervisor at Yale who is willing to supervise you for the period of the Exchange.
- Plan the dates of your visit carefully and ensure that you apply to be put forward for the Exchange at least four months in advance, and by the relevant deadline (see Guidelines below).
- Consider whether you/your funding body are in a position to fund your costs, or whether you will in addition be applying for a Yale UCL Bursary.
Friday 16 April 2021 (earliest exchange start date: July 2021)
Tuesday 21 September 2021 (earliest exchange start date: January 2022)
Monday 17 January 2022 (earliest exchange start date: April 2022)
For more information visit the UCL Doctoral School website.