By participating in this program, students are able to study abroad in a European country of their choice and design their own projects to complete in their semester abroad. Students must be of junior or senior status when they participate.
Are you an independent, self-directed junior or senior who would enjoy developing a research project and/or applying your major/minor abroad? This 12-15 credit program allows you to design a project proposal, in conjunction with an advisor, and complete the project in Europe. Examples of past research includes: training techniques for German Rescue dogs, development of marketing campaigns in Spain, folk music traditions of Ireland, developing a vaccine for malaria in horses, the experience of religious pilgrims in Spain, jazz music in Prague, horse rehabilitation in Italy, the universal health care system in Germany, cave geology in Slovenia, and the structure of the British parliamentary system. Students have worked in organizations, engaged in research supervised by graduate students, or independently worked on a project.
You must attend preparatory seminars (Tuesday nights in Spring Semester) that will help ready you for independent travel. You will also identify a site(s) and, possibly, a European mentor who will oversee your project at the site you have chosen. Additionally, you will receive periodic visits from a UWRF faculty as you complete your project.
The Fall semester will begin with a week's group meeting in Paris. From here, you will travel to your research location and spend the next 8-10 weeks completing your project. After that, you may independently travel through Europe until the group meets up for a few days in Amsterdam. Here we will present and discuss projects before our scheduled flight back to the U.S. (Minneapolis).
Paris, Amsterdam, various student-chosen project locations around Europe
Participants register for 6 credits of INTS 377.70 Semester Abroad and 6 credits of a department 378.70 course (Semester Abroad Research). Students with a 3.0 GPA may register for an additional 3 credits of independent study. Courses meet university, general education, liberal arts requirements, or departmental major/minor electives.
INTS 377.70: Through this course, students will prepare a research project plan in a subject area (during spring semester) and carry out the research project in a European country during fall semester. The research period is from eight to ten weeks; students will be free to travel during the remaining part of the semester. Semester Abroad is open to students in all university disciplines. Prerequisites: participation in the Semester Abroad orientation seminar; 2.25 GPA; junior or senior standing. This course will fulfill the Global Perspectives University requirement.
Departmental 378.70: The research component of the semester of independent study and research in a European country. Prerequisites: Participation in Spring Semester Abroad Orientation Seminar: 2.25 GPA; junior or senior standing.
A breakdown of the costs related to this program can be viewed by clicking on the “Program Fees” link (in the table at the top of this brochure) for the desired term.
Housing & Meals:
Housing is provided during the week-long orientation in Paris and the few days' wrap-up in Amsterdam, but is arranged by the student at their project site/location. A few group meals are provided during the meetings in France/Netherlands, but are mostly the responsibility of the student.
Airfare from Minneapolis to and from Europe is included in the program fee.
How to Apply:
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** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.