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Pursue Research Abroad

You don’t have to choose between engaging in substantial research or studying abroad. Several AU Abroad programs have research opportunities built right into their curriculum.  You can use these experiences abroad either as stand-alone fully realized research projects, or as the basis for further intensive work as your capstone on your return to AU.

Where Can I Do Research Abroad?

Kenya: Nairobi
All three programs offered at AU’s Nairobi Center—Contemporary Issues in Africa and Kenya, Public Health, and Environment and Human Health—include an intensive experiential component based with local organizations.  Research-based coursework accompanies these internship experiences while the Environment and Human Health program ends with students spending their final 5 weeks working independently on a significant project at various pre-chosen locations in Kenya.

Belgium: Brussels
The European Union in Action program offered every semester at AU’s Brussels Center includes an intensive internship at organizations and corporations involved with the EU.  Many of these internships involve students in research projects for the benefit of their hosting organizations.  Students complete their semester by writing a research paper that integrates their internship experience with whatever current topic covered in their studies has interested them the most.

Spain: Madrid
Two of the programs offered at AU’s Madrid Center—Clashes and Alliances of Mediterranean Civilizations and The Iberian Experience—offer students the option of engaging in either an independent study project or an internship. The Madrid Director and Faculty have many and varied research interests and can guide students in their preparation of independent research.  These projects can be done in either English or Spanish.

Wales: Aberystwyth
AU’s partner university in Wales, Aberystwyth University, is a top-ranked institution that focuses on research-led teaching.  Students in a wide variety of subject areas have the opportunity to become involved in research projects under the mentorship of faculty researchers.  International Studies, Psychology, and Environmental and Natural Sciences are particular strengths.

The Netherlands: Amsterdam

Our program on International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender offered by our partner, The School for International Training, requires all students to complete a course on Research Methods and Ethics.  The students then complete the program by spending their final weeks engaging in a substantial independent project on a topic of their choice related to the program’s theme.

India: Bodh Gaya
Students of philosophy and religious studies with a serious interest in Buddhism should consider a fall semester on our Buddhist Studies program in Bodh Gaya.  Students live in a guest house attached to a Buddhist monastery and combine study of Buddhist history and traditions with meditation.  Students then spend the final weeks of the semester pursuing independent study and research on a topic of their choosing.

India: Varanasi
(New for Fall 2017; Website coming)
Our program in Varanasi, India, offered by our partner, CET Academic Programs, is centered around students engaging in a Directed Field Study.  Program faculty and local experts guide students in refining a research proposal, integrating methods, and providing feedback.  Students complete their semester abroad with the submission of a substantial research paper.