Research Abroad

Are you interested in researching abroad? There are many ways to integrate international research opportunities to your OSU curriculum. If you plan to write a thesis at the end of your OSU career, studying abroad could be a way to start your research.

*Research-focused study abroad options offer many great opportunities in various major fields. In this type of programs, you will be taking a few courses that will provide you with resources and tools to conduct your research as part of the program. You may take an intensive language class, so you can interact with the locals; you may take a field research ethics class, so that you know the protocols of working with human subjects; or you may take a thesis seminar class, so you have tools to write a publishable research paper at the end of the program. Visit the following page for a list of research-focused study abroad options.

*Research-focused internship options are available through IE3 Global Internships, which offers over 150 international internship opportunities in over 50 countries. All of the IE3 internships are full-time, minimum 10-week long, and students typically earn 12 credits for a term-long internship. If you need research or internship credits for your major, you should discuss with your academic advisor and/or thesis mentor to see how an IE3 internship can fit in your curriculum. Visit the following page for a list of reserch-focused international internships.

*Directed study/research abroad option: You may find that your needs are best met by individualized directed study. This can take the form of specific individualized study overseas or, more often, a research project. Directed study can be undertaken for 3 – 9 credits and, with permission, 12 credits. Please remember that you must take at least 6 credits per term to be considered for any financial aid. Working with academic faculty is at the core of your academic planning. As soon as you have identified a potential topic, you should identify a faculty adviser willing to provide guidance to your project. This faculty is involved in your project from the beginning (including helping you refine your topic and methodology and locate relevant literature) to the end (final grading of the project). Your chances of finding a willing faculty member is enhanced if you have put considerable thought into your project, and have done relevant coursework in the faculty member's discipline. Click here for more information.