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Global Undergraduate Research

Global Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research allows you to explore your discipline in depth while making an original contribution to the field. Students will avail of rich opportunities abroad, in their area of study. Research students can expect to benefit from 20-40 hours of supervision per week in their research placements.

“So much of the program was meaningful to me. Working in Ireland and being able to live with such an amazing family that takes you in as if you are one of their own. The most meaningful aspect is being able to meet people from around the world that share the same passion I have. I was able to relate to these strangers and form friendships.”

-Lina Ramirez, University of California Los Angeles

“I was able to learn so much about medicine daily from my wonderful hands on experience, but beyond that I learned something about how different medical systems function. I was placed in an unfamiliar environment and that allowed me to grow my knowledge, but also to grow as a person (which was made easy by the wonderful people I was surrounded by everyday!).”

-Sarah Phillips, New Mexico State University

“My homestay family was terrific and I wouldn’t change a thing!”

– Rebecca Cuntala, Binghamton University


Global Undergraduate Research Placements

Research placements will vary by country, based on your research interest. Our research applicants are typically placed in the Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom and Italy. However, we will work with you if you prefer another destination.

Social Sciences, Social Work, Politics and Psychology

Students can specialize in political theory, particularly areas such as democratic theory, theories of justice, rational choice theory, and the philosophy of social science. They can also work to analyze companies or institutions that promote social change and development, which involves working directly with individuals or small groups. Both social science and psychology students will be able to conduct research on the experiences and behaviours of individuals or groups. Their research can have educational, practical, and clinical applications.

Music and Art

With possible focuses in composition, musicology, performance and music technology students will find themselves immersed in musical culture while experiencing music research abroad. Art students will be part of a cultural visual language. With opportunities such as art expositions, photography and access to resources for art history, students will have a hands on experience of visual culture abroad.

Engineering and Computer Science

Research projects can promote engineering topics within the fields of materials science and engineering. Some research projects will focus on specific topics such as cyberbullying or harassment using electronic forms of contact. Other projects can be interdisciplinary. For instance, they may focus on app development while creating apps for companies in communication, education and healthcare.

Business Management, Finance, Digital Marketing, Market Research

Projects can involve collecting valuable information to help companies promote their product or service. Business research can include financial data, consumer feedback, product research, digital marketing and competitive analysis. Social entrepreneurship and sustainable development are two other areas that can be developed throughout these areas of research.

Biological, Biomedical Sciences and Health Sciences

Projects will focus on the improvement of human and animal health through scientific research. For example, some research projects will investigate chronic diseases of aging and the development of lifestyle medicine pathways for healthy aging. This field includes the study of medicine, nutrition and other health-related issues such as decreasing the number of infant deaths.

Archaeology and Heritage Management

Ireland’s leading provider of accredited, field-based archaeological research and training provides an opportunity for students of archaeology and anthropology to experience first hand the excitement of archaeological excavation in a teaching environment. Students will be part of a supportive environment while developing professionally.

Agricultural Sciences, Natural Resources and Farm Research

Research projects and activities will respond to ground-level needs, can investigate genetically modified food, food standards, smart agriculture, and precision agriculture practices that will increase production and reduce waste. For agricultural scientists, research farms are often their laboratories. On-farm research will involve regular farming activities. How do we secure sustainable use of resources? How do we contribute to food security? How can new technologies complement existing farming practice? These are some questions to which your research can contribute.

The homestay experience

You tell us if there’s a town or a city you prefer to live in. We’ll match you with a local family that’ll give you a home-away-from-home in your country of choice. Living with a family is one of the most enjoyable parts of the experiences, as students say it immerses them in local life, culture and customs, and cooking.

What’s included?

    • Guaranteed Global Research Placement
    • Homestay accommodation
    • Meals: breakfast and dinner
    • Application, Cover Letter and Résumé guidance
    • Airport Transfer
    • Alumni network
    • In-Country Orientation and Welcome event
    • Excursions and Social Activities
    • 24/7 in-country support
    • Academic credit through our School of Record or your home university (extra fee)

Application deadlines

The application deadline is based on when you’re available to begin your research.

Applications must be received at least 12 weeks before your intended start date.


We’re delighted to offer three scholarships a year of up to €500 per student, that are deducted off the final payment.
Scholarship applications can be submitted as part of the general global research application. You must have a 3.0 GPA to apply. The scholarship section has two parts: a one-page essay about how the placement will contribute to your academic and career goals, and a choice of how you might record your research experience (with a blog, video or social media updates).

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What’s the cost?

We’re small, which helps us keep our fees competitive despite the fully customised program we offer each student.

For research placements, the costs will vary by type of research, duration and destination. We can offer research placements from 6-12 weeks. We will advise you on fees, prior to applying – just contact us!

There’s an application fee of €95 and a participant commitment fee of €500 that are both non-refundable.

Airfare, materials for placement, mandatory international health insurance, lunches and spending money aren’t included. Visa requirements vary by country and may include an extra cost.

Available start dates are :
August 13, 2018
September 10, 2018
October 1, 2018
November 5, 2018
December 2018 (on request)

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