Global Programs: Undergraduates

International Experience for Students (IREU)

The 2014 International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) program in materials science  will be sending nine total undergraduates from the United States to the National University of Singapore (Singapore), University of Perugia (Perugia, Italy), and University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) starting in summer 2014. Working with the university partners, the program will also be placing students from these universities into U.S. university summer programs starting next year as well.

Agencies involved: National Science Foundation, American Chemical Society

Key Dates: Applications closed for 2014. Check back for more information about the 2015 call for proposals.


100,000 Strong in the Americas

100,000 Strong in the Americas provides leading foundations and corporations with an exceptional opportunity to create educational exchange opportunities for students in the Americas. By making a donation to the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, your organization can help meet the President’s goal of achieving 100,000 students studying abroad annually in each direction between the United States and Latin America & the Caribbean. 

Agencies involved: Partners of the Americas

Key dates: Ongoing


The Whitaker International Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Second, third or senior year undergraduate Biomedical or Bioengineering students from a US institution can apply for this program which allows them to take coursework, intern, conduct research or enroll in an international reputed biomedical engineering (BME) institution. Candidates must have at least one semester remaining at their home institution upon completion of the award. Grants are available for one academic year or term and the study abroad programs can be carried out in any country outside of the U.S and Canada.

Agencies Involved: The Whitaker Foundation and IIE

Key Dates: Applications must be completed and submitted electronically by the 2nd Monday in October in order to be considered for the spring term and by the 2nd Monday in March for the fall year cycle.


IAESTE Internship Placement Program

The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) provides students in technical degrees with paid, course-related, traineeship abroad. Founded in 1948, IAESTE now involves more than 80 countries and exchanges over 4000 traineeships each year globally. Students enrolled full time in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in science, engineering, technology and applied arts can apply for short (8-12 weeks during the summer) or long term traineeships. Candidates must be between the ages of 19-30. Applications must be submitted through IAESTE country offices.

Agencies Involved: International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).

Key Dates: Application deadlines are Sept-Dec each year for the following year


Boren Scholarships

U.S undergraduate students can apply for the Boren Scholarships to learn a foreign language and study abroad (in any country outside of USA, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) Applications can be made for a summer program (minimum 8 weeks; for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math- STEM students only), a semester or a full academic year. All students are expected to have a significant language component as part of their proposed study abroad. In exchange for the scholarship funding, selected candidates must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

Agencies Involved: National Security Education Program (NSEP); Institute of International Education (IIE)

Key Dates: The application deadline for 2013-14 is February 5, 2014. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1, 2014.


The European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS)

Started in 1989, this initiative by the European Union (EU) brings together young researchers between the ages of 14 and 21 years. The contestants can register as individuals or as groups of up to 3 people and must have previously won a competition at the national level. They must be designated by their National Organizers – details of eligible countries can be found on the website for the awards. The contestants compete for nine core prizes and other awards. They set up their projects in a display area and then are interviewed and quizzed by the jury. This week long event is held in a different European country every year.

Agencies Involved: European Union (EU)

Key Dates: For more information about EUCYS 2014 dates, check the website.