Global Programs: Undergraduates

The 2015 International Research Experience for Undergraduates (IREU) program in materials science  will be sending students from the United States to the National University of Singapore (Singapore), University of Perugia (Perugia, Italy), and University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, Scotland) and in Germany (Universities of Jena, Ulm and Hannover) starting in summer 2015. 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 open on December 8, 2014 and close on January 23, 2015.


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, The White House, NAFSA Association of International Educators, and US Department of State

Key dates: Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


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.


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 2015-2016 is February 4, 2015.


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 Commission

Key Dates: EUCYS 2014 was held in Warsaw, September 19-24, 2014. For application dates for 2015 visit the EUCYS website.