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  • Locations: Adelaide, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Auckland, New Zealand; Dublin, Ireland; London, United Kingdom; Newcastle, Australia; Santiago, Chile; Seoul, South Korea; Shanghai, China; Sydney, Australia; Tokyo, Japan; Valencia, Spain; Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Full Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Full Summer 2020 12/06/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/20/2020 07/18/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
UTK Summer International Research Opportunities Program

Program Description

Participating in undergraduate research expands academic experience and enhances understanding and knowledge of an academic field. A research-based internship provides you the opportunity to join an on-going research project for a short period of time, helping to clarify academic, career, and personal interests. You will step into existing projects at various stages of the research process and can engage a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods approach. Research-based placements are typically at universities abroad, but you could also be placed in the private business sector, as well as research centers. You should not expect to conduct their own research or advance personal research projects.

There are many great reasons to consider participating in a research-focused internship:

  • Advance intercultural and scholarly skills;
  • Develop professionally and have the opportunity to explore research as a career- option;
  • Collaborate with like-minded students, both local and international;
  • Join the existing research team and gain hands-on experience, under the direct supervision of a scholar or professional;
  • Improve lab skills;
  • Determine if graduate school is the right path;
  • Learn about current research in the field

Research placements are available in a wide array of fields depending on your interests and academic background. Whether you are studying STEM, the social sciences, communications and any other discipline, we will work with you to find a placement that fits your interests: A list of sample placements include:

Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Anthropology, Child and Family Studies etc...)

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

The UQ School of Social Science is one of the largest Schools of its type in Australia with over 45 academic staff members who are widely published internationally and have extensive research backgrounds. Research is conducted alongside a Senior Research Fellow to help on the project "Addressing childcare inflexibility in a 24/7 economy". This project seeks to understand families’ experiences of childcare flexibility/inflexibility and also service provider’s experiences of developing more flexible care. In this role, students assist with organizing a workshop for prospective research partners for a new project, including preparing workshop material, and assisting with scheduling travel arrangements; undergo training in literature reviews; identify and retrieve appropriate academic literature, and/or possibly write up summaries of the literature; assist with multiple childcare project including scheduling interviews and preparing interview material; and shadow or assist other team members with related project tasks (e.g. preparing project documentation).

Goldsmiths, University of London, London, England

Goldsmiths, University of London, is one of the leading humanities universities in the UK. London has been one of the best cities for students to live, research, and explore. The research project is concerned with the executive control of memory and how this relates to identity and the social world. The student researcher will look at social factors, such as forgivenes, and how this impacts memory performances. The student researcher will also assist in collecting data, transcribing, recording memories, and maintaining clinical documentation via electronic record keeping.

Fundación por la Justicia, Valencia, Spain

Fundación por la Justicia is dedicated to defending, promoting and protecting human rights. Students are introduced to several areas of a Spanish not-for-profit organization specialized in advocating for at-risk populations who are marginalized and/or treated unequally by assisting with the preparation and elaboration of multiple projects; assisting with the presentation of such projects to stakeholders; collaborating with the Department of International Cooperation on multiple international projects such as projects related to peace and conflict studies and human rights; supporting local projects within the city of Valencia; collaborating with their supervisor and the University of Castellón on a peace/conflict situations and human rights issues.

Pre-Health, Nursing, Public Health

University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia

The University of Newcastle has a reputation as a world-class institution making an impact within its own region, throughout Australia and across the globe through world-class and diverse research and collaborations to drive innovation. Students assist with a variety of on-going projects and tasks including data collection for a stroke project by administering questionnaires on participants; assisting with recruitment by attending speeches and/or observation of therapy; assist with activity data monitor processing and analysis; helping with literature searches; and assisting in general Research Assistant work which may include supervising participants, taking BP measures, handling blood samples (spinning, storing), etc.

Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland University of Technology is committed to global engagement by offering numerous collaborative programs across the world. Students can work with Ph.D. students on 3D printed drug delivery implants while learning about drug design and delivery using techniques such as micro and nanoencapsulation and biomedical 3D printing.

Living Cells Technologies, Auckland, New Zealand

Living Cells Technologies focuses on cell-based theraputics and the development of insulin producing cells in microcapsules for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Part of the team to encapsulate cells, the student researcher will acquire general knowledge and practical experience with the cell and material selection, assessment of the devices used for encapsulation, and oversight of product quality.

Engineering & Science

WelTec- Centre for Smart Product, Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) is a leading research institution, internationally recognized for its advances within the Engineering and Technology Fields. Student researchers will work with on-site engineering professionals to help with various research and development projects. Student researchers are expected to undertake mechanical design activities, assist in the building of models and prototypes, help set up and carry out laboratory tests, and prepare for the running of field trials of devices and processing systems.

University of Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile

Networks have been used extensively to study the dynamics of systems composed of many interacting units. Recently, interest has grown for a new class of networks: coevolving networks, that is, networks whose topology changes along with the dynamics. As part or the University of Desarrollo team, the student researcher will work with Matlab programming and NetworkX Python package for calculating network measures, and for implementing numerical simulations of the contagion dynamics in coevolving networks. Additionally, the student researcher will work with data from real data networks.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must be a Sophomore, Junior or Senior.
  • Student must have a 3.0 GPA.
  • *If placed in Santiago, Chile, students must have a proficiency level of at least one semester of college-level Spanish language (Spanish 111, or the equivalent, or higher).
  • *If placed in Tokyo, Japan, students should have an interest in one of the following fields: business; marketing; information technology or computer science.

Academic Credit

Students who successfully complete the program will receive 3 credits of INTE 250: Special Topics in International Education.

This undergraduate course provides an introductory look at research methodologies and research design. The course will focus on general methods and design applicable across multiple disciplines. Students in the course will learn about the cyclical nature of research as well as the process of research writing. Students will learn how to conduct a literature review, write a research proposal, and engage in independent research. The literature review, research proposal and final paper will be in conjunction with the students' research aboard experience. By the end of the summer research abroad experience and the course, students will have the tools necessary to develop a complete research report that will include the following sections: literature review, research design, findings, discussion, conclusions, and references.

Program Housing

Students can be assigned to accommodation in a homestay, shared student accommodation, student apartments, or hostels depending on the location, availability and proximity to the internship site.

Housing is included in the program fee.

Cost Information

Your program costs include: tuition, a program fee*(based on location), a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. A detailed program budget which outlines the fees that are billed to your myUTK account can be found below as well as estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review costs, budgets, and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to the program contacts for guidance.

Billable from UTK Undergraduate In-State Undergraduate Out-of-State
Tuition (3 credits) $1,134 $3,411
Program Fee* Please see program fee below. Please see program fee below.
Study Abroad Administrative Fee $175 $175
Billable Program Fee* (Based on location)    
Australia $6,377 $6,377
Santiago, Chile $7,267 $7,267
Shanghai, China $6,127 $6,127
London, England $7,727 $7,727
Dublin, Ireland $6,852 $6,852
Tokyo, Japan $8,527 $8,527
New Zealand $6,077 $6,077
Seoul, South Korea $5,727 $5,727
Valencia, Spain $6,127 $6,127
Non-Billable Items    
Estimated Roundtrip Transportation from Knoxville Varies by location Varies by location
Passport $145 $145
Esimated Additional Meals Varies by location Varies by location
Estimated Personal Expenses Varies by location Varies by location
Estimated Total Varies by Location Varies by Location

Program Fee* includes research internship placement, accommodation, cultural and professional activities throughout the duration of the program, airport pick-up, and local transportation passes with a fixed amount to cover your first few days.

Payment Schedule for Faculty-Directed Programs (Billable to your myUTK)

April 1, 2020- $750 deposit via your myUTK account. Please note the $750 deposit will be applied to the posted program fee* only and is not an additional fee.

Payment Calendar- The remaining balance of the program fee, study abroad administrative fee, and tuition is due according to the UT billing schedule for summer term. Click here to review the payment schedule.

Dr. Marisa Moazen
Program Director
Office of Research & Engagement 1534
Email: mmoazen@utk.edu

Marisa Moazen

Annastasia Williams
Programs Abroad Coordinator
Programs Abroad Office - Melrose Hall
Email: awill293@utk.edu

Annastasia Williams

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

You should carefully review costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have any questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Programs Abroad Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the program's costs to understand the breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  3. Search and apply for scholarships and grants on our Funding Opportunities tab.
  4. Review your UTK financial aid package and speak with One Stop about applying it to your study abroad program costs.

If you wish to use your HOPE Lottery Scholarship for the summer term, you may be eligible to receive a prorated amount of $1,000 but you must be enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours.

Unique Funding Opportunities to this Program

Information Sessions

Wednesday, October 9, 2019-POSTPONED
5:00 - 6:00 PM in Hodges Library Room 213

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Noon - 1:00 PM in Hodges Library Room 213

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
12:30 - 1:30 PM in Hodges Library Room 213