Summer Research Opportunities Abroad

It is that time to search for summer research opportunities, a wonderful opportunity to expand your research skills and make new connections. Some may also want to take this opportunity to look for research experiences outside of the U.S.. We at Breakthrough have come through with a list of places to start your search. If you can’t find anything off of this list, University of Maryland has an excellent resources with more information about these and other programs.


  1. International Undergraduate Research School in Norwich, UK – a major plant research facility for those interested in anything from molecular biology, genetics, immunology, biochemistry, chemistry, and computational biology. Last year they selected 15/~500 applications so make an excellent case as to why you would be a good fit for the program in your personal statement.
  2. Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, Spain – computational and experimental projects in systems biology, genetics, development, and neuroscience.
  3. Vienna Biocenter Summer School in Vienna, Austria – this one is very competitive (selected 22/1500) but has a lot of faculty in various areas of biology.
  4. DAAD RISE in Germany – not just for biology, the internships database offers summer positions from universities all over Germany in many different areas of study. Some require/prefer some level of proficiency in German.
  5. UROP RWTH Aachen University in Aachen, Germany – has a database like DAAD where you can browse for projects.
  6. Aalto University Summer Internships in Espoo, Finland – internships in many areas of science and math at a premier institute. Be prepared for an interview with your potential supervisor.
  7. EPFL International Summer Research Program in Lausanne, Switzerland – an internationally recognized research institution offers internships in neuroscience, health, bioengineering, and cancer biology among other things. There is a GPA requirement (above 3.75) which suggests just how competitive this program is.
  8. Acadia University STEM Summer Research – summer research positions across all disciplines (from atmospheric sciences to mathematics to welfare a behavior) in Ireland, England, Scotland, and Spain. There are excellent project descriptions to see if you are a good fit for the research position.


  1. University of Tokyo Research Internship Program in Tokyo, Japan – at the School of Science one can participate in natural science internships with other international students in areas like physics, chemistry, and engineering.
  2. ACS IREU in United Kingdom, Italy, Singapore, or Germany – chemical and materials science abroad as a part of a program with 17 other U.S. students at international research universities.
  3. NanoJapan IREU in Tokyo, Japan – This one is particularly for freshman and sophomores interested in engineering and physics of nanostructures.

Let us know if you find any other opportunities for research abroad that we can add to the list!


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