International Summer REU’s

Trying to decide between traveling abroad this summer or doing an REU? Why not do both? Here is a listing of programs around the world that are looking for students like you. Whether this is your first REU or your fourth REU, a summer research experience in another country will truly fill not only your resume but your spirit as well. Bonus: many of these programs listed do not require previous research experience.

Optics in the City of Light 
The Optics in the City of Light Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) will offer 8 undergraduate junior level students the opportunity to spend 2 months in a variety of laboratories in Paris performing research with a wide range of ultrafast lasers. Optics, especially the new discoveries in Extreme Light, is one of the most exciting areas of science.
Students in this program will experience strong collaborative science that is currently taking place between University of Michigan (UM) Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (GM-CUOS), University Paris-Saclay, Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA), Université Paris-Sud 11 Orsay, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, and l’Institut d’ Optique Graduate School. Teams of faculty (one from Ann Arbor and one from Paris) will each direct an REU student on a collaborative project. Students will spend one week at the University of Michigan and two months in Paris.

Levels: Juniors who will be entering their senior year in fall 2020.
Citizenship Requirements:  US Citizens or green card holders. 
Applicants must have a passport
Deadline to Apply: January 8, 2020
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Fun Fact: Singapore’s Bukit Timah Nature Reserve holds more tree species than the entire continent of North America.

ACS International Research Experience for Students (IRES) Program in Singapore

The ACS International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU) and ACS International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) programs are bilateral exchanges that allow talented young chemical and materials scientists to spend a summer conducting research in another country.

Students spend 10-12 weeks working on frontier chemical and materials science research projects under the guidance of faculty members and graduate student mentors to sharpen scientific skills, develop collaborations with scientists abroad, and experience the life and culture of a foreign country. 

The Program is limited to U.S. undergraduate students enrolled at a U.S. institution.
Deadline to Apply: January, 6 2020
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Do you want to spend your summer doing research in Switzerland?

ThinkSwiss is an official scholarship program funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). It is managed by the Office of Science, Technology, and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. and supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa, Canada. The aim of the program is to promote research opportunities in Switzerland for American and Canadian students and to foster the exchange between Swiss, U.S., and Canadian universities and research institutions.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors.
Citizenship Requirements: All enrolled students at accredited U.S. or Canadian universities are eligible, but ability to participate will depend on obtaining a visa, if necessary
Deadline to Apply: January 16, 2020
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Fun Fact:  Canada is considered one of the world’s most educated countries.
Over 50% of residents of Canadian residents have college degrees

University of Waterloo- Canada

The University of Waterloo has two opportunities. The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) USEQIP is a two-week program, running May 25-June 5, 2020, on the theoretical and experimental study of quantum information aimed primarily at students one year away from completing their undergraduate studies. The lectures and experiments are geared toward students in engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, though all interested students are invited to apply.The program has space for 25 students. Accommodations and meals are covered, and bursaries are available for travel expenses.
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For those looking for a longer summer research experience apply for an Undergraduate Research Award (URA) to spend the summer doing theoretical or experimental research at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). Work with internationally recognized faculty and students from around the world in a unique, interdisciplinary research community.
Both USEQIP and URA applications are due January 6, 2020. References are due January 13, 2020
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Fun Fact: Kyoto University is one of the top universities in Japan.

Amgen Scholars – Japan 

The Amgen Scholars Program at Kyoto University is eight weeks of intensive research in the sciences. Amgen Scholars will be assigned to one of several Kyoto University departments or interdisciplinary areas that traditionally support science and biotechnology research. These areas may include: biochemistry, bioengineering, biotechnology, chemistry, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetics, and neuroscience. Students do not need to have research experience but should be interested in pursuing a PhD.

Levels: Second, third ,and non-graduating fourth year students
Citizenship Requirements: Students from all over the world are encouraged to apply
Deadline to Apply: February 3, 2020
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AMGEN SCHOLARS SINGAPORE

One of the key objectives of the program is to provide current undergraduate students who are committed to or who are considering a career in biology or related sciences and looking to continue to graduate studies, with eight weeks of biomedical research experience in the basic and translational sciences. Research training and experiences are provided by faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences, which anchors the Life Sciences Program in biology and biomedical science at the National University of Singapore. Students do not need to have research experience but should be interested in pursuing a PhD.

Levels: Second, third ,and non-graduating fourth year students
Citizenship Requirements: Students from all over the world are encouraged to apply
Deadline to Apply: February 3, 2020
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RIKEN CENTER FOR BRAIN SCIENCE – JAPAN

The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (RIKEN CBS), located just outside Tokyo, Japan, offers a summer program to train advanced students interested in brain function. Applicants may choose either a two-month laboratory internship (Plan A) within a RIKEN CBS laboratory, or an intensive 5-day lecture course (Plan B) featuring a distinguished international faculty. Those participating in the internship may also enroll in the lecture course.  This year’s theme is “How brains make decisions: Cognitive, Emotive and Societal Factors.”

Typically, around 45 international students are accepted to the Summer Program each year. Attendees have wide-ranging academic backgrounds and are usually enrolled in graduate courses, or have recently embarked on postdoctoral research. However, candidates holding other positions are encouraged to apply.

Attendees usually reside on/near the RIKEN campus, where they have ample opportunity to interact with invited lecturers, other attendees and RIKEN CBS researchers. Students unable to provide their own financial support will be considered for travel and accommodation bursaries provided by RIKEN CBS.

Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2020
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