International Research Experience for Undergraduates

Summer 2019

The University of Nevada, Reno Undergraduate Research and the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC) are offering a program aimed at providing undergraduate students an opportunity to do research abroad and earn credits towards their degree. Students selected for this program will participate in an 8-10 week research experience with a mentor at a university in another country under the auspices of the USAC program and Undergraduate Research. You will work one-on-one with your selected mentor and their research team on an active research project in your field of interest. Mentors and their research projects are listed in the informational downloads on this page. All mentors speak English and the research will be conducted in English. All participants will be required to take intensive language during the first summer session unless the student has already completed the equivalent of one year of university level foreign language, or is a native speaker.  This program is designed to allow students to have an international research experience while still making progress towards completing their major and particularly supports students in STEM disciplines. This opportunity requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Four USAC Universities Participating

  • Universidad del Pais Vasco in Bilbao, Spain
  • Università degli Studi della Tuscia in Viterbo, Italy
  • Université de Pau et des Pays de L'Adour in Pau, France
  • Shanghai University in Shanghai, China

Participating Mentors & Projects

Application and Selection Process

Online applications received by the submission deadline will receive full consideration, and those received after that will be considered on a space-available basis. Applications will be reviewed by Undergraduate Research and by faculty mentors abroad. Up to two students will be chosen for each program site. In order to accept an offer, you will be required to complete a USAC application. Students will expect to depart late May/early-June and return in late-July. Please see the USAC website for specific dates at each location.

Program Costs

Students are responsible for paying the USAC program fees (discounted 40%) as well as any other costs that are not included in the program fees (e.g. flight). For details on each of the locations and the pricing, see the USAC website.

Undergraduate Research Awards

Funds have been established by the ASUN to provide Undergraduate Research Awards specifically to help in covering costs for this program.

Credit Towards Your Major

International Research Experience students are required to work with the undergraduate adviser in their major along with Undergraduate Research and USAC in order to determine the best course number to earn credit for this experience.

Meeting Requirement

All students will be required to attend at least two round-table meetings during the spring semester before they travel. Check the calendar for the meeting schedule.

Sharing Your Experience

You will be expected to present a poster of your research at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium in August.


  • Submission Deadline (extended): February 11, 2019
  • Recipients Announced: March 1, 2019
  • Present Results: Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium, TBA

Ready to Apply?

Online Application


For questions regarding the application process please contact Undergraduate Research.