Summer research

University Level Research Programmes

The research opportunities listed below are only a small sample of those available. While the list below provides a taste of what is out there, it is by no means exhaustive, so do investigate other countries, institutions or programmes if you can't find the right opportunity for you.

When you apply for a research opportunity listed below, you will (with some exceptions) do this independently without direct involvement from the UCL Study Abroad team. However, you will be welcome to apply for a bursary to support this activity. For information about bursaries and funding support, please visit our funding webpage.

Please note that many of the opportunities listed below are for the summer of 2021. We will update programme information as details of the 2022 offerings are confirmed.

Chinese University of Hong Kong Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from overseas universities to undertake research attachments for eight weeks at CUHK during the summer. Students will conduct research under the supervision of a CUHK faculty member and earn three credits upon successful completion of the programme. Over the summer of 2022, SURP will be offered both face-to-face and virtually. Around 50 research projects are offered in various academic disciplines, including Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science and Social Science. For the list of topics, please see the SURP website.

Dates: 25th June - 20th August 2022

Tuition Fees: No tuition will be charged.

Administration Fee:

  • Face-to-face: HK$1,800 (US$230)
  • Virtual: HK$900 (US$115)

On-campus Accommodation Fee (Optional): HK$8,050 (US$1,025)

Application Deadlines:

Face-to-face Mode:
21st February 2022
Virtual Mode:
- 1st round: 21st February 2022
- 2nd round: 1st April 2022
Early applications are strongly encouraged to secure a place in your preferred project.

Face-to-face Mode: COVID-19 Related Arrangements

As of 5th January 2022, travellers arriving Hong Kong must undergo compulsory quarantine at designated centres/hotels after clearing the compulsory test upon arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport. Such policy may be relaxed, tightened, or lifted in the future depending on the COVID-19 situation. Students participating in the face-to-face mode will be responsible for quarantine related costs. Currently, the quarantine period ranges from 7 to 21 days. For full details and the respective quarantine period for travellers from different places, please refer to the Concise Guide on the Concise Guide on the HKSAR Government’s COVID-19 dedicated website.

For more information about SURP, please visit the CUHK SURP website.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University Online Summer Research Internship Program

Over the summer of 2022, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) will offer 157 world class research projects for undergraduate students across 17 different fields including mechanical engineering, electronic information and electronic engineering, agriculture and pharmacy. The internships will last six weeks and all students admitted will have their tuition fee waived. Students will also have chance to collaborate on the paper-writing process and serve as a co-author on a publication.

Dates: 27th June - 5th August 2022

For more information visit the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Summer Research Internship Program website.

University of British Columbia Visiting International Research Students (VIRS)
UBC is a hub for outstanding researchers from around the world and welcomes Visiting International Research Students (VIRS) to participate in our community of inquiry.The VIRS program provides admission to UBC for international students conducting full-time  research at UBC. The student is under the supervision of a UBC faculty member. Since 2014, UBC has welcomed over 2500 VIRS students from over 650 universities and 85 different countries. The VIRS program is managed by Go Global under the Office of the Vice Provost, International.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the individual applicant to identify, contact, and obtain approval from a UBC faculty member who will be their VIRS supervisor.

Programme Fee: $415

For more information visit the UBC VIRS website.

RISE stands for Research Internships in Science and Engineering. RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions. RISE Germany is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Students are matched with a host university or institute according to their area of interest (biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences, engineering, or a closely related field). Host universities and institutes provide housing assistance and match students with Ph.D. student mentors. German language is not required and the working language will be in English. 

DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) also provides students a monthly stipend for three months to help cover living expenses. More information about that can be found here.

Dates: Research projects start between 15th and 12th July 2021 and run for a maximum of three months. Minimum stay is ten weeks.

For more information visit the DAAD website.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) International *Virtual Programme*

The NCSA International Research Internship Program is a summer research training experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

This opportunity is open to highly-motivated international undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in any major and in any year of studies in U.S. university or foreign students enrolled in universities in their home countries.

Students interested in this opportunity will not be able to take academic courses simultaneously with this program as they will be expected to work 40 hours weekly.

Students need to demonstrate English proficiency to participate in research and professional development activities. The program will culminate with final presentations by all students.

Students will be responsible for program fees.

Dates: 7th June - 30th July 2021

For more information visit the REU programme website.

ETS Montreal Laboratory Research

Would you like to come to Québec to carry out an internship as part of your studies? Located in the heart of Montréal, the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) can help you make your plan become reality.

Equipped with specialized technologies such as drones, 3D printers, flight simulators and a clustered supercomputer, the ÉTS labs and chairs will enable you to carry out your research project. Our renowned professors working in emerging areas such as artificial intelligence, health technologies, aerospace and transport electrification will support you throughout your research internship.

Research internships, which are supervised by a professor from one of the 60 ETS Montréal Chairs or research units, usually last from three to 12 months. However, current UCL students can only take such opportunities over the summer vacation period.

Tuition Fees: Successful students will not have to pay any tuition fee for this opportunity.

For more information visit the ETS Montreal Laboratory Research website.

Yale UCL Collaborative Student Exchange Programme

As part of this exciting new iniative the two universities have launched an exchnage scheme doctoral students, giving UCL students the opportunity to undertake a period of research at Yale as part of their doctorate under the supervision of an identified Yale Supervisor. 

This opportunity has specifically been desgined to enable UCL doctoral students to experience working in a different academic setting at another world-leading research intensive university and to gather skills that will enhance their current work as well as future personal and professional plans. 

As ambassadors for UCL, Exchange participants will be expected to make the most of their time at Yale by engaging as fully as possible with Yale's research community. It is hoped that the experience will allow UCL's doctoral students to forge future links between the two institutions and within their research areas.

Exchanges will normally be for a period of three months, but other periods specifically agreed to by student and proposed Supervisor may be considered. Doctoral students from any research area are eligible to apply for the Exchange.

If you would like to apply for the opportunity to visit Yale on an Exchange you should:

  • Discuss the opportunity with your UCL Supervisor and identify a suitable Supervisor at Yale who is willing to supervise you for the period of the Exchange.
  • Plan the dates of your visit carefully and ensure that you apply to be put forward for the Exchange at least four months in advance, and by the relevant deadline (see Guidelines below).
  • Consider whether you/your funding body are in a position to fund your costs, or whether you will in addition be applying for a Yale UCL Bursary.

17th January 2022 (earliest exchange start date: April 2022)
27th April 2022 (earliest exchange start date: July 2022)
27th September 2022 (earliest exchange start date: January 2023)
For more information visit the UCL Doctoral School website.

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Universidad San Francisco de Quito Research Projects

Undergraduate students from all over the world have the unique opportunity to conduct a research project in conjunction with a USFQ faculty member in various fields of study. This program is called The Latitude Zero: Ecuador Research Initiative (LOERI). Research themes available include Venezuelan Migration in Ecuador, Human Genetics, Psychological Wellbeing During Covid-19 in an Ecuadorian Population and Invasive Species and Drones in Galápagos.

Fees: US$500

Dates: Dates vary depending on project.

For more information visit the USFQ Research Opportunities website.

University of Tokyo Amgen Scholars Program

The Amgen Scholars Program provides hundreds of undergraduates each year with the opportunity to undertake scientific research projects at many of the world's leading institutions. Launched in 2006 in the United States, 2008 in Europe, and 2015 in Japan at the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, Amgen Scholars has expanded to additional world-class institutions in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia!

The objective of the program is to provide undergraduate students from different countries 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 experiences are provided by faculty members of the Graduate School of Medicine, Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and the Institute of Industrial Science. By the end of their summer experience, students are expected to acquire knowledge and skills for conducting research. The students are also expected to extend their international friendship through the collaborative experiences. These experiences will help the students to develop future collaborations in many situations.

In addition to working full time in the laboratory for 8 weeks, the program features: 

  • Visits to Graduate Schools and Institutes related to biomedical research
  • Special seminars and sessions where students can meet and have discussions
  • Information sessions on how to apply to Graduate Schools at UTokyo
  • Access to UTokyo campus facilities such as the Library, Health Care Center and Gymnasium
  • Japanese cultural events
  • Excursions

Dates: 7th June - 1st August 2022

Application Deadline: 1st February 2022

For more information visit the UTokyo Amgen Scholars webpage.

Tecnológico de Monterrey Undergraduate Research Program

Tecnológico de Monterrey offers undergraduate students the possibility to develop their research skills by participating on projects at any of the Tec research centers. Students will obtain valuable experience while being advised by specialists from a range of research centers and groups. Research centers/groups include:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Architecture, Art and Design
  • FEMSA Biotechnology Center
  • Water Center for Latic America and the Caribbean
  • Health
  • Business

The full list of research projects available can be found here.

Dates: 14th June – 6th August 2022

For more information please see the Undergraduate Research Program information sheet or contact the Study in Mexico team at Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Kyoto University Amgen Scholars Program

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.

Placements will be made based on student interests and available spaces. While each Amgen Scholar will be assigned for supervision by a specific Kyoto University faculty member, supervision and guidance may also be provided by other persons associated with the supervising professor’s lab, including graduate students and post-doctoral associates. All placements are full time (approximately 40 hours per week).

Dates: 7th June - 6th August 2022

Application Deadline: 1st February 2022

For more information visit the University of Kyoto Amgen Scholars webpage.

University of Tokyo Summer Internship Program

The University of Tokyo Summer Internship Program in Kashiwa (UTSIP Kashiwa) provides hands-on research internship opportunities in the fields of natural sciences and social sciences. Alongside the period of research, lectures are also offered from world-leading researchers at the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences.

All participants will be assigned to a laboratory in which he/she is interested to work and will conduct a research project under the guidance of a faculty member or senior graduate students. Participants will also experience Japanese culture and world-leading Japanese technology through weekend events and a field trip.


Program A: 30th May - 15th July 2022

Program B: 20th June - 5th August 2022

Application Deadline: 7th January 2022

For more information visit the UTSIP Kashiwa webpage.