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Guidelines for Undergraduate Research, Field Studies, and Independent Study Projects Abroad
Research experiences for undergraduate students abroad can guide them to a first-hand understanding of the fundamentals of research, facilitate the development of discipline-specific knowledge, foster a deeper engagement with the local culture, and familiarize with unique opportunities that can only be researched in a specific location. Mentored research experiences can help students develop self-sufficiency and resiliency, assist them to explore the possibilities of more advanced studies in a particular field, and witness important events or phenomena in ways that can benefit themselves and the communities in which they are based.
Beneficial though they are to students, research experiences abroad are also very work-intensive for the faculty and administrators who guide and support them. In many ways,
Under the umbrella of “research experiences abroad,” undergraduate students are engaged in many activities across a variety of academic disciplines. They may travel on
These Guidelines are designed to help stakeholders who create or support undergraduate research experiences abroad to find common ground and collaborate to achieve their common goals. To achieve the most effective outcomes, we recommend using them in conjunction with the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and discipline-specific guidance on research methods and ethics.
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