What types of research can be supported?
Research can be considered any type of activity that adds
knowledge through academic study. Research activities can include
traditional bench science, library-based studies, survey-based work
and creative or performance activities.
The Honors College provides support for undergraduate research
abroad through the following services:
Student Faculty Collaborative Grants may be used for
research conducted abroad in collaboration with either an ETSU
faculty mentor or through a cooperative arrangement with an
external mentor. Follow standard application procedures
for regular semesters. Also check out procedures for
Summer Fellowship opportunities from the following website:
Travel Stipend. Students who receive a Student-Faculty
Collaborative Grant and who plan to conduct all or part of their
research abroad may request a research travel stipend of up to
$500. This request may be included at the time of submission of
the grant proposal or a request may be submitted after the grant
is awarded but before departure to an international destination.
- Assistance in Locating a Faculty Mentor. If you have
a research project in mind but need a faculty mentor in the host
country (or at ETSU), the Office of Undergraduate Research and
Creative Activities in The Honors College will help you locate
and contact an appropriate advisor. Contact the Director of the
Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, Dr.
Foster Levy (firstname.lastname@example.org
- Credits for Research. The Honors College can arrange
for credits for research activity. These credit hours can be
counted toward a degree at ETSU. Credit hours may be taken
through a special course within the Honors College or via
Independent Study (x4900) or Senior Honors Thesis (x4018) in the
What types of Research/Study Abroad Options are there?
The first steps towards researching abroad are to:
- determine the research project area and/or an ETSU faculty
mentor to assist in developing the project and determining
possible international host institutions;
- secure a placement at the overseas institution (keep reading
ETSU students can obtain research placements and arrange for
exchanges under a number of options:
- ISEP (www.isep.org)
Reciprocal placements are very competitive but the program
offers many advantages, such as: second language is not a
requirement for many sites, program costs are paid at ETSU and
financial aid can be used to cover costs.
- ISEP (www.isep.org) Direct
placements are not as competitive but program costs are higher
since there is no exchange of students involved. Financial aid
can be used to cover ISEP direct costs.
- Bilateral Exchange placements are competitive but chances of
placement are good. Many of our partner institutions offer
intensive language programs. Students pay tuition and fees at
ETSU and room and board to the host institution.
- Direct Enrollment placements are available, if the options
above do not meet students’ needs. In these cases, third-party
providers should be considered. Among such providers are:
Australearn www.australearn.org and Arcadia
is a unique study abroad program whereby students have the
opportunity to conduct research at a high caliber institution in
a chosen field of study while taking a language and culture
class. Twelve different European universities are participating
as host institutions for the exceptional students in this
program. Program details can be obtained at
For more information, please contact Maria Costa
(email@example.com) or our
International Programs and Services Office, 120 Yoakley Hall,