Contemporary Challenges Credits

Research Semester in Europe (EuroScholars)

Leuven, Belgium | Munich, Germany | Leiden, Netherlands | Geneva, Switzerland

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Spring 2022
TBA
TBA
Oct 01, 2021
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Yes
No
No
Class Standing
Junior
Senior
3.4
Restrictions

Substantial coursework completed in area of study.

Program Type
Research
Credits

12-15

Program Advisor

The Program

This innovative program, hosted by a group of renowned research universities, is designed for advanced North American students looking to gain international research experience.

As a participant, you will learn about scientific reasoning, research methods, theoretical principles related to the research area, and scholarly communication. By finalizing the results of your Research Project in a paper of publishable quality, you will also have improved your writing and presentation skills. Experience the culture of your host city and culture through extracurricular programming designed to introduce you and orient you with your new surroundings.

Your Host Program

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EuroScholars student at Leiden University

EuroScholars

The EuroScholars program partners with four distinguished research universities in four different countries. No matter where you are hosted, ample opportunities are afforded to explore the host country in both structured and unstructured ways! During the semester students will travel to a Mid-Stay Program (2-3 days) where they will present on their research findings up to that point. This program will also include social activities centered around the host city.

Academics

The main element of the EuroScholars program is the Research Project. There are about 175 Research Projects available at the partner universities, in many fields of study. These include Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Astronomy, Computer Science, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, pre-Law, Economics, Management, Psychology, Politics, Social Studies, and beyond.

When applying to the EuroScholars program, you will select a specific research project from the EuroScholars Research Project Database. Most projects are ongoing research projects at the host institution, so as a EuroScholar you will be an active contributor to an already existing research team. Students are also allowed to submit a project proposal themselves!

There are several standard elements in the curriculum regardless of the host university: a Language &/or Culture Course/s (classes), a Methods & Literature Review (independent study) and the Research Project (including a paper or article). The Language & Culture Course/s will give the student a basic knowledge of the language and culture of the host country. The Method & Literature Review will provide the student with the opportunity to best contribute to the Research Project by independently reviewing scientific literature on the area of research.

EuroScholars offers two different curriculum options. Whether a student chooses option 1, or 2 also depends on if the preferred host institution offers courses in English in the field of study. The basic element is always the participation in the Research Project participation.

Option 1

Language &/or Culture Course/s (classes + exam)* – 6 ECTS / 3 Rutgers credits
Methods & Literature Review (independent study) – 6 ECTS / 3 Rutgers credits
Participation in Research Project including article/presentation/presentation (research)  12 to 18 ECTS / 6 to 9 Rutgers credits

Option 2

Language &/or Culture Course/s (classes + exam)* – 6 ECTS / 3 Rutgers credits
Methods & Literature Review (independent study) – 6 ECTS / 3 Rutgers credits
Participation in Research Project including article/presentation/presentation (research) – 6 to 12 ECTS / 3 to 6 Rutgers credits
Elective course in the field of research (classes + exam)** approximately 6 ECTS / 3 Rutgers credits

* At most of the European Host institutions, the Language course is provided by a Language Center which has a collaboration or an affiliation with the university but is not part of the university. 

** Option 2 is not possible at all universities or in all academic areas as it depends on the availability of courses taught in English at the European Host Institution. At some European Host institutions, the credits for the elective course is between 2-8 ECTS.

During the semester, a Mid-Stay Program (2-3 days) will be organized for all EuroScholars students at one of the host institutions. The Mid-Stay program will consist of an academic portion, in which students will present on their research findings up to that point of the semester, as well as social activities around the host city.

You will earn 24-30 ECTS (12-15 Rutgers credits) for one semester.  ECTS (European Credit Transfer Accumulations System) is the credit scale used by EuroScholars.  It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

 

The academic calendar for the EuroScholars program will depend on the specific European university calendar.  This information will be provided to the student upon acceptance. The start and end date of the program may differ from the Rutgers academic calendar.

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by Euroscholars and the academic dates have been confirmed. 

Housing and Meals

 

Accommodation is included in the cost of the program. Each of the participating institutions offers good quality accommodation which is especially reserved for students, participating in the EuroScholars program.

Accommodation will be mostly private rooms with shared kitchen, bathroom and/or shower facilities. The housing is, in most cases, close to the city center and either within walking distance or reachable through public transportation to the university campus.

Upon acceptance at one of the institutions, students will be informed about their accommodation. Please look at the university’s housing website (provided in each university profile) for more detailed information. Some institutions might ask for a deposit for the housing that will be returned if the room is delivered in good state afterwards. Please note that deposits are not included in the fee. Students have to pay these separately themselves.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $14,500 $20,500
ATW Scholarship $2,000 $2,000
RU TERM BILL TOTAL $12,500 $18,500
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Mid-Stay Program
•    Administrative Fees
•    On Call International Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $2,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $200
Books and Classroom Materials $300
Local Transportation $200
Personal Expenses $2,000
Total $5,900.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Program Cost $14,500 $20,500
ATW Scholarship $2,000 $2,000
RU TERM BILL TOTAL $12,500 $18,500
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Mid-Stay Program
•    Administrative Fees
•    On Call International Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Meals $2,000
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $200
Books and Classroom Materials $300
Local Transportation $200
Personal Expenses $2,000
Total $5,900.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

 

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.

In order to be considered for a grant, students must have their full EuroScholars program application and EuroScholars Grant application submitted to ISA by the application deadline. Students will be able to submit their grant application materials to the ISA Student Portal along with their application materials.

Student Spotlight

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"Euroscholars played a big role in helping me learn more about research, give me a different perspective on travel and culture, and improve my grades enough to complete an honors thesis, which then allowed me to apply for a masters/PhD program. I mostly value my growth as an independent woman and researcher, an immeasurable feeling of strength and confidence that I began to realize that I had."

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"EuroScholars broadened my exposure to European academic institutions and hospitals, but the professional and social contacts that I made during my EuroScholars experience are what I value most. I will be working at the University of Geneva Hospitals as a neurosurgery resident next year in part due to the contacts that I made there as an undergraduate. Truly, the semester with EuroScholars was life-changing."

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"EuroScholars was a very rewarding experience personally, academically, and professionally. My current job is within the same scientific area as my EuroScholars research. This program's full-time research work prepared me to have confidence in the lab. Being abroad has made me less afraid of asking questions and being uncomfortable in situations. I have also learned to be more open to ideas and cultures. I appreciate learning different approaches to problems and data analysis. I would fully recommend this program to everyone!"

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"EuroScholars helped me to have a more well rounded view of laboratory research and different cultures. It exposed me to new people and new experiences I would not have seen otherwise. This research experience has given me a better view of how new scientific information is gathered.

Being able to participate in EuroScholars in Switzerland gave me a better idea of a research position outside of my university. My experience of what researching on a full-time basis could achieve did help me when participating in research during dental school, and I appreciate the opportunity I was given to participate in the program — meeting new people and seeing a new culture, and being able to learn new research techniques and be exposed to different methods."

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"I am currently a postdoc in psychology at the University of Cambridge where I did my PhD. EuroScholars and my supervisor at the University of Milan were pivotal in teaching me how to think for myself, how to conduct serious research, and how to develop new and novel ideas. I am now preparing a book for Oxford University Press on my main research subject and it couldn't have happened without my experience with EuroScholars!"