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FAQ

What is the Language and/or Culture course that I will take?

What is the Language and/or Culture course that I will take?

This depends on which ES institution and semester you participate. At most universities you will take a language course in the prominent language of the area. At times there are 2-4 weeks of an intensive instruction at the beginning of the semester. At other universities you may take a language course throughout the semester. Some universities may offer a course in English on an aspect of the culture. There is some information about options available through the University pages of the EuroScholars website. Upon acceptance to a research project you will receive information on the L & C options for you at that institution.

What are the eligibility requirements?

What are the eligibility requirements?

A 3.4 cumulative GPA and primarily Junior or Senior status. You must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at a Canadian or U.S. university at the time of application.

Can I apply for the summer?

Can I apply for the summer?

No. ES program is only available as a semester option generally running August through December or late January/February to June. A minimum of 14 weeks is required to commit to the research program.

How far in advance do I need to apply?

How far in advance do I need to apply?

There is rolling admission so all applications are reviewed when complete. To apply for many outside scholarships (DAAD, Marshall, others) 8-12 months lead time would be recommended. Generally 4-6 months is sufficient for adequate planning and preparations. The final deadlines are April 1st for Fall and October 1st for Spring. Some projects may have multiple student interest so early application is advised.

I have already graduated. Can I still apply?

I have already graduated. Can I still apply?

This program is designed for undergraduate students but recent college graduates will be considered. You must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of application but may participate in the semester of research upon graduation. This may also be dependent on the specific ES institution and research project. Please contact the North American ES Coordinator with more specific questions.

Can I participate for a full academic year?

Can I participate for a full academic year?

Yes. If the project has a position available for a full year the EuroScholars program will allow you to stay for two semesters. However, it is best to make this decision in consultation with your academic advisor and study abroad office at your home institution. There may be restrictions to the amount of research credits which can transfer toward degree requirements at home or term limits to study abroad financial aid/scholarships.

How do I apply?

How do I apply?

Go to the www.euroscholars.eu website and click on “Apply Now”. This will take you to the ISA EuroScholars on-line application. (see question below for more about ISA and EuroScholars collaboration). You will be guided through the on-line application process. You will be required to submit: cover letter, resume, application, personal statement, official transcript, two academic references and a home university approval form. There is a $95 non-refundable application fee.

How competitive is the program?

How competitive is the program?

To date, qualified students who have applied within required timelines have been accepted to the program. It is important to identify at least two project preferences to have some flexibility. When 1st and 2nd choice does not materialize due to various reasons (already filled, no room for an ES on the team that semester, the Research Project Supervisor is on sabbatical, etc.) we will circulate to other ES universities to see if there is a project of interest. This process can take several weeks so early application is always advised. As more students are applying to ES we do find some projects will have more than one applicant so early application is advised. Students should also realise that the number of placement per project is limited and is different per project.

How does the project supervisor decide who to accept?

How does the project supervisor decide who to accept?

They will review the written application packet. It is very important that the application is very professional and provides a good representation of the student’s motivations, academic and research interests and articulates how this experience will impact their professional and academic aspirations. If the Research Project Supervisor feels the student is qualified and will be a good addition to the research team they will then interview the applicant via telephone, email and/or Skype.

Is my home university affiliated with the EuroScholars program?

Is my home university affiliated with the EuroScholars program?

There are advantages for students applying to the EuroScholars program if your university is affiliated. The $95 application fee. There is also the possibility of “direct bill” arrangements where payments are made through your home university. These procedures vary widely and are depending on the home university’s agreement with ISA. When you begin the on-line application there will be information on the affiliation status with your home university. You should also verify affiliation status with the Study Abroad office at your home university or call the ES North American coordinator at : 001-512-480-8522. Formal affiliation is often not required for participation.

Can I use my financial aid?

Can I use my financial aid?

Most students utilize any federal and state financial aid they currently receive to apply to EuroScholars program costs. Home university scholarships may also be eligible. Students should speak with their study abroad and financial aid offices on campus to verify home university policies and procedures.

When should I start looking for funding?

When should I start looking for funding?

Students should start looking for funding options, once they have decided to look for their study/research abroad options. To apply for many outside scholarships (DAAD, Marshall, others) 8-12 months lead time would be recommended.

In what disciplines can students conduct research?

In what disciplines can students conduct research?

Research projects are available in most disciplines including the natural and social sciences, engineering, economics, humanities and other. The project database can be searched by Host University and by Academic Field of Interest.

How much time will I spend doing research?

How much time will I spend doing research?

EuroScholars students typically spend 30 to 40 hours weekly on the research project and expected to be fully engaged and committed to the research team.

How do I find out the Research projects?

How do I find out the Research projects?

Go to program information in the Research Project database. You may search by either ES Host University or Academic Field of Interest. The projects may be listed under multiple academic disciplines. The project description will provide a brief overview of the project and a weblink to the research department or project. For more information please contact the North America ES Coordinator via: euroscholars@studiesabroad.com

What if I do not find a suitable project of interest in the ES project database?

What if I do not find a suitable project of interest in the ES project database?

There are many on-going research projects at the ES institutions which are not yet captured in the database. You may also explore the host university’s websites to find other types of research work that is being done on the varied campuses. We are able to direct your application to a project that you find in your academic area even if not in the ES database.

What will my housing be like?

What will my housing be like?

Housing varies by city/institution. All ES students will be accommodated in university arranged facilities with other students, both international and local. Typically you will have a single room with access to shared kitchen and bathroom either through single study bedroom residence halls or multi room flats/apartments. Meal plans are usually not available as students cook for themselves.

Do I need a visa?

Do I need a visa?

Immigration and student visa requirements vary by country. Information is available on the Costs and practicalities pages for each ES university. Students are encouraged to research student visa requirements for the select country through the embassy/consulate website. Upon acceptance more information is provided specific to the country. Many countries require a 2-3 month lead time to obtain a student visa. Some countries also require that an FBI background check is conducted prior to application for the visa. This process can take 10-12 weeks in addition to the time required for the visa application.

What are the dates of the semester?

What are the dates of the semester?

Specific dates are customized dependent on the research project, language and culture option and whether a student is enrolled in an elective course in addition to the research component. In some cases where EuroScholars do not take regular courses they are not bound to the specific dates of the host university semester. The fall semester generally runs from late August/early September to just prior to Christmas. The Spring semester can run mid- January to late June. Once you have been accepted to a project and know the Language and Culture options the dates are set by the student in consultation with the Project supervisor and ES Coordinator. It will also depend on the dates of the new student orientation at that campus.

What is the Methods and Literature Review course?

What is the Methods and Literature Review course?

This is not a formal course but is independent study. It will be graded and up to 6 ECTS can be awarded. The EuroScholar will meet with their Research Project Supervisor upon arrival to develop a bibliography/reading list for the M & L review. What articles, books, prior research reports, etc. should the ES read to augment their knowledge of the research area?

What electives are available?

What electives are available?

Again this is dependent on which institution is selected for participation. Some universities will offer courses in English in an area related to your research project. The majority of EuroScholars do not take an elective but focus most of their time on their research work. Students should discuss the option of taking an elective course with their advisor at their home university AND with the Research Supervisor at the host institution, as this will be part of the learning agreement.

Can I take more than one elective?

Can I take more than one elective?

No. EuroScholars students only have access to one elective if it is related to their field of study, is offered in English (or any other language that the student is fluent in) and when the ES meets any course pre-requisites.

How do credits transfer back to my home university?

How do credits transfer back to my home university?

This is determined by your home university. Once accepted to a research project students will need to complete a Learning Agreement outlining their academic program. This is the document utilized to obtain home university sign off on how credits will transfer. Students will consult with their home university academic departments, study abroad office and/or registrar’s office to determine how credits will transfer.

When will I receive the transcript of the host university?

When will I receive the transcript of the host university?

Once the transcript is ready, the original transcript will be sent to ISA who will then forward it to the student’s home university. This process can take up to 1-2 months, depending on the administrative procedures of the host university.

What is the relationship betweenISA and the EuroScholars program?

What is the relationship betweenISA and the EuroScholars program?

Since the launch of the EuroScholars Program in 2008, the EuroScholars Consortium used to work with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad (GLA). Since April 2014, GLA merged with International Studies Abroad (ISA).

To facilitate the administrative and application process, EuroScholars has a representative office in North America, ISA. The ISA office will supply information and assist with the recruitment of students and guide them through the application process. The research placements will be agreed upon by the student, home institution, and the supervisor responsible for the Research Project, through a Learning Agreement.

ISA is a leader in the field of international education and sending students to partner universities abroad. Its strength is derived from quality student support services and close relationships formed with both our partner universities abroad and the home institutions of our participating students.