How to apply
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: The EuroScholars Board has decided to cancel the program for the Spring 2021 semester at all their locations.
EuroScholars is looking for talented students from US / Canadian institutions with a strong interest in academic research. Admission is granted by the professor supervising the Research Project. Students with the following requirements are eligible to apply to the program:
- Demonstrated academic background in the field of study and the specialization chosen.
- GPA: students with a minimum GPA of 3.4 out of 4.0 and higher will be considered to be eligible.
- Students opting for a Research Project in the Natural Sciences, including practical laboratory work, need to have ample laboratory experience.
- Strong interest in conducting academic research.
- 1 October 2020 for the Spring 2021 semester
- 1 April 2021 for the Fall 2021 semester
Since semester starting dates vary per host university, later applications may be taken into consideration. Check with ISA whether late applications are still welcome at the institution of your choice.
Application and admission to the EuroScholars program is done in four steps. The information here is a step-by-step guide through the application & admission procedure. During the application process students will be in contact with different organizations or persons:
- International Studies Abroad (ISA): EuroScholars' representative office in North America. For general questions and guidance during the application procedure; assistance with applying for home university financial aid to program costs; program payments; distribution of official transcript.
- Host Institutional Coordinator: EuroScholars Coordinator within the host institution. Main contact person at the host institution and predeparture information (such as for admission procedures of the university abroad, visa application, language and cultural course registration, housing, program dates and on-site support).
- Research Project Supervisor: professor that will supervise the Research Project and the Methods and Literature Review independent study. Contact for academic information on the research. Professor who takes the final decision on your application.
Step 1: Search Research Projects
EuroScholars has listed all available projects in a database that can be searched by institution, by country or by field of interest. When completing the ES Research Application and the Personal Statement students are asked to list the 3 Research Projects that interest them the most. At some institutes it is also possible to request for a project on demand / tailor-made project in a specific field of interest.
If a student has questions on a certain project, or if a special interest is not listed as a project, students may contact the EuroScholars office to obtain more information by email.
Step 2: Application & supporting documents
Complete the online application on ISA's website and submit the supporting documents to ISA.
Students will have to support their application with several documents. These documents are used by the Research Project Supervisor at the host institution to assess whether the student can be admitted to the Research Project (and thus to the EuroScholars program).
The following documents are required:
- Recent official transcript from the home university and any other universities or colleges where you have taken courses.
- Two letters of recommendation from a home university professor familiar with the student’s academic performance. These letters may be sent via the U.S. Postal System to the ISA office in Austin, Texas.
- Payment of the $ 95.00 application fee (non-refundable).
- A curriculum vitae or resume outlining any prior research or academic work in the desired area of research.
- A cover letter, addressed to EuroScholars, should be uploaded to the on-line application. The Cover Letter should provide an introduction to your application articulating why you are interested in the program and briefly explained what you have to contribute as a member of the research project team.
SEND ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS TO:
ISA / EuroScholars
5301 Southwest Parkway, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78735 USA
Phone: (+1) 512-480-8522 Fax: (+1) 512-480-8866
Step 3: Discuss the research opportunities & admission
3A) Once ISA has received your complete Application package, it will be submitted to the host institution for review by the Research Project Supervisor. If the application is acceptable to the Research Project Supervisor, the student will be contacted by the EuroScholars Host Institutional Coordinator to arrange a telephone or skype communication with the Research Project Supervisor. At the same time the student and the Research Project Supervisor will receive a copy of the Learning Agreement and instructions for completion.
3B) Next, the student and Research Project Supervisor start a dialogue on the Research Project and the student's opportunities to contribute to the Research Project. Also the possibility of doing an elective course and the content of the Methods & Literature Review should be discussed with the Research Project Supervisor.
Based on the dialogue and the application documents received, the Research Project Supervisor will make a decision on admittance of the student to the Research Project.
Photo: Université de Genève, François Schaer
Step 4: Complete Learning Agreement
4A) If the student has confirmation from the host institution that he/she is accepted for the Research Project during the preferred semester the student intends to participate, the student can begin completing the Learning Agreement (.pdf).
The Learning Agreement is the form where all agreements are put down and will be the basis for credit transfer. Therefore, it has to be signed by the student, the Research Project Supervisor, the Host Institution Coordinator and the home institution.
4B) Arrange practicalities. Once the Learning Agreement has been received and all documentation sent and approved by the host university, students will be guided by the ES North American Coordinator and the ES Host Institution Coordinator in making the necessary arrangements for the semester abroad (i.e., applying for a student visa, financial aid arrangements, pre-departure and orientation information). The student will also receive an invoice for the program fees.