EuroScholars Research Abroad Academics

There are several standard elements in the EuroScholars Research Abroad Program curriculum regardless of the host university: a Language & 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 basic knowledge of the language and culture of the host country. In most institutions the student will enroll in a regular scheduled course with other international students. 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 proposes 3 different basic curriculum options to assure that the characteristics of the program are best represented (academic research and language and/or culture).

Students earn up to a maximum of 30 ECTS (15 MSU credits) for one semester of participation. The credits per component and for the full program will vary. A full-time credit load must be maintained by the student. Whether a student chooses option 1, 2 or 3 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. The research project must total at least 18 ECTS (9 MSU credits).

Option 1

  • Language & Culture Course/s *
  • Participation in Research Project including article/presentation/paper

Option 2

  • Language & Culture Course/s *
  • Methods & Literature Review
  • Participation in Research Project including article/presentation/presentation

Option 3

  • Language & Culture Course/s *
  • Methods & Literature Review
  • Participation in Research Project including article/presentation/presentation
  • Elective course in the field of research **

* At most of the European Host institutions, the Language course is provided by a Language Center which has a collaboration with the university but is not part of the university. Therefore, some North American institutions might not accept the credits for the language course. Students are strongly advised to check this with their study advisor before setting up the learning agreement. If applicable, the student can request the Research Project Supervisor to add extra elements to the research project in order to earn the missing credits in order to meet the requirements of the home institution.

** At some European Host institutions, the credits for the elective course are higher or lower than the aforementioned 6 ECTS. The credits of 6 ECTS is an average. Students are strongly advised to check this with their study advisor and Research project supervisor before setting up the learning agreement in order to meet the requirements of the home institution. The number of credits can then be adjusted if applicable.

Applicants will be asked to provide their preferences for topic areas of the research project (see http://euroscholars.eu/search-projects). Students have the possibility of developing projects focusing on other topics. This is a co-sponsored program. Initial enrollments will be processed by the Office of Study Abroad. All credits (including research experience) will appear on a transcript prepared by the host institution. MSU departments/colleges will determine subject codes on an individual basis.