WHAT IS EUROSCHOLARS?
EuroScholars is a unique research abroad programme designed for advanced and talented undergraduate students from US and Canadian institutions looking for an international research experience. The EuroScholars Program offers these students to conduct research at one of the 9 internationally renowned European Research Universities. In this programme, students have the opportunity to undertake one or two courses in the classroom and then work under the direct supervision of professors and other academic staff on a specific academic research project chosen by both the student and the faculty. There are an abundance of academic research projects in a variety of fields to choose from within the participating universities.
EuroScholars is a once in a lifetime opportunity to for students to become familiar with the European academic culture and to investigate their potential in a future research career while enjoying the value of conducting research abroad as an undergraduate student.
The objectives of this programme are to give students the challenge of conducting original research at the cutting edge of human knowledge and promote interactions with scholars through immersion in the research environment. Students will learn about scientific reasoning, research methods, theoretical principles related to the research area, and scholarly communication. By finalizing the results of their research project into a paper of publishable quality, students will also improve their writing and presentation skills.
EuroScholars aims to contribute to the quality of academic research and international higher education by creating opportunities for scientific knowledge and cultural exchange with a strong focus on academic research.
The aim of EuroScholars is to create a framework within which young talented researchers (international students) and senior European researchers can work together on academic research. This in turn leads to the attraction of more international students to Europe.
In early 2005 Leiden University first conceptualized the idea of creating a new and innovative international study program focusing on high-quality scientific research. In collaboration with several European and American universities different opportunities were explored throughout 2005 and the first months of 2006. In order to attract more international students to Europe a research-focused program seemed to best fit the demands of both the American and European institutions. All parties saw the advantages of a program based on academic research. American students envisioning a career in academic research could gain practical research experience during their undergraduate period. For Europe, attracting such students would lead to an internationalization of the research environment and give host universities the opportunity to incorporate research into their study abroad options. The EuroScholars program also contributes to the expressed wishes of the Lincoln Committee, i.e. to increase the number of American students studying abroad.
For more information contact Almut Spalding at 217-245-3874