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Summer International Research Opportunities Program (IROP)

About the Program

The Summer International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) is a short 8-week summer research internship. This program is ideal for students who seek to clarify their academic and career interests through research in their field and will encourage participants to engage in cross-cultural collaboration and scholarship on a global scale.

Research Project

Students will join an on-going research project in their field at a university or research institution in one of nine different countries: Australia, Chile, China, United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, or Spain. Research placements are available in a wide array of fields depending on your interests and academic background. Whether you are studying STEM, the social sciences, communications and any other discipline, we will work with you to find a placement that fits your interests. You will step into existing projects at various stages of the research process and can engage a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods approach. you should not expect to advance personal research projects. Research-based placements are typically at universities abroad, but you could also be placed in the private business sector, as well as research centers.

Research Course: INTE 250

In conjunction with the research project, you will take a general research methods course worth 3 credits. The course is taught online by a UT faculty member. This course teaches general topics in research, including research methods, ethics, and writing. As part of the course, you will produce a literature review, a research proposal, and a final research paper using the research you are doing at your placement.

For Whom?

This program is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors in all majors. The minimum GPA is 3.0. No prior research experience is required.

Available Program Locations

Check out a full list of programs by country here. 

For detailed information on each country placement, visit:

Ready to Apply?

Apply here.The deadline for the Summer program is in early December.


The Office of Undergraduate Research offers last dollar scholarships, up to $750 for students accepted in the program.

Apply for an International Research Opportunities Scholarship. The deadline for fall travel is April 6th of the same year. The deadline for spring travel is October 14th the fall before. The deadline for summer travel is March 5th in the same year.

If multiple students pursue the scholarship for the same semester, a competition will be held and additional information will be sought from each applicant.

Programs Abroad offers additional scholarships for research abroad.