Summer Research Abroad

Participating in a research programme abroad is a great way to develop your research skills and knowledge in a specific area of interest, and gain valuable experience that can boost your professional profile. 

For more information about any of the research opportunities listed below, please contact the Work Placement team.

Summer Down Under: Research Internship and Research Skills Fundamentals at the University of Western Australia | Australia

Research Internship: The Summer Down Under Research Internship is a unique 8-week intensive research training program. It provides an opportunity for high-performing international students, who are considering an UWA postgraduate degree, to get an insider's look at the University’s research specialities, meet and work with a potential future supervisor and experience the richness of Australian culture. This opportunity is open to high performing "research ready" 3rd or 4th year undergraduate or Masters students. For more details including eligibility and how to apply, please visit UWA's website.

Research Skills Fundamentals: This three week course provides research skills training to equip students with the fundamentals to conduct research. Through a range of feature talks focusing on global issues, students are exposed to the theory and practice of research across different disciplines. Interactive workshops develop students' information literacy, writing and communication skills, and introduce them to the principles of ethical research conduct. For more information please see the Research Skills Fundamentals page.

If you are successful in gaining a place on either of these programmes please contact the Study Abroad Office on for assistance with pre-departure support.

University of Alberta Research Experience | Canada 

For the fifth year, the University of Leeds is taking part in an innovative collaboration with the University of Alberta offering undergraduate students the chance to complete paid research projects at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on, practical research experience over the summer and receive a stipend of $6,000 CAD (~£3,400).

Applications for summer 2022 are now open until the 5 November 2021. For full details, see MyCareer

RISE GermanyRISE Germany

Rise Germany offers summer research internships in Germany for undergraduate, masters and PhD students studying and researching in the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, earth sciences, engineering or a closely related field. All participants receive grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). 

RISE Germany – Research Internships for undergraduates: For the undergraduate programme, students are carefully matched with doctoral students and researchers whom they assist and who serve as their mentors which offers unique opportunities for students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. For more information please see the MyCareer portal and

RISE Professional – Research Internships for masters and PhD students: RISE Professional offers summer research internships of three months to masters and PhD students at companies and research instituions with strong relations to Germany. RISE Professional is funded by the German Federal Office and students will recieve a stipend from their host company/institutions in addition to the grant from DAAD to help cover living expenses. For more information please visit 

If you are successful in gaining a place on either of these programme please contact the Study Abroad Office on for assistance with pre-departure support.

Summer Undergraduate Research Programme, Chinese University of Hong Kong | Hong Kong 

CUHK offers a Summer Undergraduate Research Programme (SURP) which enables students from a wide range of academic disciplines to develop research skills and knowledge in a specific area of interest, join a world-class research team and build networks with leading experts in the field.  Students participating in SURP will conduct a research project under the supervision of a CUHK faculty member for eight weeks. Participating students will also be immersed in the local culture through a series of orientation and cultural activities.  More information is available on the programme website.   

If you are successful in gaining a place on this programme please contact the Study Abroad Office on for assistance with pre-departure support.

KAIST Individual Research Programme | South Korea

The Individual Research Programme is a 4-week research programme for students majoring in STEM fields and a fantastic opportunity to spend the summer working on a research project at KAIST, South Korea. The University of Leeds will select students to take part in this research exchange, who will join KAIST's Track II Summer School. All dates are fixed around this programme, as such you are required to check your availability.

The exchange is open to third year students in their penultimate year of study. The University of Leeds will cover the following costs:

  • Return flights
  • Programme fees
  • Accommodation fees
  • Tuition fee (this is waived by KAIST)

To register your interest, please email