Participating in research abroad is an excellent way to take your learning out of the classroom while also gaining international experience. There are a number of ways you can participate in research abroad while at Toronto Metropolitan University.
Depending on your program you may have the opportunity to participate in structured research exchange internationally. Examples include:
- The Faculty of Science’s Global Science Citizen Program that partners with University College London to provide research placements for undergraduate students. Check out James Burns’ blog entry (opens in new window) about his experience in the program.
- The Masters program in Immigration and Settlement Studies’ exchange program with the University of Osnabruck that provides opportunity for students to spend the Spring/Summer semester in Germany to complete work on their MRP and a placement.
Other opportunities include faculty-led research initiatives abroad that incorporate students into their projects. Examples of past and current projects include:
- Dr. Mehrab Mehrvar’s project to strengthen resilience to climate change in Colombia, carried out in collaboration with the University of Cartagena, the National University of Colombia and Western University.
- Dr. Margareth Zanchetta and Dr. Sepali Guruge’s research on violence against women in Brasil, a project that involved five undergraduate nursing students.
Many Toronto Metropolitan University students also attend international conferences, whether to present their own work or network with others in their field. While finding and organizing attendance to conferences is generally the responsibility of the student, some programs organize group trips if multiple students are interested in attending. To learn more about students’ experience attending conferences check out these blog entries:
- Desislava Stefanova (opens in new window) , Masters student in Environmental Applied Science and Management Program who attended the AAG International Conference in Boston.
- Emma Dunn (opens in new window) , PhD Student in the Graduate Program in Communication and Culture who attended the conference Talking Bodies 2017 at the University of Chester in the UK.
Available to all undergraduate and graduate students at Toronto Metropolitan University, our office coordinates the Ontario Universities International (OUI) program. OUI offers supervised research opportunities in Germany, France, India and China. To apply students must identify faculty supervisors (at Toronto Metropolitan University and their host institution), and propose a particular research project related to their academic area of study. For more information see our page on Summer Programs.
For funding opportunities check out Ryerson International’s funding programs, as well as the Student Research page on the Office of the Vice-President for Research & Innovation's website.
All students conducting research internationally should be sure to consult with research ethics at Toronto Metropolitan University in order to ensure adherence with all necessary policies and procedures. Please note, all research conducted by students at Toronto Metropolitan University should get ethics clearance before leaving the country for their research.
Attention should be placed on local, regional or institutional ethical guidelines that exist in country or on site.
The Toronto Metropolitan University Research Ethics team can be reached at: https://www.torontomu.ca/research/resources/ethics/