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UC San Diego continues to expand our global network to provide undergraduate and graduate students with unique, high-impact international experiences. In addition to academic year exchanges, students can take advantage of research internships and short-term programs abroad to gain real-world experience in their fields of study. You can find more information on each program in the drawers below. 

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EP International Internship Program

The Internship Program for International Students gives UC San Diego students the opportunity to complete a 3 to 6 month internship at one of École Polytechnique's research facilities. More information on the program, including internship fields and disciplines, can be found HERE.

 The Program is open to students at the following levels:

  • Undergraduate: Upperclassmen (Third of Fourth Year of Program)
  • Graduate:  Master's students (First or Second Year of Program
  • PhD students 

To apply for this opportunities, students must first complete a pre-selection process at UC San Diego. Visit and click on the TritonsAbroad tab to access the application.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) Research Internship Program

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) International Internship Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students; undergraduates must have completed at least two (2) years of their undergraduate program before the internship start date. It is possible to participate in the internship while studying abroad at EPFL through our Global Exchange Program. Accepted students will receive a scholarship of excellence covering main costs of living!

In order to participate, you must first be nominated by UC San Diego to apply for the program. Speak to a Study Abroad advisor to learn more.  

The application period will open in October 2021. Students will have until December 12 to complete the application. 

Program Details:

What is offered:                                                                                                  

  • 3-4 months research internships (dates can be flexible usually between February and August) for selected candidates with excellent academic records who will receive a guaranteed Scholarship of Excellence;
  • Hands-on research in a lab, pioneer projects, and an intensive academic and professional experience;
  • Immersion in an international and groundbreaking environment –110  nationalities, cutting-edge projects (e.g. Gold medal award of the IGem 2019 Competition, ranked third in the EPFLoop 2019 Competition and winner of the 2017 Solar Decathlon competition), trans-disciplinary research and technology transfer (Innovation Park);
  • Excellent supervision by top international professors;
  • Placement in one of 370 laboratories with sophisticated equipment and a strong team-spirit;
  • A life experience in a vibrant campus with excellent infrastructures in a beautiful spot by Lake Geneva – more than 11,500 students on a campus with a strong community spirit and plenty of cultural, sports and extracurricular activities within the heart of Europe. 


After being nominated by UC San Diego, students should complete the online application by December 12, 2021.  

For more information, visit the Research internship program and testimonials websites. 

TU Munich Practical Research Experience Program (TUM PREP)

The TUM PREP opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students- undergraduates must have completed at least two (2) years of their undergraduate program before the start date of their program period in Munich.

For any students interested in the program, you must first complete an application in UC San Diego's Study Abroad Portal TritonsAbroad. To do this, go to, click on "Tritons Abroad" in the top left corner, and log in using your student Single Sign On to access the application. 

In the framework of the Practical Research Experience Program (TUM PREP), TUM invites each summer excellent students to spend an at an approximately 9-week long research stay at TUM. Participating students gain valuable insights into the research work at Germany’s top-ranked technical university and enhance their technical and methodological qualifications.

Application period October 1 - November 21,  2021
Kick-off event Early July 2022
Orientation days July 4-6, 2022
Research projects time period July 4 - September 2, 2022*
Closing event September 2, 2022

 In most cases, an extension of the project duration (later project end, latest until end of September) is possible in consultation with the TUM PREP supervisor. Please note that an earlier start of the program is not possible. 

UNIBE Clinical Rotation and Field Research

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