As scientific activities, both in private industry as well as university and government laboratories, become increasingly international in scope, it is essential that science students become familiar with foreign cultures, languages, and economic systems. One of the most effective vehicles for addressing this problem is through exchange programs in which students spend a year abroad, living much like the students at the foreign university.
The goal of the present program is to facilitate these opportunities for science students. Science students face unique problems because of the large number of required courses in the standard four- or five-year curriculum, and because of the vertical structure of the science curriculum. Participants will take courses primarily in their major, under the advisement of the academic director. Courses taken in other fields are subject to the UO's approval process for new study abroad courses. Students will be responsible for providing syllabi and other relevant course information on the request of their program coordinator.
Academic Directors: The academic director will interview applicants and select program nominees, as well as advising admitted participants about the selection of courses in their major field, and documenting the approval of those courses for UO crediting, in cooperation with Study Abroad Programs.
Lead Coordinator: Diane Pritchard: (Study Abroad Programs) serves as the lead coordinator for the TASSEP program, helping to administer the program and working with TASSEP to maintain the partnership.
Program Coordinators: The program coordinator will assist students who are admitted to TASSEP in planning for departure and in applying for the student visa. Because TASSEP involves multiple countries within Europe, several different program coordinators are involved:
Marj Biehler: Denmark, Sweden
Vinnie Burns: Ireland, Scotland
Diane Pritchard: Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland
Luis Ruiz: Spain
Registration and Credits
Students participating in this program will be registered at the University of Oregon and will receive UO credits for courses taken abroad. The students' course work will be reviewed and evaluated by appropriate academic departments at the UO. Students must keep detailed records of course outlines, reading lists, exam results, and other work completed to facilitate accurate evaluation by the academic departments at the UO.
Students are responsible for making sure that the courses they plan to take abroad will meet major and minor requirements. Students are advised to consult with their academic adviser about their plans to study in the TASSEP program.
All previously approved study abroad courses appear in an online database maintained by the Office of the Registrar. The database is searchable by world regions, then countries, and then specific program titles. For each course, you will see how it applies to UO degrees in terms of course level (100-, 200-, etc.), general-education requirements (e.g., Group 1 Arts & Letters, multicultural requirements, etc.), and majors and minors offered in the department granting the UO credit (e.g., the English major and minor for ENG credit). Students are responsible for talking with major/minor advisers about the possibility of applying courses toward majors and minors in other fields of study.
Note, too, that all study abroad programs of ten weeks or longer allow students to meet the IC: International Cultures multicultural requirement.
Not all available courses appear in the online database, especially for programs in which UO students choose their courses from an entire host university's offerings. The only courses that appear are those that have already been either taken by UO students before or otherwise evaluated for UO credit. Courses that do not appear will need to be evaluated for UO credit, but that does not mean that such courses are not available as options for UO participants. It does likely mean that students will be involved in getting the courses evaluated while they are enrolled in them.
If you are interested in knowing how a course that is not listed in the online database will apply to your UO degree, and you are able to get a syllabus for the course ahead of time from a host university website, you may send it to the Registrar's office for early evaluation. Email the syllabus to email@example.com
with the subject line "UO STUDY ABROAD: Pre-articulation request."
The following profiles will provide a quick reference of the 19 participating universities:
ENGLISH LANGUAGE OPTIONS:
Denmark: Aarhus University
Science Fields: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Nanotechnology, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Sports Science.
Ireland: Trinity College
Science Fields: Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, Psychology.
Scotland: University of Strathclyde
Science Fields: Chemistry, Computer & Information Science, Mathematics, Physics, Statistical & Modelling Science, Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacology & Biomedical Sciences.
Sweden: Lund University
Science Fields: Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Physical Geography, Physics.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE OPTIONS:
Austria: Vienna University of Technology
Science Fields: Computer Science, Materials Sciences, Surveying and Geoinformation, Technical Chemistry, Technical Mathematics, Technical Physics.
France, Grenoble: Université Joseph Fourier
Science Fields: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Informatics, Mathematics, Physics.
France, Lyon: École Supérieure de Chimie Physique Électronique
Science Fields: Analytical Sciences, Molecular Chemistry, Mathematics, Informatics, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Physics.
France: Université de Paris 11, Orsay
Science Fields: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Informatics, Mathematics, Physics.
France: Université de Paris 6
Founded 1971 (after the splitting of the University of Paris, founded 1253)
Science Fields: Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mechanics, Physics.
France, Toulouse: Université de Paul Sabatier
Founded 1960 (science campus)
Science Fields: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geological Science, Mathematics, Physics.
Germany: Technical University of Berlin
Science Fields: Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geotechnology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology.
Germany: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität (Jena)
Science Fields: Biochemistry, Biogeosciences, Bioinformatics, Biology, Computer Science, Material Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Sport Science.
Italy: University of Bologna
Science Fields: Astronomy, Atmospheric Physics and Meteorology, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, Exercise and Sports Sciences, Geological Sciences, Industrial Chemistry, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Physics, Statistical Sciences.
Italy: University of Pavia
Science Fields: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology and Natural Resources, Green Chemical Technology, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, Physics, Plant Sciences.
Spain: University of Pais Vasco Bilbao Campus
Founded 1980 (reorganized from earlier institutions)
Science Fields: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Physics.
Spain: Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Science Fields: Anatomy, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Genetics, Geophysics, Mathematics, Microbiology, Paleontology, Parasitology, Petrology and Geochemistry, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, Zoology.
Spain: University of Pais Vasco San Sebastian Campus
Founded 1980 (reorganized from earlier institutions)
Science Fields: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Geology, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Mineralogy and Petrology, Neurosciences, Paleontology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychology, Zoology.
Spain: Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
Science Fields: Anatomy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Genetics, Mathematics, Microbiology and Parasitology, Pathology and Forensic Sciences, Physics, Physiology.
Switzerland: Université de Genève
Science Fields: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Science, Physics.