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Undergraduate Study Abroad

(last updated on March 9, 2017)

This posting contains resources for CWRU students interested in studying physics abroad. These resources include:

A record of where physics majors have studied abroad in recent years.

A record of which physics department faculty have degrees from foreign institutions, plus contacts they have in various countries.

Courses at foreign institutions which have been approved for transfer to CWRU and which of our courses they can replace.

Special programs, such as international summer REU’s (Research Experience for Undergraduates)

Links to general information about study abroad for all CWRU students.

Physics (& other) Majors Have Studied Abroad at the Following Locations

(The data is incomplete before January 2012.)





Australia Sydney University of New South Wales Spring 2003
      Spring 2014
   Melbourne University of Melbourne Fall 2014
      Fall 2014
    University of Melbourne Spring 2015
England Sussex University of Sussex Spring 2008
Ireland Dublin University College, Dublin

Spring 2015

Fall 2015



University of Miama at Universitaet Leipzig

Fall 2011



Japan Exchange and Teaching Program

Fall 2005 + Spring 2006



University of Leiden



Utrecht University


New Zealand


University of Auckland

Spring, 2008

New Zealand


University of Auckland

Spring 2007


St. Andrews

University of St. Andrew

Spring 2007



University of Edinburgh

Fall 2015 + Spring 2016




Fall 2002 + Spring 2003



Fall 2002 + Spring 200


Courses Approved for Transfer

The Physics Department did not retain records of these approvals prior to the fall of 2011 but will begin doing so as of January 2012.

If you wish to submit another course for approval, you should obtain a formal syllabus (not a short General Bulletin-type description) and send that to the Department of Physics academic representative, Prof. G. Chottiner.  The Office of Education Abroad can assist you in obtaining suitable syllabi.





Date Approved

  Australia University of Melbourne    

PHYS 332 Quantum II


PHYC90007 Quantum Mech. points 07/09/2012
PHYS 302 Adv. Lab II  

PHYC30014 Laboratory Work B points

PHYS 324 E&M   PHYC30016 Electrodynamics points

PHYS 310   MCEN30016 Mechanical Dynamics 10/24/2014 by M. Martens
  Germany University of Miama at Universitaet Leipzig * these courses have changed recently to better fit the American bachelor system.  That means the course numbers are different, but not necessarily the content.  
PHYS 300-TR    

Experimentalphysik EP5 Molekülphysik, Modulnummer PH-DP-EP5 (Experimental Physics: Molecule Physics)


PHYS 331


Theoretische Physik TP3 Quantenmechanik I, PH-DP-TP3
(Theoretical Physics: Quantum Mechanics 1)

PHYS 315    

Experimentalphysics EP6 Festkörperphysik, PH-DP-EP6
(Experimental Physics: Solid State Physics)

PHYS 313    

Theoretische Physik TP4 Statistische Physik I, PH-DP-TP4
(Theoretical Physics: Statistical Physics)

PHYS 301, 302, and 303    

Fortgeschrittenen-Praktikum FP1, PH-DP-FP1
(Advanced Physics Laboratory, 2 semesters = 6 experiments)

  Ireland University College, Dublin    
PHYS 203   EEEN20020   8/30/2015
PHYS 221   PHYC20020 Intro to Quantum 8/30/2015
PHYS 327   PHYC30080, Optics & Lasers,   10/30/2014
PHYS 221   PHYC 10080 Frontiers of Physics   2/18/2015
  New Zealand University of Auckland    
PHYS 221   PHYSICS 251 Modern Physics 12/17/2014
  South Africa University of Cape Town    

PHYS 100-TR, PHYS 200-TR and PHYS 300-TR. PHYS 100, 200 or 300 Level Transfer Course

These course numbers are used to provide transfer credit for courses taken elsewhere that clearly merit CWRU credit but which don’t correspond to a course offered by our department. Such courses can normally only be used as open electives but might satisfy a requirement to select one of a group of courses in condensed matter or particle astrophysics.

Physics Department Faculty as Study Abroad Resources


For Information About


Prof. Gary Chottiner general information Prof. Chottiner is the study abroad contact person for the department and can guide students through the process or course approval et al.
Prof. Claudia de Rahm Switzerland, England & Canada Ph. D. Cambridge University, UK (2005), working at Geneva University in 2010 & 2011
Dr. Diana Driscoll Romania Dr. Driscoll was born in Romania, has relatives there and speaks the language
Prof. Pavel Fileviez Perez Europe + South America

I can help students going to any country in Europe and in South America. I did study and live in Italy, Germany, and Portugal, but I know people in most of the European countries and I did visit often Chile in South America.

Prof. Xuan Gao China or Hong Kong including Shanghai and Beijing

I grew up in China and got my B.S. degree from South China University of Technology in 1998 (SCUT). With strong emphasis in engineering and applied sciences, SCUT is located in GuangZhou, GuangDong(Canton) province. Benefited from the the close proximity to HongKong and the first major city experiencing Chinese economic reform, GuangZhou is one of the most modernized cities in China.

I also know some friends teaching at universities in HongKong, ShangHai or BeiJing. If students are interested in those places, they are welcome to talk to me.

Prof. Michael Hinczewski



I could potentially advise students interested in studying biophysics in Germany, particularly the Technical University of Munich or the Freie Universitat Berlin, where I have contacts.

Koc University and Sabanci University in Istanbul

Prof. Walter Lambrecht


Belgium, University of Ghent




New Zealand


Prof. Lambrecht was born and raised in Belgium.

I obtained my Licenciate in Physics (equiv. to MS) and Dr. Sc. (equiv. to Ph.D) both at the University of Ghent, Belgium.  I am familiar with the Belgian universities.

I have lived in Germany and Argentina. I would be happy to advise students about living, studying, language in Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Argentina.

I have scientific collaborators in Germany, Denmark, Thailand, New Zealand. I don’t know to what extent they are involved with undergraduate research or study abroad programs.

Prof. Rolfe Petschek France I have spent appreciable time in France (altogether about 6 months, I suppose) and share with Chuck Rosenblatt a collaborator, Pierre Carles. 
Prof. Charles Rosenblatt France, Paris & Orsay



I had a Fulbright and a faculty appointment at Université Pierre et Marie Curie (U. Paris 6, Les Sorbonne Universités) in 2011 and have collaborators at both the main campus at place Jussieu (in the city of Paris) and on the plateau in Orsay.  Graduate student Joel Pendery is about to go Paris 6 for 10 months on a Chateaubriand scholarship (fall 2011 & spring 2012).  Bottom line is that i know Paris pretty well now, with some knowledge of ÃŽle de France).

Italy, University of Calabria

Japan, Nagaoka University of Technology – I have collaborators at this institution.

Prof. Giuseppe Strangi Italy: University of Calabria, University of Rome, INFN and University of Bologna, CNR – National Research Council, IIT – Italian Institute of Technology

France: CNRS – Centre of Research Paul Pascal; University of Bordeaux, University of Troyes, University of Paris VI and Paris VII,

Spain: University of Vigo, University of Madrid Polytechnic

Japan: University Tokio, Tokio Institute of Technology, University of Osaka 

Brazil: University of Maringa’. PUC Rio de Janeiro, University of Santa Caterina in Florianopolis.

Prof. Strangi was born and raised in Italy. He could advise students interested to study in all the mentioned institutions in Europe, Japan and Brazil, where he has long-standing scientific collaborations.
Prof. Philip Taylor

England, including University of London, King’s College and University of Cambridge

Netherlands, Utrect University

Born and raised in England

1959 B. Sc. in Theoretical Physics, University of London, King’s College

1962 Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

Utrecht University, Netherlands. I was there for a semester in 1996.  Many classes are in English.  Hans van Himbergen is the contact.

Prof. Andrew Tolley England, including Oxford and Cambridge Degrees from Jesus College, Oxford University (1999) +
Ph.D., University of Cambridge (2003)



(If you miss the application deadline of March 15, 2014, keep this in mind for the future)

Each year the Society of Physics Students supports two representatives to attend and present their research at the International Conference of Physics Students (ICPS), an international conference hosted by the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS). The representatives are the winners of the SPS Outstanding Student Award for Undergraduate Research, and are chosen on the basis of their research, letters of recommendation, and SPS participation from among qualified applicants. The winners also receive a $500 honorarium for themselves and a $500 honorarium for their SPS chapter. See the 2014 ICPS Website for more information about the 2014 ICPS conference.
2014 International Conference of Physics Students, August 10-17, 2014, Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany

The application form is available at In addition to completing a general application form, applicants must submit the following information.

  • Title and text of research abstract
  • A list of references for where the research explained in the abstract has been presented or published (if any)
  • Written description of SPS-related activity
  • Two letters of recommendation – One from an SPS advisor and one from another faculty member

SUMMER RESEARCH IN ITALY (updated April 30, 2013)

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare of Italy (INFN) announce the 2013 edition of the Summer Exchange Program dedicated to promote the exchange of students in science between the two countries. INFN (see ““) is one of the leading organization worldwide promoting basic scientific research and has tight connections with DOE activities in many areas of interest: Particle Physics, Astroparticle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Theoretical Physics and Detector Physics.

We call for applications of US students willing to join a INFN research team in Italy for a two months period between June 1st and October 31st, 2013. There are a total of 11 positions available in 5 different INFN sites (Ferrara, Genova, Lecce, Roma Tor Vergata, Torino) and in 3 national laboratories (Frascati, Gran Sasso and Legnaro). Description of student requirements, coverage of travel and living expenses,  available activities for each site, logistic information and instructions for the application can all be found at the following web page (““). The deadline for application is really tight, May 25th, 2013, so please spread out the information to your site as soon as possible. For questions please contact:

Maria Cristina D’Amato
Research Division Secretariat
INFN – Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati
Via E. Fermi, 40
00044 Frascati
ph.  39-06-9403-2373/8133
fax. 39-06-9403-2475

SUMMER RESEARCH IN GERMANY (updated on November 5, 2012)

RISE is a summer internship program for undergraduate students from the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate 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. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities and research institutes provide housing assistance. See for more information. (Prof. Lambrecht has offered to assist students interested in this program.)


NanoJapan IREU: International Research Experience for Undergraduates

See for information about this summer REU program operated by Rice University that includes >8 weeks of research in a Japanese institution.


2017 Nakatani RIES Fellowships Iposted 12/6/2016)

See  for information about this summer REU program operated by Rice University that includes up to 13 weeks in Japan.

For more information about Study Abroad:

Visit the Education Abroad Office of the Center for International Affairs.The Education Abroad Office is located on the first floor of Tomlinson Hall. Their contact information can be found at

A sample approval form for courses taken abroad can be found at .

Contact the academic representative of the Department of Physics (Prof. G. Chottiner, ) for more information.

Page last modified: March 9, 2017