(last updated on February 22, 2021)

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

Germany Leipzig University of Miama at Universitaet Leipzig Fall 2011
Japan   Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Fall 2005 + Spring 2006
Netherlands Amsterdam University of Leiden


    Utrecht University  
New Zealand Auckland University of Auckland Spring, 2008
New Zealand Auckland University of Auckland Spring 2007
Scotland St. Andrews University of St. Andrew Spring 2007
Scotland Edinburgh University of Edinburgh Fall 2015 + Spring 2016
 Sweden  Lund  Lund University  Fall 2017
??     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.

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. https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2012/PHYC9000712.5 points 07/09/2012
PHYS 302 Adv. Lab II   PHYC30014 Laboratory Work B https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2012/PHYC3001512.5 points 07/09/2012
PHYS 324 E&M   PHYC30016 Electrodynamics https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2012/PHYC3001612.5 points 07/09/2012
PHYS 310   MCEN30016 Mechanical Dynamics https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/2015/MCEN30016 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) 9/2012
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    
  Sweden Lund University    
PHYS 313   FMF 150

Thermal/Stat. Mech.



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.
Adjunct Prof. Claudia de Rahm Switzerland, England & Canada Ph. D. Cambridge University, UK (2005), working at Geneva University in 2010 & 2011, currently on the faculty of Imperial College, London
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. Lydia Kisley

Eastern France


Eastern France: (Grenoble, CNRS, CEA, ILL – all part of the research campus there) 

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. Harsh Mathur


I did my undergraduate work in India and could provide some guidance to students wishing to study abroad there.

Prof. Charles Rosenblatt

France, Paris & Orsay




I had a Fulbright scholarship and a faculty appointment at Jussieu (Sorbonne Université) in 2010 and have collaborators at the main campus at place Jussieu (in the city of Paris), on the plateau in Orsay, and Université de Rouen in Normandie. I visit Paris often (17 times since 2008) and teach a study abroad course on French Science and Technology, where we visit venues such as Marie Curie’s, Louis Pasteur’s, and Gustave Eiffel’s lab, Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop in the Loire valley, the SOLEIL synchrotron, and CERN in Geneva.

Italy, University of Calabria

Israel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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

Prof. Glenn Starkman


I grew up in Toronto, did my BS (actually BSc) at University of Toronto, and went back for three years as a postdoc at CITA.  I’m happy to chat about Canadian Universities and the places they are located.  I’m also happy to chat more generally about study abroad.
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.

Adjunct Prof. Andrew Tolley England, including Oxford and Cambridge Degrees from Jesus College, Oxford University (1999) +
Ph.D., University of Cambridge (2003), currently on the faculty of Imperial College, London
Prof. Idit Zehavi England & Israel  I grew up in Israel and did my BS, MS and PhD in Physics in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  I am happy to advise regarding Israeli universities and life in Israel.  I also have contacts in England and in particular in Durham, where I spent a sabbatical.



PHYS 333, “French Science and Technology: Yesterday and Today”

This 3 credit, summer (May term) study abroad course has cross-listings in FRCH, WLIT and WGST. See http://liq-xtal.case.edu/FrenchScience.htm for more information. 


Call for Applications: DAAD RISE Programs 2019 (posted August 29, 2018)

RISE Germany :Undergrads have the opportunity to work on cutting-edge research projects at top research institutions (e.g. Max-Planck-Institutes) and universities in Germany. Students are paired with German PhD students in a unique mentoring partnership to ensure immediate integration into hands on lab work and built-in social network with an excellent opportunity to develop new technical skills. RISE Germany participants receive a scholarship to cover living expenses.

Online registration and the internship database for RISE Germany open on about November 1 each year and closes on about December 15.


International Association of Physics Students (posted January 6, 2020)

The International Association of Physics Students (IAPS) is an association of physics students and student societies from around the globe, working to promote peaceful collaborations amongst them. Our members are represented by national and local committees, who meet regularly to ensure the relevance of our activities. IAPS also includes individual members, in locations where no national or local committees exist.

The XXXV International Conference of Physics Students (ICPS 2020) will take place in Puebla, Mexico, from August 9 – 16 and will be hosted by the Sociedad CientíficaJuvenil. IAPS offers financial support to selected participants. The jIAPS Article Contest gives you the opportunity to win back the participation fee which is around 200 €. The ICPS Worldwide Grant offers support for participation and travel of up to 1000 €.


SUMMER RESEARCH IN ITALY (updated April 30, 2013)

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare of Italy (INFN) runs a summer student exchange program.  See  https://web.infn.it/DOE-INFN-SSEP/ for details.

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 athttp://www.case.edu/international/edabroad/resources/contact.html

Contact the academic representative of the Department of Physics (Prof. G. Chottiner, gsc2@case.edu ) for more information.