Program Overview

As scientific research becomes ever more international and cooperative, it is important for science students to experience scientific teaching and research in international settings. If you are an undergraduate student majoring in Physics, Math, Chemistry, or Biochemistry, the TASSEP program is a great fit for you. This program will give you the opportunity to experience a year of studying and living abroad in Europe while continuing to earn credits toward your UO degree. The program encompasses 16 different European universities, each with unique academic offerings and research specializations, in 8 different countries. Classes are taught by regular science faculty members, and you will take classes with host national peers. TASSEP is a highly individualized program that encourages you to take initiative and work in a more independent environment.

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Academic Advisor: The academic advisor will interview and nominate you for the program. They will then be available to advise you about course selections in your major, and approve courses for UO crediting, in cooperation with Global Education Oregon.

Lead Coordinator:  Fabio R. de Andrade (Global Education Oregon) serves as the lead coordinator for the TASSEP program, helping to administer the program and working with TASSEP to maintain the partnership.

Program Advisor:  Lacey Johnson serves as the program advisor and will assist you in learning about the TASSEP program and help you in choosing the university that best fits your interests. The advisors will assist you in planning for departure and applying for the student visa.

Additional requirements

  • 3 years of college-level French, German, Italian, or Spanish for universities in countries in which those languages are spoken, except if enrolling only in courses taught in English

What is an Exchange?

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Academic Details

As scientific activities, both in private industry as well as university and government laboratories, become increasingly international in scope, it is essential to become familiar with foreign cultures, languages, and economic systems. One of the most effective vehicles for addressing this problem is through the TASSEP exchange program in which you will spend a year abroad, living much like the students at the foreign university. As science students, you face unique problems because of the large number of required courses in the standard four- or five-year curriculum and the vertical structure of the science curriculum. On the TASSEP program, you will take courses primarily in your 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. You will be responsible for providing syllabi and other relevant course information to the UO registrar.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE OPTIONS

UK: Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of 24 leading UK research-intensive universities, providing world-class education underpinned by world-class research.

Denmark: Aarhus University
For the minority of courses taught in Danish, two or more years of college Danish would be required. Courses are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Molecular Biology, Nanotechnology, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, and Sports Science.

Ireland: Trinity College 
All science courses taught in English. Courses include: Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics, and Psychology

FOREIGN LANGUAGE OPTIONS:

Vienna, Austria: Technische Universität Wien
Two or more years of college German (or the equivalent) required. Courses are offered in Computer Science, Materials Sciences, Surveying and Geoinformation, Technical Chemistry, Technical Mathematics, and Technical Physics.

Grenoble, France: Université Joseph Fourier
Three or more years of college French (or the equivalent) required. Courses are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics.

Lyon, France: École Supérieure de Chimie Physique Électronique
Three or more years of college French (or the equivalent) required. Courses are offered in Analytical Sciences, Molecular Chemistry, Mathematics, Informatics, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, and Physics.

Orsay, France: Université de Paris 11, Orsay
Three or more years of college French (or the equivalent) required. Courses are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics.

Paris, France: Université de Paris 6
Three or more years of college French (or the equivalent) required. Courses are offered in Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Mechanics, and Physics.

Toulouse, France: Université de Paul Sabatier
Three or more years of college French (or the equivalent) required. Courses are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geological Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

Germany: Technische Universität Berlin
Two or more years of college German (or the equivalent) required. Courses are offered in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geotechnology, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.

Germany: Friedrich-Schiller-Universität (Jena)
Two or more years of college German (or the equivalent) required. Courses are offered in Biochemistry, Biogeosciences, Bioinformatics, Biology, Computer Science, Material Science, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, and Sport Science.

Bologna, Italy: Università di Bologna
Three or more years of college Italian (or the equivalent) required. Courses are offered in 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, and Statistical Sciences.

Pavia, Italy: Università di Pavia
Three or more years of college Italian (or the equivalent) required. Courses are offered in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geology and Natural Resources, Green Chemical Technology, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, Physics, and Plant Sciences.

Bilbao, Spain:  Universidad del País Vasco Bilbao Campus
Three years of college Spanish (or the equivalent) required. About half of all courses are taught in Basque. Courses are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, and Physics.

Madrid, Spain: Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Three years of college Spanish (or the equivalent) required. Courses are offered in Anatomy, Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Ecology, Genetics, Geophysics, Mathematics, Microbiology, Paleontology, Parasitology, Petrology and Geochemistry, Pharmacology, Physics, Physiology, and Zoology.

San Sebastián, Spain: Universidad del País Vasco San Sebastián Campus
Three years of college Spanish (or the equivalent) required. About half of all courses are taught in Basque. Courses are offered in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Geology, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Mineralogy and Petrology, Neurosciences, Paleontology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychology, and Zoology.

Switzerland: Université de Genève
Three or more years of college French (or the equivalent) required. Courses are offered in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science, Mathematics, Pharmaceutical Science, and Physics.

Housing Description

You will live in housing arranged by the specific host university, most often in student residence halls (generally, in single rooms on floors populated by diverse groups of international and host national students). You will pay for your housing directly to the local housing authority or university, depending on the site selected. Please note that Global Education Oregon staff members are not responsible for coordinating application for or assignment of housing. You will work directly with the host university once accepted.

Application process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. You will be required to complete the TASSEP paperwork, a meeting with the Academic Director in the major department, and other university-specific paperwork (where needed) in a timely manner. These additional items will be made available after you have completed the interview process.

Given the nature of this program, you will be working directly with the host university and other agencies on some parts of the preparation process.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall-Winter Semester2017-182/1/2017Varies by school and countryVaries by school and country
Academic Year2017-182/1/2017Varies by school and countryVaries by school and country
Spring Semester20185/15/2017Varies by school and countryVaries by school and country

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.