An old saying suggests a change of scenery will provide new perspectives on life. A current trend in higher education similarly encourages students to enhance their knowledge and skills through immersive and intensive hands-on learning in environments far from their familiar surroundings.

That alluring invitation is proving to entice students to the edifying opportunities offered by the International Research Experiences for Students , or IRES, program from the National Science Foundation.

IRES strives to bolster U.S. leadership in science and engineering research and education and strengthen the nation’s economic competitiveness by expanding training opportunities for the next generation of research leaders.

The program provides funding for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to get in involved in international research, education and professional development experiences in fields of science and engineering critical to the country’s future.

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