University of Western Australia - Virtual Research Internship

About the virtual program

This program is virtual and will take place online for 8 weeks from July to August.

Established in 1911, The University of Western Australia (UWA) is Western Australia’s premier university. Located in Perth, the University enjoys an international reputation for teaching and research excellence and is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight. 

Under the guidance of a UWA supervisor, students’ participate in a research project, working closely with postdocs and postgraduate students from a research group as fully fledged members’ of the team. Students’ may have the opportunity to contribute to a publication or grant application. The program also offers a range of curated online events and training sessions to help launch your research career, including inter-cultural activities, featured talks by leading researchers, training on research and presentation skills, and the opportunity to present your findings in a 3-minute thesis style presentation. All participants receive a certificate of completion.

For a list of 2021 projects, read more about program details.

Research areas

  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Natural Science
  • Humanities

Eligibility requirements

General Research Abroad eligibility

  • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent academic term of full-time studies prior to application. We are looking at your Term 1 (Fall term) grades for summer research abroad experiences
  • You should have full-time student status as defined by your faculty in the year prior to your research abroad experience
  • You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g., not be under academic or non-academic discipline)
  • You must maintain a 70% average prior to your exchange departure

Program-specific requirements

  • Be a 3rd or 4th year student in any of the above disciplines by the time you begin the program
  • Meet any additional lab project requirements 

Virtual Research Programs Pre-Departure policy


UBC is committed to preparing students for successful international experiences. In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the Go Global program-specific pre-departure requirements.

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.

How to apply

Application deadline: February 11, 2021

As soon as you submit your application to Go Global, you will be contacted by the advisor with instructions for next steps. You can apply to Go Global well in advance of the deadline to get a headstart on the rest of your application.

1. Apply to Go Global once you’ve identified programs you're interested in

  • Submit your Go Global application online. You can apply for up to 3 programs on one application.
  • Go Global will contact you within 2 weeks of submission with instructions on how to apply to the partner and an electronic copy of your UBC transcript.

2. Apply directly to the partner university

  • Each research program will have detailed instructions on how to apply and strict submission deadlines.
  • All research programs will need supporting documents that typically include:
    • Academic references (1 – 3)
    • Letter of intent
    • Curriculum vitae
    • UBC transcript

Program costs and fees

In addition to paying the Go Global fee following the Go Global deadline, students are responsible for any program costs associated with participating in this program.

There are a limited number of exchange spaces offered for the Online Tuition Only Research Internship program. Participation in these programs will be assessed on a competitive basis.  If not selected to use an exchange space, students will pay tuition directly to the partner institution. In addition to the tuition costs, the partner institution may charge other program fees such as application fees, and fees for any virtual field trips, cultural activities, or other costs associated with hosting this program. Please check the partner webpage for details of program costs.

See more information on program costs.

Go Global fee and withdrawal policy

The Go Global Fee ($415.00 CDN) is an administrative fee required for all applicants to Go Global programs. The fee is non-refundable. However, it may be adjusted under the following circumstances.

If you are not matched to a partner university

You are eligible to have your Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $93.25 (reduced by $321.75) if:

  • You have applied to Go Global but do not meet our minimum eligibility requirements

  • Go Global cannot match you to a partner university

  • The partner university does not accept your application and Go Global cannot find another option

If you withdraw from Go Global

To withdraw from your Go Global exchange, research or summer abroad program, you must contact Go Global by email to request withdrawal. You will then be asked to complete a short withdrawal form.

Students who withdraw from Go Global by the relevant deadline below, will have their Go Global fee adjusted from $415.00 to $321.75 (reduced by $93.25).

  • March 30: For summer and research programs

  • June 30: For UBC Winter Term 1 and Full-Year exchange

  • September 30: For UBC Winter Term 2 and Split-Year exchange

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at

Transfer credit

UBC does not recognize credit for Research Abroad programs and does not grant transfer credit for these experiences. If a partner university offers credit for your Research Abroad program, save the transcript or certificate of completion for your future records.


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodations, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of the program:

If you have questions

Go Global Vancouver

Go Global's campus office is closed until further notice. At this time, you can contact Go Global by email, phone or virtually through Zoom.

If you need to book an advising appointment, please complete the online request form. Appointments will be held through Zoom or by phone.

Advising hours

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm