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NEURUS: Study planning best practices in Europe

SGSUP students have the opportunity to study a regional, planning, or urban studies issue of interest in Europe through the Network for European and United States Regional and Urban Studies (NEURUS) program, which promotes scholarly exchange among students and faculty from around the globe.

As a NEURUS Exchange Fellow, students are able to study at one of three European host universities: the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, Humboldt University Berlin in Germany, and Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in Austria. NEURUS is a traditional semester-length program but is unique in that students spend time at their host university conducting research on the topic of their choice, rather than taking coursework. NEURUS fellows interact through meetings with their host university advisors and a multiday fall semester seminar in Europe and a spring semester seminar in the U.S. In addition to conducting research in Europe, students can also complete the International Certificate in Urban and Regional Development (ICURD) during their time as a NEURUS Fellow.

Interested students should contact Dr. Sara Meerow (Sara.Meerow@asu.edu) to discuss potential projects, sites, and logistics in the fall or winter the year prior to studying abroad. A 3-5 page research proposal is due to Dr. Meerow by March 31, and students are matched to host universities by early May. The NEURUS coordinator at the host university helps exchange students with travel, housing, and visa arrangements that spring, and the following fall travel commences. NEURUS is a unique study abroad opportunity for SGSUP graduate students, we highly encourage interested students to ask questions about the program!

You can learn more at www.neurusinfo.org, including seeing recent research papers by NEURUS Fellows, student testimonials, and frequently asked questions.

What does it cost to do NEURUS?

Students pay their normal ASU tuition, because they stay enrolled here at the university while they study aboard. Additional costs come from travel and visa fees, plus everyday costs for housing, food, and entertainment. Because students pay ASU tuition, rather than tuition to a foreign university, NEURUS can be a more financially feasible study aboard option for students.

Is there financial aid?

There are multiple sources of aid for students in the NEURUS program. Options include the Gage Davis Travel Award (up to $500); the SGSUP Urban Planning Travel Scholarship (up to $1,500); the departmental MUEP travel funds (up to $500); Graduate College Travel Award (up to $500); GSPA Travel Funding (up to a maximum of $950); and GSPA Graduate Research Support Program. There are also several scholarships and awards offered by educational and professional foundations, such as the National Defense Transportation Association Scholarship, and we encourage students to apply based upon their research interests.

Do I have to know a foreign language to do NEURUS?

No. All instruction is conducted in English.

Can I do NEURUS as a TA?

Yes. We ask that students note in their Teaching Assistant application that they will be participating in the NEURUS program. Students are matched as best as possible with an i-course or o-course being taught the fall of their exchange program.

Can I take courses from the host university?

There is potential to take courses from your host university, but they will be audited courses.  The NEURUS program is researched focused, not coursework focused. Students in the NEURUS program are visiting student scholars and are not enrolled in courses at the host university. Students stay enrolled at ASU during their entire exchange semester.

 Can I get elective credits for NEURUS?

Yes, up to 12 credits of electives usually taken as PUP 590 Reading and Conference, or PUP 592 Research: Independent Study.

What if I have a course conflict but still want to study abroad?

Students with course conflicts should get in touch with the MUEP Program Coordinator or the Graduate Student Services Support Coordinator to discuss options with the faculty and the MUEP Program Director.  

 Can I turn my NEURUS research into my capstone project?

Yes. Students typically use their research to complete a thesis for PUP 599, but if there is a client students can use their research to complete the professional applied project for PUP 593.