This exciting program gives UCU students an opportunity to carry out empirical research for their bachelor thesis in the field in Aruba, a small island developing state in the Dutch Caribbean. The work is carried out in special collaboration with students from the University of Aruba and local stakeholders.
After completing a preparatory summer course in Utrecht, participating students develop a project plan within their own area of interest, for carrying out on-site in Aruba. The plan is developed in collaboration with students from the University of Aruba and local stakeholders, and as such, has the potential for real societal impact.
Students thus apply their research skills to a project with societal value, engage in cultural and intellectual exchange with members of the Aruban community, and make the transition from student to independent researcher.