STARs Abroad

STAR Students are Engaged Globally

Click on location pins to see where STAR students have completed projects. Learn more about the most recent year STAR student projects here.


UC SVM Exchange Program - University College of Dublin

During its inaugural year, the UC SVM Exchange Program with the University College of Dublin saw two students swap locations for their summer projects. Both students had great things to say about the program, and offered some insights for future students considering the program.

  • It was a great opportunity to complete international research with the strong support of another veterinary school.
  • University College Dublin was very inclusive and I had the opportunity to contribute to other ongoing research projects (unrelated to my own), shadow during necropsies of some of my study animals on the pathology floor, and attend some talks at the European Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care conference.
  • Dublin is a great place to work and it was very feasible to travel on the weekends.
  • For me and my counterpart, a housing swap worked out really well. I was able to stay in her apartment close to the university (Dublin), make friends with her housemates, and even borrow her bike to get to work. Be aware that there is a housing shortage in Dublin and subletting is not common practice. Living on campus may be a good option if you can't house swap.
  • Be prepared to work hard and put in the time to get your results!
  • Get a second-hand bike for commuting around Davis
  • Join one of the clubs in Davis - makes it a lot easier to meet new people.
  • Sort your housing in Davis early. Perhaps see if a room exchange can be done with the Davis student coming to Dublin.

To participate in the Ireland Exhange, you must have a local mentor, as well as a mentor in Ireland. 

-List of Mentors in Dublin-

BIVSP European Program

Interested 1st and 2nd year students from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine are invited to submit their applications for the 2018 BIVSP in France to Dr. Ludovic Freyburger and in the Netherlands to Jean de Gooijer.  We provide opportunity for three US students each to spend their summer research training in laboratories at one of the French or at Utrecht veterinary schools.

The interested students can find the detailed application requirements and proceeding as well as further information on the international program including the research topics to choose from on the Boehringer Ingelheim Scholars Website (

The deadline for students to submit their applications will be announced soon.