All undergraduates participating on University-sponsored international research and/or independent study projects (whether for academic credit or not) must submit forms to the Office of Study Abroad. The Office of Study Abroad will register all participants in the Johns Hopkins International Travel Registry (JHITR) and International S.O.S. (ISOS), which will be used to coordinate support in the event of an emergency abroad.
How to Register with the Office of Study Abroad
Download, complete, and submit the following forms to the Office of Study Abroad by November 1 for intersession and April 1 for summer.
- International Project Registration Form
- Assumption of Risk and Release Form
- (page 3 of form above)
- Office of the Registrar Form
- (only if you plan to receive credit)
- Can be found in the Office of Study Abroad
- Travel Itinerary
- Copy of passport
Institutional Review Board
Students whose research will involve human subjects (including research using surveys, focus groups, or interviews) must apply to the Homewood Institutional Review Board (HIRB) for either an exemption or approval. IRBs are federally mandated and serve to ensure that researchers take appropriate measures to minimize risks for participants, inform participants of any risks that may remain, and obtain participant consent. Students planning to conduct research involving human participants while abroad must obtain permission from Homewood IRB.
To obtain permission, send an email to the HIRB Office describing your research and including a detailed description of your topic and your research methods. If you are planning to conduct interviews, include sample questions and be prepared to discuss how you will protect the privacy of respondents. Someone from the HIRB Office will contact you and let you know whether your research is exempt from review or whether you will need to complete the HIRB process. The review process takes two to six weeks.
Special Considerations for Undergraduate International Research
The Faculty and Administration of Johns Hopkins understand that international research will have a formative and transformative impact on you; therefore, we encourage you to be conscious of and alert to the impact you and your research may have on the people, institutions, and communities in which you work. Undergraduate research abroad shares the same best practices as research at Homewood, but, by the nature of its setting abroad, international research presents an additional set of academic, logistical, and ethical considerations.
The information and advice offered in this site will help you develop an international research project that supports your disciplinary objectives while recognizing and respecting the legal, cultural, and ethical norms of research abroad.