You may only carry out human subjects research while abroad once you have gone through whatever official channels have been established at your study site and have been approved for research there. It is your responsibility to work with your program director or the faculty member teaching your course to determine what the local obligations are so that you can meet them. You should begin these preparations before you leave CC, if possible, by communicating with your program director or faculty member to obtain background information that will leave you better prepared when you arrive onsite. Once you are at the study site, you will need to continue your process of finding out the local specifics of human subjects research permission. Remember that you must do this proactively; it is not an excuse if the proper channels are not immediately made available to you. Track them down.
If you have questions or concerns and your program director or faculty member is not helping you, contact Allen Bertsche, Director of Global Education.
Remember that you will also need to either determine that your project does not require IRB review or go through the application or exemption process as described elsewhere on this website. You should familiarize yourself with the IRB webpage before you leave for your study site, as this will save you time once you are there. You will be able to go through the entire IRB process at your study site as long as you have access to email and a printer there. You may find it helpful to print documents (as well as this webpage) before leaving, as well as saving a copy of the IRB application form on your computer.
Your program director or faculty member off-campus should review your IRB application form to make sure that you have done a thorough job on it, as this will speed up your IRB approval. If you plan to use your off-campus research for a thesis project, be aware that your thesis advisor needs to review and approve your IRB application before you send it to the IRB.
If you are studying off-campus during the fall semester, you should plan to submit your IRB application no later than the end of block 1. If you are studying off-campus during the spring semester, you should plan to submit your IRB application no later than the end of block 5.
If your research involves a Venture Grant, please also review the Venture Grants page.