Just finished freshmen year of university, and I would really like to have some research experience at one point before graduation. Well, I should not have much problem getting into my school's research lab since professors here are always asking us to consider joining their lab. And I would love to do that, but that isn't the only thing I want. a) I would like to have an opportunity to participate in research conducted in other institutions aside from my school. I just want to see what it's like elsewhere. b) I want an actual, organized program. The lab experience with my professors is more like "you can work for me any time" rather than an well-planned program designed specifically for giving undergrad students an ideal research experience. My advisers don't know any programs like this, and I tried searching the web, checking websites that may have this information (my school, government science institute, physicist's society, etc). I found absolutely nothing. I guess REU isn't really a thing in my country? (Some schools have programs like this but they are for those schools' students only so...) So far I tried getting some information about REU programs in USA but a lot of them are only for US citizens/residents or students that attend US universities. The programs I found that I am eligible for isn't really ideal as they either start before or end after my summer break (which is from forth week of June to last week of August). Taking a semester off is an option but is it really worth it? I honestly don't want to make awkward 3 months of doing nothing and delay my graduation that much just to attend a 6-week program. I'm trying to find other options so if anyone can give me information on programs that I can apply I would appreciate it greatly. It doesn't have to be US program but I want the language of instruction to be English since it's the only foreign language I'm good enough to study physics in. Also, if there's a program that falls into my winter break, (from forth week of December to last week of February) that would be even better. Should self-funding be required, I think I can spend 5000 USD maximum.