I am a master student at one of the best universities in Europe. As I am studying finance, I would like to have an experience in the US or London.
I will have to start working on my master thesis next year, and I would like to use this opportunity to go abroad to an important institution; my idea would be to write to a professor and ask him if he would be interested in co-supervising my master thesis; I would not be paid of course but would enjoy the experience.
Is this considered proper or is it rude / weird?
Of course I will look at professor that works in an area that interests me, but I probably wouldn't be able to specify a particular topic right now (I will do an internship next semester where I plan to find a particular problem to work on, but I don't know yet).
The start of this thesis would be next year, but I think I should start contacting people now for this kind of proposal.
So in conclusion is this something that happens? Should I really do more research before contacting a professor? How can such an interaction be phrased?