UROP International at RWTH Aachen University

Application Deadline

January 5, 2020

UROP International is designed for students from North American universities who wish to gain research experience by conducting research projects at RWTH Aachen University. It takes place during a ten-week research summer school between the middle of May and the end of July.

UROP International consists of three components: a research project at one of RWTH Aachen's research institutes or labs is at the core. Additionally, students are offered a comprehensive accompanying program: an intensive German course and workshops on intercultural learning, scientific methods, and research practice to prepare them for their respective research project. Furthermore, our international guests participate in a number of leisure activities to gain a look at German history and culture and meet German and international students at RWTH. Regular get togethers, excursions in the region, institute visits, and much more, form the framework of the students' stay in Aachen.

The first week is dedicated to a Fit for UROP workshop, introducing participants to research and culture, as well as to an intercultural training, which allows the students to gain an initial impression of German culture and informs about intercultural differences. Moreover, the first week is used to settle organizational issues and to make students familiar with RWTH Aachen University and with life in Aachen. Each student is assigned a RWTH student, who serves as a buddy and mentor during the first steps in Aachen. From the second week to the end of the program, students work on their research project full time. The German language course starts during the first week and ends at the end of the eighth week. It takes place twice a week in the morning. All communication is in English.

Students will receive a certificate for both their research project and the language class upon successful completion of the program, marked by the submission of a report and participation in the closing UROP Symposium, where students present project results as part of a research conference. A total of 60 students can annually participate in UROP International.

Each year there are 30 scholarships of 1,850 Euros each available. This can mostly cover your living expenses during your stay in Aachen. If you do not receive a scholarship, you should be estimate around 2,000 Euros for your stay here: in addition to travel costs, you need to include three months rent and the cost of enrollment, which is approximately 230 Euros and includes a ticket for a public transportation in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

To apply for this opportunity you must work with Penn Abroad and adhere to the appropriate GRIP deadline.

Penn Abroad

Requirements

Application Requirements:

  • Application Form
  • Resume
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Transcript(s)

Eligibility:

  • Undergraduate students from North American universities who have a GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Ideally you are sophomore or junior at the time of application but freshmen and seniors are also welcome to participate in the program
  • German language skills are not required to participate

Research Offering Location

Europe
Research Eligibility: 

Undergraduate School

Engineering
Class Year: 

Research Offering Source

External

Contact Information

To apply for this opportunity you must work with Penn Abroad and adhere to the appropriate GRIP deadline.

Penn Abroad