UROP International at RWTH Aachen University- Germany

RWTH Aachen University is pleased to offer a summer research program to highly qualified students titled the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. This 10-week-long program (May 11th through July 18th, 2020) is specifically designed for students to gain hands-on experience in research at RWTH Aachen University for the summer term. Students will be able to conduct their own research projects, allowing the chance to determine how research can be implemented into the rest of their college careers and future.
The program offers projects in a range of research fields. The Summer 2020 UROP Research list is now available. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in German language training and workshops on intercultural and research-related issues as well as leisure activities which will help to complete a truly international experience. The language of the lab is English so German is not required for this research placement, however having the German langauge workshop will be useful for daily life in Germany.
For more information, please visit the UROP International website.
Application requirements:

  • Second or third year students in all disciplines of the Swanson School of Engineering, and those in Life Sciences within the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, who have completed at least 2 semesters of university-level academics are encouraged to apply.  
  • A minimum 3.2 GPA is required. It is recommended that students have a GPA that matches their determination to succeed in a research setting.
  • Applicants are not required to have German language experience, though some exposure or basic German skills will be helpful. The working language will be English.

Check out this video about UROP International Summer Research program at RTWH Aachen!
Costs: Please visit the UROP International page which includes a section on fees and scholarships.  Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Academic Description
This program is not for academic credit. The program‘s duration is ten weeks. The first two weeks are dedicated to an intensive German language course, 20 hours per week, and a Fit for UROP workshop, introducing participants to research and culture. Additionally, students participate in an intercultural training, gaining an initial impression of German culture and helping them to settle into 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 third week to the end of the program, students work on their research project full time. The German course continues to take place twice a week in the morning. The program is supplemented by numerous leisure activities and excursions with the buddies. All communication is in English.
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Application Instructions

Please apply to Pitt's online application and at the same time finish the application on Aachen's website.  Aachen's deadline is typically mid- Jan. but please check their website to confirm. 
Please keep in mind the following dates: 

  • Pitt's Application deadline: Jan. 15, 2020
  • Provider's deadline- Check their website to confirm
  • Pitt's Mandatory Program Agreement meeting -Friday, Feb. 14
  • Program start and end date: Check with provider
SAO Staff

Alicia JF Olalde, M.A.

Konnichiwa! After working for the JET program in Japan for just over two years, I decided to pursue a career in international education. I returned to the US via a few months of travel -slowing making my way west with many stops in stunning locations and with amazing people. Whenever possible, I continue to love exploring new countries and cultures! I have been fortunate to work both as an administrator and as a classroom educator in higher education; my areas of interest are international, adult and comparative education.  I enjoy assisting engineering students seize international opportunities! Reach out to me at a.olalde@pitt.edu!

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