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Open to US citizens and non US citizens
Deadline: 01/15/2025 (Tentative)

General Information

UROP International is designed for students from North American universities who wish to gain research experience by conducting research projects at RWTH Aachen University in Germany. 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:

  1. A research project at one of RWTH Aachen's research institutes or labs.
  2. A comprehensive accompanying program - an intensive German course and workshops on intercultural learning, scientific methods, and research practice.
  3. Leisure activities to gain a look at German history and culture, and to 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.

Program participants will be enrolled as RWTH Aachen University students in order to benefit from a state-wide rail and bus ticket and numerous other student services. The cost of enrollment is €245 per semester. Otherwise, the program is free of charge. You will only need to cover your travel, insurance and living expenses. Scholarships UROP International is offering 60 research placements! In addition, 30 scholarships will be awarded to students with an outstanding academic record. Scholarships are primarily reserved for students from partner universities. The scholarships will amount to €1,850 covering basic living expenses during your stay abroad. If you do not receive a scholarship, you should be estimating 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 €245 and includes a ticket for a public transportation in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • 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.

Procedure for Application

The application consists of the application form, resume, letter of motivation, letter of recommendation, and transcript(s).

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

The annual deadline is January 15th.

Funding Type


Research Offering Type

Independent Research, Internship, Research Assistant



Undergraduate School




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