Undergraduate Research Program at RWTH Aachen in Aachen, Germany
RWTH Aachen is a top research institution in Aachen, Germany, and the largest technical university in the country. The summer undergraduate research program (UROP) pairs U-M students with RWTH researchers on projects in various topic areas like Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics. Research is conducted in English. At the end of the program, students submit a report and present their research at the UROP Colloquium.
Students also take an intensive German course and participate in workshops on intercultural learning, scientific methods, and research practice in Germany. Students are greeted in Germany by their RWTH buddies who are friendly faces available to help during the first few days and throughout the program. The program is supplemented by numerous leisure activities and excursions with the buddies.
Professional Applications: international experiences offer students the opportunity to observe and engage in engineering as a global profession.
Participants on the RWTH Aachen program in particular will benefit from the following professional development opportunities:
Professional Networking | Interacting with a faculty based research project provides participants the opportunity to foster relationship
Professional Practice | Participants gain valuable insight on the research process and gain research experience in the field
Minimum 3.2 GPA*
Current U-M Ann Arbor CoE students in good academic standing.
Undergraduate students only
Sophomore or above**
There is no foreign language proficiency required for this program
*Students with less than the required 3.2 GPA are allowed to petition for an exception to GPA rules (please note that even if the petition is granted, students with a lower GPA than the requirement still have a lower chance of being admitted than students with the required GPA); please contact the Lead Advisor for this program. Petitions must be submitted no later than one week before the application deadline.
**Class standing for IPE programs is determined by year of study, regardless of credit hours earned. Applicants must have completed the required year(s) of college study by the program start date.
All students participate in a 2-month research project and take an intensive German language course. Review the UROP Project Database for available research placements (choose "UROP International"). Some projects have been updated for Summer 2019. Projects will continue to be added until early December.
Students should consult with their CoE Program Advisor regarding what program degree requirements may be met with these courses.
Students will earn a total of 5 credits.
ENGR 490: Research Placement (3 credits)
Students are in class with UM students and other U.S and Canadian students
100, 200, or 300-level* German: German Language *Level based on language placement result (2 credits)
Students are in class with U-M students and other U.S. and Canadian students
TRANSFER CREDIT: In order to earn transfer credit for IPE semester study abroad programs, the College of Engineering requires students to earn the equivalent of a “C” grade or better in the course. A “C” grade at RWTH is: a grade of "3" or "Befriedigend/Satis"
2019 Program Fee: $1,485
Program Fee Includes:
Required U-M Health Insurance - GeoBlue
Required IPE pre-departure orientation
Accommodation in Aachen
Tuition for ENGR 490 plus Intensive German language course
Public transportation pass
Orientation program at RWTH Aachen upon arrival
Intercultural and research workshops
RWTH Aachen student card (with access to campus cafeterias)
Students going on an IPE Program are required to have a passport which is valid for six months beyond the end date of their program. For this program, your passport must be valid through January 2020.
Due to the duration of this program (less than 90 days), students with U.S. citizenship participating on the RWTH Aachen summer program are not required to obtain a visa. U.S. citizens will receive the appropriate passport stamp at the airport when they arrive in Germany, which limits their stay to 90 days. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check the German Consulate's website to determine if you need a visa to enter Germany.* The Consular page also includes the application form and the list of required documents needed to obtain a visa. Please be sure to have these documents and the payment prepared before going to the consulate or before leaving the country.
*Students cannot apply for a visa until after they are admitted to a program and IPE does not guarantee that a student can obtain the appropriate visa for his/her international experience. IPE does not grant visas for students nor claim to be a visa authority.
IPE offers a free passport photo service by appointment every Friday that classes are in session in the IPE office (245 Chrysler). Undergraduate CoE students needing passport photo(s) for a passport or visa application may drop in to have these photos taken and printed for free.
LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION: This application requires one academic letter of recommendation from a professor or GSI who is familiar with your academic work. Please be sure to request this recommendation in plenty of time to allow your recommender to submit the finished recommendation by the January 10 deadline.
MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS POLICY: Please note that the M-Compass application system allows students to open multiple applications for the same term, but IPE has specific rules regarding the number of applications per student we will review. Please refer to our Multiple Applications Policy for details, and contact your IPE advisor if you have any questions.
While this program is marked as having "Rolling Admission", complete applications will not be reviewed until the posted application deadline. Once the deadline passes, students will be notified as decisions are reached. Accepted students will have 7 days to submit their confirmation decision.
Dates & Deadlines
Key Program Dates: May 10, 2019 - July 20, 2019
Arrival Date: May 10, 2019 Program Begins: May 13, 2019 Program Ends: July 19, 2019 (Final presentations at the UROP Colloquium and the farewell gathering will take place on this day. Students should not depart Aachen until the following day) Departure Date: July 20, 2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE: The application deadline for this program is January 10, 2019. Applications completed by this date will be forwarded to RWTH Aachen for acceptance decisions and research placements.
ORIENTATION: All participants who confirm participation in the program must complete two mandatory components to the Pre-departure Orientation:
The Online Supplement to Pre-Departure Orientation is a self-paced online course that must be completed any time before 11:59 PM on April 1, 2018. Additional information will be provided to students once confirmed in the program.
In-person Pre-departure Orientation on Saturday, April 6, 2018 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on North Campus.
Students are housed in RWTH Aachen student dorms with other international students
Placement of housing is generally based on the location of your research project. Students may need to use public transportation but may be able to walk to their project.
Students have access to a shared kitchen to cook their own meals.
NOTE: Deadline for this program is January 10, 2019. Applications completed by this date will be reviewed for admission.
ORIENTATION: All admitted students are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM on North Campus.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.