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UROP International, RWTH Aachen University

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at RWTH Aachen University fosters research partnerships between qualified undergraduates from top US and Canadian universities and research faculty at our university. The program is specifically designed for students who wish to attain hands-on experience in fundamental research at one of the top universities of science and technology worldwide.

UROP International offers undergraduate students the unique chance to conduct their own research project, thus actively experiencing what research is like at an early stage of their academic career. While pursuing their projects, students are mentored and supervised by a member of the excellent research staff of the host institute at RWTH Aachen University.

Besides obtaining research experience, the students participate in German language training and workshops on intercultural and research-related issues. Leisure activities complete their international experience in Germany. With UROP, students strengthen their (extra-)curricular and intercultural skills and competences, while building up their own network with professional researchers and learning about future career perspectives.


Aachen, Germany- RWTH Aachen University's 620-acre (250 ha) campus is located in the north-western part of the city Aachen. There are two core areas - midtown and Melaten district. The Main Building, SuperC student's center and the Kármán Hall are 500 m away from the city centre with the Aachen Cathedral, the Audimax (biggest lecture hall) and the main refectory are 200 m farther. Other points of interest include the university's botanical garden (Botanischer Garten Aachen).The RWTH has external facilities in Jülich and Essen and owns, together with the University of Stuttgart, a house in Kleinwalsertal in the Austrian Alps.The university is currently expanding in the city center and Melaten district. The SuperC, the new central service building for students, was opened in 2008. The groundbreaking for the new Campus-Melaten was in 2009.

RWTH Aachen University is among the top academic institutions of science and engineering in Germany and worldwide. It offers research opportunities in all different fields, e.g. science, engineering, information technology, economics, medicine or humanities. Because of its more than 40,000 enrolled students, Aachen is a real “student” city with a lot of charm and a truly international atmosphere, located in the heart of Europe.

Program Overview

The program‘s duration is ten weeks. The first two weeks are dedicated to an intensive German language course and an introduction to research and culture. Weeks 3 to 10 are settled around the research internship in one of the departments of RWTH Aachen University. Leisure activities will be offered to ensure the students’ integration and exposure to German culture and the international community on campus. All communication will be in English. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate for both their research project and the language class. The entire program is coordinated by the International Office of RWTH Aachen University, which will assist the students in all administrative matters. Due to the huge success of the UROP International program, RWTH is extending the number of research placements available. Now up to 60 students can take part in the program!

German Language Course Overview

Prior knowledge of German is not required for program admission. However, the language class is an integral part of the program and every student is obliged to take part in the German course. Students are only admitted to their research projects after successful participation in the intensive course during the first two weeks (20 hrs/week). Students will continue to learn German while carrying out their project, though with a reduced number of hours (6 hrs / week).Students with prior German knowledge will be placed in classes according to their language skills: up to four courses on different levels will be offered.

Research Project

Projects are offered in all different kinds of research fields. Interested students should check back regularly, as the database is updated on a daily basis. A UROP project is an independent research project and usually constitutes one partwithin a larger research project. Students will therefore become part of an established research team. The workload comprises eight weeks of full time project work. The results of the projects have to be presented by writing a short research paper and at the UROP Colloquium that concludes the program.


  • Undergraduate students from North American universities with US or Canadian citizenship or permanent residency
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher

Program Cost

  • Students are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs as well as insurance fees and living expenses.
  • During the program, participants are enrolled as RWTH Aachen University students in order to receive a state-wide rail and bus pass and access to campus facilities (sporting, library); the cost of this is approximately € 230 equals USD 260 . UROP International is otherwise program fee free!


  • 30 scholarships will be awarded to students with an outstanding academic record (based on a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a letter of recommendation). The scholarships will amount to 1,850 Euros to cover living expenses during your stay in Aachen.
  • UROP International will notify you about the result of your scholarship application by the end of February. If you have not been considered for a scholarship, you should be prepared to provide about 1,850 Euros for your stay in Aachen.


Deadline: January 31st.

Application details and the UROP Project Database are available at

Additional Information


Contact Information

Meghan Alexander
Assistant Director of Engineering International Programs
Engineering Activities Building
Phone: 979.458.5992