UROP Summer Research at RWTH Aachen

UROP Summer Research at RWTH Aachen
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd Date
SummerJanuary 21May 10thJuly 20th
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 3.2
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, German
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Sophomore, Junior, Senior
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • Exchange
Program Overview

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offered through the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule (RWTH-Aachen) is designed to give students hands-on experience with a research team in fundamental engineering projects at one of the top universities of science and technology worldwide. The program consists of two weeks of intensive language training and eight weeks of work on the assigned project. Scholarships and local excursions are offered.


The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) 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. Projects are offered in all different kinds of research fields. A UROP project is a research project and usually constitutes one part within a larger research project. Students will therefore become part of an established research team. The workload comprises eight weeks of full-time project work (40 hr/week), for which they will receive 6 units of UA direct credit within their engineering major.  Students will receive beginning UA German language credit and should negotiate internship or independent study credits with their major/minor departments.

RWTH Aachen University is one of the leading technical universities in Europe with approximately 30,000 students. More than 5,000 international students from about 130 different countries are currently enrolled at the university. The university is well-known for their engineering departments; their programs consist of a combination of education and advanced research.

The ten week UROP program consists of:

Weeks 1-2: Intensive Language Training Program with an introduction to research and culture in the mornings, and field trips, leisure activities, and excursions in the afternoons/evenings.

Weeks 3-10: Language Training and Project Research Work during the mornings and afternoons, and field trips, leisure activities, and excursions in the afternoons/evenings


Application Timeline:

UROP International Program Information for students

The current list of projects are open and viewable on the UROP website. When viewing the list of projects ensure that you select the UROP International filter to view available research projects.

Applications will be evaluated by RWTH Aachen faculty after January 31.

Placements and scholarship notifications will be distributed by the end of February.


Aachen is a medium-sized city of 250,000 residents, whose life is also marked by the city's unique geographical location. In Germany's westernmost city, the borders between Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands are about six miles away from the center of city. The attractions of living in this triangle of nations include a colorful mix of languages as well as short distances to cities such as Maastricht, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Brussels, and Amsterdam.

Aachen is an ancient spa city, whose hot springs have been valued for their curative properties from Roman times up to the present day. Over the past decades, Aachen has been marked by a fast developing city in the high-tech sector. These developments have also brought a youthful, urbane, and metropolitan flair to Aachen.


It is relatively easy to obtain a dorm room at RWTH Aachen. The Studentenwerk assigns the housing within the student residences. Rooming can be arranged once a student in admitted to the program. Rent ranges from 190-300 Euros per month. For accommodation and living expenses you should allocate approximately 500-700 Euros per month.

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