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  • Locations: Darmstadt, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB and other SUNY students Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
Area of Study: Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Engineering, German, Linguistics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Management Term: Summer
Housing Options: Off Campus Program Advisor: Olga Crombie
Credits: 6
Program Description:

International Research Experience Program at TU Darmstadt

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Known as the City of Science, Darmstadt is highly regarded for its academic and scientific communities. It is home to numerous high tech companies in sectors such as information technology, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology, and over 30 research institutions. Parts of Darmstadt date back to the 8th century and much of the city center was rebuilt after heavy bombing during the Second World War - this makes the city an interesting mix of old and new. It is a medium-sized city with a multicultural population and an attractive location in the Odenwald mountain region in southwestern Germany. Its location and excellent public transport systems make it very easy to explore the rest of Germany and continental Europe.

Technische Universität Darmstadt dates back to 1877. It is one of the leading universities in Germany and well known outside Germany for its contributions in engineering and computer science. It offers a wide variety of courses in the natural and engineering sciences. TU Darmstadt also has a strong focus on research with 200 research institutes, many of which are national or international institutes. In its teaching, TU Darmstadt places a strong emphasis on the connection between science and economy so students are encouraged to work on practical applications alongside their studies.

The Summer International Research Experience Program (IREP) at TU Darmstadt gives students the opportunity to undertake serious research for 10 to 12 weeks during the summer and earn 6 UB credits. Participants choose a research project and receive academic support and supervision from a TU Darmstadt faculty member. German language skills are not required as all oral and written communication for the research project will be in English.

Participants can choose from a list of available projects or develop a proposal for their own project in cooperation with their home department. Available departments at TU Darmstadt include:
  •     Mechanical Engineering
  •     Civil and Environmental Engineering
  •     Materials and Earth Sciences
  •     Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  •     Computer Science
  •     Physics
  •     Mathematics
  •     Chemistry
  •     Biology
  •     Psychology
  •     Sport Sciences
  •     Education Sciences
  •     Business Administration
  •     Economics
  •     German Language & Literature
  •     Social Science
  •     Philosophy of Science
  •     Political Science
Orientation Program
To foster a better understanding of Germany and help students adjust to their new surroundings, the IREP Summer program offers a 3-day orientation program prior to the research project.

Guided Excursions
Guided excursions to Heidelberg and other culturally interesting destinations are offered throughout the program.


1. Pre-Select Projects and/or Research Areas
Check the IREP Database for suitable IREP Projects:
  • Identify up to three research projects and prioritize your choices.
In case you cannot identify suitable projects in the IREP Database, you could:
  • Search the TU Darmstadt department and faculty websites for a suitable research project. (Many departments have webpages in English. Scroll up to the right corner of the page and click on the English flag icon). Identify up to three research projects.
IMPORTANT: The research projects or areas must be closely related to your field of studies at your home university. You should be able to contribute to the research project in a constructive manner (i.e. you have a minimum of two semesters of classes in the field of your research project). Please also make sure you meet the general application requirements and the prerequisites mentioned in the project description.

2. Clarify availability of research projects

As soon as you have chosen three projects (either from the IREP Database or the TU Darmstadt department websites), please send a short email to listing the following information:
  • the title of the research projects and their supervisors
  • the name of your home university
  • the time period your wish to apply for (e.g. IREP Summer 2017)
  • your GPA and years of university study up to this date
TU Darmstadt will check the availability of the projects and get back to you as soon as possible.

Once you have received project availability confirmation from TU Darmstadt please click on Apply Now found at the top right of this webpage to complete the online application for this program.

The IREP Summer program takes place during the German academic semester. On-campus housing is generally not available during the program. TU Darmstadt, therefore, places students participating in these programs in off-campus housing. Students in both on-campus and off-campus housing pay their rent directly to the housing office or the landlord upon their arrival in Darmstadt.

TU Darmstadt does not offer temporary housing for exchange students and program students. In case you arrive earlier and your room is not available, you are strongly recommended to make reservations at the local youth hostel (at least 6 weeks in advance) or at a hotel in Darmstadt. Please note that all housing costs will be at your own expense.

TU Darmstadt reserves housing in off-campus housing facilities for students applying for housing for less than 5 months.

Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on Summer. Please note the budget sheet currently lists the summer 2015 program expenses. Summer 2017 program expenses will be posted as soon as updated information is available.

UB students are encouraged to apply for study abroad scholarships. To learn more about the scholarships available to UB students, please visit our scholarships page.

Please visit the TU Darmstadt IREP Summer website.

This program is currently not accepting applications.