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Germany: International Research Experience Program
Darmstadt, Germany (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Budget Sheets Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/15/2017
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Rolling Admission 09/02/2017 06/23/2018
Fall 2017 03/15/2017
**
Rolling Admission 09/02/2017 12/23/2017
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 03/01/2018 06/23/2018

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Open to: UB and other SUNY students Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 3.1 Eligibility: Seniors and Graduate Students
Area of Study: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Geological Sciences, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics Term: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Housing Options: On Campus Program Advisor: Krista Paszkowsky
Credits: 12-18 per semester
Program Description:

International Research Experience Program (IREP)


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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.

The Technical University of Darmstadt (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.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM
The IREP program gives students the opportunity to undertake serious research for a full semester (either fall or spring). Students begin the program with 4 weeks of intensive German language course before beginning the research component.Therefore, no prior knowledge of German is required.  

Participants can choose from a list of available projects or develop a proposal for their own project. Exchange students are placed in existing research groups and supervised by TU Darmstadt faculty and doctoral students. Students receive full semester credit for participating in the IREP program. Students will earn 3 UB credits for the intensive German language course and will earn 9 UB credits through IREP research. Spring semester participants have the option to combine the Research Project with two academic courses taught in English.

BEFORE APPLYING
 
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 irep@pvw.tu-darmstadt.de 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 Spring 2016)
  • your GPA and years of university study up to this date
  • the degree level (e.g. undergraduate/graduate) of your current degree
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.
ACCOMMODATION
On-campus housing is available in the form of shared co-ed student apartments with 2 to 5 students. Students apply for housing as part of the application process to TU Darmstadt.  Additional information about housing options can be found on their housing information website.

ESTIMATED COSTS
Estimated costs for this program can be found at the top of this page next to Budget Sheets by clicking on the term.

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.
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PROGRAM DATES
Fall Semester:  Early September-Late December
Spring Semester: Early March-Late June*

*Students who choose to take 2 academic courses in addition to the research project will be required to stay until August for exams.


APPLICATION DEADLINES
Fall Semester and Academic Year:  March 15
Spring Semester:  October 1


FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit the IREP website.