TUM Practical Research Experience Program

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Excellent North American students are invited to apply for the TUM Practical Research Experience Program (PREP), a 10-week program that runs over the course of the summer. Participating in a research project under the supervision of a TUM faculty member, PREP participants will build up and further refine their research skills, learn more about the specifics of the German higher education and research landscape, and become members of the diverse scientific community at Germany's top-ranked technical university.

TUM PREP applicants demonstrate outstanding academic achievements, can easily adapt to new environments and are driven by a general curiosity for science and research. During their stay and beyond, program participants serve as ambassadors for their home institutions and for TUM, respectively, and will contribute to the strengthening of international research networks. 

TUM International Center will arrange accommodation for all program participants, and award scholarships to students in need of financial support. An orientation event as well as cultural program will ensure that program participants are well integrated into the local student body, and will have a chance to immerse themselves in the unique cultural and economic environment of Munich and Bavaria, respectively

Academic Prerequisites:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students
    (at least 2 years of undergraduate studies completed when arriving to TUM)
  • GPA minimum: 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Project-specific skills as mentioned in project descriptions

No German language proficiency is required to participate in the program.

Testimonials from three GT students:

Yue Guan:
The Practical Research Experience Program provided me a wonderful taste of graduate-school life. During the eleven-week program, I worked closely with my supervisors and traveled around in Germany. I really love the setup of the program: one can have a meaningful summer break, while being relaxed.
Seongshik Kim:
I think the PREP program not only offered a great opportunity to be immersed in the German culture, but also enabled me to experience what conducting research full-time is like instead of partially as I did in the States.
Dhamma Kimpara:
PREP is a great way to immerse yourself in a research environment and get to know what it's like because you are surrounded only by people (PhDs, Postdocs, Professors) who do research and no undergraduate peers.

Learn more here: Program SketchFact SheetWebsite

Application Deadline:  December 1, 2017


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