UROP InternationalRWTH Aachen
UROP International is designed for students from North American universities who wish to gain research experience by conducting research projects at RWTH Aachen University. It takes place during a ten-week research summer school (calendar weeks 21 to 30).
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Course Programs and Leisure Activities
UROP International consists of three components: a research project at one of RWTH Aachen's research institutes or labs is at the core.
Additionally, students are offered a comprehensive accompanying program: an intensive German course and workshops on intercultural learning, scientific methods, and research practice to prepare them for their respective research project.
Furthermore, our international guests participate in a number of leisure activities to gain a look at German history and culture and meet German and international students at RWTH. Regular get togethers, excursions in the region, institute visits, and much more, form the framework of the students' stay in Aachen.
UROP International in Detail
The program‘s duration is ten weeks. The first two weeks are dedicated to an intensive German language course, 20 hours per week, and a Fit for UROP workshop by academic advisor, Professor Ismail, introducing participants to research and culture.
Additionally, students participate in an intercultural training, gaining an initial impression of German culture and helping them to settle into life in Aachen. Each student is assigned a RWTH student, who serves as a buddy and mentor during the first steps in Aachen.
From the third week to the end of the program, students work on their research project full time. The German course continues to take place twice a week in the morning.
The program is supplemented by numerous leisure activities and excursions with the buddies.
All communication is in English.
Students will receive a certificate for both their research project and the language class upon successful completion of the program, marked by the submission of a report and participation in the closing UROP Colloquium, where students present project results as part of a research conference. A total of 60 students can annually participate in UROP International.
Going overseas for an entire summer to see Europe while building a really strong resume point by doing international research is the best thing that I ever could have hoped to do in one summer.
Andrew Hudson, Carnegie Mellon University
UROP was a great opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and learn new lab techniques and meet a ton of amazing people. I would highly recommend this to anyone as an amazing opportunity for personal and professional growth.
Dayna Schultz, University of Saskatchewan