Poster Presentation by a UROP student Copyright: © RWTH International Office

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program gives students the chance to undertake their own research projects in an RWTH research team at the University's institutes and chairs very early on during studies.



Daniel Holder

Program Director UROP


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Pathways to Research

By applying their knowledge gained during their university studies in research projects, students gain hands-on experience in the methods of their area of study.

Participation in a UROP project helps students to develop both subject-specific and transferable skills, and their involvement in university research provides them with potential perspectives for their future careers. Furthermore, participating students have the chance to establish contact with high-profile researchers in their subject field and learn the importance of contacts' networks.


When to Participate and Recognition of Qualifications

There are no specific periods in the year for UROP projects. In general, students have the chance to participate in RWTH UROP projects both during the semester and in the lecture-free period. They last between one and six months. Project supervisors and students can individually and flexibly arrange when the project will be conducted.

Currently, students do not gain any credits taking part in a UROP project - participation in UROP is a voluntary activity on the part of the student. UROP projects are typically completed for credit as mandatory internships or as part of a Bachelor's thesis. In some cases, it is possible that students will be paid for their contribution to a research project by the host institution. Students receive a UROP certificate upon successful completion of a project.

The Projects Database provides students with an overview of projects currently available. If you would like to register for one of the projects offered there, please send us your application documents via . Once they are submitted, they are reviewed and then forwarded to the respective project supervisor. Students can also directly contact the project supervisors to discuss the time frame of the project and additional details.