Science & Engineering Research Program

Participants 2019
This was a one in a lifetime experience for me to spread my knowledge internationally and get outside my comfort zone. I would say my experience was delightfully unforgettable!  
Owen Jarl, Michigan State University

Experience German Science and Engineering and be part of a professional research team at Leibniz University Hannover, one of the nine best technical Universities (TU 9) in Germany!

  • Time & schedule: May 18th to July 31th 2020
  • Language: fully conducted in English
  • Costs: 2,700 € per student
  • Credits: 6 US credit hours
  • Participants: Science and Engineering students, at least junior year (min. 10, max. 25).
  • Application Deadline: February 1st 2020

This program is exclusively available for students from our North American Partner Universities.

You can also find all main facts about the Science and Engineering Research Program on our postcard.


Hannover is fantastic and a really fun city to live in. Also being able to work in a lab abroad is very cool and interesting to see.
Ian Ghanavati, University of Licoln, Nebraska


  • Experience reports
  • FAQ's

    Is my home university a partner university of the LUH?

    Our US partner universities are:

    • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
    • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
    • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
    • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan
    • LeTourneau University, Longview, Texas
    • Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota
    • University of California/Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • University of North Carolina Wilmington
    • King’s College, London, Canada

    What is included in the program fees?

    The program fee of 2.700 € covers accommodation, insurances, program costs and enrollment, social and cultural activities. A meal plan is not included, cost of food purchases are estimated around 200 € per month.

    How do I find a suitable institute or research area?

    All institutes list their current research fields on their respective websites. Please follow the provided links. For example, if you're a mechanical engineering student interested in combustion engines, click on 'School of Mechanical Engineering', then follow the link for 'Institute For Technical Combustion' and check out their research fields.

    Some of the institutes' pages are in German only. How do I deal with that?

    If you find a German only website, you can download an add-on that translates automatically (f.e. google translator). Furthermore, you can also copy & paste all German text into google translator without installing any add-ons (search for "google translate" in google bar). For further assistance please contact us!

    How does matching work?

     After handing in your complete application form it will be forwarded to your chosen institutes, beginning with No. 1 on your list. If No. 1 declines, No. 2 will receive your papers...we will contact you immediately after your application is accepted and program fees are due.

    Which academic requirements do I have to meet to get accepted for my desired research field?

    We accept applications only from students who are in their fifth semester or above (junior year). However, professors will expect a certain level of knowledge in their respective fields. You will need at least one course that fits the institutes' research scope. For example, institutes researching the field of automatic control engineering will require you to have a minimum of passed one automatic control course at your home university. In this program, the professors who provide placements will be in charge of the final selection of candidates. If your completed classes meet the broader scope of the institute’s requirements, everything should be fine.

    What is MoveOn and how do I register?

    MoveOn is a  LUH data base containing all incoming/outgoing student movements for statistical & informative reasons. The only information we need is your full name, birthday, address, e-mail address, and home university. An online registration is sufficient. Please use the following link: MoveOn Incomings registration

    What should a letter of motivation contain and how long should it be?

    A letter of motivation is always addressed to those that decide on your acceptance. First, answer the following questions in your own words (1/2-1 pages): Why do you want to participate in this program? Why do you want to go to Germany? What do you hope to achieve by participating in the program? Secondly, you should write about your motivation for the specific research field at your chosen institute that you are interested in (1/4 pages per choice). 

    What are letters of reference and how do I get them?

    Letters of reference are written and signed by your educational supervisors, usually from your university (professors) or from companies you have worked at (superior authorities). It contains information about your working habits (hard & soft skills) like

    • relationship to other students/employees
    • learning abilities
    • problem-solving
    • self-reliance and independence
    • sense of responsibility

    Please provide at least one letter of recommendation from a professor at your university.

    Will I get US credit hours for this program?

    You will receive 12 ECTS points (European Credit Transfer System) for participation in this program, which converts to 6 US credit hours (e.g. Purdue University). Admission of US credit hours will be approved for a similar course at your home university by your home university's study advisor.

    How do grades convert from the German grading system to my universities' standard grading system?

























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    I am wondering how the accommodation will look like. Can you help?

    You will be accommodated mostly in single bed rooms. You can have a closer look at a standard dorm room at the Studentenwerk Hannover by visiting their website:

    I have food allergies. How can I know what I can eat?

    All ingredients, including potential allergens, are mandatorily provided on the label at the cafeterias (

    You can also download an app which can filter out all dishes that contain specific allergens in our student caferterias. Supermarkets have to list all allergic contents on the packing as well.

  • Information für teilnehmende Institute

    In diesem Programm arbeiten amerikanische Studenten von Partneruniversitäten -oder Institutskontakten in Nordamerika- von Mitte Mai bis Ende Juli (11 Wochen) an einem von Ihnen vorgegebenen Projekt. Die Studenten werden von uns während der gesamten Programmdauer betreut (Unterkunft und alles Organisatorische).

    Die Bewerbungsfrist ist am 1. Februar des jeweiligen Jahres. Die Bewerbungen reichen wir an Sie weiter, damit Sie eine Auswahl treffen können.

    Im Rahmen des Programms können vom Hochschulbüro für Internationales leider keine Kosten für Laborequipment übernommen werden. Jeder Studierende wird zusätzlich zur gesetzlichen Krankenversicherung haftpflicht- und unfallversichert sein.

    Für eventuelle Rückfragen steht Ihnen Uta Knoche gerne zur Verfügung.