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 30th 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.


  • Application process

    An Application Checklist is available for print and/or download. This checklist is an overview of requirements to ensure that the application is complete.

    All applications need to be sent to Ms. Uta Knoche via email by February 1st, 2020.

    Please also check our terms and conditions for participation


    Terms and conditions

    All application documents have to be mailed to Ms. Uta Knoche by February 1st, 2020.

    • Participants from US universities must have a valid passport to travel to Europe.
    • Non-US-citizens may need a VISA. Please keep in mind that LUH is providing health insurance, liability and accident insurance. If more specific insurances are needed to obtain VISA,  participants are expected to acquire them themselves. It is the participants responsibility to take care of VISA issues on time.
    • Program fees are due after receiving the official acceptance letter (usually around 1st of March 2020).

    Bank account:

    Leibniz Universität Hannover
    Hochschulbüro für Internationales
    Nord/LB Hannover
    IBAN DE81 2505 00000151 0483 94
    Bank code 250 500 00
    Account 151 048 394
    Reference number: <will be handed in later>

    If participation is cancelled after receiving the official acceptance letter, a fee of 1.000€ is mandatory. Program fees will not be refunded.

    Please note:
    Payment by credit card is not possible.
    Bank charges may reduce the total amount received by LUH. Please consider this and balance out the amount accordingly.

    • Accommodation will consist of a single dorm room with a shared kitchen and bathroom.
    • German health insurance (including liability and accident insurances) is mandatory and included. Insurance is valid in all EU countries for the duration of the program.
    • Please note that the rooms provided need to be cleaned and maintained by the participant. It needs to be left in the same condition as it was upon arrival. If rooms have to be cleaned after departure, the participant will be charged with the additional cleaning costs. Additionally, transcript will be held back until payment is concluded.
    • Participation in Introduction Week is mandatory. Please plan your arrival and departure accordingly, ideally for the weekend before the start and after the end of the program.
    • Participants will receive 12 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) which can be converted to a maximum of 6 US credit hours, depending on rules and regulations at your home university.
    • Transcripts will be sent out (scan and hard copy) to the participants' advisors shortly after the end of the program (usually one to two weeks later).
  • After acceptance

    Student Faculty Match-up

    Accepted applicants will be notified of their acceptance by Science and Engineering program director Uta Knoche and will receive contact information for their assigned advisors. We will match each participant as close as possible with a research project that suits the student’s interests. Participants are expected to get in touch with their advisor before coming to Hannover

    Organizational matters

    Housing and insurance arrangements will be taken cre of by our Program Assistant, who will contact all participants via email.

    Participants are expected to inform the Program Assistent and Director about their arrival dates. It is recommend to arrive in Hannover about two days before the start of the program.

    Non-US-citizens may need a VISA. Please keep in mind that LUH is providing health insurance, liability and accident insurance. If you need more specific insurances to obtain VISA, please acquire them yourself. It is the participant's responsibility to take care of VISA issues on time, the Program Assistant can assist.

    Study buddy

    Participants will be matched with a local outgoing student as a Study Buddy. The Study Buddy will pick the participant up at Hannover Central Station or the international airport (HAJ) and escort you to your housing. They will also be there to assist and answer any questions that may arise during the stay in Hannover.

    Before you leave home

    Participants are expected to inform their Study Buddy as well as the International Office about their arrival dates in Hannover. To ensure a good start for the research work, participants should contact their advisor before coming to Hannover.

    The international Office will send out a "Read Me". This is to help with questions about Hannover student and city living. There will also be a checklist to help before departure from the USA for your stay in Hannover. The International Office Staff are also always available for questions.

  • Introduction week
    visiting "Einstein elevator" at Hannover Institute of Technology

    Introduction to German enginering and research at Leibniz University Hannover, Dos and Don'ts in Germany, social and cultural program, company visits.

    • Social and Cultural program: visit of Marienburg castle, campus and city tour, visiting the old town of Hamelin
    • Company visits e.g: VW Commercial vehicles, Sennheiser electronics etc.
    • Program schedule 2019: please find the schedule of 2019 here to get an idea what is coming up
    I had a fun week when I got here. The homing, the visits to other places are all awesome to get the first impression of Germany.
    Dongwei Bai, Purdue University
  • Program plan
    Hannover Centre for Production Technology

    Process before coming to Hannover:

    • participants can indicate their desired research field in their application (please find the offered project themes at "Research Projects at Leibniz University")
    • participants will be matched with an institute/ research project
    • contact to the assigned advisor before coming to Hannover
    • first day at work will be after introduction week


    Workflow at the instutite:

    • introduction to the employees at the institue
    • Familiarization with the project topic (literature research, familiarization with programs)
    • e.g. Lab tests, constructing products, programming of systems, manufacturing of parts
    • there will be a final presentation about the completed research work and experiences in Germany

    Please note that this is just an exemplary project flow. Work may vary depending on the institute or advisor.

    Find final presentations about former participants for an insight into the work on a project at the university here: 



  • Potential research topics


    Research projects for the year 2020 will be posted here as soon as possible.


    In order to apply for a research project, participants can select either one of the (A) Research Proposals from a specific institute listed below or the (B) different reserach institutes and their specific research area at one of our five schools in science and engineering

    (A) Project poposals

    ME: School of Mechanical Engineering

     ME 1: Institute of Thermodynamics

    ME 2: Institute of Production Engineering and Machine tools:


    EC: School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    EC 1: Institute of Electroechnology:

     EC 2: Institute of Microelectronic Systems:

    • EC 2.1.:development of electronics for biomedical applications
    • EC 2.2.:development of image processing methods for biomedical applications
    • EC 2.3.:development of 3D printed scaffold structures for biomecial applications


    CE: School of Civil Engineering and Geodetic Science

    CE 1: Instiute for Mechanics and Computational Mechanics:

    • CE 1.1.:extendet reality methods in computational mechanics

    DE: School of Mathematics and Physics

    DE1: Institute of applied mathematics

    • DE 1.1.: Numerical modeling and implementation of ordinary differential equations (e.g., population models or predator- prey models)
    • DE 1.2.: Numerical modeling of Poissons's problem with finite elements
    • DE 1.3.: Implementation and analysis of variant's of Newton's method for solving nonlinear equations
    • DE 1.4.: Design and modeling of coupled, nonlinear, differential equations


    EE: School of Natural Sciences

    EE: Institute of Carthography and Geoinformatics


    (B) Research institutes and their distinct research areas

    You can find all research institutes and their distinct researach areas by following links

    The webpage of the School of civil engineering is in German only (by now); If you need any assistance in finding the right institute, please let us know.

    Thank you.


    Please prioritize your chosen proposal or institute in the application.

  • Costs and Credits

    Costs includes:

    • administration and enrollment fees
    • housing in a single dorm room (Studentenwerk Hannover)
    • health, accident and liability insurance for Germany/EU
    • free public transportation in Hanover and Lower Saxony
    • social and cultural activities
    • field trips
    • company visits


    • 6 US credit hours
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.



Uta Knoche
Administrative/Technical Staff
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover