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 9 top technical Universities (TU 9) in Germany!

  • Time & schedule: May 15 - July 28, 2023
  • Language: Fully conducted in English
  • Costs: 2,800 € per student
  • Credits: 6 US credit hours
  • Participants: Science and engineering students, at least junior year.
  • Application Deadline: February 01, 2023

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


The program

  • 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 Stephen Sechrist via email by February 01, 2023

    Please also check our terms and conditions for participation.


    Terms and conditions

    All application documents have to be emailed to Stephen Sechrist by February 01, 2023.

    • 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 March 01, 2023).

    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 Stephen Sechrist 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 to Marienburg castle, campus and city tour, visit to the historic town of Hameln
    • Company visits e.g: VW Commercial vehicles, Sennheiser electronics etc.
    • Program schedule 2019: Due to COVID-19, the program did not run in 2020 or 2021 but you can refer to the schedule of 2019 here to get an idea of what is offered!
    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: 


  • Research projects

    Research Projects for 2022

    Project descriptions

    Click here for an overview of all the available projects (listed below) in mechanical engineering.


    ME: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

    1: Institute of Dynamics and Vibration Research

    1. Performance optimization of a soft robotic actuator


    2: Institute for Continuum Mechanics

    1. PINNs for shape function computation


    3: Institute for Assembly Technology (match)

    1. Design of a non-destructive testing method integrated into a handling system
    2. Methods for automation of handling processes ina  cryogenic working environment


    4: Institute of Materials Science (IW)

    1. Study of the magnetic properties of different alloys by measuring suceptibilities on a Lock-In Amplifier device
    2. Pressurized thermal sintering of billets for melting NbSi-alloys containing nano powders
    3. Investigations of diffusible hydrogen in underwater wet welding
    4. Development of an eddy current sendor system to monitor in-situ SEM tensile tests


    5: Institute for Thermodynamics (IfT)

    1. Expermental and theoretical characterization of Compact Heat Exchanger with a background in Additive Manufacturing
    2. Experimental characterization of a fuel cell


    6: Institute of Turbomachinery and Fluid Dynamics (TFD)

    1. Postprocessing tools for scale resolving simulations
    2. Implicit filtering of time resolved measureemnts
    3. Experimental Investigations of water separation concepts for fuel cell systems


    7: Institute for Multiphase Processes (IMP)

    1. Analysis of the preservation of  cell seeded tissue engineered constructs
    2. Cryopreservation of stem cells by electroporation-assisted loading with sucrose
    3. Biocompatibility and degradation of tissue-engineered constructs


    8: Institute for Factory Systems and Logistics (IFA)

    1. Development of a cost framework on manufacturing and material costs based on systematic literature review
    2. Integration of planning and operation of complex production systems with Model-based Systems Engineering (MBSE)


    EC: Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    1: Institute of Electrical Engineering and Measurement Technology

    1. Development and characterization of smart hydrogels for biomedical sensor applications


    PE: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

    1. Institute of Quantum Optics

    1. Setting up a solid-state laser
  • 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
    • 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

more Information

  • 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.

Impressions from Hannover

Program coordinator north america and oceania, ISEP coordination