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  • Locations: Darmstadt, Germany
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Restrictions: UMass Amherst applicants only
  • Program Costs: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Regine John Who Can Apply?: UMA Only
Fields of Study: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Sciences, International Relations, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Political Science Program Options: Graduate Credits, Undergrad Research
Host Institution: Technische Universität Darmstadt Language(s) of Instruction: English
Language Prerequisite: 0 College-Level Semester Language Credits Available: 3 credits
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Program Type: Exchange
Summer Program Duration: 12 weeks In Classes With: Mostly US Students,Mostly Host Country Students
Minimum Class Standing: Junior Application Includes: Project Cover Letter, resume
Housing: Residence Hall
Program Description:

Research Program for Students in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Material- and Geosciences, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, Sport Sciences, Business Administration, Economics, Social Science, Philosophy of Science, Political Science

  • Stay for a semester or a full summer

  • Scholarships are available

  • German proficiency is not required



The Technische Universität Darmstadt is situated in the dynamic metropolitan area of Frankfurt, Germany. It offers a wide range of research opportunities in Engineering and Sciences, Mathematics, Arts and Science, Humanities, Economics, Information Technologies and Architecture.Academics

TU Darmstadt is member of the bench-marking TU9 group, a consortium of nine leading Universities of Technology in Germany and was just recently ranked the most attractive research university in Germany for visiting international scholars.

As one of the leading engineering universities in Germany, TU Darmstadt is ranked No. 1 in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, No. 3. in Electrical Engineering, and has an excellent reputation in Social Sciences, Architecture, Natural Sciences, Civil Engineering and the Humanities.

The International Research Experience Program (IREP) offers hands-on experience in cutting-edge research projects in all departments at Technische Universität Darmstadt, one of the leading universities of technology in Germany. The aim of the program is to allow undergraduate and graduate students to actively participate in ongoing research at TU Darmstadt while acquiring an insight in research techniques and methods in their field.
Students must be in good academic standing academically and demonstrate a keen interest in research techniques and practice.

Research Project

The program's main focus is a 10-12 week Research Project. Students apply to participate in one of the 100 research projects listed on the IREP Project Database or they can suggest a project of their own. Participating students are well-supported and supervised by faculty and academic staff in the hosting departments at Technische Universität Darmstadt. Academic credit and a grade can be earned and the students receive grades on the basis of their work performance and a final research paper.
The IREP program is a one-semester program, tailored to fit into the North American and Australian/New Zealand semester schedules. It is offered three times a year: Fall term (IREP I), spring term (IREP 2) and summer term (IREP 3).

Additional Course Modules

The program centers around a Research Project in a department at Technische Universität Darmstadt but can also be combined with further modules for credit, such as a German Language course prior to the fall or spring semesters and/or academic courses (held in English) during the spring semester. For courses taught in English please click here.

Language Skills

German language skills are not a pre-condition for acceptance to the program – oral and written communication throughout the research project is in English.


To round up this exciting international program, Technische Universität Darmstadt annually awards students from partner institutions an attractive IREP TU Darmstadt Scholarship.

Living Arrangements

TU Darmstadt assists students in finding housing in the dormitories through the "Studentenwerk".

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA
Summer 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.