International Research Experience Program (IREP)

International Research Experience Program (IREP)

The International Research Experience Program offers a unique opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students from TU Darmstadt's partner universities in Canada and the USA. This program is specifically designed to immerse participants in cutting-edge research projects across various research institutes at the Technical University of Darmstadt. Going beyond academic pursuits, the program integrates intercultural experiences, insightful company visits, exclusive excursions tailored for exchange students and optional German language courses. Acquired credits can be transferred back to the home university.

Malley Richardson,
University of British Columbia, CA

My summer at TU Darmstadt was one I will never forget. I made life-long friends and learned more about myself in these short 3 months than I ever could at home. I contributed to research behind 3D bio printing which later encouraged me to pursue a masters in Biomedical Engineering. I am also grateful to have gone outside my comfort zone and participated in this amazing experience!


IREP is offered three times a year, in spring, summer, and fall with a duration of 10 or 12 weeks. During that time you will participate in a cutting-edge research project at one of our many departments. You will be fully integrated in ongoing research groups and get assisted by faculty members and doctoral candidates. Furthermore, we offer company visits and excursions throughout your stay at TU Darmstadt. Depending on the project you can acquire 12 to 18 ECTS which can be transferred back to your home university.


Your main responsibilities working on the research project will be to report your progress regularly, hand in a final written report (15-20 pages), and give an oral presentation in English at the end of the program for an evaluation by the hosting department. Depending on the project, other tasks might be included.


To be accepted for IREP, German language skills are not required. The project language is English, including the coordination and support. However, we offer an intensive Online German Language Course (STEM) for interested students in IREP spring and fall, prior to the research internship, which you can earn academic credit for.

Note: For more information you can read the full Program specification (opens in new tab) .

IREP Summer

IREP Spring/ Fall


  • Language course and orientation: March 4 – March 29 (4 weeks) (optional)
  • Research project: April 1 – June 7 (10 weeks) OR June 21 (12 weeks)
  • Application deadline TU Darmstadt: December 15


  • Orientation program: May 20 – 24 (1 week)
  • Research project: May 27 – August 2 (10 weeks) OR August 16 (12 weeks)
  • Application deadline TU Darmstadt: March 1


  • Language course and orientation: September 2 – 27 (4 weeks) (optional, tbc)
  • Research project: September 30 – December 6 (10 weeks) OR December 20 (12 weeks)
  • Application deadline TU Darmstadt: April 30

You are going to write a paper, give a presentation, and receive a final grade and ECTS credit points for the successful completion of the program. TU Darmstadt will also issue an official transcript for the credits received.

  • Intensive German Language Course (4 Weeks): 45 Hours/Week -> 6 ECTS*
  • Research Project (10-12 Weeks or longer): 30-40 Hours/Week -> 12-18 ECTS*

*ECTS credit units reflect the quantity of work from each course to complete a full degree program – i.e. lectures, practical work, homework, etc. 1 ECTS = approx. 30 hours of academic work, approx. 1/2 Canadian/US credit. For confirmation on credit conversion, please contact your home institution.

As an applicant you have to:

  • Be currently enrolled and remain enrolled throughout the program in an undergraduate or graduate program at a partner university of TU Darmstadt in Canada or the USA (See below's list of current partner universities).
  • Have successfully completed at least 3 years in an undergraduate program or one year in a graduate program at the partner university by the time of the placement.
  • Be selected by your home university to apply for the IREP program.
  • Have a minimum Grade Point Average at the time of application to the program:
    • US: 3.0
    • Canada: 73%
  • National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
  • Polytechnique Montréal (Poly Mtl)
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (RHIT)
  • Simon Fraser University (SFU)
  • South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSMT)
  • University of Alberta (UAlberta)
  • University of Arkansas (Uark)
  • University of British Columbia (UBC)
  • University of Buffalo (UB)
  • University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass Amherst)
  • University of Rhode Island (URI)
  • University of Saskatchewan (USask)
  • University of St. Thomas in St. Paul
  • University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
  • University of Toronto (UofT)
  • Virginia Tech (VT)
  • Washington State University (WSU)
  1. Application at Home University
    First you have to be nominated by your home university. Please contact your International/ Global Education Office for internal application requirements and deadlines.

  2. Online Application
    When nominated you can complete the Online Application by providing all documents, including the Project Choice Form . You can find research projects in our Project Database.
    Alternatively, you can contact us to suggest your own project, or toinform us about your interested fields of research and we will contact research groups about projects for you.

    Note: The Application Guideline (opens in new tab) is a supporting document, designed to help you with filling out the application.

  3. Acceptance and Admission
    Once we received the nomination by your home university, as well as your online application, we will forward all documents to the corresponding IREP project supervisor for approval. In case your application gets accepted, we will provide you with the admission documents.

Please keep in mind: A nomination by your home university does not guarantee a research placement. The final acceptance into IREP always depends on the decision of the respective project supervisor.

For all accepted applicants it is possible to receive our Scholarship of Excellence. This scholarship covers the total program fee. By handing in the online application you automatically apply for the scholarship as well. The awarding of scholarships is based on outstanding academic performance. The number of scholarships awarded depends on the number of applicants and will be published after all applications have been received.

Note: Scholarships are available for in-person and remote participation.

IREP summer
The program fee will be 2,600€. This is a flat fee and includes the following expenses:

  • Housing rent
  • Student service fee
  • Semester ticket for free public transport in and around Darmstadt and the State of Hesse
  • Health insurance during program time for stay in Europe
  • Orientation program and excursions (München, Heidelberg, etc.)
  • University enrollment incl. WIFI access on campus and city of Darmstadt

The program fee for remote participants will be approx. 300 €. The fee includes:

  • Student service fee
  • University enrollment incl. access on campus networks
  • Orientation program and virtual excursions

IREP spring/fall
The program fee will be 1,900€. This is a flat fee and includes the following expenses:

  • Housing rent
  • Student service fee
  • Semester ticket for free public transport in and around Darmstadt and the State of Hesse
  • University enrollment incl. WIFI access on campus and in the city of Darmstadt

Please note that all students are responsible for their own personal budgets during their time abroad. The average expenses of a student in Darmstadt amount to approximately 400,00€ per month, but the expenses can vary according to personal preferences and travel plans.

Vincent McGlynn,
Virginia Tech, USA

My experience in Germany was fantastic. I worked in the Chemistry department doing heterogeneous catalysis of renewable resource. Throughout the whole ten weeks I gained a lot of new knowledge on catalysis and the creation and use of intermetallics as catalysts. My time in Germany not only gave me the chance to learn academically, but I got to learn about myself as well. I had the opportunity to travel almost every weekend and learn new things about the cultures of various places in Europe. This program was a once in a lifetime experience and something I will never forget.