TUM Technische Universität München Practical Research Experience Program


City: Munich Country: Germany


The TUM Practical Research Experience Program (PREP), is a short-term (10-week) research internship program that runs over the course of the summer. Working on a research project under the supervision of a TUM academic, PREP participants will build up and further refine their research skills, learn more about the specifics of the German higher education and research landscape, and become members of the diverse scientific community at Germany's top-ranked technical university.

TUM PREP applicants demonstrate outstanding academic achievements, can easily adapt to new environments and are driven by a general curiosity for science and research. During their stay and beyond, program participants serve as ambassadors for their home institutions and for TUM, respectively, and will contribute to the strengthening of international research networks.

Together with TUM scientists, TUM PREP students work in small research teams at different TUM chairs on a previously defined research project. Through individual support, buddies and a variety of TUM PREP events and day trips, the participants will be well integrated at TUM as well as in Munich and surroundings in a short time. The language of the TUM PREP program is English, and German language skills are not required for the participation. A German taster course is part of the program. Participants will be enrolled as exchange students and will receive a TUM student card. 

TUM PREP projects are offered by six different TUM Schools and many different TUM departments in the TUM campuses in Munich, Garching and Freising. Also for students outside of the engineering and natural sciences fields there is a lot to choose from. They can also do research in our departments of Architecture, Management, Medicine and Health Sciences, Management or Education.

  • Engineering & Design (ED)
  • Natural Sciences (NAT)
  • Life Sciences (LS)
  • Medicine & Health Sciences (MH)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Social Sciences and Technology (SOT)
  • Computation, Information &Technology (CIT)

Services Provided by TUM

When Can I Go?

Terms Offered: Summer

Duration: 10 weeks (minimum)

Eligibility Requirements

Open to: All Faculties

Level: 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students OR masters students

Cumulative GPA: 3.0

Available projects might list specific course requirements or other skills as prerequisites for potential applications

Internship Information

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Technical University of Munich

New postings for Summer 2024 now available, please click here 

Students can select 1 or 2 projects and include those choices in the application.

Program Dates: July 1, 2024 - Aug 29, 2024

Application Deadline: November 15, 2023

Application Instructions: Please submit your complete application on our Horizons application portal by the above deadline.  Once your Horizons application is approved, you can then register and submit your application materials to the TUM online portal by Nov 15th, 2023.


Fees & Costs

Funding - TUM provides a 1000€ scholarship to help students support themselves during the research placement. Applicants are also encouraged to apply to the Education Abroad Individual Award to receive funding. Apply for these awards early!

General Costs to Participate in the program:

Accommodation in a dormitory of the Student Union for the entire stay (to be paid by March 1, 2024) approx. 1,200 - 1,300 €*

Living expenses per month approx. 500 - 600 €

German health insurance coverage per semester approx. 660 €

One-time expenses (*to be paid before arrival)

Enrollment Fee 85 €*

"Deutschlandticket" for students per month (travelling within Germany) 29 €

Dorm Room Security Deposit (will be refunded after move-out) 500 €*

Travel Expenses (round trip ticket) 500- 1,000 €*

Visa Fees (if applicable) 100 €*

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Funding Opportunities 

Students receive on average between $1,200-$1,800 in funding.

Over 70% of students who apply get funding.

Education Abroad Awards