Practical Research Experience Program (TUM PREP)

In the framework of the Practical Research Experience Program (TUM PREP), TUM invites each summer excellent students from select North American universities and the Imperial College London to spend an at an approx. 9-week long research stay at TUM. Participating students gain valuable insights into the research work at Germany’s top-ranked technical university and enhance their technical and methodological qualifications.

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. 

Program dates TUM PREP 2023

Application period October 1 - November 20,  2022
Kick-off event July 3, 2023
Orientation days July 3-5, 2023
Research projects time period July 6 -  August 30, 2023*
Closing event August 31, 2023

* In most cases, an extension of the project duration (later project end, latest until end of September 2023) is possible in consultation with the TUM PREP supervisor. Please note that an earlier start of the program is not possible. 

TUM PREP applicants must be enrolled at one of the following institutions at the time of their application and during their participation in TUM PREP:


  • McGill University
  • McMaster University
  • Université de Montréal
  • University of Alberta
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Toronto

England, Great Britain

  • Imperial College London


  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Michigan State University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Rutgers. The State University of New Jersey 
  • Stanford University
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis 
  • UC Irvine
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC San Diego
  • UC San Francisco
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
  • University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • University of Maryland at College Park
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Austin 
  • University of Washington 
  • University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Yale University

  • Enrolled at one of the eligible TUM PREP partner universities / institutions (see above) at the time of application and during participation in TUM PREP
  • Bachelor or master students (at least 2 years of undergraduate studies completed when starting with the TUM PREP project)*
  • GPA minimum: 3.0 (on a 4.0 U.S. scale)
  • Compliance with required project-specific skills

Program participants are expected to get informed independently on which TUM campus the TUM School of their research project is located.

Program participants should further get informed about recognition and credit transfer regulations at their home institutions, if they need academic credits for their research stay.

* PhD students are not eligible for TUM PREP. For support with regards to an organization of a research stay at TUM, please contact TUM Graduate School.

TUM  Global & Alumni Office will provide the following services to program participants:

  • Scholarship: Students not otherwise supported during the time of their participation in TUM PREP will receive a scholarship (1,000.00 €, paid in two installments during their stay at TUM).
  • Accommodation: TUM  Global & Alumni Office will support students in the organization of their accommodation (mostly reservation of dorm rooms).
  • Certificate: TUM PREP participants will obtain a certificate with a written evaluation of their research work from their project supervisors.
  • Credits (ECTS): TUM PREP participants may obtain ECTS credits, if needed. The rule is: 1 ECTS Credit ≙ 30 hours of student workload.
  • Individual Support: The TUM PREP Program Manager of the Global & Alumni Office will act as single point of contact for program participants.
  • TUM PREP Buddies: Additionally, TUM PREP participants will be supported by student buddies.
  • Kick-off Event: A special information and networking event for all program stakeholders will facilitate the start of the project phase.
  • Orientation Days: During the first days of the program, various events and activities will be offered for the TUM PREP students: Munich city tour, German taster course, intercultural training, industry visits, networking events etc.
  • Framework Program: TUM PREP offers a special framework program with activities and events designed for TUM PREP students only. Moreover, program participants can join the activities organized by TUMi, TUM's orientation and support program for international students. The framework program takes place in and around Munich. 
  • Closing Event: This event including research poster sessions, will be a well-rounded conclusion of the participants' time at TUM.

There are no fees for TUM PREP itself. Although individual figures may vary with regard to personal spending habits, TUM PREP participants should anticipate approximately the following total expenses for their two-month-stay in Munich:

General Expenses (totals for the entire stay)

Accommodation in a dormitory of the Student Union 

(50% to be paid by March 1, 2023, full payment before move-in).

up to 1,900 € *
*Possibility of subletting the room for 3 months (April - June) in order to reduce costs by half. TUM Accommodation Service will provide a subtenant. Detailed information on subletting will follow after acceptance.   
Living expenses up to 1,500 €
German health insurance coverage ca. 250 - 600 €

All students must obtain health insurance coverage in Germany. In individual cases, an existing international health insurance may be accepted, if it has no upper limits for payments in the event of damage. In addition, it is highly recommended that students have sufficient liability insurance coverage.

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

Enrollment Fee  ca. 152 €*
Semester ticket for public transportation (if necessary) ca. 209 €
Dorm Room Security Deposit (will be refunded) ca. 500 €*
Travel Expenses (round trip ticket) ca. 500- 1,000 €*
Visa Fees (if applicable) ca. 100 €*

UK, US and Canadian citizens do not need a visa, if their stay in Germany does not exceed 90 days. See country overview for visa requirement on entry to Germany. Please do not travel with a tourist visa to Germany, as it cannot be transferred for study purposes.

Application procedure

Students should only apply online via the application form and the online submission of the required application documents in PDF format (see below). Students applying for a specific project can name another one as their second choice in the online portal. Find over 60 interesting projects available for TUM PREP 2023 in our TUM PREP Project Database. Please take a look at this guideline in case you should have any questions regarding its usage.

Special provision

Institutions pre-selecting and nominating students are:


  • The University of Alberta (Contact:, Trevor Buckle, Associate Director Programs, Education Abroad)
  • The University of British Columbia (Contact:, Laurinda Tracey, Advisor Research Abroad at the Go Global Office)
  • Université of Montréal (Contact:, Caroline Téhard, Student Mobility Advisor)


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) (Contact:, Maureen Deisinger, Assistant Director for Partnerships & Affiliations, Global Education Office) 


  • The Imperial College London, UK (Contact:, International Relations Office)

Application deadline

November 20, 2022 for research stays in summer 2023.

Selection of projects and placement of applicants

Applications will be assessed in close cooperation with project supervisors. We always attempt to place TUM PREP applicants according to their priorities.

Admission letters

The selection of the TUM PREP applicants will be completed by the different TUM university chairs between mid-December and end of January. During this period, applicants and partner institutions will be informed about the outcome of their applications.

When accepting a TUM PREP participation, please check carefully, if you will be able to finance your stay. In case of a late cancellation, your TUM PREP spot cannot be given to another student.

The following documents should be handed in online and in PDF format together with the application form (= online registration):

  • Letter of Motivation* (at least 1 letter each for project priorities 1 and 2)
  • Resume
  • Transcript of Records*
  • Letter of Recommendation*
  • Declaration of Insurance*

Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered.

*Templates and further information can be found under Downloads.

TUM PREP – Impressions

Kick-off event, internship life and closing ceremony

TUM PREP orientation days and excursions