Practical Research Experience Program (TUM PREP)

As part of the Practical Research Experience Program (PREP), students from selected North American universities (MIT, Yale, Duke, UC Berkeley, British Columbia, etc.) have the opportunity to work on research projects in various TUM departments for 2.5 months during their summer break.

The program, which is centrally administered by the TUM International Center, is designed to enable TUM scientists to host excellent international students without high administrative costs and to establish and expand collaborations with North American universities.

Program participants receive individual support from the program manager at the International Center as well as student buddies, a partial stipend, and a reservation for a room in a student dormitory. In addition, a cultural and academic social program is part of the PREP experience to support students' integration into the local culture and university life.

Former TUM PREP participants report in the video about their summer at the TU Munich and give insights into the everyday research life at TUM.

How does the project submission work?

TUM scientists (professors, research assistants, PhD students, etc.) are invited to submit their projects for the Practical Research Experience Program (PREP) to host a student from TOP universities from USA and Canada in a research project over the summer months. To do so, TUM scientists should simply fill out the PREP form including a short project description and return it to the coordinator, Ms. Sandra Lessing (lessing[at] The form and further information on PREP can also be found on the PREP website.