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FAQ's

Is my home university qualified as a partner of the LUH?

Our US partner universities are:

  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Michigan State University, East lansing, Michigan
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan
  • LeTourneau University, Longview Texas
  • Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota
  • University of California/Berkeley, Berkeley, California
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville

What do program fees cover?

As a public German university the Leibniz Universität Hannover is not allowed to make any profits. Program fees of 2.700 € cover all expenses which are necessary to offer and run this program:

  • Accommodation - 900 €
  • Insurances - 450 €
  • Enrollment & program costs - 450 €
  • Personnel costs - 900 €

When do I have to pay deposit of 750 €?

Officially, deposit is due after signing application form for participation. But the time we effectively charge it depends on the time the student withdraws from the program:

  • Deposit has not to be paid if withdrawing from the program happens before our official acceptance e-mail has been sent out to students.
  • Deposit has to be paid after our official acceptance e-mail has been sent out to the students, as this means that institutes have already accepted the participant and started to organize their stay, and we’ve already started organizing accommodation, health insurance etc., which immediately generates costs.

My desired institute / field of interest lacks of proposals. What can I do?

Please contact us with a list of institutes or research fields you might be interested in. You can find all participating institutes with their distinct homepages by clicking at "Participating institutes" in the options menu on the left. On the particular homepage, please find an "english" button in the upper left corner. We are glad to find a solution for you.

How does matching work?

After your complete application forms arrive we will forward your records to your designated 6 institutes, beginning with nr. 1 on your list. If nr. 1 declines, nr. 2 will receive your papers...we will contact you immediately after your application was accepted with the request to pay outstanding program fees.

Which academic requirements do I have to meet to get accepted at my desired research work?

Usually we accept only applications from students at least in their fifth semester. However, sometimes professors expect certain knowledge of their subjects. You may need at least one course that fits the institutes' agenda. For example, institutes researching on the field of automatic control engineering want you to have at least one automatic control course passed at your home university. In this program, the professors who provide the proposal do the final selection of the candidate, since they have the knowledge whether it is a suitable candidate or not. Anyway, if your completed classes meet the institute's expectations in a roughly manner, everything should be fine.

What should a letter of motivation contain and how long should it be?

A letter of motivation is always addressed to persons in charge of the decision either to accept your application or not. It should contain, in your own words, why you want to participate in this program, why you want to go to Germany, and, and what your goals are by participating the program (1/2 - 1 pages). Another part is to write some sentences about your motivation for distinct research projects at your chosen institutes (1/4 pages per institute). The person reading your letter should be able to figure out if you've spend some thoughts on what you're going to deal with during your stay and if you have any previous knowledge about the topic or lab work. For example, if you want to apply at the institute of automatic control you may have to write down a sentence like "I have passed the courses "automatic control I" and "regulation algorithms I" and/or have worked on similar projects in the past".

What are letters of reference and how do I acquire them?

Letters of reference are written, stamped and signed by your educational supervisors, usually from university (professors) or from companies you've been working in during your summer holidays (superior authorities). It contains information about your working habits (hard & soft skills) like

  • relationship to other students/employees
  • learning abilities
  • problem solving
  • self-reliance
  • sense of responsibility

Can I approve US credit hours for this program?

For participating the program you'll receive 12 ECTS points (European Credit Transfer System), which is commonly equal to 6 US credit hours. Admission of US credit hours will be approved by your home advisor, dependent on a similar course at your home university.

How do grades convert from the German grading system to my universities' standard grading system?

LUH1,01,31,72,02,32,73,03,33,74,05,0
USAA+AA-B+BB-C+CC-DF
USA (GPA)4(3,5)3(2,5)2(1,5)

How high are common living expenses in Germany?

Food is relatively cheap, if you try to shop in supermarkets regularly, usually around 200 to 300 € per month should be sufficient. Additionally, you might need some money for travelling and other private activities.

I am wondering how the accommodation will look like. Can you help?

You will be accommodated mostly in single bed rooms. You can have a closer look at a common room at the Studentenwerk Hannover by visiting

I am strongly interested in taking German language classes during my stay. What can I do?

Depending on your skill level we recommend taking classes. If you're explicitly interested in German conversations (for advanced levels only), a tandem partnership would suit you best. We will assist and help you to find the best option possible.

On the other hand, you may try a free of charge online German course provided by Deutsche Welle:

How many days and hours am I supposed to work and how to deal with days absent?

Typically, you're supposed to work at the institute every day from Monday to Friday. A regular working day starts between 8am to 9am and ends around 5pm to 6pm. Your working time always includes one hour of lunchtime per day.

We've met a special regulation with your institutes to allow you three days off during your stay for extending your weekends for travel. It is always necessary to let your advisors know about your plans a few days in advance.

If you get ill it is always necessary to inform your institute, or your advisor directly, about your absence.