Is my home university a partner university 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, Tennessee
- Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
- University of North Carolina Wilmington
- King’s College, London, Canada
What is included in the program fees?
Program fee of 2.700 € covers accommodation, insurances, program costs and enrollment, social and cultural activities. There is no meal plan in Germany; food costs per month are ca 200 €.
How do I find a suitable institute or research area?
All institutes list their current research fields at their respective websites. Please follow the provided links. For example, if you're a mechanical engineering student interested in combustion engines, click on 'Faculty of Mechanical Engineering', then follow the link for 'Institute For Technical Combustion' and check out their research fields.
Some of the institutes' pages are in German only. How do I deal with that?
If you find a German only website, you can download an add-on that translates automatically (f.e. google translator). Furthermore, you can also copy&paste all German text into google translator without installing any add-ons (search for "google translate" in google bar). For further assistance please contact us!
How does matching work?
After handing in your complete application form it will be forwarded to your designated institutes, beginning with No. 1 on your list. If No. 1 declines, No. 2 will receive your papers...we will contact you immediately after your application is accepted and program fees are due.
Which academic requirements do I have to meet to get accepted for my desired research field?
We accept applications only from students who are in their fifth semester or above (junior year). However, professors will expect a certain level of knowledge in their respective fields. You will need at least one course that fits the institutes' research scope. For example, institutes researching the field of automatic control engineering want you to have at least passed one automatic control course at your home university. In this program, the professors who provide placements will be in charge of the final selection of candidates. If your completed classes meet the broader scope of the institute’s requirements, everything should be fine.
What is MoveOn and how do I register?
MoveOn is a LUH databank containing all incoming/outgoing student movements for statistical & informative reasons. The only information we need is your full name, birthday, address, e-mail address, and home university. An online registration is sufficient. Please use the following link: MoveOn Incomings registration
What should a letter of motivation contain and how long should it be?
A letter of motivation is always addressed to those that decide on your acceptance. First, answer the following questions in your own words (1/2-1 pages): Why do you want to participate in this program? Why do you want to go to Germany? What do you hope to achieve by participating in the program? Secondly, you should write about your motivation for the specific research field at your chosen institute that you are interested in (1/4 pages per choice). The person reading your letter should be able to see that you have thought about what you are expecting from your stay and if you have any previous knowledge about the research topic or lab work.
What are letters of reference and how do I get them?
Letters of reference are written and signed by your educational supervisors, usually from your university (professors) or from companies you have worked at (superior authorities). It contains information about your working habits (hard & soft skills) like
- relationship to other students/employees
- learning abilities
- self-reliance and independence
- sense of responsibility
Please provide at least one letter of recommendation from a professor at your university.
Will I get US credit hours for this program?
You will receive 12 ECTS points (European Credit Transfer System) for participation in this program, which converts to 6 US credit hours. Admission of US credit hours will be approved for a similar course at your home university by your home university's study advisor.
How do grades convert from the German grading system to my universities' standard grading system?
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 standard dorm room at the Studentenwerk Hannover by visiting their website: http://www.studentenwerk-hannover.de/en-dorotheen.html
I am interested in taking German language classes during my stay. What can I do?
We recommend taking classes suited to your skill level. 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:
I have food allergies. How can I know what I can eat?
If allergens should be contained in the food provided by our student canteens they are listed in the description of the respective dish (http://www.studentenwerk-hannover.de/essen/speiseplaene/hauptmensa/).
You can also download an app which can filter out all dishes that contain specific allergens in our student canteens. Supermarkets have to list all allergic contents on the package.