Leibniz University Hannover- Summer Science and Engineering Projects

Program Details

Program Location Hannover, Germany
Sponsor Purdue
Program Type Exchange
Course # SA 20178
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 05/21/24 to 07/30/24
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Leibniz University Hannover- Summer Science and Engineering Projects

The gorgeous campus of LUH

Before applying, students interested in this program should discuss their plans with the Study Abroad Liaison in the College of Engineering or the College of Science depending on their major area of study.

After their Purdue Study Abroad applications are approved, participants also need to apply directly to Leibniz University Hannover by February 1.  Try to complete your Purdue application early - the sooner, the better!

The Leibniz University Hannover- Summer Science and Engineering Projects program allows Purdue engineering and science majors to carry out research internships under the direction of local faculty members.  Leibniz University Hannover is a member of the TU9, an association of the leading technical universities in Germany.

No knowledge of German is required for participation, as the program is conducted entirely in English.  However, for those looking to develop their language skills, Hannover's dialect is considered especially learner-friendly.  Hannover is the capital of Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony) and the political and cultural center of the region.  Known as a "Green City" and "City of Short Distances," Hannover a great home base for students to explore near and far in their free time.

For more program information, please visit the program website.


Leibniz University Hannover- Summer Science and Engineering Projects

Main Building, LUH

Applicants need to be at least juniors majoring in science or engineering at the time of application.

Interested students should discuss their research plans with the Study Abroad Liaison for their home school or department before confirming participation in this program. 

 Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Engineering] [College of Science]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

Language of Instruction: English

Summer Course Load: 6

Engineering- Six credits may count toward technical electives.

Science- College of Science students should correspond with the appropriate Study Abroad Liaison and their academic advisor to discuss course credit.

Students work full-time (36-40 hours per week) in a university research facility under the supervision of a Leibniz University Hannover faculty member.  Students produce biweekly reports regarding their research topic and cultural experiences. They complete a technical report near the end of their experience.


Organized professional, cultural, and social experiences on this program include an orientation week, field trips, company visits, and group activities.  In previous terms, visits to the Hannover Messe and major corporations in the vicinity such as Volkswagen, MTU Maintenance, and Sennheiser have been featured.

Leibniz University Hannover matches program participants with local "Study Buddies" who will meet them on arrival, help them settle in, and answer questions that arise during their stay.


Participants are housed in single rooms in university residence halls.  Meals can be prepared in the residence kitchens, taken at the student cafeteria (Mensa) or in nearby restaurants.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

In addition to paying for 6 credits of Purdue tuition, students are responsible for the associated program fee to Leibniz University-Hannover.

The program fee covers housing, insurance, local transportation, excursions and organized social events.  A  deposit will be due at the program office in Germany within two weeks of acceptance.  The deposit will be credited towards the program fee and is non-refundable.

Note that the program fee listed below is based on the exchange rate at the time of update and should act only as an estimate.  

The visa fee listed below is only necessary for Purdue international students who are citizens of countries required to get entry visas for Germany.  Your study abroad advisor can provide more information about this.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2019

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue
You will pay Purdue Tuition Check Tuition
Program Fee $3,060.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Visa $300.00
Meals $900.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,500.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Feb 1

Returnees Information

Leibniz University Hannover- Summer Science and Engineering Projects

Bridging the gap with student friendship

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.