In this wonderful setting in Munich, you will enjoy a 10-week intensive program providing research experience in materials nanotechnology, on-site orientation with survivial German, and cohort visits to science & technology workshops and cultural & social outings.

The aim of NanoRING is to provide students the experience and international connectivity required to develop them into future leaders of the international scientific and engineering community.  This program takes a mentorship approach that allows participating students to create for themselves a meaningful research experience under the mentorship of the host faculty researcher and laboratory members. The program is enhanced by immersion in Germany, but in a laboratory working environment where English is the lingua franca requiring no prior language training for U.S. students.  The ultimate goal is for participating students to finish the program having contributed to the progress of important research and having gained knowledge and appreciation of the German scientific culture, and confidence working in an international setting.

Program Description

  • 10-week research experience in materials nanotechnology
  • Dedicated mentorship by TUM graduate and/or postdoctoral researchers
  • Stipend of $500 per week
  • Coverage of international travel expenses, 10-week public transit ticket in Munich, and housing costs
  • Pre-orientation on U.S. campuses to cover study-abroad logistics, Europe/Germany-specific safety training, and visa requirements
  • On-site orientation on TUM campus to include intensive German language training and cultural immersion
  • Excursions to cultural sites, museums, networking events, and nanotechnology industry sites
  • Eligibility to apply for NanoRING post-program publication award if the results of summer research are accepted in a peer-reviewed scientific journal or at a conference program as a poster or oral presentation


The TUM-IGSSE housing coordinator with a strong network of landlords and student unions will work with each program participant to confirm housing arrangement within 30 minutes of public transportation to their laboratories.


  • Undergraduate U.S. citizens or permanent residents majoring in engineering, physical sciences, or life sciences with relevant foundational coursework
  • Cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Complete online application
  • Final in-person or phone interview with faculty director
  • German language course: no prerequisites.

Passport and Visa Requirement

Please make sure that you have a valid passport or that you apply for a new one on time.

Program Fees

Program participants will be responsible for covering expenese related to their visas, meals, and other incidentals.

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