Project Semester - Made in Germany

Lab Projects with Focus on Engineering

Are you ready to embark on a transformative academic journey that combines hands-on project work with the rich cultural experience of studying abroad? Aalen University of Applied Sciences is thrilled to introduce the "Project Semester - Made in Germany," an opportunity for international students to immerse themselves in innovative and practical research projects.

About "Project Semester - Made in Germany"

With our "Project Semester - Made in Germany," we believe in learning by doing. Our program offers a dynamic and flexible approach to higher education, allowing you to tailor your academic and practical experience to your interests and career goals. 

A practical and intercultural Experience

The "Project Semester - Made in Germany" can be structured into components, each designed to enrich your academic and cultural experience:

3 or 8 ECTS5 or 6 ECTS3 or 6 ECTS6 - 30 ECTS
German as a Foreign LanguageIntercultural CommunicationProject ManagementOne or more independent project works with variable workload
  • German as a Foreign Language: Immerse yourself in the German language, with options for both beginner and advanced learners. Choose this course to strengthen your language skills and enhance your cultural immersion.

  • Intercultural Communication: Gain valuable skills in understanding and navigating cultural diversity. This course is essential for thriving in a globalized world.

  • Project Management: Learn how to use specific knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to successfully lead and implement your projects.

  • Independent Project Work: Dive into your chosen projects, with flexible options to earn from 6 to 24 ECTS credits (Master students in need of 30 ECTS may skip Modules 2 and 3, but still need to take a German language course in addition). Apply your knowledge in real-world settings.

Choose your topics and research fields in one of the state-of-the-art labs

Explore our project list to get a taste of the exciting opportunities that await you. There's something for every passion and interest.  Choose from a diverse range of projects, carefully curated to cater to your academic level as a senior student – whether you're pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree. You have the flexibility to pick one or more projects and define the workload for each, ensuring that your learning experience aligns with your aspirations. Dive into exciting areas such as:

Subject AreasTopics / FocusRequirementsWorkloads (in ECTS)LocationFaculty
Computer Science / Data AnalyticsDeep Learning for Image Analysis
Artificial Intelligence / Data Quality
Artificial Intelligence / Image Enhancement
Computer Scientist12 or moreIMFAA
Electronic EngineeringPower Electronics and Electrical Drive TechnologyPre-Bachelor / Bachelor preferredflexible, starts at 6Lab for el. Engines in ZiMATE-Building
Materials Science / Mechanical Eng. / ChemistryAdditive Manufacturing
Lithium Ion Batteries
Magnetic Materials

12 or moreIMFAA
Mechanical Eng. / Proj. DevelopmentRecycling Robotics
Industry 4.0
Human-Centered AI / Projekt "KI Cockpit"

flexible, starts at 6

OptometryOptometric ProjectBachelor Studentsindividually definedOptometry Lab building
Campus Burren

PhysicsMagnetism / Magnetometry
FEM for Electromagnetism
Physicist12 or moreIMFAA
Physics, OpticsApplied Photonics:
- ultra short pulse lasers
- Biophotonic
- Optics Technology
- additive manufacturing
Bachelor of Eng. / Bachelor of Sc.6 to 24Center for Optical Technologies

Your Benefits

Why choose "Project Semester - Made in Germany"?

  • Global Perspective: Collaborate with students from all corners of the globe, fostering a rich multicultural environment.
  • Career Development: Gain practical experience in research instituts and laboratories of Aalen University of Applied Sciences.
  • Cultural Immersion: Discover the beauty and culture of Germany, from its bustling cities to its serene countryside.
  • Academic Excellence: Benefit from the renowned academic expertise of our university and industry partners. 

Join Us on This Incredible Journey

Are you ready to take your education beyond the classroom and into the heart of Germany? "Project Semester - Made in Germany" is your ticket to a world of opportunities, growth, and unforgettable experiences. Apply now to start your adventure! Chose the Project Semester courses when selecting courses for your Learning Agreement.

For inquiries or more information, please contact us. We can't wait to welcome you to our vibrant community of global learners.

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Experience the future of education – "Project Semester - Made in Germany."

You can apply for the usual study abroad scholarships (Erasmus+, BWS etc.). Please refer to your adiver of your home university.

There is a new Scholarship opportunity for senior undergraduate or graduate students from partner universities doing the the project semester:

Aalen University offers new scholarships for a project semester in winter term 2024/25 to final year students: Four months of studies with practical projects at Aalen University in Germany will be sponsored (funding period September – December 2024). The total amount of the scholarship is around EURO 5,000 and includes the following payments:

One-time travel allowance (amount depends on your country) € 1.275,00

Monthly scholarship installment for stay of EURO 861,00 € 3.444,00

Monthly insurance allowance of EURO 97,00 € 388,00

It is funded in the program "UAS.International" of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). It cannot be combined with other scholarships.

Students can only apply once for this scholarships and the candidates will be chosen by a board.

Apply under until April 30th, 2024 with a motivation letter. This letter should include your motivation for a project semester (your project plans, professional benefits, preparation so far), your experience with the respective project topic so far, as well as your intercultural competences. Until then, you should also have submitted your CV and transcript of records via the Mobility Online Portal.