Administered in collaboration with Technische Universität Braunschweig in Germany, this program enables students to complete simultaneous engineering master’s of science degrees from both institutions over a two-year period or a doctorate from both institutions. Through study and research at both institutions, the program offers students an exceptional preparation to conduct engineering work in the expanding global marketplace.
The universities also offer a joint MBA program. For more info visit the College of Business Administration. [figure out link]
Eligibility & Application Steps
- Must be accepted to URI’s Graduate School. The deadline to apply to URI is January 31 of each year.
- Obtain approval from the IEP director
- Before studying in Germany, must show proficiency in the German language as determined by the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH) test
- Obtain approval from thesis advisor
- Complete the TU BS application for exchange students. [when is this needed? is this a formal application for admission?]
TU BS Students
- During the final year of Bachelor’s study, must obtain approval from Professor Ulrike Krewer, Liaison for the TU Braunschweig/URI exchange
- Apply for participation through the TU BS International Office. The deadline is November 30 of each year.
- Must be accepted to URI’s Graduate School The deadline to apply to URI is January 31 of each year.
- To be accepted into the URI Graduate School, must show proficiency in the English language as determined by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam or a B2 and C1 level on the Sprachenzentrum
- Obtain approval from major professor [correct word?]
Master’s Program Requirements
Students participating in the master’s program typically spend the first year at their home institution in their home country followed by a year abroad. Students from both institutions are required to work with an academic advisor to set a detailed program of study and research proposal.
URI students spend their first year in Kingston taking courses and undertaking research toward a URI master’s thesis. Students typically defend their master’s thesis in the summer following their first academic year. Students spend the second academic year in Germany completing additional coursework and research necessary to complete a separate Braunschweig master’s thesis. U.S. students should know that they will be unable to start their TU BS master’s thesis without first earning 30 ECTs of Braunschweig coursework. Unlike the American system, attendance at lectures is rarely required and grades are based solely on a set of final examinations. See example programs of study.
TU BS students typically spend their first year in Braunschweig completing their studienarbeit (project work). They request an early examination in September as opposed to the traditional October deadline. Students spend the second academic year in the United States completing additional coursework and research necessary to complete a URI master’s thesis. German students should know that American style education requires not only attendance at lectures but also homework and ongoing exams. Students defend their master’s thesis in the summer following their academic year at URI. See example programs of study.
Ph.D. Program Requirements
Students interested in the dual Ph.D. program should consult with the International Engineering Program Director, Sigrid Berka, about eligibility.
Tuition and Fees
While studying in Germany, pay URI the in-state graduate tuition rate regardless of their state of residence
While studying in the U.S., TU Braunschweig students who are part of the exchange, pay not tuition for the fall and spring semesters. Otherwise, pay regional graduate tuition. Students learn in November whether they qualify for the exchange. Additional URI fees apply for all TU BS students in the summer semester and in the following academic year upon their return to TU BS. [link to details]
Students with questions about the overall program are encouraged to contact the International Engineering Program Director, Sigrid Berka. Students with questions about specific academic programs, should contact the appropriate people below:
Biomedical Engineering: Fredrick Vetter
Chemical Engineering: Michael Greenfield
Civil Engineering: Christopher Hunter
Computer Engineering: Fredrick Vetter
Electrical Engineering: Godi Fisher
Industrial & Systems Engineering: Manbir Sodhi
Mechanical Engineering: Constantine Anagnostopoulos or Mohammad Faghri
Ocean Engineering: Christopher Baxter
Congratulations on your acceptance into the program! To prepare for your studies, please visit our handbook page.