OBW Summer Research Program

The Ontario/Baden-Württemberg program offers research experiences at the University of Stuttgart in practically all engineering programs of the participating Ontario universities.

The OBW Summer Research Program is exclusively designed for students from universities located in the province of Ontario, Canada. The research program aims for academic internationalization through the exchange of scientific information. Participating Ontario students gain intercultural insights during their research abroad and experience a different student culture.

Prerequisites:

  • You must be nominated by your home university
  • You need to find a supervising host professor at the University of Stuttgart
  • German skills are not required for this program

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The Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Summer Research Program is open to Ontario graduate and undergraduate students in science, engineering, and health science disciplines. If your application is successful you will spend either two or three summer months at the University of Stuttgart in Baden-Wuerttemberg (southwest Germany). You will work on research projects related to your studies at your respective Ontario home university.

In case you are an undergraduate student you have to be in the second year of your studies at the time you apply for the program. As a graduate student you may apply at any stage in your studies.

For detailed information, please visit the OBW Summer Research Program website.

Visa

Students from Canada can enter Germany without a visa for stays of no more than 90 days. If your planned program of studies exceeds the 90 day maximum, you will have to obtain a residence permit as soon as you arrive in Stuttgart.  

Housing

The Office of International Affairs will try to arrange accommodation for you in a student dorm. However, this cannot be guaranteed since dorm rooms are very scarce in Stuttgart. Once your application for the program has been approved, we will email you information on how to apply online for student housing.

The allocation of dormitory rooms is organized by the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart (organization managing the dormitories).  We do not have any influence concerning the location or the exact rent category of the allocated rooms. The rent varies from EUR 300 to EUR 400 per month. Please note: Once you have been approved, you will need to place an advance deposit to guarantee your room reservation.

Health insurance

OBW students take out a health insurance in Ontario (Educare 24) which covers the cost of medical treatment in Germany. For further questions please consult your program coordinator in Ontario.

Pick-up service

Our international buddy program ready.study.stuttgart offers a pick-up service exclusively for international exchange students visiting from our partner universities. Our buddies will meet you at the airport or at the main station and accompany you to your accommodation.

Cost of living

Monthly living expenses of a student studying at the University of Stuttgart amounts to about EUR 700. This sum includes your rent (between EUR 300 and EUR 400), a semester ticket for public transport (approx. EUR 200), the semester contribution of approximately EUR 110, and other incidental and personal expenses.

Scholarships

The OBW program will award a scholarship funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, the Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Student Exchange Program (OBW) to each student selected for the program. Nominated students may also seek further financial assistance at their home universities. You will be given detailed scholarship information as soon as you apply for the program.

Important!

Before you can apply for the program, must obtain your home university’s nomination. You must also first find a host professor to act as your academic advisor for the duration of your studies at the University of Stuttgart.

Registration

Deadline: February 28 (for a placement in the following summer semester, starting in early May)

Please register for the Summer Research Program at the University of Stuttgart’s Mobility-Online portal´.

Application

Deadline: February 28 (for a placement in the following summer semester starting in early May)

Please apply online for admission as non-degree program student on C@MPUS. Follow the instructions on the site and upload:

  • your application form for admission – please remember to first print it out and sign it before uploading
  • your transcript of records

If your application is correct, complete, and submitted on time, you will be able to download your letter of admission (Zulassungsbescheid). At that point you must also pay the semester contribution of approximately EUR 110. The bank details can be found on your C@MPUS account.

Please continue the enrollment procedure after your arrival in Stuttgart using your online C@MPUS applicant account. We will provide you with further details upon arrival.

If you have any questions, please let us know by email. We look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the University of Stuttgart!

In Canada:

Agnes Poleszczuk
Email
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 40006

Dagmar Todd
Email
Phone: 416-736-2100 ext. 22919

David Darby (OBW Academic Director)
Email
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85857

In Germany (Baden-Wuerttemberg)

Marita Mau, OBW Coordinator
Email

Office of International Affairs, University of Stuttgart
Email

Contact

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Rebecca Schwenger

Advisor for Exchange Students

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  • Office hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 10 am - 12 pm, Mon 1:30 pm - 4 pm