International Research Exchange Program (REACH)

Collage of students in REACH program
"Until REACH, I was thinking of going into finance after college. The learning environment at ASTRI opened my eyes and showed me how much I enjoy research. It was a pivotal point in my life where I realized I'm meant for grad school, not industry."
Bulut Cakmak, '19, ORF major
REACH is an International Research Exchange Program for undergraduate engineering students interested in international research opportunities at an academic institution. Internships are available at three universities in Germany (Ruhr University Bochum, University of Duisburg-Essen and TU Dortmund, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)/ Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), a Hong Kong government sponsored research center. Selected students received an eight-week, hands-on research experience in an international context, housing, flight stipend, and additional expense stipends. Participating students will be immersed in a new culture while working on a research project in their field of study. REACH aims to broaden students' perspectives and enable them to become globally minded researchers and technologists.

Undergraduate engineering and computer science students (freshmen, sophomores and juniors) are encouraged to apply.

  • RU Bochum, TU-Dortmund, Duisburg-Essen
    • June 05, 2019: Princeton students arrive
    • June 06, 2019: Orientation/start of REACH
    • July 30, 2019: End of REACH
    • July 31, 2019: Last day to check out 
  • What's included:
    • ​Enrollment at one of the German partner universities
    • Health insurance for the duration of the program
    • Rent/housing
    • Flight stipend of €800
    • Transportation ticket for the entire state of North Rhine-Westphalia
Hong Kong
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI)​​
    • June 06, 2019: Princeton students arrive
    • June 14, 2019: Orientation/start of REACH
    • August 09, 2019: End of REACH
    • August 11, 2019: Last day to check out
  • What’s included:
    • Enrollment at HKUST
    • Reimbursement of rountrip economy class airfare between US and Hong Kong up to US $1,500
    • On-campus housing at HKUST
    • A subsistence allowance of US $2,000
    • Keller Center stipend

To See List of Internships:

Princeton students interested in viewing the positions offered for 2018 should visit the Internships page. International students from the partner universities will receive position listings via their home university's representative. 


To read about past experiences of students who have participated in the REACH program, visit the Participants page.

Important Dates:

  • Upcoming Information Sessions: Register Here.
    • November 7th, 2018. 12:30 - 2:00 PM. Wallace Hall Room 300
    • November 13th, 2018. 12:30 - 2:00 PM. Frist Multipurpose Room A B04A
  • Applications
    • November 1st - November 16th, 2018. Deadline 11:59 PM
  • Interviews
    • November 26th, 2018
    • November 30th, 2018
  • Internship Announcements
    • January 11th, 2019