GEARE - Global Engineering Alliance for Research and Education
Under the project name GEARE, Purdue University - School of Mechanical Engineering (West Lafayette, Indiana/USA) and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) originally developed and launched a student exchange program with the goals of internationalizing existing traditional courses of study and building competencies for development activities at international company locations. In the meantime, this cooperation has been extended to other partner institutions.
Today, GEARE refers to a cooperation with the universities of Purdue (USA) and Shanghai Jiao Tong (China). Studying in an international team, gaining experience in development departments of international companies, and the recognition of examination results obtained abroad at KIT are essential aspects of the GEARE exchange.
The project is developed and managed at KIT by Professor Albers and his Institute for Product Engineering in cooperation with the two host universities.
Student Group AK-GEARE
The student group AK-GEARE consists of current and former GEARE participants and has compiled a lot of additional information on its homepage.
It is worthwhile to have a look:
Requirements and Organization
This year's info event took place on Thursday, 19.11.2020 from 18:00 to 20:30.
Here you can download the presentation of the organizational part (German only).
Furthermore, you can access a video summary here (German only).
1. GEARE Program - Requirements and Procedure
Target group: Bachelor students at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics)
Selection criteria include:
- Participation in MKL III/IV
- MKL I/II examined
- All orientation examinations completed
- 3rd semester at the time of application
- Good school/academic performance
- Good English skills
- Others such as social commitment
Of course, you are welcome to apply even if you do not meet all of these criteria. Because: If you do not apply, you will definitely not be taken in.
Based on a selection procedure, several teams of guest students from the partner universities and KIT students will be formed, who will study one semester each in Karlsruhe and in Purdue or Shanghai over a total period of 14 months and carry out accompanying project work from the product development area at the respective places of study.
Integrated into the exchange project is a three-month industrial internship in international companies in the respective host country.
The content of the exchange program is fully integrated into the normal teaching program and begins at a relatively early stage of the studies in the 4th semester (summer semester). Corresponding examinations are taken at the respective place of study and are mutually recognised, so that extensions of the duration of studies due to the exchange are not to be expected. Accompanying programs to deepen the language skills and to understand the different cultures are integrated.
In the case of financial support in the form of a scholarship from a funding body (DAAD), personal data will be passed on to the DAAD for processing purposes. More information on this can be found in the data protection declaration (German only, esp. point 2).
The application phase is currently closed. Please do not send in any applications. According to current planning, the next application phase will start in October 2021.
Please address your cover letter directly to Professor Albers. Please use the subject "GEARE Application First Name Last Name". Please submit your complete application (either in German or English) via email to geare∂ipek.kit.edu . This includes:
- Cover letter with letter of motivation for the exchange and desired exchange university (USA or China).
- Filled out and signed declaration of consent (corresponding data protection declaration, both German only)*.
- Completed document "Supplementary Questions"
- Current curriculum vitae
- Current transcript of records and other transcripts/certificates (high school diploma, internships, etc.)
- Contact details: Telephone/Mobile number / e-mail address
* Consent is voluntary. If you do not wish to consent, please note that you may then have to take action yourself. More detailed information on this can be found in the consent itself and the associated data protection declaration (German only).
Further information and open questions:
If you have any further questions about the GEARE Exchange Program, please contact Mr. Marcel Noeller:
Building 50.33 R. 117
Phone: 0721 608 45636
Does Covid-19 have an impact on the GEARE program?
In view of the dynamic Covid-19 pandemic development, no reliable prediction can currently be made as to whether the courses and industrial placement will be held on-site, online, in hybrid form, or at all. However, we currently plan that the GEARE program can and will take place as usual.
Information on data protection and on data processing in the context of participation in the GEARE exchange programme is available in this data protection declaration (German only).
By when do I have to apply?
The exact deadline varies each year and is usually in the November/December range, please see point 2 "Application" for details.
What must be included in the application?
A complete application with all necessary documents is expected, for details please see point 2 "Application".
How can I finance my exchange?
The tuition fees are waived. In principle, you will have to bear all other costs yourself. However, the GEARE program may provide scholarships for students. In this case you will receive financial support. Please enquire about the current funding situation if you are interested. Alternatively, you can apply for scholarships on your own initiative.
Which subjects are recognised?
The way of recognition varies depending on the exchange country (please ask for details).
How do I get in touch with former GEARE students?
Former GEARE students are organized in AK GEARE. They can be reached by email:vorstand.akgeare∂gmail.com.
What is the timeline of the respective exchange?
In the 4th semester you will attend the MKL-IV workshop together with the exchange students from China and the USA. In September you will travel to your exchange country. In China, you will study at SJTU for one semester until mid-January and then complete a self-organized internship. In the U.S., you will first complete your self-organized internship through Christmas and then study at Purdue University for one semester beginning in mid-January. In both cases you will return to Germany between April and June in time for the examination period in the 6th semester.
Do I have to choose a university when I apply?
Yes, you have to.
Do I need prior knowledge of Chinese?
In principle, no knowledge of Chinese is necessary, but it is recommended to take a Chinese course in the 4th semester and to deepen your knowledge of Chinese in China. However, all lectures are held in English.
Am I on my own in organizing the entire stay abroad?
No, you will receive support from IPEK, AK GEARE and of course the other exchange students.