Student Exchange


A student exchange – on undergraduate level (Studenten) and post graduate level (Doktoranden) – can be arranged via Prof. Müller with a number of universities and companies in different parts of the world. In principle, an exchange can be arranged with all colleagues listed under “scientific cooperations”. However, there are some main academic links used for this exchange. Within these links a preferential consideration of the applying students for acceptance in the host laboratory will take place. This includes in most cases the take over of bench fees by the host laboratory. In Germany there are no fees at all for undergraduate and graduate students. This is different in practically all other countries of the world, one has to pay a fee as a student and a so-called bench fee when undertaking a PhD (e. g. costs in New Zealand: approx. 12.000 NZ$ (6000 Euro) per year for an undergraduate student, 16.000 NZ$ (8000 Euro) per year for a PhD student (post graduate)). These costs will generally not occur when using our main exchange links.


What can be arranged?

  • Research stays of 6 months for postgraduate students (Studenten) within their pre-registration year (praktisches Jahr)
  • Research stays of PhD students within their PhD project, typically a duration of several months
  • Performance of a full PhD at the universities of our main exchange links.


How to apply?

  1. Send a brief e-mail to Prof. Müller containing information about the preferred university, type and duration of stay, envisaged dates for a stay including your contact details (full address).
  2. Approximately three weeks later contact Prof. Müller by phone to discuss everything in more detail (phone: +49-30-838 506 96, secretary’s office: Ms. Gabriela Karsubke).
  3. Based on the phone conversation please prepare your application to be sent off to the host laboratory containing:
    1. curriculum vitae in English
    2. summary sheet providing information about of success in your studies including grades in exams
    3. accompanying letter/mail providing a little bit of information about yourself and your
    4. intentions to go abroad, especially also why you prefer a certain country or university

Please note: To minimise the administrative work load, all applications should be prepared by mail.


Financing of a research stay:

The German pharmacy students cannot apply for a research grant at the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD). The DAAD requires completion of the academic education that means for pharmacy students the 3rd state exam (3. Staatsexamen). Therefore research stays during the pre-registration years cannot be financed by a DAAD grant. In addition the economical situation has worsened during the last year that means at present it is extremely difficult to obtain an industry grant for such a research project. Therefore to make a long story short: Each student needs to cover the costs for living expenses including accommodation by himself. As outlined above, in general it can at least be arranged that the university fees will be covered by the host laboratory.


Main links for exchange:

  1. Australia: University of Sydney and Monash University/Melbourne
  2. France: Université de Paris-Sud
  3. New Zealand: University of Otago
  4. United Kingdom: Universities of Belfast, London and Nottingham
  5. United States: University of Connecticut (Prof. Burgess)


Research stays/PhD of foreign students in the laboratories of Prof. Müller:

At present about 30% to 40% of the PhD students in Prof. Müller’s group are coming from outside Germany. In addition about two visiting scientists per year are working in the laboratories for periods of 6 months.

Due to the structure of the German university system no funds are available to finance the living costs during such a research stay. However, the costs for the laboratory including materials are full covered by the host laboratory. In contrast to other countries, there are also no post doc position in the German university system, that means also stays as a post doc research fellow need to be financed by the applicant.

It is recommended to apply for grants at the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD). The contact address in Germany is:

Geschäftsstelle Bonn-Bad Godesberg
Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst
Kennedyallee 50
53175 Bonn
Postfach 20 04 04
53134 Bonn
tel.: (0228) 882-0
fax: (0228) 882-444

The DAAD offers a variety of different sponsorships. It ranges from research stays of e. g. 6 months up to the support of a full PhD. Please note, in general you need to apply via the DAAD branch in your country or the official office working on behalf of DAAD.

If you would like to have more information about the conditions for undertaking a PhD at the Free University in Berlin, please go to “PhD information”.


Procedure of application:

  1. Send a written application by mail to Prof. Müller which contains
    1. detailed curriculum vitae
    2. full publication list, including conference contributions
    3. address of two professors who can be contacted a written a reference (please give full address details including e-mail address!)


  1. After acceptance by the host laboratory you need to put together your research program. When this is accepted by Prof. Müller, you will receive your invitation letter required for your grant application. Please note: Only students can be accepted having a good knowledge of the English language to be able to communicate in the laboratory and also to write English publications. Knowledge of German language is not required because the PhD thesis can be written in English and also be defended in English. However, basic knowledge of German language is recommended for social integration. For example, the DAAD provides also language courses when getting awarded a PhD grant for Germany.

Prof. Müller reserves the right to terminate a research stay or PhD project in case the knowledge of English – despite an available language certificate – does not prove to be sufficient.

The planning for the research group is being made on a long-term perspective, therefore it is highly recommended that you apply at least 6-12 months before the envisaged start of your stay.