Semester for medical research Aachen

Do you want to:

  • learn empirical research methods online?
  • take the first steps into your own research project?
  • present your poster in a hybrid poster walk?
  • connect with students from other countries?

...SEMERA is the right program for you!

SEMERA 2023 takes place from 25th of September until 15th of December, the last three days take place in Aachen.
Application deadline: June 30


Scientific skills

Acquire necessary competencies for health research in following areas: scientific career and planning, research skills, methods, communicative, soft and social skills, from idea to publication and presentation.

Intercultural social program

We offer you the opportunity to connect with international students in a relaxed and intercultural atmosphere. Get ready to build your research network!

Keynote lectures

International experts will talk about current and future global issues in the context of health and empirical research. Join the discussion afterwards and become part of the scientific community.



We designed SEMERA for students in health sciences, with a strong interest in research, or already thinking of pursuing a scientific career. Participants will learn methods to conduct research and will get the opportunity to apply those methods during the program.
SEMERA takes place online, is 12 weeks long and is offered once a year (usually starts in September). The format of the farewell days is hybrid: in Aachen and virtually.
Applicants must be enrolled as undergraduate or postgraduate students at their home university in order to apply and to participate. After successfully completing the program, participants obtain a Transcript of Records. SEMERA has a workload of 5 ECTS (150 hours). In addition, RWTH Aachen University medical students receive a certificate according to the Qualifikationsprofil within our medical curriculum.

In order to successfully complete SEMERA, students must:

  • complete the tasks and activities specified for each course within the program
  • attend the live events (digital Welcome Day & hybrid Farewell Days)
  • work and submit the two milestones
  • take all surveys
Milestone 1:
Write and submit a short literature review
Milestone 2:
Make a scientific poster and present it to your peers in the poster walk

Please visit this link or click the button below to apply. We will need around 4-6 weeks to process the applications and issue the letters of acceptance. The required application documents are:

  • B2 level English language certificate
  • CV in English
  • current transcript of records in English issued by your home university
  • letter of motivation

Please answer these three questions in your letter of motivation:

  • Which aspect or characteristic of SEMERA interests you the most? (500 characters max)
  • Considering your experience in science and research so far, what do you expect to get out of SEMERA? (1000 characters max)
  • How do you imagine your career in science and research? (500 characters max)
Application deadline: June 30

More information and a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding the application can be found here .
If you have further questions, please feel free to email us. We are looking forward to hear from you!

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