I am about to start a Master's degree in Computational Biology. My future goal is to do a Ph.D. in Europe in the field of Computational Biomedicine. I have already completed the first year of another Master's degree an I have some research experience since I was allowed to work as a Student Assistant in a research group at that University and I carried out some small research projects during the last semester (final projects for some courses). Since I would like to continue doing research also at the new University and since I would really love to find a nice supervisor for my future studies, I am trying to find a project I can work on.
The big problem is that I found a nice group in Germany (I will study in Italy) and I am pretty sure it would be a nice place for my Ph.D. The question is: do you think it would be possible for me to work on one of their project while I am studying in another country? I was thinking about something like the following: contacting them in order to see if this is feasible, start studying what I would need, and then start the project that I will continue also for my Master's thesis. Are you aware of any long-distance student project experience? Is it better not to contact them at all and wait until I start the internship for my thesis? Any feed-back is appreciated.