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RWTH Aachen University
Aachen, Germany (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year,
Spring
The online application is currently closed. Please see the announcements for information on when the next application cycle will open.
Program Sponsor: Global E3 
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Civil, Computer Science, Electrical, Information Technology, Materials, Mechanical
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Yes
Courses Available in English?:
Yes
Program Description:

RWTH Aachen University
Aachen, GERMANY

University Info   |   College/School of Engineering

Office responsible for International Exchange Students

International Office, Division International Student and Scholar Services, Incoming Student Services
phone: +49 241 80 90831

Language of Instruction

The main language of instruction is German. There are courses offered in English, too, especially at the Master‘s level.

Introduction

With its 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is among the leading European scientific and research institutions. More than 40,000 students are currently registered in 127 different courses of study, including more than 6,000 international students from 120 countries.

Teaching at RWTH Aachen is first and foremost application-oriented. Its graduates are therefore sought-after as junior executives and leaders in business and industry. Teaching and Research at RWTH are characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and have relevance to real-world problems. In 2011, collaboration with industry and the acquisition of research funding, e.g. from public bodies such as the EU, resulted in an external funding budget of about € 300 million.

RWTH Aachen University's success in Germany's Excellence Initiative reflects its outstanding reputation for research and education in the science, technology, and engineering fields.

The University receives funding for the implementation of its institutional strategy, RWTH 2020: Meeting Global Challenges, which was endorsed by the German Research Association (DFG) and the German Council of Science and Humanities. Funding was also approved for the University's three clusters of excellence and the AICES Graduate School. This decision in Germany’s Excellence Initiative strengthens the leading position of RWTH Aachen University in Germany and enhances its international competitiveness.
 
Learn more:
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Facts & Figures
Research Areas at RWTH Aachen University
Faculties at RWTH Aachen University

TERMS OF EXCHANGE

Study Level

  • Undergraduate students: Accepted
  • Graduate students: Accepted
  • Computer Science majors: Accepted

Period

1 or 2 semesters.
Winter term:         October 1st – March 31st
Summer term:      April 1st – September 30th
 
Academic Calendar 

Summer Program - UROP International

Undergraduate students from North American universities with US or Canadian citizenship or permanent residency who have a GPA of 3.2 or higher are welcome to apply to UROP International.

Courses Offered: Research projects in all fields
 
Program Dates: Annual ten week research summer school: calendar weeks 21-30. 
 
Application Deadline: January 31st (annual)
 
Fees (and what is included):

Students are responsible for their travel and accommodation costs as well as insurance costs and daily living expenses. During the pro­gram, participants are enrolled as RWTH students in order to receive a state-wide rail and bus pass and access to campus facilities (sports, library); the cost of this is appro­ximately € 230. UROP International is otherwise program fee free!

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

English Proficiency Tests and Minimum Scores (TOEFL, IELTS):
 
Proof of Language Proficiency is required according to the medium of instruction.
 
German Language Proficiency:
• CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): B1.1 level

English Language Proficiency:
• CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference): B1.1 level
• TOEFL: 80/ibt, 550/pbt, IELTS: 6.0, B1.1 level

 
Disciplines Available:
 
Courses of Study

Overview of lectures:
 
B.SC.   |   M.Sc.
 
Exchange students at RWTH are generally permitted to take courses from various subjects and different faculties. Undergraduate exchange students might also choose courses from Master degrees subject to their profile (year and field of study). Therefore the list of Master courses should be also taken into consideration.
 
Compare courses of study in English language:
 
Bachelor level   |   Master level

Additional application materials?

Application Procedure

After being accepted for their stay at RWTH Aachen University, students have to send in their documents as follows:
 
Required documents (see link on website for Incoming Exchange Students)

  • Registration Form of RWTH Aachen University
  • Learning Agreement
  • Transcript of Records
  • Proof of German Language Proficiency
  • Motivation Letter
  • CV
  • Certificate of Enrolment at home university 
Deadlines for documents to be sent in to RWTH Aachen University
May 31st for winter semester and whole academic year
January 31st for summer semester
 
If you have questions, please contact the Incoming Student Services (incomings@rwth-aachen.de). Send the application via email (one PDF document) to the same email address.
 
Note: The Registration Form and the Learning Agreement must be duly signed by the student and the respective coordinator(s) in charge at the home institution.

 
When will students receive their acceptance package?
 
Approximately four weeks after application has been received. 

COURSE REGISTRATION & ACADEMIC INFORMATION

Semester Dates: 

Winter term:         October 1st – March 31st
Summer term:      April 1st – September 30th  

Academic Calendar

Course Contents:

B.SC.   |   M.Sc.
 
Exchange students at RWTH are generally permitted to take courses from various subjects and different faculties. Undergraduate exchange students might also choose courses from Master degrees subject to their profile (year and field of study). Therefore the list of Master courses should be also taken into consideration.
 
Compare courses of study in English language:
 
Bachelor level   |   Master level

Workload per semester: 30 ECTS

Grading system:

1,0-1,5 = very good (A)
1,6-2,5 = good (B)
2,6-3,5 = satisfactory (C)
3,6-4,0 = sufficient (D)
4,1-5,0 = failed (E)
passed (no grade)

Academic Transcripts

Academic Transcripts will be sent to home university approx. 4 weeks after grades have been published.

ACCOMMODATION

Is on-campus accommodation available to exchange students?

Housing is offered by the Studentenwerk Aachen (Association of Student Affairs).

Please note that the International Office is not in charge of housing. Because the number of rooms in the student dormito­ries is limited, it is highly recommended that students apply as soon as possible. RWTH Aachen University cannot guarantee that every applicant will receive a room offer.

Application deadline for winter semester:      June 10th  
Application deadline for summer semester:   February 10th

PRE-ARRIVAL

Entry Visa

Entry Visa and Residence Permit

Health Insurance

Compulsory. All students need health insurance coverage at all times of their stay in Germany. Until the final enrolment, a travelling health insurance is strongly recommended. Insurance can be arranged after the enrollment.

ARRIVAL/ORIENTATION

Orientation Program

Organized by the International Office. The program will be offered at the beginning of the semester.

Language Courses

Preparatory German Language Course in September (Intensive EURO Language Course)
Duration: 4 weeks / 80 hours
Costs: 150 Euro
Separate application: Yes. Between 15th June an 15th August (online registration)
Proficiency level of A2.2 minimum is required. Students who do not reach the required level will be excluded from the course.
Regular German language classes during the semester and costs
Separate application: Yes (through Language Center).

When should I arrive?

Ideally four weeks prior to the start of lectures.

Is airport reception available?

Airport reception can only be arranged under exceptional circumstances. Pickup from the train station is possible within the frame of the buddy program.

Is there a bank on campus?

City Campus: Several banks nearby.

ESTIMATED COST OF LIVING

Food/meals and general expenses: € 350

House: € 160 - € 220 

Local transportation: Public transportation included in social contribution fee

Academic Expenses (e.g., books, stationery):  Approx. € 70 per semester

Other administrative fees

A Social Contribution for Student Services (Student Service Fee) of approx.  € 230 per semester is required after enrolment. This is not a tuition fee. The money is used to provide services for all students such as bus and rail ticket, cafeterias and sports facilities.

For more information on costs and finances, please visit our website.

CONTACT

Office responsible for international exchange students  

International Office, Division International Student and Scholar Services, Incoming Student Services

Phone  +49 241 80 90831

E-mail  incomings@rwth-aachen.de

CITY INFO

Aachen is Germany’s westernmost city. It lies near the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands and is nestled between the large national parks of the Eifel and the Ardennes.
 
The city has a population of 260,000, which includes about 50,000 students and more than 4,000 academic staff from across the world. Its lively student community lends the city just as much character as its history. Aachen is famous for its Printen gingerbread, its hot springs, its Mardi Gras carnival and one of the world’s largest equestrian tournaments. The historic city centre and a wealth of bars, cafés and restaurants, combined with the nearby nature parks, such as the Eifel, make Aachen a city where everyone feels at home.
 
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