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  • Locations: Aachen, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall / Academic Year, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: Global E3 
  • Universities in the Global E³ program do not accept applications directly.

    Go to "How to Apply" for information on the application process.
Fact Sheet:
Disciplines Available (engineering or related field):
Aerospace, Automation & Control, Automotive, Biomedical, Biotechnology, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Computer Science, Electric Power, Electrical, Energy, Environmental, Industrial, Information Technology, Materials, Materials Science & Engrg, Mechanical, Process, Production, Software
Graduate Students Accepted?:
Yes
Courses Available in English?:
Yes
Program Description:

RWTH Aachen University
Aachen, GERMANY

University Info   |   Exchange Student Info

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.

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Terms of Exchange

Study Level

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

Language of Instruction

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

English Proficiency Requirements

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:

Study Period

Fall, Spring, or Academic Year

Academic Calendar   |   Semester Dates (including exam period)

Fall (Winter term): October 1st – March 31st
Spring (Summer term): April 1st – September 30th  

Academic Information

Disciplines Available

Courses of Study

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

Additional Application Materials

After being accepted for their stay at RWTH Aachen University, students have to send in their documents as follows:

Required documents (see 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.

Students will receive their application packet approximately four weeks after the application has been received. 

Housing

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

Estimated Cost of Living

Monthly Expenditure

Food/meals and general expenses  € 350

Housing – € 160 - € 220 

Local transportation – public transportation included in social contribution fee

Academic Expenses (e.g., books, stationery) – approximately € 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.

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.

City of Aachen   |   Extracurricular and Leisure Activities   |   Aachen and the Surrounding Region




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