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Templergraben 57 Building SuperC Room No. 329 52062 Aachen Germany Phone +49(0)241/80-906 60 Fax +49(0)241/80-926 62 firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial details Graduate Studies at RWTH Aachen University Published by the International Office (Dezernat 2.0) on behalf of the Rector of RWTH Aachen University Templergraben 55 52062 Aachen Germany www.rwth-aachen.de Editorial board Dr. Heide Naderer (responsible) Britta Piel, M. A. Victoria Busch, M.A. Art Director Klaus Endrikat DTP ZAHRENdesign Printed by Emhart Druck und Medien GmbH Aachen, last updated September 2008
Table of contentsWelcome RWTH Aachen University past and future Graduate studies your way to excellence English-taught courses: expertise and intercultural skills How to apply for English-taught courses Admission requirements and documents Experience the German language German-taught courses: expertise and German culture Admission requirements and documents fees Your life at Aachen Enjoy the European flair The International Office Your partner at RWTH Aachen University Necessary documents: visa and residence permit How to enjoy your free time 4 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 13 14 16
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Prof. Dr. Ernst Schmachtenberg Rector of RWTH Aachen University
Dear student, I am pleased that you are interested in graduate studies at RWTH Aachen University. Since our technical university is constantly aiming to improve its research and teaching performance, we want to attract the best students from all over the world. In return we offer you top-level study and research opportunities in Engineering, Natural Sciences and other fields as well as important connections to German companies. As you will know, RWTH Aachen University is one of Germanys most renowned technical universities. Due to its outstanding performance in the excellence initiative of the German federal and state governments, it has gained even more in reputation. Top-level students from Asia, Africa, America and Europe already benefit from RWTH Aachen Universitys very high standard of education and research. Numerous partnerships between RWTH Aachen and international companies offer you great professional and personal perspectives. This brochure provides you with detailed information on the content and structure of our graduate studies programmes as well as on formal and language requirements. Some general information on Aachen, the beautiful city of Charlemagne, will give you a first impression of the city of your future studies. It will be a pleasure to welcome you as a member of RWTH Aachen Universitys academic community in the near future.
RWTH Aachen University past and futureTradition the basis of excellence RWTH Aachen University was founded in 1870 with considerable support from local companies. Originally a polytechnic institute, it subsequently became the Rheinisch-Westflische Technische Hochschule Aachen (RWTH), i.e. the NorthRhine-Westphalian Institute of Technology, in 1948. Present international expertise Today, RWTH Aachen University is one of the most renowned technical universities in Europe. It has about 30,000 students and an academic staff of 2,420, 420 of whom are full-time professors. RWTH Aachen Universitys long-standing reputation for research and educational distinction attracts students from all over the world: Currently over 5,000 international students from more than 130 different countries are part of our academic community. Partnerships sharing innovation and technology Close cooperations in research and development between the faculties of Engineering and Natural Sciences and numerous important companies contribute decisively to RWTH Aachen Universitys competitiveness at a national and international level. The establishment of international research centres by major companies such as Microsoft, Ford, United Technologies and Philips as well as a large number of start-up companies in the Aachen region demonstrate the universitys strength in innovation.
7 Olga Osetska from Ukraine: RWTH Aachen University gave me the opportunity to perform high-level research during my doctoral studies by providing an exceptionally good infrastructure. Modern equipment as well as great team spirit were crucial factors for innovative and successful research.
Your benefit form choosing RWTH Aachen UniversityWe can offer you a: 1. academic excellence 2. long-standing tradition of research and teaching in Engineering, IT and the Natural Sciences 3. interdisciplinary research with external partners 4. close cooperation with international companies 5. research-oriented education 6. state-of-the-art facilities 7. international atmosphere and cooperation 8. excellent career prospects 9. cultural variety 10. a supportive and stimulating environment
Graduate studies your way to excellenceStandardisation of degrees: the Bologna Process Since 2000, RWTH Aachen University has been offering advanced study opportunities to its international and German students in all fields of studies. Within the restructuring of the European Higher Education Area RWTH Aachen University has adopted the two-cycle study system consisting of Bachelor's and Master's degrees as comparable qualifications throughout Europe. Bachelors and Masters programmes replace the former Diplom and Magister Artium programmes. All Masters programmes require a good Bachelor's degree (at least 2.5 in the German system) in a related or equal field of study. Please contact the International Office in order to find out which grade is equivalent to yours in the German grade system.
English-taught courses: expertise and intercultural skillsDue to the language of instruction, RWTH Aachen Universitys English-taught Masters programmes particularly attract international students. Therefore you can benefit from the high quality of teaching, the close collaboration with national and international industrial partners and the intercultural exchange with your fellow students from all over the world. Currently, we offer our students six courses that are taught entirely in English (Biomedical Engineering, Communications Engineering, Electrical Power Engi-neering, Media Informatics, Metallurgical Engineering, Software Systems Engine-ering) and take about two years to complete. On completing the course successfully you will obtain the final degree Master of Science. Within the next years the number of courses offered in English will steadily increase. Tuition fees for these programmes are Euro 500 per semester. Please find more detailed information on each course in the leaflets inserted in this brochure.
English-taught courses at RWTH International AcademyRWTH International Academy, a spin-off of RWTH Aachen University, offers four English-taught Masters courses in Mechanical Engineering (Automotive Engineering, Combustion Engines, Production Systems Engineering, Computer Aided Conception and Production of Machines Simulation) and a programme in dentistry (Lasers in Dentistry). The tuition fee for these programmes amounts to Euro 3,700 per semester. For detailed information please visit: www.master-mechanical-engineering.com
How to apply for English-taught coursesThe early bird catches the worm Many international students from all over the world are eager to be accepted for one of RWTH Aachen Universitys graduate courses. Therefore we advise you to submit your application as early as possible. Application deadline: 1 March Please consider that sending your application by regular airmail can take up to four weeks or even longer. To ensure timely receipt at our International Office, please send out your application as early as possible. Application address RWTH Aachen University International Office Templergraben 57 52062 Aachen, Germany email@example.com Apply online In order to save time and money please use our online application form at www.rwth-aachen.de/ioam. It is also the safest way to send your application to us.
Admission requirements and documentsPlease undertake the following steps: 1. Application form Please print and sign the application form (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) that you find at: www.rwth-aachen.de/ioam 2. Enclose a copy of your Bachelors degree (Bachelor of Science or Engineering) or an equivalent, internationally recognised degree awarded by an accredited university or equivalent degree-awarding institution. Please note: In order to be admitted to RTWH Aachen University, it is imperative that you have an undergraduate degree with a minimum grade equivalent to a good (2.5) in the German grading system. 3. Enclose a copy of official or certified transcripts of your academic record to give evidence of your undergraduate studies including credits and grades obtained in every single subject and a translation into German, English or French by an officially recognised translator (a copy of an official University transcript originally written in English is sufficient). 4. Add a copy of your English language certificate You must have an excellent command of English (spoken and written) in order to fully understand the course lectures, textbooks and manuals, and to participate in lab projects, industrial internships and to take the relevant examinations. Therefore you are obliged to add a copy of either your IELTS certificate (score 6.0) or your TOEFL certificate (score 550 paper-based/213 computer-based/80 internet-based).
Please note that the TOEFL qualification must be obtained no more than two years prior to the commencement of the course you are applying for. the original TOEFL Score report must be received by RWTH Aachen University directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). the ETS/TOEFL code for RWTH is 8504. Nationals and/or first-degree-holders of USA, Kanada, Irland, Great Bri