RWTH Aachen University

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Price: 6224 EUR 6224 EUR
Contact Templergraben 55, 52056 Aachen, Germany

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The RWTH Aachen University was founded in 1870 after Prince William of Prussia decided to use a donation to set up an institute of technology somewhere in the Rhine Province. Funding local banks and an insurance company meant that it was eventually located in Aaachen, so building work began in 1865 and doors opened to 223 students during the Franco-Prussian War. There was a strong focus on engineering and particularly the local mining industry. As Germany’s westernmost important city, Aachen is situated at the heart of Europe and very close to the Dutch and Belgian border, so RWTH Aachen – or Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen – benefits greatly from a mix of cultures and languages. Although faculties of philosophy and medicine were introduced in the 1960s, it is still most famous for natural sciences and engineering – and, since 2014, has joined forces with the city to give a prestigious annual Engineering Award to a prominent figure in the field. The university has always had strong ties with industry, creating a European equivalent of Silicon Valley around it, and attracted exceptional levels of external funding to its researchers. For its size, Aachen is the dominant German city for university spin-off companies and offices of engineering firms. The world’s first wind tunnel and particle accelerator were both developed at RWTH Aachen. Major innovations created onsite include a pioneering aircraft made entirely of metal and a diesel soot filter. In its strategy for 2020, RWTH Aachen makes clear its commitment to interdisciplinary research, which, along with diversity, internationalization and natural sciences, forms one of the four core themes of the work being carried out at its research park. It also aims to be to the top German university of technology and one of the five best in Europe.

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Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Physical Science, Education, Psychology, Social Science

Location

Germany
Templergraben 55, 52056 Aachen, Germany

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I took the condensed matter physics class, but the professor was not on top of the materials. She could not explain the concepts clearly, and when asked questions, she missed the key points. Luckily we got help from other senior students,...

I took the condensed matter physics class, but the professor was not on top of the materials. She could not explain the concepts clearly, and when asked questions, she missed the key points. Luckily we got help from other senior students, otherwise, the whole class would have been wasted.

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I think that RWTH is for your professional future as an engineer a perfect choice. In Germany RWTH is one of the best university for technical studies and also Germany companies know that, what give you advantages in the future career. Further...

I think that RWTH is for your professional future as an engineer a perfect choice. In Germany RWTH is one of the best university for technical studies and also Germany companies know that, what give you advantages in the future career. Further Aachen is a city with a lot of students and so student life in Aachen is great. The food and drinks are pretty cheap and there are a lot of student activities going on. On the other hand, at RWTH there is a very long exam period, so there is not really a semester break in-between and a high failure rate. But the effort worse it.

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The research facilities for Electrical Engineers are really modern and advanced. I am pursuing my Masters in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Micro and Nano Electronics. I got here last year and I got the opportunity to directly hit the...

The research facilities for Electrical Engineers are really modern and advanced. I am pursuing my Masters in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Micro and Nano Electronics. I got here last year and I got the opportunity to directly hit the labs and start doing some experimental work based on the theory that I had learned during the lectures here. I would like to specially mention the clean room facilities called the Central Laboratory for Micro- and Nanotechnology. We can perform advanced research on seminconductor and nanoelectronic devices here. From the basic processes to fabrication of a transistor, everything is possible here with the help of the modern equipment availiable in the labs. In addition to this, I would also like to point out to the fact that this university receives generally a lot of research grants from the Industry and therefore, there are always numerous small projects underway. You, as Bachelor or Master students, can easily join them and act in your capacity to get some first hand research experience and also get paid sometimes for the work you do! ? I might have only mentioned the facilities for microelectronics, but there are also facilities for power engineering students, biomedical engineering students, communication engineering students and so on. RWTH is a place to be if you want to get some first hand research experience and expand your skillset related to electrical engineering! ?

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I am a first-year student and I really enjoy studies and life in Aachen. There are many students in the Uni and hence many people to get known to. The Campus is spread all around the city. It is very easy to get a room in the dormitory, the city...

I am a first-year student and I really enjoy studies and life in Aachen. There are many students in the Uni and hence many people to get known to. The Campus is spread all around the city. It is very easy to get a room in the dormitory, the city is not that big, but there are many other famous German cities around, you can get there for free by train.

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I was an exchange student in Uniklinik Aachen hospital, I’m a medicine student and they treat me very bad, making jokes of me, until arrive a point that I could not be there anymore. The coordinator of exchange students also treat students in a...

I was an exchange student in Uniklinik Aachen hospital, I’m a medicine student and they treat me very bad, making jokes of me, until arrive a point that I could not be there anymore. The coordinator of exchange students also treat students in a very rude and disrespectful way.

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Great facilities, diverse resources and knowledge base. The various subjects offers can be taken advantage of to hone your skills. Good tie ups with the industry and amazing student life. The city is affordable to live in and student life is...

Great facilities, diverse resources and knowledge base. The various subjects offers can be taken advantage of to hone your skills. Good tie ups with the industry and amazing student life. The city is affordable to live in and student life is quite vibrant with lots of opportunities for fun as well as learning.

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RWTH Aachen is known for its very good education in engineering related studies, such as Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. The university has a lot of good professors that have experience from work in the industry. Exams are quite...

RWTH Aachen is known for its very good education in engineering related studies, such as Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. The university has a lot of good professors that have experience from work in the industry. Exams are quite challenging, so that the degree is seen as a very good qualification in Germany, and also abroad in Europe. A negative point are the very large classes, especially during the Bachelor degree. In my class, there were 200-300 students, while in other classes it went up to 1000 students in one lecture which makes it tough to actually listen. As most classes are not obligatory, many students do not attend classes in the Bachelor study anymore. Besides the study, Aachen is a very beautiful city and very enjoyable. The university brings a lot of life to the city, as the number of students is quite large (ca. 50,000). You will definitely not get bored.

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I am a foreign student and I did not know German. But luckily, that was not a big problem for me, since the language center offers very good language courses. The courses are spread throughout the week at very comfortable times, such that we do...

I am a foreign student and I did not know German. But luckily, that was not a big problem for me, since the language center offers very good language courses. The courses are spread throughout the week at very comfortable times, such that we do not have to miss our regular lectures to attend these lectures. In addition to this, the teachers are very proficient and often provide us with extra material (other than the coursebook) for more practice. They are also available after the lecture hours for doubt clearing. Sometimes, the courses are also offered for free to the students who have German requirements for their degree programs. In conclusion, I would definitely recommend taking language courses from the language center. It's definitely better and a lot cheaper than other private language offering centers in Aachen.

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