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RWTH Aachen University

3.9 out of 5 (151 ratings / 123 reviews) Aachen, Germany
With 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe’s leading institutions for science and research. Currently around 31,400 students are enrolled in over 100 academic programmes. Over 5,000 of them are international students hailing from 120 different countries.

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Medicine & Health (1)

About

History

How did RWTH Aachen become that what it is today? An excellent university with around 40,000 students and outstanding reputation in research and industry. Let yourself go on an exciting trip through the history of RWTH Aachen. The University Archives has compiled its own, as well as from external sources, pictures and documents, to illustrate the history of RWTH Aachen.

Education

With 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europes leading institutions for science and research. Currently around 31,400 students are enrolled in over 100 academic programmes. Over 5,000 of them are international students hailing from 120 different countries.

Research

Work conducted in the research centres at RWTH Aachen University is strongly oriented toward the current needs of industry, commerce, and the professions. This has led to numerous innovations, patents, and licenses.The individual competence centres at RWTH Aachen collaborate very effectively across departments and faculties in interdisciplinary groups and forums, while still maintaining a strong focus on their own department specialisation. For instance, the computer science and biology departments - and even the social sciences - all have a clear connection to the school's engineering focus.

Career

The university's innovative force is also reflected in the high number of start-ups in the area: Over the past twenty years, about 1,250 spin-off businesses were founded and created around 30,000 jobs in the greater Aachen region.Excellence in teaching and research constitutes the basis from which our university works with other leading institutions and technical universities from around the world: to give an example, RWTH participates in the IDEA League, a network of the leading Universities of Technology in Europe, which defines standards for degree programmes and academic training.

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
2021
145 -7
2020
138 6
2019
144
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
2020
201
2019
201
2018
201
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
2021
-
2020
99 -12
2019
87
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
2021
-
2020
179
2019
179
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Services

Student services

RWTH also offers special support to students with disabilities and chronic diseases. Two designated helpers performing community service stand at the ready to deliver meals, accompany students to their courses and offer other assistance when needed.

The conference focused on ways to improve equal access for students with disabilities and on creating greater awareness of issues of concern for disabled and/or chronically ill students and their special needs among teaching staff, in particular.

Housing services

In addition, a special room was set up in 2009 where students with disabilities can study or rest, and a conference on "barrier-free university teaching" was held in November, which was organised by the RWTH Integration Team Human Resources, Gender and Diversity Management in collaboration with the student union representative for students with disabilities and chronic diseases.

Library services

RWTH Aachen University Library

  • Help with literature searches

  • Aquisition requests

  • Courses on literature searches and procurement

  • Information on reference management with the programs EndNote and Citavi, financed by campus licenses

  • Information on the fees for printed and electronic dissertations

  • Equipment for and access to the library for disabled persons

  • Internet workstations

ICT services

  • eduroam – worldwide up to date
Online around the world - an introduction to free WLAN internet access for members of RWTH, and not only through the TH network.
  • Your own email address
  • VPN - Work from home securely
Secure outside access to internal RWTH web content - the VPN service for members of the university

Medical services

In Germany, you typically select and register with a General Practitioner (GP) who acts as your "family doctor" (Hausarzt). The GP will refer you to other specialists such as eye specialists, dermatologists, etc.

Student Life

Campus life

The way of life in the region around the River Meuse is relaxed. Here, high culture and subculture, past and present, science and the arts are not opposites but interesting facets of the same city. Living in one of the most densely populated and at the same time greenest city centres is something Aacheners take entirely for granted. In a region famed for both science and the arts.

And when the paths of academic disciplines cross inadvertently, the housewarming party with flatmates becomes a great place to discuss the sociological significance of mechanical engineering or the finer detail of business studies techniques. In an open, non-threatening atmosphere among friends like it should be.

Sports facilities

The Center hosts extensive leisure and sports facilities such as gyms, fitness rooms, weights rooms, a pool, a beach sports area, a football field, a modern running track as well as tennis courts. For sports such as climbing or riding, the Sports Centre cooperates with various sports centres in and around Aachen. Most water sports courses offered by the Sports Centre take place at Wildenhof, a university-owned property the Rursee lake.

Student clubs

In addition, RWTH Aachen University has a very active staff sports association, which offers a range of sports and activities, from volleyball, football and table tennis to water sports and even the card game skat. Taking part in sport is a great way of meeting colleagues from different disciplines and departments. Partners of RWTH employees can also participate in the sports on offer.The city of Aachen has numerous private sports centres and gyms, tennis, squash and badminton courts, an ice rink and a climbing wall. There are also several golf courses within easy reach of the city, five indoor swimming pools and one outdoor pool.

Accreditation

The implementation of accreditation processes is based on decisions made by the German Rectors' Conference, HRK for short, and the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, KMK for short, related to the restructuring of the classification system. Accreditation is a particular tool for quality assurance and control.

Student Reviews

Expensive, rainy, unuseful theoretical education
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

I can't talk in the name of all students of RWTH, but there are couple of things what are universal and probably all of us experienced. Aachen is the rainiest place in Germany, and it has a huge impact on your everyday mood. Trust me, it rains every single day. There are not enough places to study at the university, simply, you can't sit somewhere to read and focus. On...

It's a trap!
Anonymous rated 1 out of 5 stars

First, the review of "Just a test of your memorizing power" is 100% true. I decided to study further on the MME-CAME master, because I was working as a fulltime mechanical engineer at one of the biggest German tech company and I wanted to improve my profile to the next level. If you are an engineer, then probably you know, that in your everyday work, you need a lot of...

When someone is equipped and empowered with everything that make life meaningful. The ability to rise higher, overcome every obstacle, and experience greatness! Let your life and actions speak so loud in such a beautiful and special way that people can’t
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Well, I have great experience with this university. And I have learnt so many things and take parts in many events. They do not just teach a subject but also help to explore its depth for the betterment of a student so, it can perform like a professional in a field. They help us to work on different projects and influence us to take part in and involves us in different...

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