Frequently Asked Questions

1. Applicant FAQs

The study program “Automotive Engineering (M.Sc.)” requires academic skills in the modules Mechanics, Computer Aided Design and Machine Elements, Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Engineering Materials, Control Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Mathematics, Automotive Engineering I+II, Mechatronic Systems in Vehicle Engineering and Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals.

During the application process you will be asked to provide a brief description of the content of the modules that you have finished during your bachelor studies. The examination board will check the content of your passed modules for compatibility with the requirements given by the modules of the course “Automotive Engineerings (M.Sc.)” here at RWTH Aachen University. By this comparison it will be decided if your passed modules can be accepted. If your curriculum does not cover a certain module from the list mentioned above adequately, we cannot accept it for the course. The maximum allowable amount of modules that are not accepted must not exceed 30 CP. In case you have been accepted for the study program and once you have registered at RWTH Aachen University, the corresponding modules must be passed at RWTH Aachen University prior to the registration of your master thesis.

The process of analyzing an academic background in a specific case is a time consuming process. Please take into account that this process is only undertaken for applicants who submit their documents to the application system “MoveIn”.

There is an application process for the course Automotive Engineering (M.Sc.). Within this process the applicant’s academic readiness concerning the requirements of the course at RWTH Aachen University is evaluated. An acceptance does not depend essentially on one single criterion. Therefore it is not possible to tell you, whether a certain average mark is necessary.

In case English is not your mother tongue or English is not the exclusive language of your prior academic educational institution, a proof of your knowledge in English must be part of your application. The following proofs are accepted:<(p>

  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) “Internet-based” Test (iBT) with a minimum score of at least 90 points
  • IELTS-Test with a minimum score of 5.5
  • Cambridge Test-Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • First Certificate in English (FCE) with minimum score of B
  • A certificate, which proofs the level B2 according to the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages”

 

Knowledge of German is not required for the enrolment. Of course, it is favored that international students take German courses in Aachen. The University offers German courses.

Until last semester the provision of GRE test results was recommended but not compulsory. This will most probably be changed. Most probably GRE test will be mandatory for all Non-EU students. The decision process is still running. In the beginning of the application period in December the final information will be given though the application portal.

if you have participated in a university entrance exam in your home country, please provide us with proof of the result in this test. Until last application period the Gate test was mandatory for Indian students. This has been changed. Most probably the Gate test will be substituted by the GRE test. Most probably GRE test will be mandatory for all Non-EU students. The decision process is still running. In the beginning of the application period in December the final information will be given though the application portal.

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In Automotive Engineering M.Sc. the application is only possible for winter semester intake (semester start in October of each year). The deadline for non EU students is the first of March of the same year; EU students are able to apply until the 15th of July.

Please check these websites for funding opportunities for studies at RWTH Aachen University:
Scholarships and Funding Programs
Scholarships (general)

If you have detailed questions regarding specific funding opportunities, please contact the International Office at RWTH Aachen University:
International Office – Info Service Center

Copies of language tests and certificates regarding examination that will be done after the application deadline but before the start of the Master can be handed in until the date of registration. However it is not possible to update your other application documents.

To get the master degree 20 weeks of internship have to be proven. This internship can be done during bachelor studies and during master studies as well. Internships that you have already done will be assessed by the internship office of the faculty of mechanical engineering after matriculation. The total of 20 weeks of internship has to be completed and accepted prior to registration to the master thesis. Further information regarding internship requirements can be given by the internship office.

A certificate of an internship has to show at least the following characteristics:

  • Number of weeks (One week means five coherent days, this means: from Monday to Friday)
  • Starting date and termination date
  • Field of activity
  • Printed on official paper of the company
  • The original document must be signed and stamped by the company
  • The language of the document must be English or German

If you will be accepted for Automotive Engineering M.Sc., you will most probably get some enrolment conditions. This means that there will be some courses (obligatory courses) that you will have to complete additional to the master courses. The enrolment conditions will be given by the examination board based on your bachelor studies. You will have to complete these obligatory courses during your first semesters but there is not an explicit preparation semester. In most of the cases the additional courses lead to an extension of the master program by one semester.

Please fill in the supplement form as complete as possible. During the application process for “Automotive Engineering (M.Sc.)” we ask you for a more detailed description of your modules (description, course hours, content, e. g. URL-link).

In case there is no freely accessible description of the content of your modules on the website of your university available, you must attach a valid alternative to your application. A valid alternative is a document that shows the required content and quality as stated below. It is your responsibility to organize and provide this document. When you apply for the course, you attach a scan of the document/s to your application. In case you are accepted for the course, you must bring the originals to RWTH Aachen University later.

Required content:

  • Module Title
  • Number of Weeks of the Module
  • Units per week of the Module
  • Minutes per Unit
  • Total amount of minutes of Module
  • Brief (i.e. a list) but complete description of the content of the module
  • Information that the module belongs to the course that has been finished by the applicant

Required quality:

  • The document must be signed and stamped by the university
  • All information must be well structured and easily understandable
  • The language of the document must be English or German
  • If possible, the document should be printed on official paper of the university
  • The document must be signed and stamped by the university
  • All information must be well structured and easily understandable
  • The language of the document must be English or German
  • If possible, the document should be printed on official paper of the university

If you have more than one course outline or several references, you can compress them into one PDF. For this you can chose any free ware. It is not possible to send us more documents.
Furthermore please note in your supplement form at which pages we will find the needed course references

Especially for non-EU students a visa is necessary to enter and stay in Germany. The last years have shown that the German embassy is very busy with visa applications in some countries. Therefore, please contact the embassy early in order to get an appointment in time. For some countries, it might be good to contact the embassy already in March / April, even if you do not have an acceptance letter of the RWTH then.

2. Student FAQs

You can register the examinations of the extra courses (obligatory courses following the letter of acceptance) personally at the Central Examination Office. The period for personal registration for extra courses might vary from the period of online registration for the general master courses.

The revised admission letter is the final and valid version of the admission letter for you. Nevertheless you might affect a recognition of the corresponding module by starting a new process at the “Faculty of Mechanical Engineering” at RWTH Aachen University.

This process is called “Procedure of Recognition” and you can find all necessary information here.

Please contact “Study Counseling” at the “Faculty of Mechanical Engineering” in this regard.

Please direct your application for a job as a student worker online to ika according to the information given here:
Vacancies Student Workers
Speculative Application Student Workers

Please direct your application for a student thesis online to ika according to the information given here:
Vacancies Student Thesis
Speculative Application for Student Thesis

3. General FAQs

Please communicate a complete list of questions via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) first. Based on that list the course guidance can estimate, if it is possible to elaborate an appropriate answer via email. If this is not applicable, please contact the course guidance for an appointment.


Course Guidance

Dipl.-Ing. Leif Hagebeuker
+49 241 80 25641
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