Information on external student theses or research papers

In case you are interested in writing your student paper or thesis in cooperation with an external company or university please contact the course guidance or Professor. The approval of the course guidance advisor and the consent of a member of academic staff to suvervise your external work are mandatory before you may settle an arrangement with any company or institution.

An external student thesis or research paper has to include a final presentation and a final follow-up meeting with your external supervisor at the Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) in Aachen.

In case of an external student thesis or research paper the faculty has determined that no external company or institution may request the student or university to sign a non-disclosure agreement. If this is the case, the student has to discuss this matter and any possibilities for exceptions with his supervisor at ika before accepting the contract. In case of an exception, the non-disclosure agreement issued by RWTH Aachen University is mandatory.

Please also notice the required faculty forms. The appropriate form has to be signed by your external supervisor and yourself in order to be approved by the faculty.

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RWTH Aachen University
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52074 Aachen · Germany
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