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Welcome

We thank you for your interest in the FH Aachen and our degree programmes, and we wish you much success for your plans ahead. On the following pages, we have compiled some information about the FH Aachen and about studying and living on our two campuses in Aachen and Jülich. This should help you with your preparations for your stay in Germany as well as after your arrival.

International Students from Partner Universities

The FH Aachen  (Erasmuscode D  AACHEN02) cooperates with more than 150 universities worldwide. If you are enrolled at one of these universities, you can complete a part of your studies as an exchange student at the FH Aachen. In such a case, you should first contact the International Office of your home university and get registered for the exchange programme. The coordinators at your university will then contact us. Your contact person for Aachen is Ms. Linda Weller , for Jülich it is Mrs. Britta Ritzal.

The FH Aachen offers the following services for students from partner universities:

  • Assistance in finding accommodation
  • German language courses
  • Assistance with enrolment, residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) and other formalities
  • Excursions and social activities

 

Business students should contact the IFO

Application

If you are currently studying at a partner university of the FH Aachen and would like to spend a part of your course of study at the FH Aachen, please contact the International Office at your university first. Afterwards, please send your application form to the Department of International Affairs at the FH Aachen. Your contacts are Ms. Linda Weller (in Aachen) and Ms. Britta Ritzal (Campus Jülich).

Please download the application form here:

Word-File, [325 KB] or PDF-file, [approx. 80 KB]

 

Accommodation

Costs

The monthly rent for student rooms in Jülich is 225 to 300 EUR, in Aachen 250 to 350 EUR. At least 75 EUR a month have to be added for utilities (heating, power, etc.).

Furniture and Furnishings

Rooms in student halls of residence are mostly furnished. If necessary, please ask the Studentenwerk if you are not certain about the furniture. Flats which are brokered by Home Company are almost always furnished as well.

Private flats are normally not furnished. This means, that these flats are virtually empty, even without kitchen furniture and lamps.

Flat Share (Wohngemeinschaft)

In a flat share, several students share a flat. There are men only, women only and mixed flat shares. Please look at advertisements and notices in local newspapers and at the notice boards at the university.

Flat-Hunting

If you wish to search for a flat on your own, find assistance in the section Living in Aachen and Jülich.

German Language Courses

The Department of International Affairs offers intensive German language courses about two weeks before the semester begins in both September and March. German language courses are also offered during the semester in Aachen und Jülich.

These courses are free for our exchange students.

 

Leisure Programme

The Department of International Affairs (Akademisches Auslandsamt: AAA) of the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences offers several events and social activities during the semester for exchange and international students at the FH Aachen: traditional Welcome-BBQ, the International Dinner,  Daytrips, Christmas-Market, Christmas-Parties, and so on.

AEGEE, the European Students’  Forum, offers many social activities for International Students in Aachen. Have a look on their website: www.aegee-aachen.org

INCAS, another student organization, organizes several regular events for the international students as well. You can find more information here: www.incas.rwth-aachen.de

Regular events:

Every last Sunday of the month, 11 am: International Breakfast for 3 €, INCAS - INterkulturelles Centrum Aachener Studierender, Humboldt-Haus, Pontstraße 41, www.incas.rwth-aachen.de

Every Tuesday: International Tuesday, INCAS - INterkulturelles Centrum Aachener Studierender, Humboldt-Haus, Pontstraße 41, www.incas.rwth-aachen.de. Come to the Humboldthaus as from 8 pm we have a varied evening in store for you. All sorts of games guarantee fun with people from all across the world creating a multicultural atmosphere! Get to know people from everywhere with music and snacks!

Every second Tuesday, 8 pm: „Café Lingua”, INCAS - INterkulturelles Centrum Aachener Studierender, Humboldt-Haus, Pontstraße 41, Café Lingua

Every Monday, 8:30pm: AEGEE meeting for members and internationals, Café & Bar Zuhause, Sandkaulstr. 109, AEGEE Aachen: www.aegee-aachen.org

Salsa at Aachen: www.salsaaixchange.de

Tango at Aachen: www.tango-aachen.de

2015

February

12.2.2015-17.2.2015 Carnival all over the city

January

31.1.2015 INCASWochenende “Bonn” on Saturday, 31st January

– 9am to 8pm – Participation fee: 5€ – Semesterticket needed – Registration: Tuesday 27 January, 7:30-8:00 pm in the INCAS office, Humboldt-Haus, Pontstr. 41 (until all seats are taken)

More information can be found on the Incas-homepage: www.incas.rwth-aachen.de

March

29.3.2015 INCAS International Breakfast on Sunday, 29 March 2015. Starting at 11 AM you can eat non-stop from our Buffet for only € 3,-. We offer you 'frische Brötchen', Cereals, Yogurt, Fresh Fruits, different sorts of Spreads and Cold-Cuts, Orange juice and - of course - Coffee and Tea.Besides the food, the International Breakfast offers you a good chance to get to know people from all over the world and therefore is a exciting start into the day.Due to limitations of place, the places are limited to 70. Kindly register yourself on the doodle list. Thank you! We're looking forward to see you, Your INCAS team

Link for registration: 

http://doodle.com/mbb4mhgmte9ibvu8#table

·  Location: Humboldt Haus

·  Date: 29 March 2015

·  Time: Between 11 A.M. and 1 P.M.

April

11 April 2015 INCASWochenende “Luxembourg” – 8.15am to 9.30pm – Participation fee: 15€

Registration: Tuesday 7 April, 7:30-8:00pm in the INCAS office, Humboldt-Haus, Pontstr. 41 (until all seats are taken, there are 50)

You’re invited to join us on our INCASWochenende “Luxembourg” on Saturday, 11 April.
After arrival, we will start our day in Luxemburg with a two-hour guided city tour during which we will see the famous sights and the most beautiful spots in the inner city. We will also learn more about the history and architecture of this beautiful town.
After a lunch break we will then visit the casemates, a fortification with a labyrinth of passages built in a huge rock, which belongs to the UNESCO world heritage.
In the afternoon, you will have some time to yourselves in order to explore what you are personally interested in or simply enjoy the city’s atmosphere. In the evening we will head back to Aachen.
More information about the trip and the registration can be found on our homepage:

http://www.incas.rwth-aachen.de/newsite/index.php/en/offers/23-incas-wochenende/273-11-april-iwe-luxembourg

We're looking forward to meeting you!

Your INCAS-Team

www.incas.rwth-aachen.de

 

14 April 2015 The INCAS Team invites you to join our "INCAS Country-Evening Bangladesh" in the Humboldt-Haus on Tuesday, the 14th of April, 2015 at 8:00pm. Come and learn about the real Bangladesh. Be surprised by what you didn't know ;)

On this evening a few of our Bangladeshi colleagues will give you a taste of their culture with a presentation about Bangladesh, after which traditional food and drinks will be served.

 
 

International Students at the FH Aachen

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Aachen amounts to ca. 700 EUR a month. Therefore, you should have at least 670 EUR a month, which is equivalent to 8,040 EUR a year, available. Monthly costs comprise the following:

  • Social contribution and health insurance (up to 30 years of age) ca. 80 EUR 
  • Study materials, books ca. 40 EUR 
  • Accommodation ca. 250-350 EUR (basic accommodation)
  • Food, clothes and other essentials ca. 200 EUR 
  • Computer, TV and radio licence fee around 18 EUR

Before the semester starts, a mandatory social contribution (Sozialbeitrag) has to be paid. This contribution is not a tuition fee, but is used towards benefitting the Studentenwerk Aachen (housing and social affairs) as well as the AStA (Student Body Executive Committee), and includes the student mobility ticket (public transport) which is valid for a period of one semester and allows the use of public transport in North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW). 

In order to cover your monthly living expenses, the amount mentioned above should be available under all circumstances. Financing your studies by way of a job is generally not possible for foreign students who do not come from one of the 15 "old" member states of the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

The information is available online (in German). Should you need any help, please contact the Registrar's Office or the Department of International Affairs personally. 

Funding

Unfortunately, the FH Aachen does not have the resources to offer scholarships in order to finance studies. The following organisations award scholarships to foreign students:

Scholarships

  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
  • Foundations (Stiftungen)
  • For students studying business and architecture from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegowina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary or Belarus, scholarships are awarded by the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung.
  • Students from developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America can apply for a one year scholarship from World University Service (WUS) which, according to circumstances, can also be extended.

 

Loans and Subsidies

With the following associations/organisations, students can, under certain conditions, apply for small examination grants as well as semester and examination loans:

  • Evangelische Studierendengemeinde (ESG) in Aachen
  • Katholische Hochschulgemeinde in Aachen (KHG)
  • Catholic Students' Community in Jülich (KSG)
  • Social Funds of the AStA
  • Studentenwerk

The Department of International Affairs awards small study grants, provided by the DAAD, to foreign students, if financial resources are available.

Requirements:

  • You have performed above average in your studies.
  • You are close to finishing your studies.

Contacts:

Proof of Finance

When you apply for a visa at a German diplomatic mission (Embassy, Consulate), you need to prove that your finances allow you to live in Germany. Normally it is at least 659 EUR per month or 7,908 EUR for one year.

There are two possibilities regarding the proof of finance:

  • The Letter of Commitment (Verpflichtungserklärung): Here a person (e.g. parents or relatives) commits to sponsoring your stay in Germany for a certain period of time or for the entire period of study. This form is available at the German embassy or consulate.
  • The Blocked Account (Sperrkonto): This is a bank account with a bank in Germany or in your homeland where you have deposited money amounting to at least one year's living costs here. From this account you are not allowed to draw more than 585 EUR per month.

With certain financial institutions (e.g. the Deutsche Bank) you can open a blocked account in Germany from your homeland. In this case, you do not need to transfer your money at a later time to Germany therefore saving on bank charges.

Visa

You can get information regarding a visa for Germany at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Auswärtiges Amt). Here you will be informed whether you need a visa and how you should go about applying for it.

Information in

Attention! With a tourist visa you cannot study in Germany. You cannot convert a tourist visa into a student visa.

After your arrival in Germany you have to convert your visa into a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis).

Insurances

Health Insurance

Students from EU member countries: Please ask your health insurance provider, if your travel to Germany and your stay here is going to be insured from day one. If it isn't, please read the next section.

Students from non-EU countries: Before commencing your travel, please get health insurance for your journey as well as for the first few weeks in Germany. After your arrival, you can take out a German health insurance. Most German diplomatic missions demand proof of health insurance when you apply for your visa.

Information in various languages on the topic can also be found on the website 1a-krankenversicherung.de

Luggage Insurance

If you bring along precious and expensive items from home (e.g. a notebook), you should get a special luggage insurance.

 

Residence Permit

Normally, your visa, which allows you to travel to Germany, is valid for a period of three months.

Approximately four weeks before the expiration of your visa, you should apply for a residence permit at the Foreigners' Office. To that end, visit the Foreigners' Office at the local municipal office.

Competent Foreigners' Office

The residence permit is always limited (mostly 1-2 years) so that you have to apply for multiple extensions during your course of studies. 

Required Documents

  •  a biometric photo (which you can get in a photographic studio in Aachen)
  •  your valid passport
  •  the registration certificate of the local Residents' Registration Office (proof that you're a citizen of Aachen)
  •  your FH Aachen student ID card
  •  proof of health insurance
  •  proof of financial support
  •  a fee of 110 € for your first residence permit, a fee of 80 € for the extension of your residence permit

Foreigners' Office

Your place of residence determines which Foreigners' Office (Ausländeramt) is responsible for you. Most FH Aachen students live under the jurisdiction of one of the following Foreigners' Offices:

Local Residents' Registration Office

All persons have to register at the local Residents' Registration Office (Einwohnermeldeamt) within one week after arriving in Germany. Please contact the municipality of your place of residence.

For most of the students at the FH Aachen the following Residents' Registration Offices or City Municipalities (Stadtverwaltungen) are responsible:

Proof of Enrolment (Studienbescheinigung)

A proof of enrolment (student registration) can be issued in German, English and French. It contains:

  • the current semester
  • surname, first name, place of birth, date of birth
  • enrolment (matriculation) number (Matrikelnummer)
  • degree programme
  • time of enrolment
  • signature and seal of the FH Aachen.

You can get it at the Registrar's Office (Studierendensekretariat).

If you need a personalised proof of enrolment, which contains further or different information, please get in touch with the Department of International Affairs.

Health Insurance

In Germany all students are obliged to have health insurance. Your health insurance provider at home can inform you, whether you will still be insured during your stay in Germany. Especially in European countries it is likely to be the case. Students from EU member states can prove with their blue European health insurance card that they are insured in their native country and that the insurance is valid in Germany. Please ask your insurance provider BEFORE(!) you travel to Germany, as that will simplify matters.

If your personal health insurance is not valid in Germany, you should get a travel health insurance which is valid for the first one or two weeks in Germany. This will give you enough time to get yourself enrolled and insured for the rest of your stay. You can either avail a public health insurance or a private health insurance. The insurance is however in force only from the first day of your enrollment here.

You can find more information about health insurances on the websites of the German Academic Exchange Service and Deutsches Studentenwerk.

With public health insurances you will pay the same charges everywhere. Even the spectrum of services offered by the insurance providers vary only slightly from one another.

With private health insurances you can choose between different tariffs. Even the spectrum of services offered will be different.

Information in various languages on the topic can also be found on the website 1a-krankenversicherung.de

 

Disclaimer:

The information here is a service from the Department of International Affairs and should be seen as providing only initial guidance. It does not lay any claim to any kind of completeness. Even though it has been compiled with utmost care and consideration, no liability will be assumed for the accuracy of the content matter.

 

Extension of the Residence Permit

Approximately four weeks before the expiry of your residence permit, you should apply for an extension at the Foreigners' Office. For this please go to the Foreigners' Office of the city council of your place of residence.

Foreigners' Office in charge:

Required documents:

  • a biometric photo (which you can get in a photo shop in Aachen)
  • your valid passport
  • your copy of your registration as a citizen of Aachen or Jülich
  • your student ID card, proof of your enrolment at FH Aachen
  • proof of health insurance
  • a proof of how you will finance your stay in Aachen
  • a fee of 80 € for the extension of your residence permit
  • alternatively a fee of approx. 20 € for a temporarly extension for up to 3 months ("Fiktionsbescheinigung")

Travelling outside of Germany

 

-Information currently available in german only! We are working on it!-

Vor dem Auslandsaufenthalt

Vor einem Auslandsaufenthalt sollten Sie unbedingt die Gültigkeit Ihrer Aufenthaltserlaubnis überprüfen. Läuft die Aufenthaltserlaubnis für Deutschland während Ihres Auslandsaufenthaltes ab, können Sie diese nicht bei einer Deutschen Botschaft im Ausland verlängern lassen, sondern müssen ein ganz neues Visum beantragen, was sehr lange dauern kann und erhebliche Verzögerungen in Ihrem Studium verursachen kann.

Praxissemester/Abschlussarbeit

Ihre Aufenthaltserlaubnis für Deutschland erlischt automatisch, wenn Sie länger als 6 Monate im Ausland sind. Sollte Ihr Vorhaben länger als 6 Monate dauern, sollten Sie vor Ihrer Ausreise bei der Ausländerbehörde unbedingt eine "Rückkehrberechtigung mit Wiedereinreisefrist" beantragen. Diese Wiedereinreisegenehmigung ist aber nur im Zusammenhang mit einer Aufenthaltserlaubnis gültig. Ohne diese Wiedereinreisegenehmigung oder wenn Ihre Aufenthaltserlaubnis für Deutschland bereits während Ihres auslandsaufenthaltes abläuft, müssen Sie ein ganz neues Visum zur Wiedereinreise nach Deutschland und Fortführung Ihres Studiums beantragen, was sehr lange dauern kann und erhebliche Verzögerungen in Ihrem Studium verursachen kann.

Working while studying

Students from the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland

Nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland have special status when it comes to the alien laws. They are entitled to the same and equal access to the job market as German nationals and do not require a work permit. During lecture periods, weekly working hours have to be less than 19 hours. During the non-lecture period (semester break), the maximum weekly working hours may be more than 19 hours.

Students from other Countries

Foreigners who are not from EU countries, the EEA or Switzerland may only take up employment if they have a permit from the Employment Office and the Foreigners' Office. This work permit has to be obtained every time before starting a job.

The Employment Office may only issue a work permit, when the foreigner is in possession of a residence permit that in addition to his rights as a foreign resident also allows him to take up a job. These collateral clauses are listed in the passport.

The provisions under the Right of Residence and the Right to Work are closely related to each other. Upon issuance of a work permit the legal provisions under a Residence Permit must always be observed.

Under the following conditions foreign students can also work without requiring a work permit:

  • Part time work for 120 full/240 half days

When you work on a temporary basis that amounts to in total three months in a year, i.e., 120 full days or 240 half days, then no Work Permit is required. A half day comprises at most of four hours of work. This engagement is allowed even outside of semester holidays.

It is often entered in the passport that 120 days are free of any Work Permit. In this case it is permitted to divide the 120 full days into 240 half days.

  • Engagement as academic or student assistants

For a job as an academic or student assistant in a University, a Work Permit is not required when predominantly auxiliary activities are to be performed. Nevertheless the Employment Authorities must be privy to it, as they decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not this engagement is an academic assistantship as understood under the stated provisions.

The Foreigners' Registration Office must approve this engagement as an academic or a student assistantship. As a rule, they require a study course certification from the International Students' Office of the university and also a confirmation that this engagement will not lead to a delay in the course of remaining studies. As a rule, engagements of upto an extent of 16 hours per week can be approved.

  • Internships and degree thesis

For an obligatory internship (Pflichtpraktika), that is an essential part of examination regulations, no Work Permit is required. Such an internship is free of any work permit requirements even when emoluments are drawn, as they are an integral part of the study course. The regular 120 permit free working days within the rules, can then be claimed in addition to and absolutely independent of this engagement.

Voluntary internship (freiwilliges Praktika), that is not a fixed/integral part of the study course count as gainful employment (genehmigungspflichtige Erwerbstätigkeit) requiring a mandatory Work Permit. The first three months of this voluntary internship can be masked under the 120 full- or 240 half- permit free working days, when these days have not already been utilised for another engagement. For the remaining period a Work Permit must be applied for. Also gratuitous and already fulfilled voluntary internships are subjected to mandatory Work Permit requirements.

Maximum work period

During the lecture periods it is obligatory to observe that the weekly work period lies below 19 hours. However, during the period free of lectures, the maximum work period per week may be above 19 hours.

Searching for Internships and Student Jobs

Bundesagentur für Arbeit

Job-portal of FH Aachen

Job-board for student workers at RWTH Aachen

Job-board of AStA RWTH Aachen

 

 

Discaimer:

The information here is a service from the Department of International Affairs and should be seen as providing only initial guidance. It does not lay any claim to any kind of completeness. Even though it has been compiled with utmost care and consideration, no liability will be assumed for the accuracy of the content matter.

Working after graduating

[Translate to Englisch:] Arbeitserlaubnis

[Translate to Englisch:] Wenn Sie bereits ein Stellenangebot einer Firma haben (passend zu Ihrem akademischen Abschluss), können Sie unmittelbar nach Ihrem Studienende bei der zuständigen Ausländerbehörde eine Arbeitserlaubnis für diese Stelle beantragen. Bitte beachten Sie, dass es (für nicht EU-Bürger) keine generelle Arbeitserlaubnis gibt, sondern eine Arbeitserlaubnis immer nur für einen bestimmten Arbeitgeber ausgestellt wird.

Residence permit for job search

In order to search for a job in Germany, there is a possibility to apply for a residence permit after completion of studies. Such a residence permit for job seeking purposes is possible for a maximum period of 18 months. Please note that you cannot proceed further with your education, once you are in possession of a residence permit for purposes of job seeking. In case you plan to study further or do your doctoral degree, then you should apply for a student's residence permit and not a job seeker's residence permit. If within this time you are not yet in a doctorate program, then in all probability you will be given a temporary residence permit until everything is sorted out.

Study Progress Certificate (Studienverlaufsbescheinigung)

To be presented at the Foreigners' Office (Ausländerbehörde).

As a rule, you need a study progress certificate, if you:

  • exceed the standard period of study
  • want to transfer to another university or change your degree programme, and if you are in your fourth, or a higher, semester.

In order to issue a study progress certificate for the extension of your residence permit, we need:

  1. Certificate of study (such as a student ID card)
  2. A questionnaire filled in by your faculty confirming your status of studies (Questionnaire City of Aachen / Questionnaire City of Jülich)
  3. Authorisation for the release of data to the Foreigners' Office  (authorization as word-fileauthorization as pdf-file)

How to proceed:

  1. Get a transcript of records (Statusbogen or Notenspiegel) from the examination office (Prüfungsamt).
  2. Download the questionnaire and the declaration from the internet or pick up copies from the Department of International Affairs.
  3. Fill in your personal details in the questionnaire.
  4. Take the completed questionnaire and a recent transcript of records to the dean (Dekan).
  5. Fill in the declaration.
  6. Finally, send the questionnaire signed by the dean, proof of your student status and the authorization to the Dept. of International Affairs or hand it in personally.
  7. On the basis of the information that the Dept. of International Affairs receives from you and the department, the study progress certification will be issued and sent to the Foreigners' Office by the Dept. of International Affairs. You may also collect the letter at the Dept. of International Affairs.

Contact Person:

For students who live in the city or district of Aachen:

For students who live in the city or district of Düren or in Jülich:

Students living in other cities/districts please get in touch with the contact person of the Dept. of International Affairs in your campus.

Health Insurance

In Germany all students are obliged to have health insurance. Your health insurance provider at home can inform you, whether you will still be insured during your stay in Germany. Especially in European countries it is likely to be the case. Students from EU member states can prove with their blue European health insurance card that they are insured in their native country and that the insurance is valid in Germany. Please ask your insurance provider BEFORE(!) you travel to Germany, as that will simplify matters.

If your personal health insurance is not valid in Germany, you should get a travel health insurance which is valid for the first one or two weeks in Germany. This will give you enough time to get yourself enrolled and insured for the rest of your stay. You can either avail a public health insurance or a private health insurance. The insurance is however in force only from the first day of your enrollment here.

You can find more information about health insurances on the websites of the German Academic Exchange Service and Deutsches Studentenwerk.

With public health insurances you will pay the same charges everywhere. Even the spectrum of services offered by the insurance providers vary only slightly from one another.

With private health insurances you can choose between different tariffs. Even the spectrum of services offered will be different.

Information in various languages on the topic can also be found on the website 1a-krankenversicherung.de

 

Disclaimer:

The information here is a service from the Department of International Affairs and should be seen as providing only initial guidance. It does not lay any claim to any kind of completeness. Even though it has been compiled with utmost care and consideration, no liability will be assumed for the accuracy of the content matter.

Further insurances

Luggage Insurance/ Content Insurance

If you are bringing precious and expensive items along with you (e.g. a notebook), you should consider getting special content insurance.

liability insurance (Privathaftpflichtversicherung)

When you damage property at someone's place, you are held liable for the damage caused. In many circumstances, damages may be so high, that you may not be able to pay for it without falling into a financial crisis. Therefore, it is strongly recommended to have an insurance for such cases. Almost all insurance companies offer a "Privathaftpflichtversicherung" costing around 60 EUR per year.

Hausratversicherung

A "Hausratversicherung" is of assistance when objects in your apartment are either stolen or damaged. Damages caused by water, fire or burglary are typical of cases covered by this type of insurance. Almost all insurance houses offer a "Hausratversicherung" with the costs depending on the size of your apartment.

Contacts for emergencies

  • Freshman Institute
    Bei Fragen zur deutschen Hochschulzugangsberechtigung über das Freshman Institute wenden Sie sich bitte an die dort aufgeführten Kontaktpersonen.
  • Career Service
    Der Career Service ist Beratungsstelle in Fragen der Jobsuche und Karriereplanung für Studierende und Absolventen sowie Kontaktstelle für Arbeitgeber im In- und Ausland.
  • INCAS
    INCAS steht für INterkulturelles Centrum Aachener Studierender. Das Ziel ist es, den Kontakt und den kulturellen Austausch unter den Studierenden aller Nationen durch Integration und interkulturelle Kommunikation zu verbessern, sowie ihren Aufenthalt in Aachen durch Beratungsangebote und Hilfestellungen zu erleichtern.

Leisure Programme

The Department of International Affairs (Akademisches Auslandsamt: AAA) of the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences offers several events and social activities during the semester for exchange and international students at the FH Aachen: traditional Welcome-BBQ, the International Dinner,  Daytrips, Christmas-Market, Christmas-Parties, and so on.

AEGEE, the European Students’  Forum, offers many social activities for International Students in Aachen. Have a look on their website: www.aegee-aachen.org

INCAS, another student organization, organizes several regular events for the international students as well. You can find more information here: www.incas.rwth-aachen.de

Regular events:

Every last Sunday of the month, 11 am: International Breakfast for 3 €, INCAS - INterkulturelles Centrum Aachener Studierender, Humboldt-Haus, Pontstraße 41, www.incas.rwth-aachen.de

Every Tuesday: International Tuesday, INCAS - INterkulturelles Centrum Aachener Studierender, Humboldt-Haus, Pontstraße 41, www.incas.rwth-aachen.de. Come to the Humboldthaus as from 8 pm we have a varied evening in store for you. All sorts of games guarantee fun with people from all across the world creating a multicultural atmosphere! Get to know people from everywhere with music and snacks!

Every second Tuesday, 8 pm: „Café Lingua”, INCAS - INterkulturelles Centrum Aachener Studierender, Humboldt-Haus, Pontstraße 41, Café Lingua

Every Monday, 8:30pm: AEGEE meeting for members and internationals, Café & Bar Zuhause, Sandkaulstr. 109, AEGEE Aachen: www.aegee-aachen.org

Salsa at Aachen: www.salsaaixchange.de

Tango at Aachen: www.tango-aachen.de

2015

February

12.2.2015-17.2.2015 Carnival all over the city

January

31.1.2015 INCASWochenende “Bonn” on Saturday, 31st January

– 9am to 8pm – Participation fee: 5€ – Semesterticket needed – Registration: Tuesday 27 January, 7:30-8:00 pm in the INCAS office, Humboldt-Haus, Pontstr. 41 (until all seats are taken)

More information can be found on the Incas-homepage: www.incas.rwth-aachen.de

March

29.3.2015 INCAS International Breakfast on Sunday, 29 March 2015. Starting at 11 AM you can eat non-stop from our Buffet for only € 3,-. We offer you 'frische Brötchen', Cereals, Yogurt, Fresh Fruits, different sorts of Spreads and Cold-Cuts, Orange juice and - of course - Coffee and Tea.Besides the food, the International Breakfast offers you a good chance to get to know people from all over the world and therefore is a exciting start into the day.Due to limitations of place, the places are limited to 70. Kindly register yourself on the doodle list. Thank you! We're looking forward to see you, Your INCAS team

Link for registration: 

http://doodle.com/mbb4mhgmte9ibvu8#table

·  Location: Humboldt Haus

·  Date: 29 March 2015

·  Time: Between 11 A.M. and 1 P.M.

April

11 April 2015 INCASWochenende “Luxembourg” – 8.15am to 9.30pm – Participation fee: 15€

Registration: Tuesday 7 April, 7:30-8:00pm in the INCAS office, Humboldt-Haus, Pontstr. 41 (until all seats are taken, there are 50)

You’re invited to join us on our INCASWochenende “Luxembourg” on Saturday, 11 April.
After arrival, we will start our day in Luxemburg with a two-hour guided city tour during which we will see the famous sights and the most beautiful spots in the inner city. We will also learn more about the history and architecture of this beautiful town.
After a lunch break we will then visit the casemates, a fortification with a labyrinth of passages built in a huge rock, which belongs to the UNESCO world heritage.
In the afternoon, you will have some time to yourselves in order to explore what you are personally interested in or simply enjoy the city’s atmosphere. In the evening we will head back to Aachen.
More information about the trip and the registration can be found on our homepage:

http://www.incas.rwth-aachen.de/newsite/index.php/en/offers/23-incas-wochenende/273-11-april-iwe-luxembourg

We're looking forward to meeting you!

Your INCAS-Team

www.incas.rwth-aachen.de

 

14 April 2015 The INCAS Team invites you to join our "INCAS Country-Evening Bangladesh" in the Humboldt-Haus on Tuesday, the 14th of April, 2015 at 8:00pm. Come and learn about the real Bangladesh. Be surprised by what you didn't know ;)

On this evening a few of our Bangladeshi colleagues will give you a taste of their culture with a presentation about Bangladesh, after which traditional food and drinks will be served.

 
 
 

International Applicants (Degree-seeking Students)

If you are not an exchange student from a partner university of the FH Aachen, but want to apply for a place of study in a regular manner, you can find information about all our Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes (taught in German or English), information booklets, the responsible contact persons, application deadlines, and  -requirements on the Degree Programmes website. If you have any further questions regarding this application process, please contact the Registrar's Office (Studierendensekretariat) if no other contact is given.

On the website of the Internationally Oriented Studies you can find further detailed information about the IOS-Programme in engineering, a Bachelor's degree programme which is entirely taught in English during the first year of studies.

Information about German language courses is offered by the Language Center of our university (Sprachenzentrum an der FH Aachen). You can find more detailed information about the intensive German language courses that prepare for the DSH exam (click here for the English version) at the Sprachenakademie Aachen (Aachen language school).

For applicants who do not yet fulfill the university entrance qualification, the Freshman Programe might be the appropriate choice.

Courses in English

Courses in English

Chemistry and Biotechnology

Winter term

Summer term

 

Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Winter term

Summer term

Bachelor

Master

 

 

Aerospace Engineering

Winter term

Summer term

 

Business Studies

Winter term

Summer term

 

Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics

Summer term

 

Medical Engineering and Technomathematics

Winter term

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Energy Technology

Winter term

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Living in Aachen and Jülich

  • Aachen
  • Jülich
  • Schmuckgrafik, (c) Holly Hayes

    In Aachen, there are seven faculties with altogether more than 7,000 students:

    • Architecture
    • Civil Engineering
    • Design
    • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Business Studies
    • Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics

    Aachen and its Surroundings

    By choosing Aachen for your stay in Germany, you have opened the door to a beautiful, historical and youthful city. Aachen is located at the centre of the "Euregio", the border area between Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

    The unique location of Aachen in a tri-border region (Dreiländereck) allows for a cross-border exchange of knowledge, culture and lifestyle which has evidently come to fruition. People from neighbouring countries come to Aachen to work and Aachener and Aachenerinnen (that's how people of Aachen are called!) travel to nearby Lüttich (Liège) or to Maastricht, an equally old, yet youthful, lively city. When you hear the sentence "Stadt im Herzen Europas", people refer to the fact that European ideals like freedom and living together in harmony, without borders, are a way of everyday life here and that in this tri-border region called ''Euregio'', Europe has existed for a long time, outside institutions and treaties. 

    Today, with around 250,000 inhabitants, Aachen is the largest, most western city in Germany. It is located directly on the borders of Belgium and the Netherlands. 40,000 students work in four universities, industry and trade keep thriving beyond the borders and every year people from all over the world travel to Aachen to enjoy the international and easygoing atmosphere. A special annual attraction is the CHIO (Concours Hippique International Officiel), one of the most important international equestrian tournaments. Beyond that, even more is happening. The ''Aachener Kultursommer'', held every year in July, brings reputed musicians to one of "Germany's most beautiful open air stages" and, naturally, there's the carnival in February when people cast out the winter with costumes, parades and a festive cheer.

    In the Euregio, there are not only interesting and lively cities like Maastricht or Lüttich with numerous shopping possibilities, but cosy cafés as well which invite you to stay, and a rich cultural offer, with lots of concerts and parties. The entire region has a lot to offer - old hamlets in Limburg province, placid lakes and woods in the Eifel and, again and again, cross-cultural encounters with open-minded and interesting people.

    In the city magazine "Klenkes", you can get informed about what is happening in Aachen. Other than that, you also have the ''Stadt Aachen'' magazine (City of Aachen), the student guide "Eureview" and a collection of links about the Euregio. The last two offer a lot of tips about the entire Euregio.

    If you want to leave the city behind for a while, you can do this in the forests of the Eifel in the south of Aachen, or in the Hohes Venn, a unique high moor landscape directly at the gates of the city. In summer, you can easily travel by train or car to the seaside at Oostende or Zeeland and enjoy the sun and the sea.

    In Aachen, there is a lot to see and experience, and we hope that we could offer you a glimpse of that. If you're already curious, then come over and have a look yourself.

    Have fun!

     

    (A Brief) History of Aachen

    In Aachen, it all began more than 2,000 years ago with the Romans. They created a much loved health spa at the bubbling springs and dedicated the city, under the name "Aquae Granni", to Grannus, a Germanic god of well-being and water. But even before that, people had come to this place and and bathed in the beneficial waters of the hottest springs in Europe.

    In the 8th century, it really got going when Charlemagne, Emperor of Franconia, made Aachen - his favorite palatinate - the centre of his huge empire. Under his rule, the first section of the Aachen Cathedral - the wonderful, different octagon - was constructed. During this period, Aachen became wildly famous and an important centre of an emerging Europe. Even today, many buildings in the city centre remind us of Emperor Charlemagne and his time. Every year the city of Aachen awards the international ''Karlpreis'' to personalities who render outstanding services to European ideals and a better understanding between the people.

    For a long time after that, German kings were crowned in Aachen. In the Middle Ages, it became an important European place of pilgrimage, where Emperor Charlemagne's remains were enshrined and revered after his canonisation. Moreover, Aachen is a station on the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago).

    At the end of the Middle Ages, Aachen's importance was declining and it was only in the 18th century that it became famous as a fashionable city of baths and health spas again - a role which it had played once before, almost 2,000 years earlier. The situation improved slowly but steadily, and with the establishment of the RWTH Aachen University (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule) in 1870, the City of Aachen, as we know her today, slowly came into being.

    Journey to Aachen

    Maybe you're already planning how to get to Aachen. From overseas, you will most likely fly into Frankfurt. If you travel within Europe you can additionally fly into Cologne or Düsseldorf, or travel from Brussels to Aachen.

    From the airports, you can travel to Aachen by train with the Deutsche Bahn. In Aachen, there is a good network of public buses.

    Accommodation in Aachen

    Before you start your journey, you would surely want to know about accommodation possibilities in Aachen. Finding an accommodation is one of the most important matters in organising your stay here in Germany, because where you live and whether you like it there will affect almost all aspects of your life. So what are the accommodation possibilities that are available here?

    Student Halls of Residence:

    • The largest provider of student hostels in Aachen is the Studentenwerk. Here you can live reasonably cheap and also get to know new people easily. Apply for a place as early as possible since the hostels have a long waiting list.

    Private Accommodation:

    • Extraraum is an initiative of the city of Aachen and its universities.
    • Home Company offers flats and rooms for a limited time period in exchange for a moderate commission. This depends on the period of rent.
    • On the internet you can find accommodation under Studenten-WG, Studentenwohnungsmarkt und WG-Gesucht.
    • Classified advertisements in magazines like the Aachener "Klenkes" or the "Annonce" and the notice boards in the universities and cafeterias. The most widely distributed newspapers are the "Aachener Nachrichten" and the "Aachener Zeitung", which especially on Saturdays carry many advertisements regarding accommodation as also the "Super Sonntag" and the "Super Mittwoch" papers which are distributed free of cost.
    • Non-profit Housing Society: Gemeinnützige Wohnungsgesellschaft für den Kreis Aachen
    • If you urgently need temporary accommodation, you can reside at the youth hostel: Euregionales Jugendgästehaus   Maria-Theresia-Allee 260, 52074 Aachen   Tel: + 49 (0) 241-71101-0, Fax: + 49 (0) 241-71101-20 

    As you are in the most western corner of Germany, you may also consider living in Belgium or in the Netherlands. The rent there is to an extent cheaper than in Aachen, even though for foreign students there are some additional formal hurdles to overcome.

     

    Disclaimer:

    The information here is a service from the Dept. of International Affairs and should be seen as providing only initial guidance. It does not lay any claim to any kind of completeness. Even though it has been compiled with utmost care and consideration, no liability will be assumed for the accuracy of the content matter.

    Cost of Living

    The cost of living in Aachen amounts to ca. 700 EUR a month. Therefore, you should have at least 670 EUR a month, which is equivalent to 8,040 EUR a year, available. Monthly costs comprise the following:

    • Social contribution and health insurance (up to 30 years of age) ca. 80 EUR 
    • Study materials, books ca. 40 EUR 
    • Accommodation ca. 250-350 EUR (basic accommodation)
    • Food, clothes and other essentials ca. 200 EUR 
    • Computer, TV and radio licence fee around 18 EUR

    Before the semester starts, a mandatory social contribution (Sozialbeitrag) has to be paid. This contribution is not a tuition fee, but is used towards benefitting the Studentenwerk Aachen (housing and social affairs) as well as the AStA (Student Body Executive Committee), and includes the student mobility ticket (public transport) which is valid for a period of one semester and allows the use of public transport in North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW). 

    In order to cover your monthly living expenses, the amount mentioned above should be available under all circumstances. Financing your studies by way of a job is generally not possible for foreign students who do not come from one of the 15 "old" member states of the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

    The information is available online (in German). Should you need any help, please contact the Registrar's Office or the Department of International Affairs personally. 

    Sports

    For sport lovers, the University Sports Center offers over 60 different types of sport programmes, ranging from Aikido to basketball and climbing to high diving and yoga. Water sport freaks can also go sailing or surfing. Do look up the current programme on offer and set yourself loose!

    The current programme can be found at the University Sports Center.

    Climate and Clothing

    Aachen and Jülich are located in a moderate climate zone. Frequent changes in weather are common: strong winds alternate with rain and sunshine all round the year. Especially in autumn and in spring it can rain heavily. Therefore it is advisable to bring an umbrella or a raincoat/jacket along. The temperature falls very rarely under 10°C. In winter occasionally there is snowfall, but the snow stays only rarely for more than one or two days. In January, the temperature can sometimes fall under 0°C.

    Students from warmer climate zones should be think of bringing along thick overcoats and jackets, warm shoes, gloves, caps and mufflers with them, if they do not want to buy the same here.

    Summers here can be very warm, with sudden temperature rises from 25°C to 35°C. Even in summer there are showers, resulting in storms.

    In Deutschland there are no restrictions regarding clothing. Jeans and pullovers, blouses or T-Shirts are normal. For the graduation ceremony most students don a formal attire (suits, shirts, blouses, ties).

    Current weather

    Useful Tips for Aachen

    Used Bicycle Market

    Once a month there's a used bicycle market in front of the Karman Auditorium where you can buy and sell used bicycles.

    Current dates

     
    Schmuckgrafik, (c) Stadt Jülich

    In Jülich, there are three faculties with altogether more than 3,000 students: 

    • Chemistry and Biotechnology
    • Medical Engineering and Technomathematics
    • Energy Technology

        Jülich and its Surroundings

        Jülich is a welcoming, medium-sized city with approximately 33,000 inhabitants, nestled between the attractive landscape of the Rur River and the Eifel hills, about 35 kilometres west of Aachen.

        In the first century BC, Jülich was founded as the Roman station of "Juliacum", a day's journey from the starting point of the main Roman road in Cologne. Jülich's 2000 years of history provide unique sites integrated into the townscape. The ''Citadel'', an impressive fortified complex covering 120,000 square meters, was built in the 16th century in the so-called "neo-Italian fortification" style.

        One of Jülich's landmarks is the Hexenturm (The Witches' Tower), a city gate in a typical Gothic style. The "Rur Gate" or the so-called Hexenturm is one of the four city gates to have existed in the medieval fortification of Jülich. It is also the only gate to remain in existence. Following the almost complete destruction of Jülich during World War II, the first measures to safeguard the Hexenturm took place between 1949-1952. A further restoration process followed from 1961-1964, during which the "onion" shaped domes of the gate were faithfully reconstructed in its original 17th century style.

        Jülich's gardens and parks offer peace, tranquility and relaxation. For sport and leisure activities, many possibilities are offered all around the city. For nature lovers, there exists a well built and well connected network of trails and cycle paths along the Rur with a multitude of nature preserve and conservation areas. The city of Jülich boasts of more than 60 sport organisations with many football grounds, tennis courts, gyms and riding arenas among them. When at the end of your day and after your activities, you want to relax, then recreational areas, e.g. Brückenkopfpark, are especially recommended.

        Jülich is a city of science and research and it's home to the largest research centre in Germany (Forschungszentrum Jülich) as well as the Jülich campus of the FH Aachen. The Forschungszentrum Jülich houses the world's second fastest supercomputer: the JUGENE. It is the world's fastest civilian supercomputer. With an aim to make more precise forecasts about future climate changes, this facility will soon boast a new supercomputer which will stake its claim as the world's third fastest supercomputer.

        Jülich has more to be proud of than its supercomputer. The 2007 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, scientist Peter Grünberg, comes from this city. In 1988 he discovered the so-called Giant Magnetoresistive Effect (GMR) leading to the breakthrough in Gigabyte harddisks, which can be found in all PCs today.

        You can find further information about the city of Jülich here

         

        Journey to Jülich

        The nearest airports are Cologne and Düsseldorf. Overseas flights normally land in Frankfurt. You should then take a train (over Cologne) up to Düren and from there take the train to Jülich. You will find the train timetable here.

        In Jülich you can travel further either by taxi or by public bus.

        Accommodation in Jülich

        Student Halls of Residence (Studentenwohnheime):

        • Solar Campus, Heinrich-Mußmann-Straße
        • Wohnheim Jan-van-Werth-Straße

        Further Information:

        Private Flats:

        • Classified advertisements (Tuesdays und Saturdays) in the local newspapers "Jülicher Nachrichten" and "Jülicher Zeitung".
        • Classified advertisements (Wednesdays und Sundays) in free weekly newspapers "Super Mittwoch" and "Super Sonntag".

        You can get these newspapers e.g. at the Zeitungs Service Centre in

        Buchhandlung Fischer, Kölnstraße 9, Jülich

        Postings at the FH Aachen

        Please keep an eye on the postings on the notice boards in the FH buildings, especially in the refectories (Mensa) and the student body of the faculties.

        Internet Sources

        Temporary Accommodation

         

        Disclaimer:

        The information here is a service from the Dept. of International Affairs and should be seen as providing only initial guidance. It does not lay any claim to any kind of completeness. Even though it has been compiled with utmost care and consideration, no liability will be assumed for the accuracy of the content matter.

        Cost of Living

        The cost of living in Aachen amounts to ca. 700 EUR a month. Therefore, you should have at least 670 EUR a month, which is equivalent to 8,040 EUR a year, available. Monthly costs comprise the following:

        • Social contribution and health insurance (up to 30 years of age) ca. 80 EUR 
        • Study materials, books ca. 40 EUR 
        • Accommodation ca. 250-350 EUR (basic accommodation)
        • Food, clothes and other essentials ca. 200 EUR 
        • Computer, TV and radio licence fee around 18 EUR

        Before the semester starts, a mandatory social contribution (Sozialbeitrag) has to be paid. This contribution is not a tuition fee, but is used towards benefitting the Studentenwerk Aachen (housing and social affairs) as well as the AStA (Student Body Executive Committee), and includes the student mobility ticket (public transport) which is valid for a period of one semester and allows the use of public transport in North Rhine-Westfalia (NRW). 

        In order to cover your monthly living expenses, the amount mentioned above should be available under all circumstances. Financing your studies by way of a job is generally not possible for foreign students who do not come from one of the 15 "old" member states of the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

        The information is available online (in German). Should you need any help, please contact the Registrar's Office or the Department of International Affairs personally. 

        Sports

        For sport lovers, the University Sports Center offers over 60 different types of sport programmes, ranging from Aikido to basketball and climbing to high diving and yoga. Water sport freaks can also go sailing or surfing. Do look up the current programme on offer and set yourself loose!

        The current programme can be found at the University Sports Center.

        Climate and Clothing

        Aachen and Jülich are located in a moderate climate zone. Frequent changes in weather are common: strong winds alternate with rain and sunshine all round the year. Especially in autumn and in spring it can rain heavily. Therefore it is advisable to bring an umbrella or a raincoat/jacket along. The temperature falls very rarely under 10°C. In winter occasionally there is snowfall, but the snow stays only rarely for more than one or two days. In January, the temperature can sometimes fall under 0°C.

        Students from warmer climate zones should be think of bringing along thick overcoats and jackets, warm shoes, gloves, caps and mufflers with them, if they do not want to buy the same here.

        Summers here can be very warm, with sudden temperature rises from 25°C to 35°C. Even in summer there are showers, resulting in storms.

        In Deutschland there are no restrictions regarding clothing. Jeans and pullovers, blouses or T-Shirts are normal. For the graduation ceremony most students don a formal attire (suits, shirts, blouses, ties).

        Current weather

        Useful Tips for Jülich

        Used Bicycle Market

        Twice a year there’s a used bicycle market in front of the Verkehrswacht Jülich e.V. where you can buy and sell used bicycles.

        Verkehrswacht Jülich
        52428 Jülich, Stadtteil Koslar
        Genossenschaftsweg

        Current dates

         
         

      Important Sources of Information

      National sources of information

      At the FH Aachen

      • Freshman Institute
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      • Career Service
        Der Career Service ist Beratungsstelle in Fragen der Jobsuche und Karriereplanung für Studierende und Absolventen sowie Kontaktstelle für Arbeitgeber im In- und Ausland.
      • INCAS
        INCAS steht für INterkulturelles Centrum Aachener Studierender. Das Ziel ist es, den Kontakt und den kulturellen Austausch unter den Studierenden aller Nationen durch Integration und interkulturelle Kommunikation zu verbessern, sowie ihren Aufenthalt in Aachen durch Beratungsangebote und Hilfestellungen zu erleichtern.

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