UMD: A Globally Connected University
ENGR Exchange Global E3: RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.
To apply to this program, click "Apply Now" at the top of this page and review the application process for Exchanges.
With its 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is among the leading European scientific and research institutions. More than 40,000 students are currently registered in 127 different courses of study, including more than 6,000 international students from 120 countries.
Teaching at RWTH Aachen is first and foremost application-oriented. Its graduates are therefore sought-after as junior executives and leaders in business and industry. Teaching and Research at RWTH are characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and have relevance to real-world problems. In 2011, collaboration with industry and the acquisition of research funding, e.g. from public bodies such as the EU, resulted in an external funding budget of about € 300 million.
RWTH Aachen University's success in Germany's Excellence Initiative reflects its outstanding reputation for research and education in the science, technology, and engineering fields.
The University receives funding for the implementation of its institutional strategy, RWTH 2020: Meeting Global Challenges, which was endorsed by the German Research Association (DFG) and the German Council of Science and Humanities. Funding was also approved for the University's three clusters of excellence and the AICES Graduate School. This decision in Germany’s Excellence Initiative strengthens the leading position of RWTH Aachen University in Germany and enhances its international competitiveness.
Aachen is Germany’s westernmost city. It lies near the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands and is nestled between the large national parks of the Eifel and the Ardennes.
The city has a population of 260,000, which includes about 50,000 students and more than 4,000 academic staff from across the world. Its lively student community lends the city just as much character as its history. Aachen is famous for its Printen gingerbread, its hot springs, its Mardi Gras carnival and one of the world’s largest equestrian tournaments. The historic city centre and a wealth of bars, cafés and restaurants, combined with the nearby nature parks, such as the Eifel, make Aachen a city where everyone feels at home. [more Information]
City of Aachen: http://www.aachen.de/EN/ts/Current_information/index.html
Extracurricular and leisure activities: www.rwth-aachen.de/go/id/ejt/lidx/1/
Entry Visa and Residence Permit
Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:
- 3.0 GPA
- Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
- You must be an ENGR/a BMGT major
Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.
Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website [insert link here to embassy website] for updates.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
- FOR ENGR GE3 ONLY: If you are applying for a Global E3 exchange, you will need to submit an additional GE3 application by the deadline listed on their website.
- After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
- Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.
What the university offers and link to course offerings
Not all courses are offered each semester. You are advised to check the semester availability of courses based on the current academic year: http://www.rwth-aachen.de/cms/root/Studium/Vor-dem-Studium/Studiengaenge/~yev/Liste-Aktuelle-Studiengaenge/?lidx=1
Course restrictions for exchange students, and describe if there are limited course options in English
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at RWTH Aachen University will be converted as follows:
|RWTH Aachen University Credit||UMD Credit|
|__ credit||__ credit|
|__ credit||__ credit|
The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on ____
You can view how courses at this institution have previously been evaluated for UMD equivalents on the International Study Course Search hosted by the Clark School of Engineering website and the Transfer Credit Services Equivalency Database (TCEQ). If you are interested in taking a course not listed on TCEQ, you may have it evaluated for acceptability by following the UMD Registrar’s evaluation request guidelines.
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
|RWTH Aachen University Grade||UMD Grade|
Housing is offered by the Studentenwerk Aachen (Association of Student Affairs). Please visit their website: http://www.studierendenwerk-aachen.de/en/Residence_Halls.html?
Please note that the International Office is not in charge of housing. Because the number of rooms in the student dormitories is limited, it is highly recommended that students apply as soon as possible. RWTH Aachen University cannot guarantee that every applicant will receive a room offer.
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000!
To be considered for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
- Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, TAES, etc.)
- If you have a completed FAFSA on file and wish to be considered for need based aid in addition to the automatic award, complete the EA fund form by the deadline.
UMD students participating in an Exchange have the benefit of paying UMD tuition fees to attend an institution abroad. For specific information on the cost of attending this Exchange, please see the UMD Exchange Cost Sheet
Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.
Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:
|Term||Year||Application Deadline||Admission Notification||Program Start||Program End|
|Dates reflect information that is available on the program sponsor website. Please confirm with program sponsor/host university before making your travel plans.|