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RWTHworldwide: Apply to Study Abroad
This web page provides you with information on the application process for exchange places allocated by the RWTH International Office. If you would like to apply for an exchange place that is part of a faculty or institute cooperation, please find out about the application process directly there. You can also use the overview of partner universities to find out about possible study abroad opportunities. To get fully informed about study abroad opportunities, we recommend you attend one of our regular group advising sessions.
Please note that not all partner universities offer places in every application round. An overview of current exchange opportunities is available under “Open Spots” below.
Applications for places at partner universities in China: please note that due to the current entry restrictions to China, it is not guaranteed that you will be issued a student visa. It may be the case that partner universities will only offer a virtual study format. This decision can sometimes be announced by the partner university at very short notice.
Application period for one-semester study abroad programs in the summer semester 2024:
May 29 to June 12, 2023, 12pm.
Only applications submitted by the deadline will be considered!
Stays for 2 semesters are only possible in China or Thailand and this must be coordinated in advance.
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Due to the current health situation, some research stays abroad are being postponed or canceled. The open spots on offer are always subject to change. Please keep up to date by checking our webpages frequently.
The International Office conducts application procedures twice a year for exchange placements available in collaboration with partner universities outside the Erasmus+ program via RWTHworldwide. The application deadline in the winter semester (November) is the most important one as you can apply for both one- and two-semester stays beginning in the winter semester of the following academic year and for one-semester stays in the summer semester of the following academic year then. When it comes to the application deadline in the summer semester (June), you can only apply for any places left over for the summer semester of the following academic year. The application deadline for an exchange semester is approximately one year before the planned stay abroad. Applications are to be submitted online via the application portal. The portal closes at 12 noon on the last day of the application period.
Please do not start your application in the last few days of the application period. Creating an application is time-consuming and usually, students have queries that need to be clarified, also technical problems cannot be excluded. Please note: applications must meet the requirements of the host university (GPA, study level, language skills, etc.) and must be submitted completely and on time.
Please note that in order to be considered for a PROMOS Study or Internship Abroad Scholarship you must apply separately. Please refer to the respective website for details. Information about other funding opportunities is outlined on our Financing Your Studies Abroad page.
A selection committee will select suitable applicants based on the submitted materials. The committee is made up of the respective Rector's delegate and representatives from the RWTH International Office, two faculties, and the student body. You will receive feedback about the selection result via email approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline. Please refrain from asking about the status of your application.
If you are selected, the International Office will nominate you to the host university, which makes the final decision regarding admission or acceptance.
Who allocates the study placements?
The RWTH International Office nominates you as a preferred candidate if you are selected, however, the host university makes the final admission decision.
Application to the Host University
The application process to the host university is initiated after RWTH announces you will be nominated.
The partner university may require special certificates like documentation of language skills, such as the TOEFL test. For any of our partner universities in Asia, the Abitur certificate or a language exam taken through the Language Center are sufficient proof. Some universities require a recommendation letter as part of the application. RWTH will inform you of all the necessary documents after selection.
Your Application Documents
A current transcript of records, which you can download via RWTHonline. Students studying medicine should contact Johann Arias for a copy of their transcript of records. If you have already completed your Bachelor's, please also submit your transcript of records for your Bachelor's degree.
Tabular resume/CV in English. You are free to choose the format that suits you best (American-style resume or European-style CV)
Suitable proof of language skills in the language of instruction
Further voluntary documentation, such as awards, proof of volunteer work, BeBuddy, etc. Please note: Do not send any thesis, paper or other work with the application.
Information on courses you want to attend at the host institution; short letter of motivation, that is, a summary of why you want to study abroad, providing both subject-specific and general/personal reasons. This information must be entered in the text field provided for this purpose in the application portal.Please provide this information for each university that you are applying to
You are enrolled at RWTH as a degree student.
You are in your third semester or later at the time of application.
You have earned at least 50 percent of the average number of credit points each semester. Students in their third semester must have at least 30 credit points for example. Example: Two semesters with 30 credits each, divided by two semesters, results in a total of 30 credits.
You have at least a B1 language level in the language of instruction at your host school. You must provide proof of this via a language certificate or your Abitur or final examination certificate. This corresponds to five or six years of school lessons, for example an Abitur after the twelfth or thirteenth grade. Possible exceptions to this regulation are outlined in the profiles of our partner universities.
Please check the profiles of our partner universities to find out the minimum academic performance requirements: Some universities require a minimum grade for the exchange. Applicants who do not have this minimum grade will be rejected by partner universities.
Please note: Some universities state a GPA as the minimum grade. Please check the information on grade conversions in this document. GPAs are mandatory requirements of the parter university. Applications that do not meet the required GPA are invalid.
Frequently Asked Questions
What language should my application documents be in?
The tabular curriculum vitae as well as the answers to the questions in the online form must be completed in English.
Some universities in Latin America require application documents in the language of the country. It is possible that after your nomination, the documents will have to be completed in the local language.
Can I apply to multiple universities?
Within the RWTHworldwide program, you can apply to up to four universities. Please make sure that you submit only one application within the application portal, but write a separate letter of motivation for each desired study abroad opportunity.
Via MoveON, you can also apply for an ERASMUS spot or to partner universities of your faculty within and outside of Europe.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with your faculty's International Office.
One of the requirements is that applicants are in their third semester of study or higher. Does this also apply to Master’s students?
No, this requirement is valid for Bachelor’s students – as a Master’s student, you have already spent three semesters at university to complete your degree. Thus Master’s students can apply in the first semester of their Master’s course.
What grades are used when evaluating my application?
The selection committee awards placements based on multiple criteria, one of which is your average grade for yur current course of study. You must provide documentation of this grade by submitting a transcript of records, which lists all of the completed semesters of your current course of study. For the application deadline at August 15 the record date of the transcript of records from Campus Office is May 1 in the same year. The record date for the application deadline at December 15 is November 1 in the same year. Academic performance from the semester during which you apply cannot be taken into consideration. An exception to this are Master's students, who are applying during their first Master's semester and thus do not have a completed semester for their current course of study. In these cases, the final grade for the Bachelor's studies is used and must be documented and submitted.
What are the chances of getting a placement at my desired university?
This depends on the number of applications and on the university itself, since the number of exchange placements vary from university to university. Some countries and universities are also in higher demand than others. We highly recommend you apply for more than one university and country.
Please use the list of previous selection quotas as an initial guide. As a rule, above-average grades are required for partner universities whose selection quota is low.
The periods of study or terms at my host institution differ from those at RWTH – it has trimesters and quadrimesters. Which semester do I have to name in my application?
In the application portal, you can only select winter or summer semester. Please select the term where the most time of your study abroad falls.
You will also be asked to enter the specific time of your stay abroad as part of the online form.
An example: You will be studying abroad from August to December. The winter semester at RWTH runs from October to March. Thus three months of your stay abroad are during the winter term, and only two in the summer term. You would therefore select winter semester in your online application.
What is the best type and format for my CV?
You can choose whether to follow the European or American type of CV and whether to include a photo or not. However, applications to the Internation Office the CV must be written in English.
Please note: The CV is one of the documents that in most cases must be submitted to the host university as well, even if you have been nominated by the International Office for a stay at the partner institution. Thus you save time and work when you prepare a CV that you can use later on as well. A number of universities in Latin America and Russia require you to provide application documents in the langugage of the host country. Thus it is possible that in case of nomination, you must prepare your documents in the langugae of the country as well.
How do I answer the questions about my planned curriculum for abroad in the online portal?
You have to list all lectures and seminars you wish to attend at the host university. Please refer to the university's website to find out what courses are offered. For a stay within the framework of RWTHweltweit, we recommend that you take courses amounting to 20 ECTS per semester.
Is there a list of courses at the partner institution whose completion is recognized by RWTH?
For a stay within the framework of RWTHweltweit, we recommend that you take courses amounting to 20 ECTS per semester. The Board of Examiners of your RWTH course of study decide on whether or not the coursework and assessments taken at the host institution are recognized and count towards your degree at RWTH.
To learn about the details, please contact the study abroad / international relations coordinators of your faculty or department. RWTH’s recommendations concerning the conversion of grades can be found at Recalculation of Grades Earned for Studies and Exams Abroad.
How do I document my language skills?
The Abitur certificate (at least five or six years school lessons, or an Abitur after the twelfth or thirteenth grade respectively) is initially sufficient as language documentation for programs in English. In certain circumstances, further documentation of your language skills such as the TOEFL test or documentation from the Language Center is required after your nomination.
Documentation of language skills for other languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, or Russian can be acquired through a language test in the Language Center. Certificates from other language courses are also recognized.
Native speakers are able to demonstrate their language skills through the certificate of a secondary school in their home country or a language course.
Students who would like to participate in an exchange with a Brazilian university, must submit proof of Portuguese language skills corresponding to level A2 at the time of application. By the time they are nominated at the partner university - typically in October - students must be able to submit proof that they have completed level B1. The RWTH Language Center offers an intensive course at the B1 level during the lecture-free period after August 15, making it possible to complete level B1.
How do I apply for a PROMOS scholarship?
You have the opportunity to apply for a PROMOS or Voss scholarship via the application portal by March 15 or September 15. For detailled information please refer to the PROMOS Study or Internship Abroad Scholarships page.
What is the selection process?
An interdisciplinary selection committee will select the most suitable applicants.
Applications are evaluated on the basis of the candidates' academic performance, academic and extracurricular motivation, and additional qualifications, such as advanced language skills in the language of the host university.
The final decision will be made by the partner university.
Last semester, I only completed additional requirement classes. What do I have to include in my application?
If you have completed additional requirement classes only last semester and did not complete any exams/assessments from the regular Master’s course, please apply on the basis of your Bachelor’s degree.
If you have completed both additional requirement and regular classes from the Master’s course, please provide the total number of credits gained in both the additional requirement and regular Master’s classes. When specifying the average grade achieved (GPA), please only provide the averaged grade from the regular Master’s modules/classes.
When do I find out the result?
You will be informed of the outcome of the selection process at RWTH within eight weeks after submission of your application. Please refrain from inquiring about the status of your application.
The partner universities have widely differing nomination deadlines. You will be informed of the outcome of your application within three months after your nomination and application to the host university.
What is the minimum number of courses I have to take during my stay abroad?
If you are staying abroad as part of RWTHweltweit, you must attend courses amounting to 20 ECTS each semester.
(Recognition of the full amount of credits earned abroad is not required).
Should I apply in winter or summer?
The winter semester (November) application deadline is the most important application deadline, as you can apply for both one- and two-semester stays beginning in the winter semester of the following academic year and for one-semester stays in the summer semester of the following academic year then.
When it comes to the application deadline in the summer semester (June), you can only apply for places that are left over for the summer semester of the following academic year.
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