Language Courses in the CDS
English courses „Conference English“ und „Scientific Writing“ in the CDS program are offered by the RWTH Aachen Sprachenzentrum. The Language Center's participation requirements and registration deadlines apply. You can register for your desired courses on its website.
If you have applied for a spot in one of the Language Center's english courses, please check your user account to see if you have received a spot. You will not be additionally informed via email.
You will need your TIM username to register through the Language Center. If you do not have a TIM username, you can get a temporary one through the CDS. To do so, please contact the CDS office.
A certain level of language skills must be proven for some english courses. You can do this through a placement exam before beginning the course, for example. Please contact the Language Center to find out if this applies to you.
Language Courses in the German Language Program
The CDS offers German courses for doctoral candidates in cooperation with the RWTH Language Center. In general, doctoral candidates can register for all German courses in the Language Center's semester course program.
These include, for example, "Technical German", "German for Engineers" and, from B2.1 level and above, "Language Preparation for Career Entry for Natural Scientists and Engineers". The course fee of max. 200 euros per semester (as of winter semester 2020/2021) will be refunded after the course has finished, provided you have regularly attended the course.
Each individual can receive funding once per semester at most. A maximum of 80 participants can be funded per semester. To receive a refund of the course fee, you must register with the CDS before the respective German course begins. Doctoral candidates registered with the CDS will be informed about the registration procedure separately.
You will find up-to-date information under CDS Courses under the search term "German Course Funding for CDS Members".
The language courses offered by the CDS were very good, especially ‘Scientific Writing.’ Also very helpful was ‘Get Ready to Teach’ – today, I use many of the things I have learned in this course in my own lectures.
Dr. Bruno Masiero; Assistant Professor, Universidade de Campinas, Brazil