Monday, December 7, 2009

Courses and Programmes - Germany

Courses and Programmes
Bachelor/Master Scheme
Courses and Programmes
Range of Programmes

Undergraduate Studies
Bachelor - Undergraduate Studies
B.A. Bachelor of Arts
B.Sc. Bachelor of Science

Graduate Studies
Master - Graduate Studies
Consecutive Master's Degree Programmes
Non-Consecutive Master's Degree Programmes
M.A. - Master of Arts
M.Sc. - Master of Science

Postgraduate Studies - Doctorate
Doctoral Studies
Application to Doctoral Studies
Recognition of International Degrees
Center for Doctoral Studies

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Bachelor/Master Scheme - Germany

Bachelor/Master Scheme
GeneralAt German universities, in accordance with the so-called Bologna process, the traditional Diploma, Magister, and Teacher Training degree courses have been largely replaced by the internationally recognised two-cycle qualification programmes. The first and second cycles comprise
Undergraduate Studies leading to a Bachelor's Degree (6 to 8 semesters) Graduate Studies leading to a Master's Degree (2 to 4 semesters) If you have obtained a university entrance qualification ("Abitur"), you are eligible to enrol in a B.A. programme at RWTH Aachen University. After having completed your B.A. – your first university degree –, you can take up graduate studies at RWTH in order to obtain your Master's degree. In order to do so, you again have to apply for admission. You can enter a graduate studies programme right after having been conferred the B.A, but you can also come back to university after a period of time on the job.
Degrees AwardedB.A. - Bachelor of Arts B.Sc. - Bachelor of Science M.A. - Master of Arts M.Sc. - Master of Science B.Sc.The type of degree awarded in the first cycle depends on your chosen subjects. If you study natural sciences, engineering, or economics, you will aim for a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), while a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is awarded for having successfully completed a study programme in the humanities, for example. In a B.Sc. programme, you typically study a single subject, while in a Bachelor programme you typically have to select to subjects of your choice (which are weighted equally – there is no differentiation on major and minor). For more information on possible combinations of subjects in B.A. courses, please refer to our Bachelor of Arts pages.
Modular StructureBachelor programmes consist of different modules which are credit rated to reflect the workload that they involve (see below). A module comprises lectures, seminars, and labs, all of which are thematically or methodologically linked. Some modules will be taught over two semesters, other modules may be condensed into one semester.As a basic rule, the Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes are modularised. Modules are comprised of several classes, seminars, exercises and labs, for some of which oral and written exams have to be taken. Usually one module covers one or two semesters of the academic year.
ECTSStudents who successfully complete a module score credit points based on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which measures the total student workload required for the successful completion of a study programme. The envisaged average workload is 40 hours per week; credit points measure both time spent at university as well as for study at home. Credit points accumulated at a European university can be easily transferred to other European universities. Student performance however is still assessed according to the German grading scale ("Very good" to "Sufficient").
ExaminationsECTS points by themselves do not indicate the quality of student performance, which is assessed through written and oral exams, assignments, etc. There are no longer any intermediate or final exams (Vordiplom, Zwischenprüfung / Abschlussprüfung), as exams are taken regularly throughout your studies. As the final part of your degree programme, you have to write your Bachelor's thesis.
Employability / Professional PerspectivesInternational business and industry expect graduates to have acquired both specialist knowledge as well as transversal skills (such as communication and analytical capabilities). Therefore, every bachelor programme includes special skills electives which are to equip you with transferable and language skills as well as to provide the opportunity to take part in lectures and seminars from other fields of study.
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RWTH Aachen University - Germany

RWTH Aachen University is the largest university of technology in Germany and one of the most renowned technical universities in Europe. It currently has around 28,000 enrolled students, most of them in the field of engineering. Every year, a large number of international students and scientists come to the University to benefit from its high-quality study programmes and excellent facilities, both of which are internationally recognised. Almost 5,000 international students are currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and PhD programmes. The proximity of Aachen to the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg and its variety of cultural heritages has placed the University in a unique position for international collaboration with other educational and research institutions as well as with business and industry. Aachen's unique location in the "Euregio" border region is apt to enhance and accelerate research activities and technology transfer between Germany, the neighbouring states of Belgium and the Netherlands and Europe at large.

RWTH Aachen University was founded as a polytechnical institute (Polytechnikum) in 1870 by an industrial initiative, in a then fringe area of the Prussian heavy industry. As early as 1899, it was granted the right to award doctoral degrees. Re-established after World War II as the Institute of Technology of North Rhine-Westphalia (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen) it soon obtained the status of a university. Within a period of forty years, students numbers increased from around one thousand to 38,000 students in the 1990s. The rapid advance in the sciences and in engineering and the concomitant growth of the departments resulted in the creation of further faculties in engineering and the natural sciences. As early as the 1960s, the university met the increasing societal demands by expanding its range of degree courses. The Faculties of Arts and Humanities and Medicine were founded in the 1960s, followed by the Faculty of Business and Economics in the 1980s.

Teaching and research are characterised by an international, innovative, and interdisciplinary approach and a close cooperation with business and industry. The main educational objective of RWTH Aachen Universitys is to provide solid knowledge of the basic scientific subjects, including the ability to apply this knowledge to engineering problems, and a high level of expertise in the various fields of specialisation, fostering the students' capabilities to transfer research results into economic and technical applications. In addition, the intensive interaction between the various fields of study in teaching and research is a direct response to the demands placed on future young professionals. Our engineering professors usually hold leading positions in industry before they become faculty members, and other experts from industry teach special courses which enable students to benefit from their expertise in bringing technological know-how to market. RWTH Aachen University has a long history of close and wide-ranging co-operation with national and international research centres and industries and thus contributes to the success and development of the German economy, increasingly extending this role within the European Union.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

DAAD Study Scholarships for Graduates of All Disciplines for Master’s Degree top

Study scholarships are open to excellently-qualified junior teaching staff from state universities and researchers from state-run research institutions 1, excellently-qualified junior teaching staff from private universities 2 in any field of study/research who hold a first degree (Bachelor’s degree) with some teaching/research experience. They have opportunities to complete a postgraduate or Master’s degree course at a German higher education institution and to gain a degree in Germany.

1 Applicants from public institutions should have full civil service status (NIP+KARPEG) or a Pre-Service Training Certificate (sertifikat latihan pra jabatan) before applying (at the latest before admission to pre-departure training course). If candidates are not in the position to get full civil service status yet, but are strongly recommended by their universities/institutions, DAAD will consider the applications.

2 Applicants from private universities must have a full-time staff status (letter of confirmation of permanent employment at the university from Yayasan). They must be teaching in degree courses in departments with “disamakan” status.

- Any teaching staff predominantly or exclusively involved in non-degree programs is not eligible.
- A list of German Universities which offer Master’s programmes can be found at the following websites:
- Exceptions: see annex 5

Scholarship duration
The study scholarship will be awarded for 10 to 24 months depending on the length of the chosen degree course or study project. Initially, scholarships are awarded for one academic year and can be extended for students with good study achievements to cover the full length of the chosen degree course.

The DAAD will pay a monthly grant of 715 Euros plus travel and luggage cost and health insurance allowance. In addition to these payments, the DAAD will pay a study and research allowance. Tuition fees cannot be paid by the DAAD.

Sarjana (S1) Degree with minimum GPA of 2,75 (from 1-4 scale)
Besides previous academic achievements, the most important selection criterion is a convincing presentation of the applicant’s academic and personal reasons for the planned study project in Germany.
The applicants are requested to bring the notification of admission issued by the German host institution for the desired degree course or proof of relevant contacts established at the time of application. Even if an applicant has qualified for a scholarship after the interview, the DAAD scholarship will only be granted after admission to the study program chosen.
Applicants must either have certified proficiency in English -TOEFL 550 points or IELTS Band 6 (obtained in the last two years before application) or good German language skills.

The age limit at the time of application is 31.

Applicants who have been in Germany for more than two years at the time they begin the scholarship-supported studies cannot be considered.

Note for applicants from the field of music, fine art, design and film: Special leaflets providing information on specific application requirements can be obtained from the DAAD Jakarta office.

Annex 1 – General Information top
A Joint Selection Committee consisting of German and Indonesian university lecturers/researchers will interview the applicants in Indonesia and recommend candidates for final approval to DAAD. The interviews are conducted in English. DIKTI and/or the DAAD Jakarta Office will inform the candidates in question in due time about the exact dates and venues for the interviews. Travel costs for attending the interviews cannot be borne by DAAD but should be covered by the sending institutions in their own interest.

German language training in Germany
Language courses preceding the university studies will be financed by the DAAD and will take place at a specialised language institute in Germany. If a final test “DSH” (German Language Proficiency Test) is required by German universities for admission to a degree course, a six months intensive course is necessary.

Note: for candidates that will follow university studies in Germany taught in English, shorter German courses will be offered.

Commencement of studies in Germany:
When meeting all requirements, scholarship holders will at the latest commence academic studies in Germany in October.

Candidates who have applied previously for a DAAD scholarship without success, may re-apply to the DAAD Jakarta Office only once.

Annex 2 – List of Application Documents to be submitted top
No Document Study Scholarship (for S1 degree holder) Long-Term Research Grants (for S2/Master degree holder) Remarks
1 DIKTI Form A ; download here x x Applicants from universities only
2 DAAD Form ; download here x x All applicants
3 Curriculum Vitae x x in English or German
4 Recent photographs (3×4) x x Affixed to the DAAD form
5 List of scientific publications x x with English or German translation of titles, dates and source(s)
6 A Statement from the candidate, declaring the motive for the study project in Germany x in English or German
7 Detailed description of the study or research program to be carried out in Germany (research proposal) x
research proposal in English or German (max. 5 pages)
8 Two confidential letters of recommendation by professors, academic advisors or senior research staff in the relevant field x x in English or German. The references are confidential, they must be sent in a sealed envelope
9 An employer’s study leave endorsement and a guarantee for re-employment upon return x x
10 Notification or eligibility of admission issued by the German host institution x
11 Written confirmation of academic supervision by a professor in Germany x
for the research project in question
12 Academic Degree Certificate obtained x x Certified copies of original, together with German or English translation
13 Any academic transcript, covering the complete duration of academic studies x x Certified copies of original, together with German or English translation
14 Abstracts from S1, S2 and any relevant publications, seminars or research papers x x In English or German
15 Secondary School Leaving Certificates x x Certified copies of original, together with German or English translation
16 English language certificate (TOEFL 550 points or IELTS Band 6), not older than 2 years x x Certified copies of original
17 German language certificate, if any x x Certified copies of original
18 Any other relevant training certificate/diploma obtained x x
19 Evidence of the current employment status for :
- candidates from state universities or research institutions
- candidates from private universities: Letter of confirmation of permanent employment at the university from Yayasan
- candidates from private sectors : Letter of confirmation of permanent employment from their employer

not applicable

- Please arrange the documents in this order (according to the numbers on the left)

- Late or incomplete applications cannot be considered

- All applicants submit three complete application sets, endorsed by the Rector/Vice Rector I/Chairman/Head Director of the institution, to the DAAD Jakarta Office directly (Contact person: Ms. Rachmawaty / ). Applicants from universitiessend also one copy of their application to Direktorat PPTK dan KPT/DIKTI (Address : Dirjen DIKTI, Wisma Aldiron Lt. 3, Jl. Gatot Subroto Kav. 72, Jakarta)

Annex: 3 -
Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates within the “Sandwich Model” top
Whereas conventional scholarships for doctorate or PhD studies assume that a scholarship holder will stay at a German institution of higher education for several consecutive years, the “Sandwich Scheme” described hereafter is a flexible multi phase funding programme. Within the Sandwich Scheme, PhD students carry out their research and studies alternately in their home country and in Germany, following a schedule set in advance and under continuous supervision by a German academic. The doctorate is obtained at the homeland university.

Within the academic funding schemes of numerous development countries, training and further education of future and young university teachers is given special priority. Besides specialisation and increasing previously gained knowledge, students very often strive for a PhD or doctorate degree as frequently required according to the regulations ruling university careers in their home country. Even in cases where PhD studies would be possible in the student’s home country, a doctorate degree from an industrial nation is often preferred for reasons of prestige. PhD studies abroad, however, carry with them risks: of alienation connected with very long study courses, loss of originally reserved lecturing posts at the home university, of research geared too much to the developed country and its needs, and finally the risk of temptation to settle in the host country.

In an effort to minimize these risks, the DAAD has developed the scheme of cooperative PhD funding (Sandwich-Scholarships) for nationals of developing countries whose universities offer doctorates.

This means the procedure can be as follows:

The German university lecturer/professor travels to the homeland of the future doctoral candidate to draw up a joint protocol signed by both the local and the German supervisor, which details the dissertation subject, the planned work measures, and their duration.

Preparatory studies and research for the PhD thesis in the home country (data collection and field research) without DAAD funding
studies and research at a German institution of higher education (maximum 2 years)
if necessary, visit by the foreign academic supervisor and co-advisor at the German institution (progress control, consolidation of institutional contacts).

Completion of the thesis in the home country (without DAAD funding)

Visit of the German supervisor to the home country of the PhD student (last corrections and participation at the viva as external examiner)

The main characteristic of this Sandwich Scheme is the individually tailor-made PhD programme schedule set with the greatest flexibility possible regarding the beginning and duration of each individual funding phase.

Applicants for funding within the Sandwich Scheme must be no more than 36 years of age when taking up the scholarship.

Eligibility, application forms and documents for this programme are the same as for research grants for doctoral candidates and young academics and scientists. The extensive and detailed research proposal must be accompanied by a work- and time schedule agreed upon by the academic advisors, both in the home country and in Germany.

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DAAD Research Grants Awarded to support Extended Medical Continuing Education and Training (not full Medical Specialisation in Germany) top

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) does not support full courses of training for medical specialisation. Application for a scholarship to support medical continuing education and training lasting from one to a maximum of two years at German university clinics is open only to candidates who meet the following criteria.

Applicants must:
- have completed at least 7 years of medical training with a university degree and must hold a license to practice medicine in their home country (physicians/dentists from developing countries must prove that they have gained at least 3 years of professional practice after completing their medical /dental training)
- have commenced specialist medical training in their home country in a course which leads to a professional qualification
be studying or working at a university clinic in their home country at the time of application
intend to pursue a university career after completing the continuing education and training in Germany
- have received confirmation of the provision of academic supervision and a study place from German university clinic
- be no older than 32 years of age (when they commence the award-supported stay) in order to be able to work in a German clinic, foreign physicians require a so-called “Permit for the Temporary Practice of Medicine” (Erlaubnis zur voruebergehenden Ausuebung des aerztlichen Berufs), which the DAAD will obtain on behalf of its scholarship holders. Please note that this may take several weeks or even months.

Annex: 5 top
Please Note:
The following courses are not eligible for this scholarship program. “Postgraduate Courses for Professionals with Relevance to Developing Countries” are subject of a different annual scholarship program.
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DAAD Long-term Research Grants for Doctoral Studies

Target group for research grants :excellently-qualified teaching staff from universities researchers from research institutions in any field of study/research applicants from private sectors with at least two years of working experienceNote: Any teaching staff predominantly or exclusively involved in non-degree programs are not eligible.
Research grants can be used to carry out :research projects at a German higher education institution for the purpose of gaining a doctorate in Indonesia (according to the “DAAD Sandwich Model” – see annex 3) , age limit of 35 at the time of application research projects at a German university for the purpose of gaining a doctorate in Germany , age limit of 31 at the time of application
Scholarship durationThe length of the grant is set by the grant committee during the selection depending on the project in question and on the applicant’s work schedule. In the case of full doctoral programs in Germany the scholarship will be granted for up to three years. For sandwich scholarships, the research stay in Germany will be supported for a maximum of two years.
Support can only be provided for the completion of a full doctoral program in Germany when special support policy reasons exist. Such reasons include, for example, the lack of comparable research or academic supervision opportunities in the home country or when the doctoral topic requires several years of research in Germany. Even when support has been awarded for a full doctoral program, that award will be limited to one year at a time. Extensions of the scholarship then depend on whether or not the evaluation finds the previous award period has been successfully completed.
ValueDepending on the award holder’s academic level, the DAAD will pay a monthly award of 795 Euros (doctoral candidates) or 975 Euros (doctoral candidates with at least two year’s academic work experience) plus travel and luggage cost and a health insurance allowance. In addition to these payments, the DAAD will pay a study and research allowance.
When award holders take doctoral programs run under the “DAAD Sandwich Model” and obtain the degree at the home university the award may include the travel expenses of both academic supervisors.
RequirementsMaster Degree (S2 Degree) with minimum GPA of 3,00 (from 1-4 scale)The most important selection criterion is a convincing and well-planned research project to be completed during the stay in Germany. This Ph.D. research has to be agreed upon by a German academic supervisor at the German host university.Please attach written confirmation of the supervision by a professor in Germany commenting on your research program.It is required that doctoral candidates wishing to take a doctorate/PhD in their home country (Sandwich Program) must register for the doctorate at their home university.
Applicants must either have certified proficiency in English – TOEFL 550 points or IELTS band 6 (obtained in the last two years before application) or good German language skills.
The award of DAAD research grants is subject to an age limit for applicants of 32, respectively 36 for the sandwich program, at the beginning of the scholarship.
Applicants who have been in Germany for more than two years at the time they begin the scholarship-supported studies cannot be considered.
Special note for applicants from the medical field: The special leaflet “Additional information on DAAD-research-grants for limited, specialized medical studies” provides information on specific requirements more details :