Germany - RWTH Aachen Summer Exchange Program

Program Type

Program Type: 
University Exchange
Program Level: 

Weeks per Term

Weeks per Term: 
10 weeks / term



OIE Program Adviser

OIE Program Adviser: 

Languages of Instruction*

Languages of Instruction*: 
*Foreign Language Skills are not Required.
Academic Disciplines: 
Biomedical Engineering
Business Administration
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Industrial & Systems Engineering
Literature, Media, and Communication
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Modern Languages
Program Dates: 
Summer semester:  Early June – Mid August

Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines: 
Summer-December 1

Location Information

This university is located in Aachen, Germany. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:

For more information about this program, including pictures of Aachen and campus, please click here.

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 recognized. 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 neighboring 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 characterized 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 specialization, 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 cooperation 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.


  • student housing
  • off-campus apartments/rooms for rent

RWTH Aachen University tries to arrange accommodation upon arrival for exchange students. The student has to apply at the Studentenwerk for a room in a student hall of residence. Please note that rooms are in short supply and reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis. Accommodation is always available on the first day of a month. Students booking accommodation in a hall of residence will be invoiced upon arrival and will be required to pay for accommodation at the Students Services (Studentenwerk) during their first day at RWTH Aachen University. The rent depends on the hall of residence (ranging from older buildings to new buildings of higher standard ); the average rent ranges from 250 to 300 euro per month (single room, all meals excluded). The accommodation will comprise a standard single room with a single bed, ward robe, desk, lamp, bed sheets.

Some students prefer to live in a rented accommodation in the local area. There is a good amount of accommodation available within a convenient distance of RWTH Aachen University. The average rent in private accommodation arranged by the accommodation office is about 250.00 to 350.00 Euro per month. If a student confirms a reservation made for private accommodation s/he is in any case obliged to pay the first installment of rent even if s/he does not move in. Upon request the international office may provide students from abroad with addresses of private landladies/landlords in and a round Aachen.


  • NO meal plan
  • on-campus dining



  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)

Academic Info


Subject Areas Available:

    • Architecture
    • Biology
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Economics
    • Electrical Engineering
    • German
    • History, Technology, and Society
    • Industrial and Systems Engineering
    • International Affairs
    • Literature, Communication, and Culture
    • Management
    • Materials Science and Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Modern Languages
    • Philosophy, Science, and Technology
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Sociology


Language and Course Information


In addition to a mandatory German class, students on the RWTH Aachen Summer exchange program conduct a research internship (in English).  In order to see the currently available research projects, please click here.

Additional Program Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate students who have complete their 2nd or 3rd year
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Student of a North American university with US or Canadian citizenship

Credit Transfer

Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here.  Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.




Students on this program will earn 6 credits of research and 4 credits of German, but will need to complete the credit approval process outlined above to determine the exact courses they will receive.

RWTH Aachen uses the following grading system listed below:
RWTH Aachen Grade = US Grade
1.0-2.7 = A
2.8-3.9 = B
4.0-4.9 = C
5/6 = F 

Program Costs (Estimated)

  • For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
  • Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
  • Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.
In-state Tuition: 
Out-of-state Tuition: 

GT Mandatory Fees

GT Mandatory Fees: 

* Miscellaneous

* Miscellaneous: 

Round-trip airfare

Round-trip airfare: 
Room and Board: 

Mandatory Insurance

Mandatory Insurance: 

In-state Total

In-state Total: 

Out-of-state Total

Out-of-state Total: 
∗ Includes passport/visa fees, required field trips, local transportation, and incidentals.

Costs in the preceding chart are estimates for GT students based on tuition rates posted by the GT Bursar.  Guaranteed tuition rates, graduate tuition rates, and MBA tuition rates vary. Please check the GT Bursar's web site to confirm actual tuition rates based on degree, term, or level of study. Insurance rates are subject to change. Actual costs may be higher or lower than those listed above, depending on the exchange rate and personal spending habits/needs.


Additional Financial Information

DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) created the Undergraduate Scholarship Program to support undergraduate US and Canadian students interested in studying, doing research, or completing an internship in Germany. The scholarship review committee is looking for students who are currently Sophomores or Juniors in any academic field, are seeking DAAD support for a 4-10 month period in Germany during the German academic year, and demonstrate an interest in contemporary German and European affairs and who explain the significance of their project in Germany to their future studies, research or professional goals. The application deadline is generally in late January for the following academic year. More information about this scholarship opportunity is available on the DAAD web site: click here

The currency in Germany is the Euro (EUR). Exchange rates fluctuate, so check the newspaper or click here.

DON'T FORGET TO APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIPS!! See the OIE web site for more info: click here

Visa and Passport Information

  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.

    This program only accepts applications with US or Canadian citizens.

    U.S. citizens are allowed to stay in Germany for 90 days without a visa. For stays of more than 90 days, you must apply for a visa. For visa information, contact the German Consulate in Atlanta click here Top 

    Experiences of Former Students

    Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

    Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor (listed at the top of this page); this advisor often has lists of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.