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M.Sc. in Media Informatics

Accommodation

Students can live in one of the many student dormitories which have basic to full furniture and Internet and cable access or in a private room. Usually rooms are available in a range from 160 Euro to 290 Euro (more apartment like) and the prices in the student dormitories usually already include costs like heating, water, electricity, and internet access. Information about accommodation is sent to accepted applicants well before their arrival to Germany.

Arrival support

Prior to arriving in Germany students are informed about how to apply to student dormitories and their first steps when arriving in Germany (getting short-term accommodation, registration at the residents' authority, registration at the university etc.).

Where will the courses take place?

Media Informatics is designed to give you the best from 3 great organizations: RWTH Aachen, Uni Bonn, and the participating (quite famous) Fraunhofer Institutes at Birlinghoven Castle in St. Augustin. That's why the core of the programme is designed to take place in the beautiful B-IT building next to the former office of the German Chancellor on the banks of the River Rhine in Bonn where you can have courses from all the above mentioned organizations. Labs and other courses may also take place at the University of Bonn and the Fraunhofer Institutes in St. Augustin (near Bonn).

Further additional courses are also offered in Aachen.

Important note for VISA Application

If you decide to live in Bonn, please state Bonn in your Visa application as place of residence instead of Aachen.

Who does issue my degree certificate?

Your master degree certificate is issued by RWTH Aachen University.

What are my chances to find a job afterwards?

Computer scientists with an applied focus have been in great demand in the past, and this trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. 

The alumni of Media Informatics are doing their PhD in Germany or abroad or are working at prestigious companies.

In a survey by the Economics journals Wirtschaftwoche and Handelsblatt in 2009 the head recruiters of the biggest German companies were asked to evaluate the universities in Germany. In the ranking RWTH Aachen was selected as best university in Germany. RWTH Aachen secured a first place not only in one but directly in five categories. The alumni with a degree of RWTH Aachen are deemed to be best prepared for the job and are preferred to be hired by the companies. That result has been confirmed in consecutive years.

The research quality of it's Computer Science department was once again also confirmed in the 2009 edition of the prestigious CHE Rating by the weekly ZEIT. As one of only four universities in the German-speaking countries it again reached the top research rating. Quite a number of our alumni thus do a PhD after their study (at RWTH Aachen, University of Bonn, or other universities in Germany or abroad).

The ABCD region (Aachen, Bonn, Cologne, Duesseldorf) is home to many prospective employers, including global players such as Microsoft, Philips, Ericsson, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Bertelsmann Group, as well as many television stations such as WDR, VIVA, etc. and about 2/3 of our alumni stay in Germany. The others return to their home country or work in other countries of the EU or abroad. For examples of companies/universities where our alumni accepted positions or to read what our alumni say about Media Informatics please see b-it impressions.

Does RWTH Aachen have an institutional code (ETS code) for TOEFL test results?

Yes, please ask ETS to send the TOEFL certificate to:
INSTITUTION:
RWTH Aachen
ADDRESS:
Templergraben 57; 52056 Aachen
INSTITUTIONAL CODE:
8504
NAME OF DEPARTMENT:
International Office
(No Dept. Code)

Do we take tuition fees?

Till summer term 2011 RWTH Aachen took a tuition fee of 500 Euro per semester (6 months). This is now covered by new state funds and students currently do not have pay a tuition fee. 
Per semester you will have to pay a social contribution fee of about 230 Euro which will include reduced prizes for meals and free public transport in the whole state of North-Rhine Westphalia.
When you calculate the overall expenses please be aware that for your costs per month a fee which has to be paid once for 6 months may have less impact than day to day expenses which depend on the city. Compared with other cities day to day expenses are rather moderate in Bonn and Aachen and due to the many students life in Bonn and Aachen is vivid and quite nice.

Do we offer scholarships?

For an extensive overview please read this.

For PhD scholarships from the B-IT Research School or combined Master/PhD Scholarships from the B-IT Research School please have a look here.

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