T.I.M.E. France (Double Degree)


You study Mechanical Engineering, Business Administration or Computational Engineering Science and would like to add an international component to your studies which exceeds one or two semesters abroad? Then the T.I.M.E. program gives you the chance to conduct your studies at RWTH Aachen University as well as to get to know the academic system and student life at one of France’s leading technical universities. An exciting and diverse, and on top, internationally oriented course of studies, awaits you. You will not only have improved your knowledge of French culture and language, but you will also be awarded a double degree from internationally renowned universities.Therewith you possess an extraordinary qualification which will enrich you personally and academically and which will make you stand out particularly in your working life.


The T.I.M.E. Exchange

Flowchart of the TIME student exchange program

You begin your studies at RWTH Aachen University at which you regularly complete your basic studies during your first two years. In your 5th semester, you subsequently start your interdisciplinary generalist engineering studies at one of France’s Grandes Écoles, the leading French technical universities. Within the framework of T.I.M.E., you have the possibility to study at the Grandes Écoles in Paris, Lille, Lyon, Nantes and Marseille.

The studies at your chosen Grande École comprise two years (4 semesters). Ongoing, you come back to RWTH Aachen University at which you write your bachelor’s thesis and subsequently switch to one of our consecutive master programs. Upon completion of the master program, RWTH awards you the academic degree “Master of Science RWTH Aachen University”. Simultaneously, you will as well receive the “Diplome d’ingénieur” of your former French host university, which composes to an internationally recognized master degree.


Frequently asked questions

Which requirements do I have to fulfill?

Applicants must …

  • be in their third semester (mechanical engineering!) at the time of their application (annually in March)
  • have a GPA of 2,0
  • prove good performances in Mathematics and Physics (going back to senior classes in high school)
  • have sufficient knowledge of French

…and also…

  • have a non-French EU nationality. Enjoy the status of a foreign national with a German university entrance qualification (Bildungsinländer)

When and where do I have to apply?

The annual deadline is March 15th. Please submit your application documents on time to Mrs. Claudia Hanke at the International Office. Your study abroad with T.I.M.E. starts the following fall (5th semester). 

More informations about application on the website of the International Office.

How are academic performances completed accredited?

The accreditation of academic performances within the framework of T.I.M.E. is fixed contractually – there is a global accreditation of those classes which according to the curriculum take place in the 5th/6th semesters. After your return you may belatedly choose an occupational field – here you should take your course selection in France into account and pay attention to interferences with occupational fields at RWTH Aachen University. 

Which application documents do I have to submit?

For a complete application for participation in the T.I.M.E. program the following documents must be submitted:

  • Overview of all exams taken until then
  • Application form (in English, available at the International Office)
  • Copy of High School Graduation Diploma (Abiturzeugnis) (please show your original diploma upon submission of the application)
  • Copy of your passport
  • Language certificate of RWTH Aachen University (form available at International Office)
  • Letter of motivation (english or french)

More informations about application on the website of the International Office.

Will I be supported financially?

Yes! You will receive financial support through a mobility grant of the German-French University. This grant presumably comprises 20 monthly installments of €270,-. Federal student loans (BAföG) will not be considered and may be claimed completely. 

How does the selection and nomination process work?

You may submit your application by March 15th (International Office, Mrs. Claudia Hanke). Your application will then be reviewed by the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering’s Exchange Students Office. In case we wish to nominate you for TIME exchange, we will invite you to a short interview with representatives of the Ecoles Centrales. In 15-20 minutes, you will have the chance to introduce yourself, and the Ecoles Centrales representatives may also introduce their schools, respectively. A specific date and time will be announced in due time; the interview will most likely take place in the very last week of March. Participation in the interview is mandatory.



The Exchange Office of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the International Office of the RWTH Aachen University would assist you with further information.