T.I.M.E. German - French University (DFH) (Double Degree) - France

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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 France programme of the German - French University and the T.I.M.E. Network offers you both the opportunity to study at the RWTH Aachen University and to get to know the study system and life at one of the leading technical universities in France. You can expect an exciting, varied and internationally oriented course of study, which will not only improve your knowledge of the country and its languages, but will also award you a double degree from internationally renowned universities. This gives you an exceptional qualification that will enrich you personally and academically and make you stand out in your working life.


The T.I.M.E. Exchange

Flowchart of the TIME student exchange program

You start your studies at RWTH Aachen University, where you regularly complete your first two years of basic studies. In the 5th semester, you will then begin your interdisciplinary, generalist engineering studies at one of the French Grandes Écoles, the leading French technical universities. As part of the programme, you have the opportunity to study at the Grandes Écoles in Paris, Lille, Lyon, Nantes and Marseille.

Your studies at the Grande École of your choice will last two years (4 semesters). You will then return to RWTH Aachen University, where you will write your Bachelor's thesis and then switch to one of our consecutive Master's programmes. Once you have completed the Master's programme, RWTH Aachen University will award you the academic degree "Master of Science RWTH Aachen University". At the same time, you will also receive the "Diplome d'ingénieur" of your former French host university, which is also equivalent to a Master's degree internationally, as well as a certificate from the German French University and the T.I.M.E. network.


Frequently asked questions

Which requirements do I have to fulfill?

Applicants must …

  • be studying in the third semester (mechanical engineering) at the time of application (15 January each year). Business Administration and Engineering FR Mechanical Engineering or Computational Engineering Science) and be enrolled as a full student at the RWTH
  • have a grade average of at least 2.5
  • can demonstrate good grades in mathematics and physics (going back to upper secondary school)

    have an adequate knowledge of French

  • feel up to the special demands of studying in a foreign language and in a completely differently structured study system

When and where do I have to apply?

The annual deadline is January 15th. Please submit your application documents on time via the platform Moveon. Your study abroad with T.I.M.E. starts the following fall (5th semester). 

Aplication form

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. 

What application documents must be submitted?

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

  • Overview of all examinations already taken
  • Application form 
  • Copy of the school leaving certificate (please show your original certificate when submitting your application)
  • Copy of the identity card
  • Language certificate of RWTH Aachen University (form available at the International Office)
  • Letter of motivation (in English or French)

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. From the start of your sponsorship until you complete your studies at RWTH Aachen University, you will also be enrolled at the German-French University.

How does the selection and nomination process work?

You submit your application documents by January 15 via the platform Moveon. Your application will finally be reviewed. If we would like to nominate you, we will invite you to a short selection interview with representatives of Ecoles Centrales. In the selection interview, which lasts about 15-20 minutes, you and the representatives from France will have the opportunity to introduce yourselves. An exact date will be announced in time; it will probably be in the last week of March. Participation in this interview is obligatory.



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