T.I.M.E. German - French University (DFH) (Double Degree) - France
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
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 March 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 March 15th. Please submit your application documents on time to Mrs. Sabrina Grübener at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Your study abroad with T.I.M.E. starts the following fall (5th semester).
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 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 may submit your application by March 15th (International Office, Mrs. Claudia Hanke). Your application will then be reviewed by the International Student Counselling Service of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. If we would like to nominate you, we invite you to a short selection interview with representatives of the Ecoles Centrales. During the 15-20 minute interview, you and the representatives from France will have the opportunity to introduce themselves. An exact date will be announced in good time; it is expected to be in the 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.