Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.).
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
Who does issue my degree certificate?
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
Does RWTH Aachen have
an institutional code (ETS code) for TOEFL test results?
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.
we offer scholarships?
Frequently Asked Questions by Enrolled Students
How many credit points will I get for lecture xyz?
can I register for examinations?
You can register online via the Campus-Office (VZPA) or you can go personally to the registration officer
from the Central Examination Office ("Zentrales Pruefungsamt").
(The office is located in the Super C building, Templergraben 57.)
You can register for examinations at some special dates announced
by ZPA (see below at "For which exams do I have to register?").
If you go there personally you need to present your student I.D. when registering.
Please, tell the registration officer the
* the name of the Master Programme (Media Informatics)
For exams of each course, tell him
* the title of the course
* the name of the instructor
* the area the course belongs to, i.e. Computer and Communication
Technology, Multimedia Technology or either Multimedia Use and Impact.
If you do not know the area, ask your instructor or ask the
Note that the exams usually are either oral exams (min. 20 up to 30 minutes) or
written exams covering the whole content of the lecture depending
on your instructor.
Date and time of written exams are announced in the lectures and on the webpages of the courses.
Oral exam dates are arranged with the instructor in person.
Once you have registered for the courses with the
registration officer, he/she will send
the official registration forms to the respective instructors. The
forms will be filled out after the exam and the instructors will send
them back to the Central Examination Office, where the results will
be recorded. If anything is unclear, please, don't hesitate to
For which exams do I have to register?
You have to register for examinations in courses which you have heard in the
current semester and in which you want to take an examination!
You also have to register for examinations that you have failed and want to repeat this semester.
(You do *not* have to register for examinations at ZPA for seminars, Technical Writing, German Exam, or labs.)
If you want to take ANY examinations in lectures directly offered for MI you *MUST* register for them
in the announced time frames (via VZPA or directly at the ZPA). The exam registration in the summer terms
usually does take place about start/mid of June. The exam registration in the winter terms usually does
take place about start/mid of December. Information about that can e.g. be found at the
RWTH exam registration information page
and typing Media Informatics in the given search field on that page.
This information and the information below does refer to lectures directly offered for MI.
The lectures directly offered for MI (in Bonn as well as in Aachen) can be found in the respective MI lecture areas (CCT, MMT, and MMUI) in the campus system of RWTH Aachen (cf. the
Registration for the retry exam date
A registration for the retry exam date (e.g. via VZPA) is in general *ONLY* possible
*IF* you had registered for the exam taking place after the lecture period and after
you did not pass that exam (i.e. if you fail the exam, if you withdraw from the exam
without medical certificate (equivalent to fail), or if you withdraw from the exam with approved
medical certificate (exam try not counted)).
If you did not pass the exam in the first exam date of a course and you want to attend the second exam date then
you must register for the second exam date. That is _not_ done automatically. (You can register
for the second exam date but you don't have to if you don't want to participate in the second exam date.)
When can I register for the retry exam date?
If a retry exam date is specified you can register for the retry exam date via VZPA until 7 (seven) days before the exam date (see the important reminder/condition for that below at IMPORTANT).
If no retry exam date is specified a registration via VZPA for the retry exam is not possible.
In this case, please inform the ZPA of RWTH Aachen that you want to participate in the retry exam (e.g. via email to Mrs. Cüpper and providing the following information to her:
- the course name,
- the credits of the course,
- the lecturer/the professor responsible for the course,
- and the location of the course (Bonn or Aachen).
A registration for the retry exam date (e.g. via VZPA) is in general *ONLY* possible *IF* you had registered
for the exam taking place after the lecture period and you did not pass that exam.
Can I cancel examinations?