Through collaboration with the reputable Korea University, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering enables its students to complete study abroad in South Korea. The exchange is limited to three students, from higher core semesters in Bachelor and Master studies, for one semester.
Korea University was the first modern university in Korea when it was founded in 1905. It is one of the best universities in the country and region. The Korea Techno Complex was the beginning of a large research center in 1996, which connects the university, research institutes, and industry partners.
The partnership is with the College of Engineering, specifically the Graduate School of Engineering and Technology. You can find additional information about the university and the courses offered online. The host university's international office is also available for questions regarding visas, course selection, accomodations, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
What prerequisites do I need to fulfill to apply?
- Enrolled in at least the fifth (Bachelor) core semester at the time of application
- Average grade of at least 2.5
Proof of English language skills:
Abitur certificate: at least 6 years
RWTH Aachen Language Center language test (at least B2 in all sections)
- IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, TOEFL
- Abitur certificate: at least 6 years
What application materials do I need to submit to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering study abroad office?
- Statement of motivation in English (1 to 2 pages)
- Resume in English
- Transcript of grades in English (issued by the Central Examination Office)
Proof of language:
- English: at least level B2, see above
- Learning Agreement
What are the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering's evaluation criteria?
The core of your application is the statement of motivation. In the statement, you need to explain how the semester abroad integrates into your curriculum. Why do you want to attend KU? What courses do you want to take there? How do you want to get credit for these courses? Make it evident that you have thought about the integration of academics completed externally in your curriculum here.
You are welcome to supplement your statement with your enthusiasm for the country, language, university town, etc. You can also mention individual motivation outside of studies (e.g. interest in a sports group or student club on the host university campus). We award volunteer work an additional point.
What is the application process?
You apply by…
- …January 15 to begin studies in the fall (1 semester)
- …May 15 to begin studies in the spring (as long as there are spots remaining) (1 semester).
The semester times at KU are different from those in Aachen - please pay attention to your exam schedule, above all during the semester before your stay – our Mentoring Team is happy to support you with organizing your studies:
- Winter Semester: end of August to the middle of December
- Summer Semester: beginning of Feburary till June/July
Please submit your application dossier, in PDF-format and via e-mail, to the Office for International Relations of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (email@example.com). Please note that we will not consider incomplete documents.
After reviewing your application (2 to 3 weeks), the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering will notify you in writing about your nomination; we will forward your application materials to KU. You must register with the partner university at the same time. The registration deadline at KU is May 15 or November 15.
The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Study Abroad Office will gladly answer your questions about the process and further steps after nomination.
The Study Abroad Counseling is available for further information.