Do you study mechanical engineering with production technology as a career field and want to add an international component to your studies that is one or two semesters long? The T.I.M.E or Top Industrial Managers for Europe program offers you the chance to continue your studies RWTH Aachen and to get to know the academic system and university life of one of Japan's leading technical universities. Exciting, diverse, and international studies await you. Upon completion of the program you will not only have improved your knowledge of the country and your language skills, but rather you will be distinguished with a double degree from internationally renowned universities. You will possess an extraordinary qualification, that will enrich you both personally and academically and will make you particularly stand out in the professional world.
The program enables two students a year to participate and is currently limited to the production technology specialization. The exchange takes place under the patronage of Professor Klocke.
Frequently Asked Questions
What prerequisites do I need to fulfill to apply?
- Enrolled in at least the seven core (Bachelor) semester at the time of the application deadline (November 15)
- Good to very good academic performance and progress in accordance with the schedule of studies
- Career field or pursued specialization in Master studies: production technology
- Proof of English skills:
- Abitur certficate: at least 6 years or
- RWTH Aachen Language Center language test (at least B2 in all sections)
- IELTS, Cambridge Certificate, TOEFL
How does the T.I.M.E. program with Keio University work?
You complete your Bachelor studies with a specialization in production technology at RWTH Aachen. Ideally you would start your Master's studies in production technology in the summer semester following the application period. This would avoid any chance of delaying your studies because of your participation in the T.I.M.E. exchange. You finish the first semester of the Master's and then you continue your studies for 1.5 years at Keio University. You take modules in your specialization and complete a research project. Modules, of up to 30 credit points, can be integrated into your local curriculum through a change in curriculum.
After your stay in Keio, you return to RWTH Aachen and finish your thesis. When you are awarded the Master of Science RWTH Aachen University, you also receive a Master's degree from Keio University.
What services are included in participation of the program?
Participation in the T.I.M.E. exchange exempts you from paying any tuition fees for the partner university. You are also guaranteed a room in a dormitory (for a fee). The international office of the partner university provides mentoring and supervision on site.
The program does not have a scholarship.
What academic performance will be accepted as a result of my participation in the program?
Students participating in the exchange can have the elective portion of their Master course of study in production technology fulfilled by taking modules at Keio University (18 credit points). Furthermore, it is also possible to get some mandatory and specialization modules recognized. A maximum of 30 credit points can be acquired for your local Master course of study. The extended length of studies (one semester in Aachen is recognized for three semesters in Keio) justifies the award of two degrees.
If you are interested in applying, please contact Study Abroad Counselling to talk about planning your studies.
What application materials do I need to submit to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Study Abroad Counselling?
The following materials must be submitted by the application deadline, November 15:
- Statement of motivation in English (1-2 pages)
- Resume in English
- Transcipt of records in English (issued by the Central Examination Office)
- Proof of language skills:
- English: at least B2 level
- If applicable, proof of volunteer work
What are the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering's evaluation criteria?
Good academic performance and a convincing and personal statement of motivation are key to a successful application. What particularly distinguishes you for an exchange with Keio University? Are there research projects or modules that particularly interest you? Do you have a special connection to the country, culture, or language? These are only a few questions that you should consider in your statement of motivation.
What is the application process?
- …November 15
…to begin studies the next winter semester (about one year later).
After preliminary selection, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Study Counselling Office forwards your materials to Professor Klocke. He is makes the final nomination decision. You will receive notification of the decision in the mail around October or November.
Your stay abroad will be begin in September of the following year. The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering Study Counselling Office will support you with further preparation if you are nominated.
The Exchange Office of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and the International Office of the RWTH Aachen University would assist you with further information.