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RWTH Aachen wants to stay in touch with its alumni. Alumni include all graduates, former employees, doctoral candidates, professors, and visiting researchers; in short, all those, who have gained experiences and brought their own to RWTH in research, teaching, and collaboration, and who wish to keep in contact after their departure. The University and alumni mutually profit from the exchange of knowledge and experience during their time together and apart. The goal of alumni mentorship is to maintain and strengthen these connections.
As soon as the ZPA has received the student's final grade (usually on the master's thesis), it will prepare the final transcript and degree certificate. More information:
Final academic transcripts must be signed by the responsible deans or by the heads of examination boards. This can take some time. As stated in the examination regulations, it can take up to three months before your transcript is ready.
The certificates will be sent by the ZPA to RWTH International Academy. Its staff will immediately inform students about the receipt of the certificate. Students can then either collect the certificate from the RWTH International Academy, or have the certificate mailed to a requested address.
See also the website of the ZPA for more information.
Students should de-register from the university after receiving their certificate. In some cases the possibility exists to remain enrolled until the semester ends, depending on the exact graduation date. Once students are de-registered, they must deal with visa extensions and change their health insurance status.
In case the graduate has already received a job offer from a company, she/he can directly apply for a work permit at the Immigration Office (Ausländeramt Aachen).
Through RWTH Alumni, registered RWTH Aachen alumni have the possibility to look for other alumni, subscribe to our Alumni Magazine, apply for a life-long email address, get the newsletter, use the AlumniCard, and much more.
To be able to search for a job in Germany, a residence permit for the time after completion of studies can be applied for. This permit for job seeking purposes can be obtained for a maximum period of 18 months. Please note that you cannot continue your education once you have been issued a residence permit for job seeking.
There is more than one way to get your doctoral title in Germany. Depending on the subject, research proposal and type of university, there are several possible paths to a PhD, the most common of which are individual doctoral studies and structured PhD programmes. The majority of doctoral candidates in Germany pursue PhDs through individual doctoral study, yet structured PhD programmes are becoming increasingly common [Source: DAAD].
More information on further PhD studies and a career in academia are available here:
If you should decide to pursue a career in academia, even at the RWTH, you will still have to de-register from your master's programme and will be required to enroll for your PhD programme separately. Also, you will need to be sure to apply for a student's residence permit and not a job seeker's residence permit. If you are not yet enrolled in a doctorate programme during application, you will most likely be issued a temporary residence permit.
After successful completion of your studies, it is time to celebrate! Here you find more information about the Graduation celebrations:
If you are looking into developing your career in Germany, you can use the below job search portals to find open positions in your field of interest. All graduates of the RWTH Aachen University can also seek consultation at the RWTH Aachen Career Center and the Center for Doctoral Studies.
The median starting salary received by mechanical engineers with a master’s degree should be round about 50.000,00 EUR per year, with excellent prospects to increase during the career. See also this recent salary report to find more details.
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