Welcome International Academy Alumni!
Are you a graduate of a Master’s degree program at RWTH International Academy? Out of sight does not mean out of mind - we would like to keep in touch with you! We would therefore like to welcome you to our globally-connected Alumni Network.
Through our Alumni Network in Germany, Europe and beyond, you will stay connected with your alma mater, keep in touch with fellow alumni, support our current students as a mentor, and expand your professional network.
Finally, we organize several events for our alumni and would love to see you there! Please complete and submit the following form to be part of our RWTH International Academy Alumni Network.
We wish you every success and hope we will stay in touch!
Alumni Around the World
RWTH International Academy alumni do not only come from all over the world; after graduating, they also embark on different career paths over different continents. You can learn more about the academic and professional development of our alumni here!
Graduation does not mean the end of your RWTH International Academy connection; it is rather the start of a lifetime membership in the global IntAc Alumni Network. Whether on-campus or on the other side of the globe, you can have fun while making an invaluable contribution to RWTH International Academy.
In 2006, RWTH International Academy received its first batch of Engineering and Natural Science students. Since then, we have gained more than 500 alumni from our programs. Although our graduates come from diverse cultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, they all share a strong sense of belonging to RWTH Aachen University and a common passion for engineering.
Here are some facts about our alumni network:
- our alumni come from more than 30 nations
- they now work in both academic and industrial fields; some of the institutes/ companies include Bosch, Porsche, Volkswagen, VOIT Automotive GmbH, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, Lieberr Aerospace Lindenberg, Rolls Royces Plc, and more!
- the alumni community is composed of experts from mechanical engineering, civil engineering, eletric engineering, as well as management engineering.
According to our Alumni Questionnaire 2018, our international alumni community has reached 31 countries in the world. If the country that you are working in is not marked in this map yet, please write Alumni@academy.rwth-aachen.de and send us your Study Course, Batch, and Country of Residence. We will then update the map.
Next steps after Graduation | Joining the industry
70% of our graduates decide to pursue their career in Germany or Europe after graduating. Here are some must-know facts for you if you opt to take this path. You will not be alone! Our Student Counselors will be here for you to provide you with administrative support and our Career Coach will give you tips and advice on how to land your dream job.
The first step you should take after receiving your degree certificates is to ex-matriculate yourself from the university. Once you are ex-matriculated, you must deal with visa extensions and change their health insurance status.
If you have already received a job offer from a company, you can directly apply for a work permit at the Immigration Office (Ausländeramt Aachen).
Otherwise, you should apply for a job-seeker's residence permit, in order to look for a job in Germany. This permit can be obtained for a maximum period of 18 months. Please note that you cannot continue your education once you have been issued this permit. If you have any questions about these bureaucratic steps, our Student Councelors are pleased to guide you through the administraton process. You can find their contact information on this link.
RWTH International Academy will also be there for you throughout your career start and development. You can make an appointment with our in-house career coach anytime to practise your individual career skills. IntAc also regularly organizes seminars, networking events, or advance certificate courses to enhance your professional skills. For more information about our professional certificate courses, please visit this link.
Moreover, RWTH International Academy alumni benefit from our job offers databank. Updated job ads from our industrial partners are posted on our Facebook and LinkedIn alumni groups. Some of our industrial partners include: Amazon, Anheuser-Busch, ASML, bitstars, Creditreform, Dassault Systemes, Elgeti Engineering, Ferchau engineering, Oerlikon Barmag, P3, P&G and more! You can find the full list of our company partners here.
Next steps after Graduation | Pursuing PhD Studies
With your Master's behind you, your future is now ahead of you! If you would like to take your research interest to the next level, a popular option for our graduates is to go for doctoral studies. Having gained a strong research foundation at RWTH Aachen University, a large number of our graduates decide to pursue their passion for research as a doctoral candidate.
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 programs. The majority of doctoral candidates in Germany pursue PhDs through individual doctoral study, yet structured PhD programs are becoming increasingly popular [Source: DAAD].
If you decide to pursue a career in academia, even at RWTH Aachen University, you will still have to ex-matriculate from your master's program and enroll for your PhD program separately. Also, you will have 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 program during the application process, you will most likely be issued a temporary residence permit. Our Student Counselors and the Alumni Team will gladly help you plan your official doctoral studies, give you tips for comprehensive qualifications, and provide advice on administrative or financial support for your PhD studies.
RWTH Alumni Portal
RWTH International Academy alumni enjoy the privilege of joining the alumni community at both RWTH Aachen University and RWTH International Academy; the former strong and wide-spread, the latter well-connected and with a personal touch. Our RWTH IntAc alumni can develop a close relation with other alumni, current students, and also the industrial partners of RWTH International Academy.
Under the motto of "keeping hearts and minds together", RWTH Aachen wants to stay in touch with its alumni. Alumni include all graduates, former employees, doctoral candidates, professors, and visiting researchers; in short, everyone, who has gained experience and brought their own to RWTH through 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.
Source: RWTH Alumni
By signing up through the RWTH Alumni Portal, you become part of the RWTH Aachen University alumni community. Registered RWTH Aachen alumni can 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 become an alumnus of RWTH Aachen University, you can register either directly online through the Alumni Portal or you can use the Alumni Registration Form.
Scholarship for Alumni | Alumni Research Grant
RWTH International Academy offers an exclusive scholarship for students who have completed one of its Master's degree programs and who wish to pursue further research work, field research, or an internship abroad. Please find further information about the application process, requirements, and deadlines here:
Regulations for the Alumni Research Grant 2017
Alumni Matters! - Subscribe to our Alumni Newsletter
The RWTH Alumni Team aims to connect our alumni and current students as well as maintain a global alumni network. As an alumnus, you can do so by registering yourself for the Alumni Network, joining our LinkedIn alumni group and subscribing to our newsletter!
If you have any new ideas about possible events or how you would like to contribute to IntAc, please feel free to share them with us by emailing us at email@example.com.
We are looking forward to staying in touch with you and seeing you at one of our future alumni events!