Graduates | Alumni | Career

"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, 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.

Source: RWTH Alumni
Once you have passed your final exam and have submitted your master's thesis succesfully, you are only a few steps away from your prospective career paths as a RWTH (M.Sc.) Graduate. Here, you can find the last administrative and organisational steps for graduating students.

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:

Academic Transcripts and M.Sc. Certificate

Next Steps after Graduation

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).

Alumni Portal Registration

Residence Permit for Job Search

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.

PhD Studies

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:

PhD students

Time to Celebrate - Your Graduation

After successful completion of your studies, it is time to celebrate! Here you find more information about the Graduation celebrations:

Graduation Celebration

Searching for Engineering Jobs

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.

Job Search Engines