International Class

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International post-graduates who want to join the Cybernetics Lab for doctorate studies have the opportunity with their own fellowship in addition to applying for open positions.

Join the Cybernetics Lab research

Students from abroad who want to join the Cybernetics Lab for a doctorate at the RWTH Aachen University have a new option starting in 2017: the International Class. The new offer is directed at foreign students who can finance their living through a scholarship want to use the opportunities offered by the research environment of the Cybernetics Lab and a doctoral thesis at the chair of mechanical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University.

The doctorate at a renowned German university like the RWTH is a unique career opportunity for international candidates. Likewise, the Cybernetics Lab also benefits from this model: The project-independent nature of the scholarship holders makes it possible to also investigate topics "off the beaten path", thereby increasing the breadth, depth and freedom  of the research questions to be asked.

The organization as an International Class enables systematic career support through specific offers, such as information on research at the Cybernetics Lab, the research situation in Germany or personal integration. This includes participation in German courses. In addition, our doctoral students are supervised by the Welcome Center of RWTH Aachen University.

The International Class is organized by Dr. Katja Schneider, Personal Assistant to the Heads of Institutes.


Further Information

  • Is there a doctorate program at the RWTH Aachen University?

    There exists no central program for doctorate students at the RWTH Aachen University. You have to find a professor as supervisor and apply to a RWTH committee for final admission to the promotion process. The Cybernetics Lab can offer supervision for promotions to Dr. rer. nat., Dr.-Ing. or Dr. phil. Doctorate students are expected to design their own research questions and experiments for the dissertation. Therefore, you will discuss your options at the Cybernetics Lab in initial interviews and for application to a fellowship, yet you will develop the final outline of your research project after starting your doctorate here.

    At an everyday basis, supervision is only partially provided by the supervising professor. In general, the research group leaders and institute’s managing directors will discuss scientific questions and provide information or tasks. You can gain further scientific input and support in colloquia and discussions with fellow doctorate students.

  • How is the International Class organized?

    As member of the International Class, you will join one of the research institutes and develop a research schedule with their supervisors. The Cybernetics Lab provides an office workspace and access to required research equipment as machines, robots e.g.. Please note that we cannot offer a working position or salary. Students are responsible for enrolment at the university, keeping track of study requirements and organization of their daily life (e.g. finding a place to live).

    In addition to research activities, we want to provide you knowledge and skills for working in Germany. All class members are expected to acquire German as a working language, either by classes provided by the RWTH or on their own. The class meets on a regular basis to exchange work progress, practice German and discuss specific characteristics of working and daily life in Germany.

  • How can I apply for the International Class?

    To apply, send an application to including your motivation, CV and professional skills. If we think your scientific activities fit to the Cybernetics Lab, we invite you to an initial interview via Skype to get to know you better and access possible research topics and supervision.

    Further information here.

  • What do I need to apply?

    You need a Master or Diploma degree in a relevant subject recognized by the RWTH Aachen University to be eligible for doctorate studies. In addition, you need a fellowship to cover your expenses and stay in Germany for at least three years or the opportunity to apply to such a fellowship. Students without own financing cannot be included in the program. Selection is based on excellent grades, skills, motivation and a research concept. The ability to use English as a working language is mandatory.

  • Where can I get further information?

    For further information on topics related to the International Class at the Cybernetics Lab, please contact Dr. Katja Schneider, Personal Assistant to the Heads of Institutes.

    For information on visa application, Foreign Office matters, living or insurances, please contact the Welcome Center of the RWTH Aachen University.

    General information on studying at the RWTH Aachen University, requirements and qualifications (e.g. German classes) can be found at the International Office and Center of Doctoral Studies.