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Aalen University

Aalen University is the largest and most prominent university in Ostwürttemberg and is one of the most research intensive universities in the Baden-Württemberg. Altogether, it has a total of thirty-three bachelor and master courses of study in the fields of engineering and business studies. Aalen University is a first-class address in the university scene of Ostwürttemberg and beyond. Firmly anchored in the region but with a wide international network, Aalen University builds on two strong pillars: technology and business. The former engineering college is now a globally-aligned and praxis-oriented university with five schools and thirty-three study courses. It is currently the strongest university of applied sciences in Baden-Württemberg in regard to research. As a modern educational institution, Aalen University sounds out the needs of the changing region and aligns its course offerings to current scientific findings, keeps its infrastructure up to the newest state, and sets up progressive emphases. Aalen University’s twenty-two bachelor offerings currently guarantee approximately 3,700 students a scientifically-grounded and praxis-oriented education. (Source: the university’s website)

Degree Courses Taught in English: Yes
Online/Distance courses offered: TBC
Bachelors Course Duration: Semesters (N/A) Years (N/A)
Masters Course Duration: Semesters (3) Years (1.5)

None required.

TOEFL – Score 530 (pbt), 197 (cbt) or 71 (ibt) or equivalent test is required.

For information on jobs and careers, please visit the university’s Career Service pages:

The German authorities require a minimum amount, which students must have at your disposal each month. At the moment this lies at €648 per month, which comes to a total of €7776 a year.

You do not need a visa in Germany if you are an EU national or citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.

How much am I allowed to work?
European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) nationals have the same status on the job market as Germans. You are allowed to work as much as you wish without a permit. However, you should remember that you should not work for more than 20 hours a week during the semester (the same applies to German students). Otherwise you will be required to pay pension insurance contributions. Furthermore, you wouldn’t have enough time for your studies. You are not permitted to work in a self-employed or free-lance capacity, for example as a translator. (Source: DAAD)



Germany is a very popular destination for students from around the World regardless of whether you are an exchange, undergraduate or postgraduate student; it also boasts the largest economy in the European Union and currently ranks third in the world. Germany is renowned for its quality of Higher Education and is home to some of the most famous scientists and researches in history including Albert Einstein and Max Planck. Another main benefit is the relatively low cost in tuition fees, which is a main factor for many potential students who need to consider the financial implications of furthering their education.

With regards to Germany’s Higher Education Institutions they are classed as either state or state-recognised institutions. In their operations, including the organisation of studies and the designation and award of degrees, they are both subject to higher education legislation.

HEI’s also have a certain degree of autonomy as regards organisation, and in deciding on any academic issues. However, in the last two decades this autonomy has been increasingly broadened to include issues related to human resources and budget control.

The German academic degree system is pretty much as the UK, you can earn the following:

Bachelor’s: (B.A., B.Sc., Bachelor of Engineering, etc.)
The bachelor’s degree is a first-level university qualification, which is recognised on the international labour market. In a bachelor’s degree programme, you learn the fundamentals of a specific subject in six to eight semesters. Once you’ve completed the programme, you can either start your professional career or continue studying for the next higher degree: the master’s degree.

Master’s: (M.A., M.Sc., Master of Engineering, etc.)
The master’s degree is the second-level university qualification offered at German universities. A master’s programme, which takes another two to four semesters, enables you to expand or deepen the knowledge you’ve already gained. Once you’ve earned your master’s degree, you can enter professional life or continue studying to earn the next higher academic degree: the doctorate. The prerequisite for gaining admission to a master’s degree programme is that you have successfully completed a bachelor’s programme (or another programme at an equivalent level).

Additionally, Germany has recently experienced an increasing financial commitment to the field of higher education at a federal level both in terms of scope and importance.

(Source: HRK International)