You can apply for a study place in M.Sc. “Laboratory Animal Science” in RWTHonline within the application period (Dezember 01 until July 15).
Please note that the application for a study place and the enrollment at the university are two different procedures.
Once we receive your complete documents, they will be assessed by the scientific director of the course. If you are meeting the admission requirements, you can be enrolled at the university. By enrolling you get a study placement at RWTH Aachen, that is you become a member of the university.
Your enrollment process needs to be completed in RWTHonline, a list of needed documents can be found in RWTHonline after your admission.
Please note that applicants have to prove their English language proficiency via an official test. Exemptions for the language requirements are only applicable for nationals or first degree holders from USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia.
Details and minimum scores:
TOEFL Internet based minimum of 90 pts
IELTS test minimum overall band 5.5 pts.
Cambridge Test – Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
First Certificate in English (FCE), completed with B
Placement-Test of RWTH Aachen University’s language centre (B2)
For German applicants: Ein Zeugnis, das englische Sprachkenntnisse auf dem Niveau B2 des “Gemeinsamen europäischen Referenzrahmens (GeR)” ausweist. Dieser Nachweis wird z.B. durch die Vorlage eines deutschen Abiturzeugnisses erbracht, aus dem ersichtlich ist, dass Englisch bis zum Ende der Qualifikationsphase 1 (Jahrgangsstufe 11 bei G8-Abitur, sonst Jahrgangsstufe 12) durchgängig belegt und mit mindestens ausreichenden Leistungen abgeschlossen wurde
A transcript of records is a listing of your academic qualifications, including a list of all lectures, seminars, courses etc. you attended (listed for each semester) with credits earned and grades. The transcript of records is issued by your university and graduates receive it normally together with their degree certificate.
Only degrees with a minimum of 180 ECTS (6 semesters) are recognized.
For degree holders who have less than 210 ECTS (7 semesters), a proof of 3 years relevant work experience is required prior starting the master thesis.
Start of application phase: December
Application deadline: 15th of July
Early bird discount: 15th of April
Transfer of tuition fees: contractually agreed on an individual basis
Semester fee: can be viewed via RWTHonline
Please always note the current information on our website. We reserve the right to make changes.
The tuition fees are 6,650 € per semester (26,600 € in total; 4 semester regular study period). The fees do not include accommodation and travel costs, but do include the whole documentation and catering during the presence days. Scholarships or other discounts will be considered individually if required.
The course fees will be invoiced in four equal installments due on July 15 for the following Winter Semester and on January 15 for the following Summer Semester. The course fees are not subject to German VAT (§ 4 Nr. 21 a) bb) UStG). Payment should be made by bank transfer to the account nominated by RWTH International Academy. The participant is liable for all bank fees incurred.
Additionally the semster fees of RWTH Aachen University have to be paid.
Semester fee of RWTH Aachen University is approx. 320 € per semester (includes the semester ticket for public transport within the whole state of North Rhine-Westphalia, part of Belgium and part of the Netherlands) and is unrelated to RWTH International Academy’s fees.
Students enrolled at RWTH Aachen must (re-)register before the start of every semester, by paying the semester fee. The Registrar’s Office sends a reminder email at the beginning of the re-registration period and one week before the deadline with all the necessary information. Information about the amount of the student body and social contribution fee, banking details, etc. can be found in RWTHonline when the re-registration period begins.
The semester fee (social contribution fee) must be paid separately and directly to RWTH Aachen University. It is not payable to RWTH International Academy gGmbH. You find the payment instructions for the RWTH semester fee on RWTHonline once you accept your study place there and proceed with pre-enrollment preparations.
The enrollment will be finalised by the Student Secretariat or the International Office of RWTH Aachen University. For enrollment, you must accept the study place online at RWTHonline and present the following documents online:
Certified copy of the degree certificate of the first degree programme
Certified copy of the university entrance qualification
Exmatriculation certificate from the last German higher education institution attended, stating the semesters spent at the subject, higher education institution and on leave of absence
Proof of health insurance
Copy of passport
APS Certificate (only relevant for applicants from China, India & Vietnam)
A list of the documents to be submitted for enrollment can be found in RWTHonline after admission.
In addition, you must transfer the RWTH semester fee.
A detailed instruction for enrollment can be found here.
At the end of each of these semesters there is a compulsory 10 day attendance block in Aachen, Germany. Each attendance block incorporates two weekends and the working week and provides practical and clinical skill training under expert supervision, group discussions, case studies and excursions to leading laboratory animal science facilities. The elective course Applied Anesthesia and Microsurgery requires an additional two days of attendance which are usually scheduled in conjunction with one of the semester attendance blocks in order to minimize travel.
If you are looking accommodation you can check our housing offerings here.
Between the attendance phases, the online courses take place during the week. Most od the time, the classes will be held on Wednesday Evening and Saturday morning. The exact dates will be announced in good time, subject to change. The online courses will be recorded and made available as a time-delayed stream.
In the first three semesters twice weekly online seminars are held outside regular office hours.These online seminars are supported by an e-media skills lab and further complemented by literature reviews and homework. In general, 1 ECTS is calculated with a workload of 25 hours. Therefore, the master program with 90 ECTS has a total workload of 2,250 hours. In the module handbook, you can find the ECTS and workload of every single module.
Every person studying at RWTH Aachen University is obliged to provide proof of sufficient health insurance coverage at the time of enrolment and to maintain this coverage during their studies. Students over the age of 30 are exempt from the statutory insurance obligation.
The new electronic student registration procedure of the statutory health insurance companies has been in effect at RWTH Aachen University since 1 January 2022. Students report to a statutory health insurance fund at which university they are studying and the health insurance fund then reports this data electronically to RWTH.
Students from the EU can send their European health insurance certificate by email to the study programme organisation, which will then forward the certificate.
Students who are over 30 send their passport by e-mail to the study programme organisation, which then forwards it.
Students who are not from the EU and are under 30 have two options:
1) Students who only travel to Germany for the attendance phases.
These students must provide proof of sufficient insurance cover and apply for exemption from German insurance.
This exemption can be applied for online & will then be checked.
The insurance of the home country or an international health insurance must include the following requirements:
outpatient medical treatment
inpatient hospital treatment
unlimited sum insured (no maximum benefit)
Treatment in connection with an existing chronic illness or communicable diseases should not be excluded.
The decision to be exempted from compulsory insurance cannot be reversed. This means that those with private health insurance cannot usually return to statutory health insurance after the decision has been made.
2) Students who want to move to Germany for their entire studies.
These students must take out insurance with a public or private German health insurance company.