The Rhenish-Westphalian Technical University of Aachen (RWTH), founded in 1870 as “Royal Rhenish-Westphalian Polytechnic School of Aachen“, is composed of 260 institutes nowadays. Around 35,000 students are enrolled in more than 75 degree programmes. In October 2007, the RWTH has achieved the coveted status as University of Excellence in an initiative of the German Federal and State Governments and will have access to 180 million euros of additional funding over the next five years.
The RWTH Aachen offers, with few exceptions, a full range of subjects. Disciplines such as biology and computer sciences have a clear technical orientation. In addition to the nine faculties, interdisciplinary forums across subject and faculty boundaries have established and proven themselves by now.
The university puts special emphasis on the internationalization of the education. Study programmes and international agreements with prestigious universities allow students of the RWTH to complete valuable training modules abroad. For post-graduate students, in particular from the Anglo-Saxon area, the RWTH offers twelve master programmes.