Frequently Asked Questions
The following is a continuously updated list of questions regarding admission to the AICES doctoral program. Questions are grouped in several categories: eligibility, procedures, courses, financial, and miscellaneous.
The AICES program for Bachelor graduates starts with a Master's program. The default entry point is the 4-semester Master's program in Simulation Sciences. This program includes 3 semesters of coursework followed by one semester of writing and defending a Master's thesis, which serves as doctoral thesis proposal. This is followed by approximately 6 semesters of further thesis research, including writing of the doctoral thesis. In special cases, graduates of 7- and 8-semester Bachelor's programs can receive partial credit for their Bachelor-level work, shortening the coursework phase by up to one semester. Graduates of computational engineering Bachelor's programs (e.g., the ), can alternatively enter the 3-semester Master's program in CES. Other possible entry points to the program are listed here
Students with a Master's degree can be admitted directly into the 3-year doctoral research phase.
Doctoral degree granting regulations require that such candidates take 40 semester-week-hours (SWS), or two semesters, of Master-level courses and spend additional 20 SWS on a project thesis before being eligible to perform doctoral-level research.
AICES doctoral research stage is meant to be taken in its entirety, i.e., full three years. No "credit" for research performed elsewhere will be given.
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No. If you pass the initial screening, one or more AICES faculty will contact you on the basis of your application. To prepare for that stage, it is helpful to familiarize oneself with research areas represented by AICES faculty and young researchers. Note: your primary doctoral research advisor will be one of the AICES Junior Research Group Leaders.
The Applicant can send the letters of recommendation along with his/her application or asks the Evaluator to send it by themselves.
Candidates with degrees from EU institutions do not need to send GRE results. Candidates with degrees from other parts of the worlds (including USA) need to send GRE results (general test).
The GRE subject test is not required. If you do wish to submit results, several different subject tests are accepted depending on applicant's interests: physics; mathematics; computer science; biochemistry, cell and molecular biology.
GRE and TOEFL scores are just one of the factors in the admission process. No strict range is specified.
Candidates with degrees from English-speaking institutions do not need to send TOEFL results. Alternative documentation of English language ability, such as Gymnasium records, may be presented.
No. Knowing German is very helpful in daily life in Aachen, however. Opportunities to take German classes will be available.
For initial consideration, unofficial copies of transcripts (grade records), GRE, TOEFL scores, and unofficial translations may be accepted. For final admission, official documents will be required.
Applications are reviewed two times per year (after the deadlines expired). Promising candidates will be asked to complete application materials (if necessary), and will have phone interviews with faculty member (s) and young researcher(s) from AICES. Additional on-site interview may be requested. The decision on admission is typically taken within 3 months of receiving an application.
The Master's program in Simulation Sciences is taught in English. Other Master's programs suitable for AICES are predominantly taught in German. Doctoral research work as well as theses language is English.
Master-level courses currently taught in the Master's program in Simulation Sciences are. A remark, e.g., 2+1 means 2 lecture units and 1 exercise unit per week, with 1 unit equating 45 minutes of instruction.
Students who are admitted to the AICES program attend the entire program without having to pay tuition. In fact, in the doctoral phase, students receive a stipend of EUR 2000 per month. The stipend is typically not subject to taxes.
Students are responsible for their own health insurance. Health and disability insurance companies in Germany typically charge 12-15% of the gross income for a standard policy. A good option is thewhich charges between EUR 80 and EUR 250 per month.
Students are responsible for financing their own rental apartments from the stipends they receive. Assistance in finding suitable housing will be provided by the AICES Service Team.
One of the responsibilities of the AICES Service Team is assisting the AICES stipend recipients in finding health insurance, housing, etc. Assistance with mobility (bus tickets), registration and stay permit is provided by the RWTH international office.
No. Stipend recipients are expected to study and do research full-time, without other occupation.
Graduate schools group doctoral students working on similar topics and add elements of structure to doctoral education such as progress tracking and quality control. AICES is one ofestablished in late 2006 by the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments, and the only one in the area of computational engineering.
(RTGs) are a funding instrument of the German Science Foundation. RTGs organize doctoral education in specific research fields. In comparison to a graduate school like AICES, RTGs have typically narrower focus, and do not offer a combined Master/doctoral track. Like AICES, RTGs offer stipends that allow the students to focus exclusively on research.
GRS is a separate excellence-oriented graduate school formed jointly by the RWTH Aachen University and Research Centre Jülich (FZJ) and funded in equal parts by 5 partners (federal and state governments, Helmholtz Society, RWTH and FZJ). AICES and GRS share the Master-level SiSc curriculum, as well as many faculty members. AICES focuses on inverse problems in computational engineering, with high-performance computing as one component. GRS focuses exclusively on high-performance computing in computational science and engineering. Both AICES and GRS are the elements of the Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance in Simulation Sciences or JARA-SIM. Currently, AICES and the Aachen component of the GRS occupy neighboring facilities in the downtown RWTH campus.
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