The course at Ravensburg-Weingarten University trains engineers in the fields of electrical engineering and information technology to apply scientific knowledge and technical ideas directly to practical applications or marketable products. Course highlights are the short duration (seven semesters = three and a half years) and the intensive support given to the students. Laboratory courses, project work and case studies ensure high practical relevance.
In the first three semesters, students learn professional and scientific basics, which form the foundation for their future specialisation. Typical lectures cover electrical engineering and electronics, mathematics and programming, digital and microcomputer technology. In the advanced part of the course from the fourth to the seventh semester, students choose one of two major fields of study: Automation Engineering or Communications Technology. The fifth semester is a practical semester in which students are required to complete an internship in a company.
In the fifth semester, an internship of 26 weeks is to be completed.
Forms of assessment
Written and oral examinations, presentations, projects
The course at Ravensburg-Weingarten University trains engineers in the fields of electrical engineering and information technology to apply scientific knowledge and technical ideas directly to practical applications or marketable products.
Applicants must provide proof of their English skills: TOEFL 70 out of 120 points (internet-based) IELTS minimum requirement Band 6.0
University entrance qualification for engineering study programmes
147.50 EUR per semester
Costs of living
In order to obtain a visa for Germany, international students must prove that they have a minimum of 735 EUR per month at their disposal (minimum 8,820 EUR per year). The same financial requirements apply for an extension of the residence permit approx. one year after the student's arrival. Monthly rent in dormitories amounts to approx. 300 EUR. Contribution to health insurance, which is compulsory in Germany, amounts to approx. 82 EUR per month.
Foreign students registered at universities in Germany can take on jobs without an approval requirement provided that this work does not exceed 120 full days or 240 half days in total in a calendar year. Jobs as research or student assistants can also be performed without an approval requirement and without any time limits. However, finding jobs in companies or at the university is not easy. Applicants should also be aware of the fact that university studies are highly demanding and might not allow enough time to take on a job at the same time. International students should therefore not plan to finance their stay in Germany by earning money while studying.
Funding opportunities within the university
In their final year of study, students in need of support can apply for a so-called Matching Funds Scholarship (details: International Office).
Senior students help newcomers on arrival (Buddy Programme, see below). Formalities are dealt with in the Welcome and Orientation Programme organised by the International Office (first week of March), see below.
Services and support for international students
Buddy Programme: Senior students, both German and international, help newcomers on arrival and throughout the semester. The so-called "buddies" are ready to answer questions even before the new students arrive.
One-week Welcome and Orientation Programme before lectures start in March: Dealing with formalities (registration at the university and in the community, health insurance, bank account, computer accounts, etc.) and exploring the region
German language courses: One week intensive course in March, 4 hours/week during the lecture period, both at different levels
Welcome Brochure: Relevant information regarding studying and student life for all new international students
Numerous one- or two-day excursions throughout the semester
International events at the university
Brother and Sister Programme: International students meet German citizens
Support with respect to health insurance and foreigners' authority
Continuous information on events, programmes, seminars, scholarships, laws and other news relevant to international students
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Accommodation is mainly provided and organised by the organisations "Seezeit Studentenwerk Bodensee" and "Weiße Rose e.V." which run dormitories in Weingarten and Ravensburg. After having been awarded a place at Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten, students have to reserve rooms directly and without delay. However, there is no guarantee for a room in a dormitory. As to other housing options, please see http://www.hs-weingarten.de/en/web/international-office/accommodation.