FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

You can apply for a study place in M.Sc. Applied Health Informatics and Digital Medicine 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.

For your application, you need the following documents:

  • University degree certificate and Transcript of records
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter of Motivation
  • Confirmation of at least 12 months of relevant work experience (please compile all references in one pdf file)
  • Confirmation of sufficient knowledge of the English language (level B2)

All documents should be translated into English or German

For Master’s courses of study mainly in English, adequate knowledge of English must be proven by non-native speakers of English who have not acquired their higher education entrance qualification at an English-language institution.

Applicants who have obtained their study qualification or an English-language academic degree in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the United States of America are exempt from providing proof.

The following certificates are recognized:

  • Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) “Internet-based” Test (IBT) with a score of at least 90 points,
  • International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) Academic Test with a score of at least 6.0,
  • Cambridge Test – B2 First (formerly Cambridge English: First / FCE) with a grade of at least B,
  • Cambridge Test – C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English: Advanced / CAE),
  • Cambridge Test – C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge English: Proficiency / CPE),
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with a score of at least 60 points,
  • UNIcert II or higher,
  • a certificate that was obtained as part of the school education required by law in the respective country and that demonstrates English language proficiency at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This proof is provided, for example, by submitting a German Abitur certificate which shows that English was taken continuously until the end of qualification phase 1 (year 11 for G8 Abitur, otherwise year 12) and completed with at least sufficient grades,
  • Placement test result from the RWTH Language Centre at level B2.2.1 (formerly MK 7) or higher. This can only be taken by enrolled students or by RWTH or UKA staff.

Our program requires a minimum of 12 months‘ work experience by the time of enrollment. The proof of work experience has to include the following information:

  • The employer’s address and stamp
  • Job title
  • Short task description
  • Date of joining and, if applicable, resignation date (duration)

Please note: your proof of work experience must be signed by a superior or HR!

A transcript of records is a listing of your academic qualifications, including a list of all lectures, seminars, courses, etc. you have attended (listed for each semester), with the credits earned and grades received. The transcript of records is issued by your university, and graduates usually receive it with their diploma.

There are no limits to how you can write your motivation letter. The most important thing is that it is clear why you want to study with us, what the benefits will be for you, and what drives you.

The program is designed for graduates of medical and life sciences programs, as well as graduates in computer science, mathematics, and natural sciences.

Start of application phase: December
Application deadline: 15th of July
Early bird discount: 15th of April
Scholarship deadline: 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 for the M.Sc. in “Applied Health Informatics” amount to 26,600 EUR for four semesters. The fees need to be paid in 4 instalments à 6,650 EUR at the beginning of each semester. Scholarships or other discounts will be considered individually if required.
Additionally the RWTH semester fee needs to be paid at the beginning of each semester to RWTH Aachen university. Deadlines and all further information can be found in RWTHonline.

The RWTH semester fee amounts to approx. EUR 320 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.

Amongst others, the semester fee at RWTH Aachen University includes the semester ticket for public transport within the whole state of North Rhine-Westphalia, part of Belgium and part of the Netherlands.

The RTWH International Academy offers scholarships of different amounts for different target groups. You can apply for these until 15th of April. We have also compiled an overview of various external scholarship partners. Please note the current information in the scholarship overview.

The enrolment will be finalised by the Student Secretariat or the International Office of RWTH Aachen University. For enrolment, 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
  • Language certificate(s)
  • 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 passpor

A list of the documents to be submitted for enrolment 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.

There are 2-3 attendance phases per semester in Aachen during which the practical content of the course is taught. The fourth semester is reserved for the Master’s thesis, there are no attendance days. The attendance phases take place on weekdays and Saturdays.

These dates are subject to change; we will announce the exact semester dates in time for you to plan your travel and accommodation.

Between the attendance phases, online courses are held during the week, usually in the evening. Exact dates will be announced well in advance and are subject to change. The online courses will be recorded and made available as a delayed stream.

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.

For more information, please check the RWTH website.