Aachen Germany’s westernmost city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is located in the border triangle of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
A former cloth-making and needle town, Aachen’s business landscape is now most famous for mechanical engineering (e.g., the Ford Research Center), tire production (Continental AG) and light bulbs (companies such as Philips). Aachen is also home to the international pharmaceutical company Grünenthal.
Overview of the universities
RWTH Aachen (Aachen University of Technology
Internationally renowned for technological research in science and engineering, the RWTH’s partnerships with many international universities and research centers make it a popular choice for international students. Its status is underlined by the fact that the Institute for Advanced Studies in Computational Engineering Science was awarded additional funding as part of the “Excellenzinitiative”.
FH Aachen, Aachen University of Applied Sciences, AcUAS
AcUAS is one of Germany’s largest universities of applied sciences. The German and international degrees on offer (at both graduate and post-graduate level) range from engineering to economics and even design.
Did you know?
One of the RWTH Aachen’s most prestigious alumni is Hugo Junkers who was named an honorary citizen in 1928 for building the first airplane to cross the Atlantic from east to west. It was a nerve-wracking experience for the pilot, and finally ended after 36 hours when he touched down on an island near Labrador.
Things to check out
The city of Aachen is a treasure chest of architectural gems. The most famous is the UNESCO world heritage site, Emperor Charlemagne’s “Imperial Cathedral”.
While strolling through Aachen’s picturesque streets, keep your eyes peeled for the unique sculptures and fountains, one of which is the Elisenbrunnen.
And to recharge your carbohydrate batteries afterwards, be sure to try the delicious Aachener Printen, a traditional, ancient-recipe biscuit similar to gingerbread.
The city’s homepage, with lots of useful information
Studenten-Wohnung.de is the site to visit to find student accommodation.
Student Union Aachen gives plenty of info about studying and living in the city.
The site aachen-emotion.com is a declaration of love to the city of Aachen.