International Programmes in Germany 2014

Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering (NHRE) • Bauhaus-Universität Weimar (University) • Weimar

  • Degree Master
    Course language(s) English
    In addition, it is recommended that students take preparatory German classes prior to the beginning of the semester to help them in their daily life in Germany. German classes start one month before the beginning of the semester.
    Admission semester Winter semester only
    Beginning Winter semester: October
    Programme duration Four semesters (two years)
    Application deadline 15 July
    Course content (1) The Master's degree programme "Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering" is an intensive and application-based, advanced course of study. The programme is intensively supervised and research-oriented. It provides students with a solid technical basis in the key areas of structural engineering through a coherent and coordinated programme, integrating research and practical applications.

    (2) The degree programme enables students to acquire excellence in oral and written skills. By providing students with advanced scientific and interdisciplinary knowledge, they are able to take on demanding engineering tasks in the areas of planning, construction and realisation of structures under specific conditions. They are also able to carry out site- or structure-specific risk analysis using modern tools to estimate the threat of natural hazards.

    In addition to strengthening their theoretical and scientific competence, students develop skills in modelling, simulation and application of performance-based design, fieldwork and laboratory investigations.

    In order to structure and reflect the complexity of the chain reactions inherent to natural hazards, this programme explores in detail various engineering disciplines and engineering-related areas of the natural sciences, social sciences and economics. It examines the central role that structural engineering plays in reducing the impact of natural disasters. Furthermore, it focuses on the engineering methods that are used to assess and reduce the vulnerability of structures.

    The programme highlights the demands on engineering technology at both regional and global level by using international projects as models. The elective compulsory modules expand on specific lines of development; they equip and prepare students systematically for future professional careers or further research positions.
  • Educational organisation The curriculum (four semesters) consists of a total of 59 compulsory hours (66 credits), 15 optional required hours (18 credits) and at least 10 elective hours (12 credits). Students must select and successfully complete a project as one of their optional required modules, and their Master's thesis (four months or 24 credits). Upon request, students may be permitted to participate in this degree programme on a part-time basis.
    Study abroad unit(s) No
    Forms of assessment During the semester, academic progress is assessed on the basis of homework assignments, semester papers and project work. At the end of each semester, academic progress is evaluated through examinations.
    ECTS credits 120
    Diploma supplement Yes
    Funding of the joint degree / double degree DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
    General promotion / funding DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
    Course-related German language courses Yes
    Course objectives The increasing occurrences of natural hazards all over the world, as well as their various effects on individuals, societies and modern economies, is one of the major challenges for decades to come. The Master's course in Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering confronts this challenge by providing indispensable tools for dealing with these phenomena in various civil engineering design processes. The Master's course combines practical structural engineering with state-of-the-art concepts in the fields of computational mechanics, dynamics and probability theory/stochastic analysis. The Master's course thus provides key qualifications for innovative work in the field of earthquake, flood and wind engineering, as well as offering an international context in which students can achieve both technical success and personal advancement.
  • Tuition fees No tuition fee
    Enrolment fees Approx. 140 EUR per semester. This is a contribution to Student Services and the Student Council. It also includes free regional transport, and student discounts on meals at the university cafeteria and on theatre and museum tickets.
    Costs of living In Weimar, living expenses tend to be much lower than in larger German cities. We recommend that students calculate a minimum of 650 EUR per month.
    Job opportunities The graduate programme of the Faculty of Civil Engineering offers up to three positions for graduate assistants per academic year, awarded to international students of the NHRE Master's programme. The workload is an estimated twelve hours per week, adding up to a remuneration of about 400 EUR per month.
    Contracts are initially drawn up for one year but can be extended for the duration of the second year if so agreed by both parties.
    As well as providing opportunities for academic assistantships, Student Services and the Student Council assist students in finding jobs. We still recommend that students plan their finances well ahead and not rely on additional earnings.
    Funding opportunities within the university - University Scholarship Programme for International Students
    - Scholarship Programme of the Association for Sponsorship of Students of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Language requirements Candidates must provide proof of English language proficiency equivalent to level C1 (European Framework) by submitting either:

    1. Proof of English proficiency as a native speaker (certificate of higher education entrance qualification or first-level professional qualification (i.e. undergraduate degree) from an English-speaking country), or

    2. Proof of English proficiency at level C1 based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, certified by one of the following internationally recognised certificates:
    - TOEFL (internet: 79, computer: 213, paper: 550)
    - Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, Grade C
    - IELTS, vol. 6.0
    or another equivalent certificate

    Academic requirements The minimum qualification for admission to this programme is either a "Bachelor of Science" degree in Civil Engineering or an equivalent professional qualification with a final grade of minimum 2.5 (according to the German system). The Examination Committee must ensure that the candidate's prior degree is equivalent to that of the BSc programme in Civil Engineering. If not, the Examination Committee may admit students under conditions which the candidates must fulfil at a later point. In such cases, candidates are not legally entitled to gain admission to the programme.
    Where to apply Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
    Student Advisory Service
    99421 Weimar
  • Arrival support International Office
    Phone 1: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 63
    Phone 2: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 73
    Fax: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 75
    Address for visitors: Weimar, Campus.Office, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 15, Germany

    Weimar International Network
    Information, services and buddy programme for international students prior to arrival
    Services and support for international students Academic support and counselling office: Faculty of Civil Engineering, Mrs Birgit Bode
    Phone: +49 (0) 36 43-58 45 68
    Fax: +49 (0) 36 43-58 45 65

    International Office
    Phone 1: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 63
    Phone 2: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 73
    Fax: +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 75
    Address for visitors: Weimar, Campus.Office, Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 15, Germany

    Weimar International Network
    WIN is an online platform of services for international students in Weimar. It offers useful information and events, fosters contact between international and German students, and provides orientation for newcomers to Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

    WIN offers helpful advice, links and contact information. You can also register to participate in cultural exchange programmes and subscribe to the monthly newsletter "curious@bout Weimar." The calendar contains information about upcoming international events in Weimar and the surrounding region.

    WIN is a project of the International Office of Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, coordinated in cooperation with the Studentenwerk Thüringen and the student-initiated Bauhaus Internationals.
    Accommodation The "Studentenwerk Thüringen" (Student Services Thuringia) administers approx. 1,100 apartments in Weimar. Monthly rates vary from 105 to 320 EUR. The university itself does not provide accommodation.

    Email: wef@stw-thueringen.de
    Phone: +49 (0)3 61-7 37 18 21
    Visiting address: Weimar, Marienstraße 15 a
    Website: www.stw-thueringen.de
    Application: https://tl1host.de/SWJ/?lang_id=2

    Typically, up to five students share living quarters. Students have their own bedrooms and share a kitchen and a bathroom. Most rooms are furnished (bed, desk, chair, cupboard, shelf) but kitchenware and appliances are not included. Tutors for international students provide assistance in orienting yourself during the first couple of days and also organise events.

    Students announce private and shared flats on the university homepage ("Pinnwand") at www.uni-weimar.de.
  • Course website www.uni-weimar.de
    About the university Bauhaus-Universität Weimar is an international university with a highly distinctive spectrum of subjects. Situated in the historic city of Weimar, Germany, it originated from two progressive, international institutions: the Weimar Saxon-Grand Ducal Art School and the Staatliche Bauhaus. Both were infused with different nationalities and developed ideas known and respected the world over. We at Bauhaus Universität Weimar continue to forge a unique path that offers unparalleled opportunities by combining art and design with science and technology as well as an international philosophy.
    In 1919, Walter Gropius created the Bauhaus in Weimar - four years later he called for a search for the "new unity of art and engineering". That meant combining the vanguard of art and design with modern industry. With this approach, the Bauhaus became the most famous school of architecture, art and design in the 20th century.
    Bauhaus-Universität Weimar sees itself precisely in this sense as a "Bauhaus of the 21st century" - open, experimental, ultra-modern in the technical as well as in the aesthetic sense, free from any imitation of the past, a "digital Bauhaus". The university's objectives are reflected in the main fields of study and research in architecture, civil engineering, art and design as well as the media. The result is an ideal space for creative academic and artistic work, supported by laboratories, workshops, studios, and libraries. In addition, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar is a truly international university with a large number of exchange, study and research programmes throughout the world, including Addis Ababa, Chicago, Lyon, Moscow, New York, Rome, Shanghai, Tokyo and Zurich.
    Total number of students 4,000
    Total percentage of international students 18 %
    About the city The historic city of Weimar is a cosy town which has had a profound influence on Europe: most significantly in architecture, art and design, music, and literature. Among many others, the famous German writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe as well as Friedrich Schiller walked in the park along the river Ilm. The famous pianist and composer Franz Liszt stimulated modern music, and the architects Walter Gropius and Henry van de Velde initiated the Avant-garde and Modernism.
    Weimar is situated right in the middle of Thuringia, the "green heart of Germany", and is about 300 km away from both the German capital, Berlin, and the German financial centre, Frankfurt. Today, Weimar is a lively town with about 65,000 inhabitants and a town centre where you can reach everything within a 10-minute walk. The green areas of the town, such as the park on the river Ilm, include many sights, e.g. Goethe's summer house and the palaces of Tiefurt, Ettersburg and Belvedere.
    Weimar has much to offer for art- and culture-lovers, revellers, lovers of nature, and gourmets. There are more than 20 museums, three cinemas, a national theatre and various cabaret theatres, student clubs, concerts, and multifaceted cultural events such as the traditional folk event, the "Zwiebelmarkt", not to mention Thuringian delicacies like "Rostbratwurst" (sausage), "Rostbrätel" (marinated, grilled meat), and "Thüringer Klöße" (dumplings). During the summer, Weimar hosts the annual Bauhaus Summer School, the Klezmer week and the Arts Festival. Other highlights include the "backup" Film Festival and Master Classes at the Hochschule für Musik "Franz Liszt". We hope to welcome you soon in Weimar!
    Population 65,000
  • Contact

    Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

    Student Advisory Service - International

    Johanna Theuerkauf
    Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 15
    99421 Weimar

    Tel. +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 68
    Fax. +49 (0) 36 43-58 23 60

    Further Contacts

    Birgit Bode

    Susanne Wille

    Submit application to

    Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
    Student Advisory Service
    99421 Weimar