International Programmes in Germany 2014

International Master's Programme in Mechatronics • Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences • Weingarten

  • Degree Master
    Course language(s) English
    Admission semester Winter semester only
    Beginning Lectures begin on the first Monday in October. However, students are strongly recommended to participate in the Welcome and Orientation Programme as well as in the German intensive course taking place in September.
    Programme duration Three semesters (1.5 years)
    Application deadline 15 April
    Course content In the first semester (MM1), the students' curriculum varies depending on their first degree. The main purpose of semester MM1 is to balance out differences in skills and knowledge resulting from students' previous programmes. Therefore, individual course programmes and timetables are compiled for each student.

    The second semester (MM2) covers specific mechatronics-related subjects such as robotics, automation, control design as well as laboratory training. In addition, the students have to carry out a scientific project in an international team. This project aims to consolidate the students' theoretical knowledge and to enhance their ability to put theory into practice. Undertaken in international teams, the project also furthers intercultural skills, which are considered to be an essential aspect of the programme as a whole.

    The third semester (MM3) is mainly dedicated to the Master's thesis. Due to the international orientation of the programme, international students should complete their thesis in Germany. It must be written in English and presented publicly at the university. The Master's thesis can be done either at the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten, at a partner university abroad or - if the project allows - at a company or a research institute.

    For more information, please visit our homepage: www.hs-weingarten.de/web/masterstudiengang-mechatronics
  • Educational organisation Prior to the beginning of lectures: intensive German language course (September)

    First semester (MM1)
    - Advanced Mathematics for Engineers
    - Electrical Drives
    - Engineering Design and Materials
    - Engineering Mechanics
    - Power Electronics
    - Process Interface Equipment
    - Simulation of Mechatronic Systems
    - Social Competence: German as a foreign language, Intercultural Sensitisation (one-day seminar)
    - Optional Module: PLC Programming

    Second semester (MM2)
    - Automation
    - Advanced Control Engineering (ACE)
    - Lab on ACE
    - Embedded Computing
    - Integration of Mechatronic Systems
    - Robotics
    - Lab on Robotics
    - Lab on Process Interface Equipment
    - Scientific Project
    - Working in International Scientific Project Teams (2-day seminar)
    - German as a foreign language
    - Optional Modules (e.g):
    * Systems analysis with LabVIEW
    * Research Project

    Third semester (MM3)
    - Master's thesis
    Study abroad unit(s) German students should write their Master's thesis outside Germany. This can be done at one of our partner universities or - if the project allows - at a company or a research institute abroad.
    Internships Not applicable
    Forms of assessment - Written examinations (60 or 90 minutes), oral examinations in exceptional cases only
    - For labs, projects and the Master's thesis, written report and/or personal presentation
    ECTS credits 90
    Diploma supplement Yes
    Course-related German language courses Yes
    Course objectives Solutions for complex technical systems usually require contributions from several different engineering disciplines. This Master's programme aims to train graduates with an engineering background in the relevant complementary topics needed for the development of an increasing range of advanced mechatronic products.

    Typical employment areas for mechatronics engineers are in research or in the development, production and maintenance of integrated mechatronic systems. Products such as intelligent sensors, autonomous robots or high precision mechanical devices are booming fields of industrial applications and increase the demand for graduates of the Mechatronics programme.

    An important field for Mechatronics research and application are hybrids and electrical drives in passenger cars and bicycles.

    To summarise, engineers with a Master's degree in Mechatronics can improve their job prospects significantly for the following three reasons:
    - Interdisciplinary proficiency through individually composed and targeted study plans based on the first degree (Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Physics, etc.)
    - Intercultural and language competence thanks to the international orientation of the programme
    - Recognition of the MSc degree as a basis for consecutive PhD studies with partner universities and institutes
  • Tuition fees None
    Enrolment fees 135.50 EUR per semester (60 EUR administration fee and 75.50 EUR contribution to the Students' Union)
    Costs of living In order to obtain a visa for Germany, international students must prove that they have a minimum of 659 EUR per month at their disposal (minimum 7,908 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 varies from 250 to 350 EUR. Contribution to health insurance, which is compulsory in Germany, amounts to approx. 80 EUR per month.
    Job opportunities 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.
  • Language requirements Very good knowledge of the English language, minimum requirements: TOEFL iBT 70 or IELTS Band 6.0

    Academic requirements Diploma or Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Applied Physics or Computer Science with a minimum of 210 ECTS credits. Graduates from three-year Bachelor programmes (180 ECTS credits) can be considered provided they meet additional requirements..

    60% of the places available will be allocated on the basis of the GRE Revised General Test results. This means that only applicants that have taken the GRE test will be considered for this quota.

    40% of the places available will be allocated on the basis of the final grade of the Bachelor's degree as well as the results in mathematics and other relevant subjects. Applicants who at the time of application have not yet obtained the Bachelor's degree will be ranked according to their current GPA. The final grade or the GPA, respectively, can be improved by providing proof of relevant work experience or research activities.
    Where to apply Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten
    Lucia Mengis
    Doggenriedstraße, Geb. H
    88250 Weingarten
  • Arrival support Senior students help newcomers on arrival. Tutors support newcomers in all questions regarding accommodation. Other formalities are dealt with in the Welcome and Orientation Programme organised by the International Office (second week of September), 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 in September: 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: Two weeks intensive course in September, 2-4 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

    Contact: Ms Ramona Herrmann, ramona.herrmann@hs-weingarten.de
    Accommodation 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 www.hs-weingarten.de/en/web/international-office/accommodation.
  • Course website www.hs-weingarten.de/web/masterstudiengang-mechatronics
    About the university Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences has a total of 3,500 students and hosts four faculties: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Technology and Management as well as Social and Educational Science. Currently, approx. 12% of the students attending the university are international students. The students on the extensive campus are instructed by 100 professors and a similar number of external lecturers.

    Ravensburg-Weingarten University is involved in numerous research projects and activities, in which the university cooperates with companies as well as partner universities.
    Total number of students 3,500
    Total percentage of international students 12 %
    About the city Weingarten is a rural town with approx. 26,000 inhabitants, including some 6,600 students enrolled at the two universities. Situated in the south-west of Germany in proximity to Switzerland and Austria, it is embedded in beautiful countryside and offers leisure activities such as skiing and hiking in the Alps, walking or cycling in the surrounding hills and swimming in Lake Constance or the many small, surrounding lakes.

    Weingarten is famous for its Basilica, the biggest baroque church north of the Alps. The neighbouring town of Ravensburg has a lovely medieval town centre and offers a rich cultural programme including theatre performances, jazz and sports events.

    On the other hand, the Lake Constance/Upper Swabia region is also a very prosperous economic area: it is home to numerous innovative companies as well as to global concerns such as ZF, EADS and MTU. The airport at Friedrichshafen is only 20 km away. Thus, living in Weingarten combines the comfortable atmosphere of a small town with the advantages of a strong economic area.
    Population 26,000
  • Contact

    Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten

    Student Administration Office

    Lucia Mengis
    P.O. Box 1261
    88241 Weingarten

    Tel. +49 (0) 7 51-5 01 95 66
    Fax. +49 (0) 7 51-5 01 98 74

    Submit application to

    Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten
    Lucia Mengis
    Doggenriedstraße, Geb. H
    88250 Weingarten