Master Software Systems Engineering

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Frequently Asked Questions

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For students interested in studying SSE

What are the tuition fees / costs for studying SSE?

There are no tuition fees for studying the SSE master program, but there is a unversity fee for a social contribution and the student public transport ticket allowing the usage of parts of the public transport in the city of Aachen and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia at no further cost.

Do non-academic qualifications improve the admission chances?

We do not consider qualifications other than those we explicity require. In other words, other documents or certificiates are not considered for the admission decision. For example, we do not consider:

  • certificates, online courses, and exams obtained from institutions other than recognized universities
  • letters of recommendation
  • professional experience

Can I study SSE online / from abroad?

No, the SSE master program has courses that may require the students‘ in-person attendance and the exams usually require attendance. Note that the respective courses often require a regular attendance, e.g. every week, and the exams are usually spread over weeks such that travelling to Aachen for the mandatory courses and exams is likely no feasible solution.

While for most courses the students‘ presence is not mandatory, we highly recommend to attend the lectures and exercises as this allows students to better follow the courses, to directly enter a dialog when questions arise, and to learn together with other students.

Online studies during COVID-19 pandemic

In an effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and to enable students to safely continue their studies, most of RWTH Aachen University’s courses switched to an online format. This applied to all SSE courses, i.e. all SSE courses were online. The exams were done in presence with safety measures in the summer term 2020 and online in the winter term 2021.

The intention is to return to the in-presence courses once the situation allows it. Please follow the official information provided by RWTH Aachen Unversity.

Why is there no option to apply for (the first semester in) SSE in RWTHonline?

You cannot apply at any time for a first semester start in the SSE master program but only during certain time periods. To apply for the SSE master program you always have to apply via RWTHonline (you first need to register and then you can submit your application(s)). If you cannot select SSE master program in RWTHonline when entering an application for admission, then the application for admission time window is probably not open. If you can select the SSE master program but you cannot select the first semester as entrance semester (you can only select a higher semester), then the application for admission time window for a first semester start in SSE is probably not open.

What is the meaning of "entrance semester" or "first semester start"?

Students that have completed an undergraduate (bachelor) degree and want to study the SSE master program have to apply for admission for the first semester as entrance semester, i.e., if they are accepted they can start their studies in the first semester. Students that have already studied one or more semesters in a master degree that is similar to SSE and want to switch to the SSE master program at RWTH Aachen University can apply for admission with a higher semester as entrance semester. Most of our applicants do not have studied a similar master program before, but apply with an undergraduate (bachelor) degree. Thus, for most students only the application for admission for a first semester start is relevant.

What are the time windows for submitting applications for admissions?

Since the SSE master program only starts in winter terms, applications for admissions for a first semester as entrance semester, can only be submitted during the application for admission time window for winter terms. For a start in summer terms only applications for admissions for higher semesters can be submitted. For the application for admission time periods refer to the Application for Admission page.

For students enrolled to the SSE master program

How to receive important announcements?

Once you enrolled as student of the Software Systems Engineering master program, we highly recommend to register for the mailing list managed by the academic advisory for Software Systems Engineering. Only enrolled SSE students using their RWTH Aachen University email address will be accepted for joining the mailing list. Note that the acceptance is a manual process that may take some time as usually collect and process a batch of requests.

The academic advisory will announce important information via this mailing list. Only the academic advisory can post to this mailing list, i.e. this mailing list is not meant to the SSE students to communicate with each other. We recommend the SSE students to connect with each other using social media or messengers (e.g. directly after after the introduction event for SSE students).

Only students enrolled to the SSE master program can subscribe to this mailing list

How to find lecture halls?

RWTH Aachen University is not a university with only one central campus, but it has multiple campuses and buildings spread across the city of Aachen. Below you find links to websites that can help you find the way.