A Canadian researcher doing her PhD in Germany

Doing a PhD in Germany can provide a well-rounded, rich experience, both in terms of high-quality research thanks to Germany’s well-funded research programs, and in terms of your personal development through learning a new language, culture, and world view.


RWTH Aachen University is one of the largest and most prestigious universities in Germany. Aachen's unique location – nestled between Cologne and Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, and Luxembourg and bordering German-, Dutch-, and French-speaking areas – makes this City particularly special. You are at the center of action here and warmly welcome, whether you study in German or English.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities offers numerous courses in English, e.g. at the English and American Studies Department or Human Technology Center. In addition, the Institute of Catholic Theology organizes Reading courses in English.

Most of these courses are open to you without any special formalities. In a few cases, there are participation restrictions. Please speak to the designated contacts at the institutes.

Of course, you can learn German at our Language Center.

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And you can also count on our support in practical issues. We will provide you with a buddy who knows the area, and numerous associations will put you in contact with international and German students.