IDEA League Joint Applied Geophysics

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:4 semestrs
Deadline: Apr 1, 2022
StudyQA ranking:388

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Geophysical modelling and inversion
Electromagnetic exploration
Reflection seismology
Seismic imaging
Rock-fluid interactions
Soil mechanics
Exploration geology
Sequence stratigraphy
Geophysical logging
Small-scale NMR
Electrical & spectral induced polarisation methods
Data analysis for geoscientists
Numerical reservoir engineering
Sedimentary basin modelling and dynamics
Remote sensing of sedimentary basins
Engineering geophysics
Prospect evaluation/risk analysis/portfolio management
One-month field course

Educational organisation

The two-year programme comprises 18 months of course work, divided into three teaching periods in Delft, Zurich, and Aachen. During this time, students attend lectures and participate in extensive hands-on data acquisition and processing exercises. Lectures on various research-level subjects are also included in the programme. The final five months are devoted to a research thesis project at one of the three universities or in industry. The thesis is a key component in the preparation and training of specialists for the practical world.

First semester: geophysical foundations at TU Delft
Second semester: foundation development, advanced techniques and field acquisition and processing at ETH Zurich
Third semester: geophysical applications and special topics in geophysics at RWTH Aachen
Fourth semester: Master's thesis work

Forms of assessment

Students have to obtain an average of 30 ECTS per semester. They must obtain a minimum of 25 ECTS at each university. Regarding the examinations, each university follows the local regulations (different number of retakes permitted, different form of exams etc.).

Language requirements

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Academic requirements

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Enrolment fees

All students are subject to a student service fee of currently approx. 240 EUR per semester.

Costs of living

The average cost of living and studying, including food, accommodation, personal and social expenses, and study-related costs, is estimated to be 700-900 EUR per month.

Job opportunities

International students may take up work in the private sector during the semester or the semester break for up to three months without having obtained a work permit. Students thus may take up full-time work for 90 days or part-time positions (up to four hours per day) for 180 days. This regulation is also stated on the residence permit. During the semester, students are allowed to take up jobs with working hours of up to 19 hours a week. During the semester break, students may work full-time but only for a maximum of 13 consecutive weeks.
Student assistants are more flexible regarding working hours as the 90/180 full- and part-time regulations do not apply. As a student assistant you are allowed to work up to 19 hours per week throughout the year.

Funding opportunities within the university

A limited number of scholarships from various organisations is available to help students finance their studies. Please see the following website for a list of exchange programmes, scholarships, and grants, together with their specific application requirements and conditions, and/or contact the International Office directly for advice and assistance.

Arrival support

The International Office Info-Service Center provides information and services for international students and visiting scientists at RWTH Aachen University upon their arrival in Aachen. RWTH Aachen University considers the integration of international visiting scientists and students an important task and, in order to reach this goal, offers the following assistance for international students and scientists:
  • Accommodation information
  • Assisting students during admission procedures
  • Registering your address with local authorities
  • Opening a bank account
  • Insurance matters
  • Locating pertinent university and city offices
  • Tips for finding a job in Aachen
These services are offered to students during the orientation phase at the beginning of each semester. The Info-Service Center offers a social programme called "Leisure and Pleasure" and publishes a monthly newsletter for international students and scientists.

Services and support for international students

German language course (starting in August); intensive course guidance and counselling; sports and social activities. See "Arrival Support".


Availability of university accommodation in Aachen is limited. Thus, participation in individual allocation procedures is usually required. Because of the high demand for university accommodation, it may be necessary to resort to the private accommodation market.
As apartments for families and couples are particularly high in demand, applicants interested in this type of accommodation will almost definitely need to draw on the private market. The majority of RWTH Aachen University's students rely on the private accommodation market.
There are a number of options for finding private accommodation in and around Aachen; the International Office can provide students with information before or upon their arrival.
Prices for university accommodation vary between 200 EUR and 330 EUR per month, and accommodation on the private market is priced between 290 EUR and 550 EUR per month, depending on the size and the number of rooms.
For short-term accommodation, there are many hotels, a few youth hostels and a boarding house located in and around Aachen (reservation is recommended).
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Study mode:On campus Languages: English
Local:$ 616 Foreign:$ 616
Deadline: Oct 31, 2021 StudyQA ranking: 372