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An International University of Applied Sciences on the Lower Rhine
Innovative, interdisciplinary, international
The Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences attracts students with its personal atmosphere, modern didactic methods, brilliant facilities and a broad degree programme to both campuses, Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort.
Since its founding on May 1, 2009, the university has been rapidely developing and already 4,000 students were enrolled in 2013/2014. From summersemester 2014 on, the university is offering altogether 25 undergraduate degree programmes and eight Masters degree programmes in the field of Natural Sciences, Economics and Technology as well as in the field of Humanitarian Science, Social Science and Health Science.
In all degree programmes, students are taught fundamentals of Business Economics and Law as well as so-called soft skills, such as presentation and communication, project management, social and intercultural skills and conflict management. It is the objective of interdisciplinary studies at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences to accurately meet demands placed on future graduates by society and industry on a national and international level. Besides full-time studies, most degree programmes will additionally be offered as dual or extra-occupational studies. By offering this possibility, an even stronger connection between studies, practice and science will be established.
Accordingly, 80 per cent of the offered degree programmes are exclusively taught in English. Thus, they are an ideal preparation for the international job market. Its international orientation is also reflected in the student´s origin - 93 different nationalities are studying at the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.
Foreign students experience a very attractive German university campus. A great number of students make their decision in favour of the Lower Rhine and stay.
Networking of students of the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences with the economy has been realised through projects, practical work semesters and final theses with local, national and international business enterprises in the field of Chemistry, Energy, Material Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Logistics. Life Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology etc. Co-operative research projects will be arranged and developed by the University Centre for Research. Supporting companies are referred to and supported by the right person within the university.
The Faculties of Technology and Bionics, Life Sciences as well as Society and Economics have already moved into the new and modern campus along the Spoy Canal at the Kleve Campus. The big auditorium, modern laboratories, halls for Mechanical Engineering and Agricultural Technology, the Language Centre and the University Refectory as well as the University Library offer students an attractive learning environment for successful studies.
In March 2014, the next big step will follow: the Faculty of Communication and Environment will move to the new Kamp-Lintfort Campus.
The semester fee for the Summer Semester 2015 is €251.46.
Semester fees are set by the Regulations on Contributions of both the Student Body and of the Student Service Organisation (Studentenwerk).
The semester fee for the coming Summer Semester 2015 consists of the following contributions:
- Social security contribution: €79.00
- Student union contribution: €10.00
- Semester ticket (lets you travel in most bus and train lines in North Rhine-Westphalia for no extra charge): €162.46
Cost of living in Germany
The Student Service Organisation in Germany estimates that the average living costs for a student in Germany to be between €700 and €800 per month.
This includes money for:
- Rent and utilities (heating, electricity, internet, refuse collection)
- Health insurance
- Food, clothing
- A small sum for leisure time activities
- Additional taxes or fees (see below)
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is a new institution in Kleve, and unfortunately the city is still in the process of transforming into a "university city". That means new student flats must be built to meet the increased demand and many landlords/flat owners aren't attuned to the accommodation needs of new students.
As a result, it's often easier to find fellow students online to share a flat. The official Facebook group of Rhine-Waal is a good place to start. If you've already got an apartment lined up, then you might want to advertise it on the online portal wg-gesucht.
Various types of flat sharing are common in Germany. Sometimes a parent of a student will sign as main renter and sublet the rooms to flatmates. Many landlords/property owners themselves will rent out their flats to multiple students or just the individual rooms. This option is the safest for the other flatmates, because if one person moves out during the semester then the others don't need to look for a replacement to cover the missing rent money.
Some flats are also furnished fully or in part, but they're naturally more expensive. The advantage is that students don't need to find new furniture. Furnished flats show up in Kleve or nearby cities every now and then and usually have a shorter notice period before moving out than non-furnished apartments do. However, if you find a non-furnished flat, then you'll likely be able to find cheap, slightly used furniture from fellow students or used furniture stores in Kleve and the local area.
Finally: If you're moving to Kleve to start a brand new study programme, it's worth it to take some time to find the best flat for you. After all, it'll be your home for three years or more!
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