You would like to study in Aachen? Then there is an interesting alternative to the large universities and colleges, namely the friendly CBS campus. There you will find study programmes from a renowned business school, where you can work on your academic success in a structured and concentrated manner in small learning groups and with excellent support. Your campus is in the middle of the city, in Aachen's old town, in the Kapuziner Karree building complex. The building itself is well over 100 years old, and in addition to the CBS, you will also find many shops, restaurants, and a large cinema there. A theatre is right next door.
Aachen really has everything to offer that makes up student life: lots of young people, gastronomy, and culture. Due to its location in the border triangle between Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, you will also find an international atmosphere.
This combination makes for a very lively city. When you drive to campus, you benefit from the good transport connections. From Europaplatz it is a 10-minute drive to the campus, with parking available in the Kapuzinergasse underground car park at Borngasse 20. The bus stop "Alter Posthof" is right outside the door, and you can easily walk the 700 metres from Aachen's main railway station. Thanks to this excellent location, you are flexible in your choice of residence.
The CBS in Aachen offers you a selection of study programmes with a focus on management and business administration. The range of dual study courses is particularly comprehensive.
There are numerous opportunities to complete a dual study programme in Aachen. Each university offers different models for bachelor's or master's degree programmes. The dual study programmes at the CBS in Aachen offer a few exciting special features, especially in the field of business studies: You can complete a dual 180-ECTS bachelor`s in General Management in just 6 semesters - or in 7 semesters with a semester abroad. As a business school, the CBS attaches particular importance to management knowledge and scores points with an intensive soft skill teaching programme. In the dual General Management study programme alone, you have the chance to choose one of more than a dozen specialisations.
Furthermore, the private CBS offers additional services such as its own job portal, which can significantly simplify the search for a partner company for the practice part of your studies.
Aachen is home to the RWTH Aachen, Germany's largest technical university with around 48,000 students. In addition, there is also the FH Aachen with around 15,000 students, which also has a MINT focus, a branch of the Catholic University of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as a small branch of the University of Music and Dance Cologne - and of course the CBS campus. In total, more than 60,000 students live in a city with a population of just 250,000. That's almost 25 percent, an enormously high proportion, and it makes itself positively felt in the cityscape.There are of course a few old prejudices about the student city of Aachen that have a kernel of truth: First, the proportion of men in Aachen's student body is relatively high at around 70 percent; it used to be even higher.
Secondly, there is less going on at the weekend because many students come from the local area and go home at the weekend. But that doesn't have to be a disadvantage: In the student quarter "Ponte" around Pontstraße there is always something happening. In Aachen, towards the end of winter you can celebrate carnival, in summer there are open-air events, and in winter the famous Christmas market.
Aachen is a compact city with short distances. You can do almost everything by bike or on foot, and there is also a good bus network. This is an advantage compared to cities with millions of inhabitants, where the distances are often long if you travel to another part of town because of a pub or a party. Due to the large number of students, there is a pronounced student life. Aachen is in itself a small metropolis with a large catchment area: 4 million people live in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine, and Aachen is one of the most important cities in it.
In Aachen you will find the UNESCO World Heritage Aachen Cathedral, there are great museums, cafés, and pubs, and if you get bored with Aachen, you can go sightseeing in Maastricht or Cologne in an hour or in Eupen in half an hour and eat original Belgian fries. So, you have the opportunity to discover 3 countries. With public transport it is amazingly easy because the day ticket "Euregio-Ticket" is valid across the countries in the border triangle of Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. You enjoy recharging your batteries in nature? The Eifel National Park starts near Aachen and the High Fens are just around the corner. Hiking on the Eifelsteig, cycling on the former route of the Venn Bahn or in the Ardennes? You will find many leisure activities in and around Aachen.
As in all cities with a high proportion of students, finding accommodation in Aachen is an ongoing issue. Fortunately, the price level is sometimes noticeably cheaper than in other student cities or metropolises with millions of inhabitants. It is possible to find a flat, a room in a shared flat or an apartment for less than 300 euro a month if you are prepared to compromise on size, location, and furnishings - and if you are lucky, you will find good offers. In the range of 400 euro rent for a heated apartment, the choice becomes broader and more attractive, and the luxury range for small apartments begins from 500 euro onwards. Fully furnished apartments and rooms are always a bit more expensive.
Very cheap vacant apartments and shared rooms are sometimes already taken hours after the advert appears online. Special student apartments from private providers are a good alternative to student residences. They are modernly furnished and offer numerous services. These tips for finding a flat are generally valid: Shortly before the semester starts, the situation is especially tight, after the semester starts it gets a bit better, and after the semester ends, apartments and rooms become free because students are done with their studies. Since many people from abroad study and do research in Aachen, the supply situation on the rental market is strongly related to the demand for study places from foreign students. When this is low, the supply of housing is greater.
Working in Aachen while studying is possible in many areas. In addition to the usual temporary jobs for students in gastronomy, trade, logistics and production, due to the technical focus of Aachen`s universities, there is also a strong technology focused corporate culture and correspondingly many jobs as a student assistant in research institutions or technology companies. And this is where it gets interesting: Of the approximately 60,000 students in Aachen, less than 3,000 study a subject in economics, including industrial engineering. That is well below average. That's why you will often find interesting jobs for economists in the online job portals and at the job exchange of the Aachen Student Union (AStA), because these jobs are not always easy to fill in Aachen.
Consulting, controlling, project management or marketing jobs as a working student or intern are therefore a realistic option. The CBS Career Office also has tips, good contacts in the business world as well as exciting job offers from partner companies. A subject-relevant temporary job is advisable, especially with a management degree course, as you apply your university knowledge in practice and gain valuable work experience. In addition, you will make valuable contacts with companies. Perhaps a part-time job will later become a full-time job? Or maybe you will get to know a profession that particularly excites you? Find out for yourself.