M.Sc. Mathematics International

University of Kaiserslautern

Application deadline: April 30, October 31
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
Start date: October  2014, April  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Disciplines:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Department of Mathematics has succeeded in integrating modern mathematics with practice for more than 25 years. It is the birthplace of Technomathematics in Europe and the Economathematics programme was established as one of the first in Germany. Kaiserslautern is also well known for advanced studies in Pure Mathematics.
In 1987 international Master Programmes were initiated and since 1997 all lectures of the graduate programmes are offered in English. About 50 % of the graduate students come from abroad to gain a Master or PhD degree in Kaiserslautern. Today, more than 100 students graduate annually.

All German University Rankings from the last years confirm that the Department of Mathematics at the University of Kaiserslautern belongs to the top institutions in Germany. Both, teaching and research, have been evaluated as excellent. Moreover, students graduate in the shortest time, which makes the study plannable.

Possible specialisations on the MSc level are:
- Algebra, Geometry and Computer Algebra;
- Financial Mathematics and Applied Statistics;
- Applicable Analysis and Geomathematics;
- Industrial Mathematics: Modelling and Scientific Computing;
- Optimization.
The research work from the two years on the MSc level can be extended towards a PhD. Up to 30 % of the qualified MSc degree holders continue with a PhD.

Contents

Already with their application, students choose a specialisation for their studies out of
- Algebra, Geometry and Computer Algebra,
- Financial Mathematics and Applied Statistics
- Applicable Analysis and Geomathematics,
- Industrial Mathematics: Modelling and Scientific Computing,
- Optimization.
For graduation, students have to collect 120-132 credit points, whereof 6 belong to two Seminars and 30 to the Masters thesis which is written during the last semester.
The remaining credits points must be earned from lectures of the following categories:
Specialisation: 36-40 cp
Pure mathematics: 18-21 cp
Applied mathematics: 24-27 cp
Nonmathematical Subject: 6-8 cp
The program is integrated into the university-wide "International School for Graduate Studies" (ISGS) that provides a central service for incoming master and doctoral students, e.g.:
- Intensive German Language and Integration Course
- Administrative support (enrolment, healt insurance, visa...)
- Accomodation
- Social and cultural activities...

Requirements

The Master programs in Mathematics offered in Kaiserslautern are part of a consecutive study programme consisting of a Bachelor and a Master. Only the best Bachelor graduates can continue with the Master. External applicants for the Master have to prove an equivalent qualification. Their Bachelor must cover all topics of the local Bachelor programme and the degree must be of a sufficient academic quality.
Prerequisites for admission to the Mathematics International Programme are:
- a degree equivalent to the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in Kaiserslautern that will be completed before you matriculate
- profound knowledge of the English language (e.g. TOEFL of 550/213/80 points)
Knowledge of the German language is not a necessary prerequisite, but foreign students have to pass a German language test after one year. German language courses are offered, starting in August. Students who cannot attend these courses have to start to learn German in their home country.

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80

Funding

Tuition Fees:

* No programme fees, programme fees are covered by the state of Rhineland Palatinate.
* Recommended: German Language & Orientation Course for international Master students: 650 EU single payment.

Enrolment Fees:

* Enrolment fee: ~ 200 EUR per semester, includes e.g.: free transportation in the area around Kaiserslautern (up to 100 km), more than 50 free university sports courses and more
* Assessment Fee: 50 EUR single payment for the verification of foreign certificates

High standards of living at low costs:Monthly costs: in total ~ 600-650 EUR to cover all personal expenses.
e.g.: Accomodation approx.: ~230 EUR; Health insurance: ~80 EUR; Food: ~200 EUR

Cost of Living - a snapshot on regional prices:

* Meal in refectory: 2,40 EUR
* Loaf of bread: 1,20 EUR
* Orange juice (1 liter): 1,00 EUR
* Rice (1kg): 0,90 EUR

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Job Opportunities:Student assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Excellent students have good chances of
finding jobs in research projects, but usually these are not granted in advance. Support in finding
a job as a student assistant is available from the International School for Graduate Studies
(ISGS).

Arrival Support:International School for Graduate Studies (ISGS) at TU Kaiserslautern:
Lending a hand in every phase of your stay
Before Your Arrival...
Effective pre-arrival communication helps you to regulate application, visa, residence permit, and
housing affairs; we supply any information and assistance needed to manage the application procedure
and arrange accommodation on demand, and provide support on an individual basis in completing your
documents for arrival.
Once You Are here...
One major task of the ISGS team is to help the students settle into and become part of the
university's community. The welcome-package includes pick-up from the train station and drop-off at
the student's apartment as well as support with first shopping and highly individualised support in
administrative and organisational issues, e.g. enrolement, registration with local authorities,
opening a bank account, and insurance matters.
Orientation Course - A prelude to German communication, academic culture & daily life. This course
is offered twice a year prior to the start of the lecture period (6-8 weeks). It includes intensive
language training, administrative support as well as cultural and social events. You will improve
your knowledge of German and learn about our teaching styles and methods. In short, this course
enhances orientation on campus, in town, and in the student community. Once having established a
foothold, you will havea clear mind for efficient studies or research!

Services and Support for International Students:The International School for Graduate Studies (ISGS) cares for international graduates & PhD
candidates from the very decision of coming to Kaiserslautern until graduating or leaving the
university. We lend a hand during every phase of your stay!
Besides the individual support during the pre-arrival phase and warm welcome, we´ll provide you
with continuing support that will enhance your learning:
Mentoring Your Studies and Research...
During studies or research, ISGS offers a variety of cultural and social events as well as
extra-curricular activities enhancing your professional skills - such as workshops in academic
culture or intercultural communication - which are supplementary and free. These are highly
recommended for your personal development.
Jumpstart Your Career...
The ISGS offers professional development training on teamwork and leadership, time management, and
cross cultural training as well as specific language training with regard to job applications. To
achieve outstanding success with regard to your thesis, the variety of our special offers for PhDs
during the final period at university is permanently growing.
The ISGS establishes meetings with reputable contacts from science and industry within our
Career-Services and sets up visits to factories, company headquarters, and research institutes in
order to help the students launch new careers.

Accommodation:The majority of our students live in residence halls located on or close to campus. Unlike in other
countries, German dormitories are not owned or operated by the university, but by external
institutions. The "Studierendenwerk" operates several large Halls of Residence in Kaiserslautern.
Students submit housing applications directly to the Studierendenwerk, which typically have a
waiting period. For international master or PhD students, the International School for Graduate
Studies (ISGS) at TU Kaiserslautern aims at arranging accomodation in these residence halls or
private accomodation within its pre-arrival service. The halls of residence have modern single,
double or shared apartments with kitchenette, bathroom/WC and modern facilities, as well as internet
access.

* Fully-furnished:
* Kitchenette: no plates & pots, etc.
* Bedd & mattress (no blankets & pillows)
* Wardrobe
* Shelf, table, chair (no computer)
* Rent range: 200-270 EUR

Since accommodation is not automatically guaranteed with admission, a request for accommodation to
ISGS is advisable.

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