FAQ


1. General

Q: “Why should I join the CMS master program at TUBAF?” 

A: CMS is a multidisciplinary program. The focus of CMS is on modeling of material properties at different length scales. You should join the CMS master program if:

  • You want to understand the physics hidden behind engineering models,
  • You want to be able to develop engineering models based on physics fundamentals,
  • You want to conduct multiscale research,
  • You want to take the time to assimilate theoretical concepts through a “hands on” experience/approach.

Q: “What are the skills that I will develop in the CMS at TUBAF, that I cannot acquire anywhere else?”

A: In most of other programs, you will mainly focus on simulation in one area . For example, you will become an expert on DFT as physicist, on MD as material scientist or on FEM as mechanical engineer. However, a very small number of programs will offer you the possibility to get familiar with more than two modeling frameworks and the techniques to couple them. By joining the CMS program at TUBAF, you will not only become familiar with two modeling frameworks, but you will have the opportunity to learn about and experience with modeling at different length scales.

We designed the program to allow you enough time to “learn by practice”, meaning you will gain a lot of experience in developing and applying your own numerical tool during the third semester.

Q: “Why should I study at TU Bergakademie Freiberg ?”

A:Here you find a great community of leading scientists on all relevant fields of materials research and simulation

      • You want to study in a small and friendly university
      • You want to have close contact to your teachers with individual supervision
      • You like to study in an international multicultural group of students
      • You want to have broad choice of materials and applications (semi-conductors, ceramics, piezoceramics, glass, concrete, geomaterials, several engineering metals and alloys.

Q: “Is it possible to finance my studies by working as a student worker in one of the university’s institutes?”

A: Students jobs directly associated with research projects in the institutes (max 40 h/month) are available on campus 
. Hereby, you learn and earn money. Note: You will not be able to receive a visa to enter Germany if you cannot finance your stay in Germany.

Q: “Is there any tuition for the CMS at TUBAF program?”

A: No. There is no tuition fee.

Q: “Do I need to have a prior German knowledge to apply for this program?”

A: Yes. You need a Proof of German language skills (Goethe Zertifikat A1: Start Deutsch 1 or telc Deutsch A1 or at least 150 hours German classes).

 

2. About the program

Q: “When should I decide my track for the second semester?”

A: To help you to make the decision of your track (MD + DFT or MD + FEM), the research seminars of the first semester will cover each different length scales. You will need to make your decision by the end of the first semester, while placement in the two tracks will be made on a “first come first serve“ basis to ensure that the two tracks are balanced.

Q: “What do you mean by “Journal Club”?”

A: Once a month, usually the week before the research seminar (an invited researcher will give a special lecture on one particular topic of interest in the context of multiscale modeling), we will gather and discuss the seminar’s topic. The goal of the Journal club is to prepare the students to attend the seminar in an informed manner, and give the opportunity to the most shy students to interact with the speakers.

Q: “Does this program offer studies at the Ph.D.-level as well?”

A: Not directly. The program graduates you as master. However, after the master thesis, some scholarships will be available to continue as PhD for another three years. This scholarships will be granted based on the student’s ranking at the end of master program. Furthermore, excellent students will get the opportunity to be affiliated as scientific co-worker in one of the institutes of the TUBAF or aligned research institutes, where you can qualify as PhD as well.

 

3. Application procedure

Q: I am eligible to apply for CMS during my final bachelor's year?

A: No. You can apply for the program only after you have finished your bachelor degree.

Q: “Is there any application fee involved?”

A: No, there is no application fee.

Q: “Can an interested candidate with background in other engineering fields also apply?”

A: You should have a Bachelor degree in one of the following disciplines or equivalent study programs:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Applied Physics
  • Theoretical Physics

Q: “I have completed my studies at an institution where the medium of instruction was English, do I still need to submit English proficiency test report?”

A: If you are a citizen of an English speaking country, that includes American Samoa, Australia, Canada (except the province of Quebec), Fiji, Ireland, Kenya, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, or Zambia, the submission of the English Test requirement is waived. All other applicant citizens will need to submit a proof of English skills.

Q: “Can I submit my IELTS result instead of TOEFL, or give any other proof of my proficiency in English?”

A: YES

Q: “What is the TUBAF TOEFL code for sending my results?”

A: TUBAF TOEFL code is 8233. In addition add a copy of the TOEFL results in your application package as well.

Q: “Will I be informed/notified about the receipt of my application?”

A: YES. You will receive an email at the address provided on the Application Form that acknowledges the receipt of your application by the program committee members.

Q: “When will I be notified if my application has been successful?”

A: We will notify you by email at the address provided on the Application Form by the end of April (Non-EU citizens) or by the end of August (EU citizens). You will then have one week to confirm your participation in the CMS program at TUBAF.

Q: “I received my admission letter, but it is in German. Could you help me translate it?”

A: You can find a template of the admission letter in English here.

 

4. “I have been accepted to join the program, what should I do before traveling to Freiberg?”

Congratulations! We welcome you into the program, and are looking forward to working together. Before traveling to Freiberg you need to do the following:

  • 4.1. Confirm your intention to join program
  • 4.2. If you are not a German citizen, you need to apply for a Visa. (Please contact a German embassy or consulate in your home country to find out about visa requirements for students. Please apply for your visa early, as the issuing can take up to ten weeks. You are strongly warned against entering the country as a tourist. A tourist visa cannot be converted into student visa!)
  • 4.3. Contact us for an accommodation in Freiberg.

5. Living in Freiberg

Most of the answers to your questions can be found on this page.

Q: “Are Freiberg and Freiburg the same city?“

A: No, this are two different cities. Freiberg is located in the east of Germany, Freiburg is in the south. Please find a map and more information about the arrival to Freiberg here.

Q: “How can I get an accommodation in Freiberg?“

A: Depending of your budget, you can either rent a room in one of the university student houses or look for a private apartment (by yourself or with roommates) in the city of Freiberg.

Q: “What are the living expenses estimates in Freiberg?“

A: Living in Freiberg is relatively inexpensive compared to the western part of Germany with expenses estimated at the sum of 500 € per month.

Q: “How is the weather / temperature in Freiberg?“

A: Please find a table with the average temperature of Freiberg here.