Please note due to the Carnival holidays, the Student Advice Centre will be closed on February 20 and 24, 2020.
Advising and Services for School Students and Prospective StudentsCopyright: Martin Braun
Just Talk It Over With Someone!
Our academic advisors offer you personal advice and assistance with many questions regarding studies. We see our advising as a way to help you help yourself. We guide you on the way to making personal decisions and finding solutions. Our advising does not aim to promote university studies or continue studies at RWTH Aachen. Our conversations are only oriented towards your concerns and interests. Our conversations are strictly confidential. Everything we discuss remains between us.
Info Hours – Office Hours – Individual Appointment
Depending on why you are coming to us, you can either attend open office hours or arrange an advising appointment. Here you can find out, how to get in contact with us and what times we offer open office hours.
Presentations and University Visits for School Groups
In addition to advising in person, we offer info sessions and presentations, where school students, students, parents, and school teachers can get information all about choosing a course of study and studying at the University. Either on location at your school or directly at RWTH Aachen - if you visit us at RWTH Aachen, you can combine your information session with a university tour or a lecture visit. Please contact us via email with what you are interested in.
Advising Day – Our Courses of Study in Overview
Every year at the end of January/beginning of February we hold an advising day under the motto "Do you already know, what you want to study?" Over three days the faculties, departments, student representative councils, and many other university institutions give presentations and have info stands about the courses of study at RWTH. Presentations about other important questions regarding studies, such as choosing a course of study, funding studies, housing and study placement allocations and institute tours, technical presentations, and sample lectures round out the program.
Our Programs for School Students – Try It Out First!
There are currently over 50 programs for school students at RWTH Aachen: even elementary students can discover RWTH and get to know the University as a place for research, university studies, and training during their time at school. Age and target-group appropriate programs such as the Schülerlabor or Schüleruni offer a look into the variety of subjects and offer an initial orientation. Our newsletter additionally informs school students, parents, and teachers about current offers and news.
Advising for Pupils to Ease the Transition to University – KAoA: No Graduation Without Continuation
As part of North Rhine-Westphalia’s KAoA initiative to provide young people with educational, vocational and career guidance, school students shall be assisted in identifying their talents and strengths so as to choose the right course of study and career path. Against this backdrop, we have expanded our activities and offer events and presentations at secondary schools in the region. For further information, please refer to our No Graduation Without Continuation website.
Freuquently asked questions
What questions can I ask the Student Advice Centre?
The RWTH Aachen Student Advice Centre is a neutral and free advising office and the first point of contact for conceivable questions about studies at RWTH Aachen: offer, orientation, demands, schedule, preparation, rules regarding application-admission-enrollment, subject changes, psychosocial questions, jobs and the job market, info events, and school programs.
No matter what your problem is: contact us! If we cannot help you, we will find the right contact for you either within or outside of RWTH Aachen.
When is the best time to go to the open office hours without an appointment?
I am an applicant from Germany, an EU country, or a non-EU country: whom do I contact about study placement allocation, application, admission, enrollment, and advising?
All applicants with a German passport and/or the German university entrance qualification HZB, that is the Abitur, should contact that RWTH Aachen Registrar's Office with administrative and organizational concerns and questions regarding study placement allocation, application, admission, and enrollment.
The Registrar's Office is also responsible for processing applications from second-degree applicants and applicants with special circumstances. Re-enrollment, semesters of leave, termination of enrollment, and collection of the study body and social contibution fee also fall under the responsibility of the Registrar's Office.
The Student Advice Centre advises all prospective students with a German passport and/or German university entrance qualification about choosing a course of study and the application process. It also advises all prospective European and international students on questions about courses of study offered and choosing a course of study.
All European applicants and applicants from non-EU countries without a German university entrance qualification should contact the International Office with all questions regarding study placement allocation, application, admission, and enrollment.
The International Office also assists applicants with any questions regarding visa, proof of language skills, searching for an appointment, et cetera.
Where do I find tips for choosing a course of study?
You can get important information about choosing a course of study at the RWTH Aachen Student Advice Centre.
The ZSB offers advising with detailed information not only on the courses of study at RWTH Aachen – you can also received general fundamental information about study possibilities at other universities
Even if you don't yet know whether you want to go to university or you know you want to study but aren't sure which subject to choose at a university or university of applied sciences: you can be advised in person during our open office hours or in at an arranged appointment in detail.
In the brochure Wegweiser Studium you can find lectures for trying out studies and information about presentations on this topic that regularly take place.
Where can I find a list of all of RWTH Aachen's courses of study and degree programs or a list of the departmental advisors and student representative councils?
NC Tables - How do I read them and what kind of orientation do they offer?
RWTH and hochschulstart publish the NC values of previous years on their websites. Experience has shown that these NC tables lead to many misunderstandings. Thus, we offer a small aid to help you interpret them. The NC values are always based on the last allocation process and can only be published once the process has ended. It is nothing more than the values of the applicants, who could be admitted in the previous year's allocation process. In no way do the universities determine the NC values in advance nor can applicants calculate their chances. NC values are simply a rough orientation for the next semester.
In the NC tables there is often a waiting time value behind the grand or an average grade behind the waiting time value. You can also find information about service and the lottery process. These are lower-ranked criteria that are added when the ranking list needs to further rank candidates who otherwise have the same ranking. Here you can find an example, how such NC values are correctly read.
Many prospective students try to estimate their chances using the NC tables from the previous year, however:
- The number of study placements the University has available is not always the same. It can be more or less.
- The number of applicants can greatly vary. There are consistently trends.
- If students fill placements originally not accepted by other students, the NC values may further sink after they have been published.
SelfAssessment Tests at RWTH Aachen – What do I need to know?
WIth the SelfAssessments RWTH Aachen offers prospective students an important orientation aid for making a well founded decision about what to study. Participation in the subject-specific SelfAssessments must be proved at the time of enrollment; however the results does not in any way affect enrollment. Its sole purpose is to help you choose a course of study.
Whom do I contact when I have questions about the pre-internship?
In some Bachelor's courses of study at RWTH Aachen a pre-intership is a prerequisite to enrollment.
All questions about the pre-internship are answered directly and exclusively by the corresponding departmental advisors in the faculties and the mechanical engineering and civil engineering internship offices.
Bridge Courses at RWTH Aachen – What are they?
The voluntary bridge courses at RWTH Aachen have established themselves as the ideal bridge during the transition phase from school to university studies. Aside from the just repeating and refreshing school subjects like math and chemistry the bridge courses also help with social integration at RWTH Aachen: you get to know RWTH and the city of Aachen before studies even begin and often make your first friendships with fellow students.
Social questions about studies – Where do I find help?
The Student Advice Centre is happy to offer advising on social questions about studies. The RWTH Aachen AStA supervises many other areas: financing studies, housing, studying with a disability or chronic illness, studying with a child, and more. AStA also has a legal advice office for students.
You submit your BAföG application directly to Student Services Aachen after enrolling.
Do I go to the Student Advice Centre or Departmental Advising? What's the difference?
The Student Advice Centre not only provides information about all subjects and decision aids but also about the application process and social questions about beginning studies. Departmental advisors, however, offer advising specifically for a certain subject and answer your more detailed questions. Their task is to advise students on curriculum content, their personal academic schedules, and questions regarding exam formalities.