FAQ of the Info Service Center

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Below we have collected frequently asked questions about the following topics:

 
 

Questions About Application and Admission to RWTH (Bachelor/Master) for International Students

Where can I find information about courses of study/courses currently offered at RWTH Aachen?

You can find all of RWTH Aachen’s courses of study and detailed information about individual programs and admissions requirements on the page Courses of Study.

What is the average cost of study at RWTH Aachen?

There are no tuition fees at RWTH Aachen, with the exception of the programs from RWTH Academy. However each student, including exchange students, must pay a student body and social contribution fee, which include the cost of the Semester Ticket. The exact amount varies each year, but on average it is about 250 Euros per semester. The entire cost of studies and life in Aachen, including rent, insurance, livelihood, etc, are on average at least 700 Euros per month or 8,400 Euros per year.

You can find additional information on our page Costs and Finances.

How do I apply for Bachelor’s studies as an international student?

Everything you need to know as an international student at RWTH Aachen is explained in detail in the brochure Information for International Applicants - Bachelor and Master at RWTH Aachen University. Please carefully read this brochure and Division 2.1 Admissions and Social Affairs‘ webpages.

You can always find the current application deadlines on the webpage Application to First Semester for Internationals.

As a prospective international student, can I apply directly to RWTH Aachen with my secondary school certificate?

You first need to check and see if your secondary school certificate is equal to the German Abitur, which would grant you direct university access. You can use the website anabin, where you can look for your secondary degree under "Schulabschlüsse mit Hochschulzugang." If your secondary school certificate does not grant you direct access to a German university, you must either first attend a Studienkolleg, a preparatory college, in Germany or have successfully studied for one to three years in your home country.

You can find detailed information about the application process and contact information for all of the preparatory colleges in Germany on the website Studienkollegs. If you have additional questions about this topic, please contact the preparatory college of your choosing.

What language skills do I need for Bachelor’s studies as an international student?

All Bachelor courses of study at RWTH Aachen are taught in German with only a few exceptions. For this reason you must provide documentation of the necessary German skills at the time of application. You can read which certificates are accepted on the page Language Skills for Bachelor and Staatsexamen.

How can I learn German at RWTH?

The RWTH Language Center offers German courses that prepare you for studies. Please refer to the Language Center website for current information about courses and the registration process. Under certain conditions participants in the German courses can be enrolled as students at RWTH Aachen while taking the German course. You can find additional information on the page Application German Language Course.

How do I apply for Master’s studies as an international student?

Everything you need to know about application and admission to RWTH Aachen is explained in detail in the brochure Information for International Applicants - Bachelor and Master at RWTH Aachen University. Please read this brochure and the webpages of Division 2.1 Admissions and Social Affairs.

You can find the current application deadlines on the page Application Master for Internationals.

What language skills do I need for Master’s studies at RWTH Aachen?

If you are interested in a German-language Master’s program, you must provide documentation of your German skills (and sometimes English skills, depending on the course of study). German skills are not required for our international English-language Master courses of study. These courses of study require a certain level of English skills.

Detailed information about the language requirements for admission and accepted language certificates can be found on the page Language Requirements for a Master’s.

I have applied for studies at RWTH as an international student. When can I expect an answer?

You should receive your acceptance/rejections for the winter semester no later than September, and for the summer semester no later than March. In some cases this may also take longer, we ask for your understanding.

If you have questions about your application status, please contact Division 2.1 Admissions and Social Affairs.

Where can I have my documents/certificates translated?

If your documents, certificates, etc. are not in English or German, you must have them translated by a sworn translator in your home country or in Germany. You can find a list of sworn translators in Germany and their contact information in the Translator and Interpretor Database.

 

Questions About Studies and Life in Aachen

Where can I live in Aachen? Are there student dorms?

Start your apartment search as early as possible. The housing market in Aachen is fairly tight due to the high number of students in Aachen. Unfortunately, your acceptance letter does not include a housing offer and does not guarantee you a room in the student dorms.

There are various options to look for an apartment or room as well as advising offices, which offer information and support.  We have gathered the most important information in our Accommodation Information Sheet as well as on our website

Do I have to officially register and deregister with the city administration/Bürgerservice?

You must officially register with the city administration/Bürgerservice within 14 days after your arrival, even if you do not yet have a permanent place to live. You can find all of the necessary information about registration in our City Registration and Deregistration Information Sheet.

Do I need German health insurance?

Proof of valid health insurance is mandatory to enroll at RWTH Aachen. You can either get German health insurance or, if you are completely insured in your home country, you can have a German health insurance company confirm that you are exempt from German health insurance.

In both cases you must contact a health insurance company before in enrollment. You can find additional information on the webpages Enrollment in Bachelor Studies or Enrollment in Master Studies as well as in the information sheets Health Insurance Degree Students and Health Insurance Exchange Students and private insurance.

What documents do I need to enroll as an international student?

A complete list of the documents required (for example proof of health insurance, language certificate, school transcripts, etc.) can be found on the admissions division’s webpage about Enrollment in Bachelor Studies and Enrollment for Master Studies for international students. The documents are also listed in your acceptance letter.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Division of Admissions.

How do I get my BlueCard (student ID)

In order for your BlueCard to be issued, you must transfer the semester fee after enrolling, activate your IT services, and then upload a photo via your RWTH self-service account. After a few days you will receive an email and can then pick up the card from the BlueCard Service Point. You can also find detailed and up to date information on the BlueCard info page.

I have not received my Semester TIcket yet.

It can take one to two weeks to get your Semester Ticket at the beginning of the semester after transferring the semester fee. After one to two weeks please check to make sure that you entered the correct address in CAMPUS Office and contact the ASEAG Customer Service Center at Schumacherstraße 14, on the corner of Peterstraße, if you have not received the ticket.

When and how do I apply for a residence permit?

If you are not from an EU country (with the exception of Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway) and arrived in Germany on a student visa, you must apply for residence permit no later than one month before your visa’s date of expiration. The Immigration Office of the Aachen city region is responsible for this. You can find all the necessary information (contact information, documents, opening hours) in our Residence Permit Information Sheet and on the page Applying for and Extending Your Residence Permit. Please contact us if you have problems extending your permit or have a difficult case.

Sometimes the Immigration Office requires an academic progress certificate in order to extend the residence permit. You can find additional information about requesting this certificate as well as general information about right of residence on the page Residence Permit.

What advising offices are available if I have questions/problems?

There are experts in advising offices for all problems and questions pertaining to studies or life in Aachen. These experts are happy to provide advice and assist you. We have collected the contact information of the most important offices in our Information Services Information Sheet. On the portal page, you will find all advice centers at RWTH. If you do not know who the appropriate contact is, ask the International Office’s Info Service Center.

Are there scholarships for international students?

The International Office offers two special scholarships for international students: a Scholarship for Particularly Involved International Students and the Scholarship for Completing Studies.

International students can also apply for the Germany Scholarship from the Education Fund. Detailed information is available on the page Education Fund.

You can find additional scholarship programs on the RWTH website Scholarships & Funding.

Can I work while studying and how do I find a job?

Each student can work up to 19 hours per week without a job permit during the semester. We have collected additional information about the legalities as well as useful tips for searching for a job in our Job Information Sheet.

The Career Center has a database with job offers. It is also possible find internal RWTH offers.

Do I have to pay the GEZ (fee for tv, radio, internet)?

Every household in Germany must pay the broadcasting fee to the Fee Collection Center or Gebühreneinzugszentrale, GEZ, to use the radio, tv, and internet.

If you are sharing an apartment with other students, you can split the cost among yourselves. The main renter is formally responsible for paying the fee to the GEZ.

For more detailed information, please read TV License Information Sheet and look at the GEZ website.

Is Aachen safe?

Aachen is considered a safe city. Nevertheless, we want to provide you with information and tips about safety and ask that you read them: Safety Information Sheet

We explain what to do in the event of loss or theft of important documents in the Theft/Loss of Important Documents Information Sheet.

What can I do in my free time?

A number of international student organizations and initiatives ensure for colorful and intercultural recreational offers. You can find a current list of the organizations and their contact information on the page Extracurricular and Leisure Activities.

The Humboldt-House as a meeting place for the international and local university members offers rooms for events, seminars, and exhibitions on different topics.

The University Sports Center offers a wide range of sport courses and regularly organizes events and exhibitions on different topics.

You can find other ideas for recreational activities on the page Culture and Leisure Activities and on the city of Aachen website.  

Last but not least – follow our Facebook page for the International Office’s current events and other information and tips about life and studies in Aachen.

I'm looking for an English-speaking doctor.

The website of the Ärztekammer Nordrhein has a search option for doctors with foreign language skills.

I need a certificate.

There are number of certificates that have to be requested from various RWTH offices. In general, the following applies:

  • You can print certificates about your academic performance via the CAMPUS-Office portal or have them signed and stamped by your assigned administrative assistant in the Central Examination Office.
  • Certificates about your current student status (certificates of enrollment/termination of studies certificate) can be requested from the Registrar’s Office. If you don’t need an official signature, you can print them out yourself from CampusOffice.
  • If your embassy requires a certificate about the estimated cost of study, please contact the International Office’s Info Service Center.

I need a notarization or apostille.

You can find detailed information about notarizations and apostilles on the RWTH page Notarizations and Apostilles.

I feel I am being treated unfairly or discriminated against.

Fairness, equal treatment, and appreciation for others are of great importance to RWTH Aachen. The RWTH Equal Opportunities Office is available to answer any questions about these topics. Info flyers on topics such as antidiscrimination, equal treatment, sexual harassment, bullying, and much more are available to download from the Equal Opportunities Office website. An official complaint office will take your written complaint and help find a solution.

How can I terminate my enrollment?

All students must contact the Registrar’s Office to terminate their enrollment.

 

Questions About A Stay Abroad

How do I organize a stay abroad?

The first step we highly recommend taking is to attend a country- or topic-specific or general group advising session. You can find the current dates on the event page and on our Facebook page. The general course of events and the application process are explained and the different funding options are presented. The advisor can also answer your specific questions.

On the International Office’s website you can find helpful information and tips for planning your stay and search for funding opportunities in the DAAD Scholarship Database.

Internships and research stays abroad are funded by different scholarship programs. You can find an initial overview of programs and well as current offers here.

In what countries and at what universities can I spend a semester abroad?

On the following pages you can find current exchange opportunities and the partner universities of your faculty worldwide as well as the exchange opportunities offered as part of the Erasmus+ programs. Experience reports from students are available in the MoveOn online database. It also offers information about the contact person in the faculties and links to the partner universities.

Whom should I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions about specific countries, types of stays, or scholarship programs, we recommend contacting the respective advisor in Division 2.3 Mobility.

If you have questions about course content and getting credit for your academic performance abroad, we recommend contacting the responsible study abroad coordinator in your faculty. The International Office cannot provide any assistance on this topic.