Transferring to Another Degree ProgramRWTH Aachen
If you are interested in changing your subject, you must submit an Application for Change of Enrollment to the Registrar's Office.
Acceptable Reasons for Change of Enrollment:
- Subject change
- Degree program change
- Change of subject combination
- Addition of a second or third course of study
- Removal of a course of study or subject
FAQs about Subject Changes
When do I need to submit an application for a change of enrollment?
During the re-enrollment period
Exception 1: Necessary Subject Change Due to Loss of Your Right to Examination
If you want to change your subject, because you lost your right to examination, you are allowed to change after the start of the lecture period. You have until the last day of the month, in which the current lecture period started. October 31st is the latest possible deadline for the winter semester, and April 30th for the summer semester .
Note: If you want to start a new subject through this method, you need to get a certificate of good standing. This confirms from the subject side of the matter, there are no objections to you starting a new subject and that you have a right to examination in your new subject. You can get a certificate of good standing (Unbedenklichkeitsbescheinigung) from the examination board of the subject, into which you are switching. There is no official form for the certificate. You can work with the Registrar's office to create one for your individual case. Additionally, the Registrar's Office is responsible for signing the certificate.
Exception 2: Change from a Bachelor to a Master Course of Study
If you cannot prove within the re-enrollment period that you have successfully finished your Bachelor course of study, you can do so later on. For the summer semester, the latest possible deadline would be March 31st, and September 30th, for the winter semester. That means you must have completed your Bachelor's in the previous semester, in order to enroll for a Master course of study in the following semester.
Can I receive credit in my new subject for the exams I took in my old subject?
Yes. Exams you have completed that are equally applicable for both the old and new subject are recognized when you change your subject.
Note: That does not mean that exams you did not pass in the old subject will be carried over as failed exams in the new subject. This is intended to prevent you from putting off an exam more than three times, and as a result, first realizing after you have switched subjects, that you have already lost your right to examination in the new subject.
When I change subjects, do I start my new studies in the first course semester?
No. If you have completed exams in your old subject, which can be applied to your new subject, you can enroll in a higher course semester, right as you change subjects. However, there is also the requirement that the respective examination board places you in a higher course semester. This typically occurs when you present your certificate of good standing. Please ask your departmental advisor to inform you of the exact process.
There is restricted admission for the higher course semesters of my new subject. What do I do?
You have to apply for a university placement in a higher course semester through the Registrar's Office. The application deadline for the summer semester is March 15th, and September 15th, for the winter semester. Whether or not you receive the placement in a higher course semester depends on whether there are free spots available in that course of study's respecitive course semester. This means that someone from your targeted course semester has to disenroll, thus freeing up a spot for you.
Note: It would behoove of you to simulatenously apply for a spot in the first semester. If there is no open spot in the semester you are aiming for, you still have the chance to enter your desired course of study in the first semester. After you are enrolled as a first semester student, you can be bumped up to your desired semester.
Get Advising First
There are many things to take into consideration when changing your degree program: Is a change really in order or can you change the parameters of your studies? Maybe you would be interested in changing your work methods and time management. Furthermore, the effects of changing your degree program on funding (e.g. BAFög) should be cleared up as well as whether you have a right to examination in your new subject. The Student Advice Center offers group presentations as well as individual advising sessions about subject changes. Additionally, your departmental advisor or mentor is also available to answer questions about possible or necessary degree changes.