Allocation of University Placements through RWTHRWTH Aachen
The Road to a Study Placement
In order to get one of these study placements, you must apply online. The university processes all received applications in a selection process. As soon as the Registrar's Office has received your application and all the necessary documents, your application will enter the allocation process. The legal basis for the allocation of study placements is the Allocation of Study Placements in North Rhine-Westphalia Act in combination with the By-law for the Selection Process in Local Restricted Admission Courses of Study.
Please make sure that your documents are complete. If they are incomplete they cannot be taken into consideration for the allocation process.
The allocation process takes place after the admission deadline. Allocation takes place in three groups, the so-called selection quotas. Each quota is allocated using different rules, so that different types of applicants have a chance.
Application or Enrollment?
You are guaranteed a study placement in courses of study without a numerus clausus and can enroll during the enrollment period if you fulfill all the general admission requirements.
The allocation process is only for those courses of study or subjects with restricted admission. Find out whether your course of study has restricted or open admission:
The Best Abitur Quota: 20 Percent of Placements
The Abitur grade is most important here. The study placements within this quota are allocated to applicants with the best Abitur grades. RWTH Aachen ranks the applications according to average grade: the best on top, the worst on the bottom.
The corresponding number of study placements is then allocated to these applications from best to worst on the ranking list. The average grade of the last application that received a study placement is commonly referred to as the numerus clausus or NC.
Sometimes you will see waiting time value behind this grade in the NC tables. Furthermore, a note is sometimes made about whether service, such as military service, has been completed or not. This means that the applicants who occupied the same rank on the list had to be further ranked according to service time and semesters they have waited.
Foreign Citizenship and Foreign Proof of Education?
Waiting List Quota: 20 Percent of Placements
Study placements within this quota are allocated to individuals who have waited the longest to begin their studies. The waiting period is defined as the period of time between the Abitur and application, during which you have not been enrolled at a German university.
Military service, civil service, a volunteer year, a stay abroad such as "work and travel", vocational training, or studies abroad can be counted as waiting time. Exception: Part time studies at the Fernuniversität Hagen is also recognized as waiting time.
The waiting period automatically begins with the first non-studied semester after the Abitur, without you having needed to register or apply somewhere. There are a few rumors about the waiting period that you should not believe: Waiting does not improve the Abitur grade. The grade remains the same. You also do not need to calculate and enter your waiting time yourself. RWTH Aachen determines how many non-studied semesters have passed since your Abitur when you apply. This determines the waiting time.
The AdH Quota: 60 Percent of the Placements
In the selection process of universities, AdH for short, RWTH Aachen can use further criteria in addition to the Abitur grade, that are stated in the allocation regulation. With the exception of the Department of Mathematics, RWTH Aachen has chosen to allocate placements using the average Abitur grade. Further criteria are not taken into consideration.
Main Process and Secondary Process
in some situations, admission is granted in various steps of the process. FIrst all of the available placements are allocated during the main process. If some students decide not to accept the admission, these placements are allocated to the next applicants during the secondary process. The secondary process takes place until either all placements have been allocated or there are no more applicants.
Notification of Admission
Notifications for the main process are sent via email after the deadline has passed to send in any remaining application documents. Admission notifications for the main process are expected to be sent at the beginning of August for the winter semester and the beginning of February for the summer semester. You can find the binding enrollment deadline in the admission notification. Rejection letters are typically sent after the first secondary process.
Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung