Particulars of International Applicants


International applicants are those individuals who do not have German citizenship or a German degree, including either the Abitur or university studies. This is the sole group intended when our webpages talk about "international applicants". German citizens with a foreign degree and citizens from a foreign country with a German degree should contact the Registrar's Office and read the webpages with information for Germans.

Please note that there are sometimes other rules for individuals with citizenship from a country in the EU or EEA. These individuals are treated like German citizens in many matters due to EU agreements. Other deadlines apply for the remaining international students. If the rules differ for the target groups, we clearly state whether the rule is for EU and EEA citizens or for all international students.


Common Questions

Where do I find information on whether my degree will be recognized in Germany?

The Zentralstelle für ausländisches Bildungswesen, in English the National Academic Recognition and Information Center, is responsible for collecting information on the recognition of foreign educational insitutions. Detailed information can be found on the Anabin-website, in German only.

What criteria does RWTH Aachen use to select future students?

The main criterion is the academic/school grades you received so far. International applicants, except EU/EEC citizens, need to have grades that are equal to or better than 2.5 in the German grading system. This criterion serves to ensure that those applicants that are accepted at RWTH Aachen University stand a fair chance to successfully complete their studies.

How can I find out if my grades are good enough to study at RWTH Aachen?

In order to study at RWTH Aachen in a Bachelor course of study, applicants from countries outside the European Union and EEA need to have an average grade of 2.5 in the German marking system. In the German marking system 1 is the best grade and 4 the minimum passing grade. 5 and 6 mean that a person failed the respective course. 2.5 is the exact middle between 1 and 4. In order to determine if your grade is sufficient you take the best grade and the minimum passing grade and find out the middle. If your grade is in the middle or better than you qualifiy for studying at RWTH Aachen.

Example: 100 is the best possible grade, 60 the minimum passing grade. If your grade is 80 or above you qualify for studying at RWTH Aachen.

This does not apply to applications for a Master's course of study. There is no minimum grade for applications from individuals from outside the EU or EEA.

What courses of study does RWTH Aachen offer?

Please refer to the webpage Courses of Study.

Are there any English language Bachelor’s degree programs?

RWTH Aachen University currently does not offer any English language Bachelor's degree programs. There are several English language Master's programs.

What does NC or numerus clausus mean?

"NC" or "numerus clausus" is Latin for "restriction grade". NC courses of study are usually those for which considerably more applications are filed each year than places of study exist, such as human medicine.

How do I find out if a certain course of study is restricted?

Please look at our courses of study. Here courses of study for the upcoming semester are listed along with information about whether or not they have restricted admission. See the column marked NC for First Semester.

Does RWTH Aachen offer scholarships to its students?

Unlike in the Anglo-American university system, Germany universities do not offer full-coverage scholarships. Funding for scholarships is pooled together at German universities and awarded to suitable applicants by the DAAD. There are a number of institutions, such as foundations, that offer scholarships for suitable applicants. You can find a complete overview of available scholarship programs under Scholarships and Funding.

How much does studying at RWTH Aachen cost?

RWTH Aachen does not charge tuition fees from international students. The Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia assumes the cost of study for this group of students. However the university does charge a fee for the student body. You can read more about this fee on the page Semester fees and Contributions.

What course of study is right for me?

The question what to study you should answer according to your own predilections and abilities. The Student Advice Center will help you with general information about study choices and possibilities.

Additionally RWTH Aachen offers a free Self-Assessment-Test which might help you to find the right study program.



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