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Orientation Week Team for First-Year Students



RWTH Aachen will welcome this year's first-year students from October 1 to 4, 2019.

This is an important time for students: They have moved to a new city and have to find their way in their new home and at the university. They also want to make friends and contacts for the next few years.

From RWTH Aachen's perspective this time is particularly important for students' further development and academic success. The orientation week serves as a good foundation for the academic success of each and every students. This week is organized by the student representative councils, that is RWTH Aachen students, together with the faculties and university administration.

RWTH Aachen alone expects about 7,000 first-year students, mentored by 1,000 student volunteers. Newly enrolled students from the other Aachen universities are included in addition to this. This amount of people is a challenge not only for the university; you will meet many more young people within Aachen. We are doing our best to reduce the amount of nuisance and disturbances as much as possible. We have implemented additional measures during the so-called first-semester rally on Friday, October 4, 2019.

We would love for you to also welcome the new Aacheners to their new chosen home.


First-Year Rally

This year's orientation week rally will take place on Friday, October 4, 2019. First-year students get to know the city and the University in this event.

The orientation week rally is the core of the orientation week for new students, who not only pass through successfully supervised stations during the city rally, but also meet fellow citizens and explore the city of Aachen along the planned route. They therefore get to know the most important points of contact at RWTH as well as different institutions and places of interest in the city.

The orientation week coordination team, ESA team for short, and all student representative councils organize the popular tour through Aachen together.

Due to the large number of participants, the rally and training concept for tutors was fundamentally revised this year together with the city authorities. The responsible persons of the individual groups and stands are now clearly indicated.

Important Aspects of Planning the City Rally

  • Every representative council must name a person who is primarily responsible for the rally.
  • Meanwhile, members of the orientation week team serve as the contact between the University, the city, and the representative councils. They also form a coordination point for the rally, which all students can go to. Each group must provide the contact details for the council representation and the coordination point. Close collaboration with campus security, the public ordinance office, and the police.
  • Tutors must wear their student representative shirts and name badges, so that others can distinguish tutors from first-year students. Potential problems or disputes can thus be addressed more quickly.
  • Glass bottles are strictly prohibited on university grounds.
  • Planned actions are reviewed for risk of violations that are discriminatory. All alcohol stations must be promptly closed. Climbing games are forbidden due to risk of injury.
  • City supervisors may not consume alcohol and must be easily recognizable as supervisors.
  • Selected locations in the city and at the University should assist participants in getting to know the city during the orientation week rally. Playgrounds, churches, schools, and construction sites should therefore be avoided.
  • Shopping carts may not be used. Strip games and other games resulting in nudity are strictly prohibited. Sound systems, megaphones, or similar devices may not be used.
  • The university bathrooms should be used during the rally.
  • Monuments of the city of Aachen should be treated with respect. Misuse may result in consequences.

Representative Council Mile

A special offer this year is the so-called Representative Council Mile. The representative councils will offer various stations and games at a single location, where the groups can freely choose which station to attend. This allows contact to be made among the students between the various subject disciplines at the University during the first week.


You can contact the ESA student organization team by .

There will also be a coordination center open from 9am to 3pm at Super C on the day of the rally, which you can reach on 0241 90807.