First-Year Orientation

  Students in a lecture hall at the orientation welcome Copyright: Andreas Schmitter

The Orientation Week for RWTH first-year students is once again being held for the 2020/21 winter semester – this time from October 26 to 30, 2020. The student representative councils will collaborate with the faculties, departments, and university administration to arrange this introductory week, so that new students can go to their first lectures well prepared, even in the current unusual circumstances.  


Getting to Know Studies and University and City Life

The goal is to successfully start student life, getting to know fellow students in addition to the university and city of Aachen, and to enable the best possible start to studies. Additionally, tutors from higher semesters, happily answering all types of questions, accompany the first-year students during the first week at RWTH Aachen.


Further Information

More details will be announced in due course.


Welcome Week for International Students

Starting with the 2017/18 winter semester the International Office will offer an additional welcome week for international students. This will be held one week before the orientation week. This offer is in English and is intended to facilitate the entry into the university for the new international students.


Students with Disabilities or a Chronic Illness

First-year orientation is for all students. That means students with a disability or chronic illness – such as autism – are welcome to attend! If necessary you can always turn to the officers for the concerns of disabled and chronically ill students if you have questions or need support during the event and beyond. Additional information has been put together here.

2018 RWTH First-Year Student Rally

Looking Back at the 2018 Rally

The annual rally is the core of the orientation week. First-year students work through different fun stations from all 18 student representative councils and the central institutions with the goal of not only exploring the city and university but also meeting fellow students in small groups. The event is made possible through the close collaboration among the student representative councils, the Central University Administration, the Faculties, and the City of Aachen.

The video below and the photo gallery provide a good impression of last year:



  • Please contact your student representative council if you have questions about the first-year student week schedule.
  • If you have questions about the central coordination of RWTH Aachen first-year student work, you can contact the student-run First-Year Student Team, ESA Team for short, at

Please Note

We will be taking photos and making videos at the orientation week events. These will be published on our website and in both social and print media as part of our public relations work.

Please speak to the photographer directly or us if you either do not wish to be photographed at all or even just in a particular situation.