Frequently Asked Questions: Application to First Course Semester
What are the prerequisites to applying?
You can only apply after you have received your Abitur certificate. You cannot apply using a preliminary grade or calculation. You need both the date of issue and the final grade on the Abitur certificate when applying.
If the certificate is issued after the application deadline, your only option remaining is to apply via the lottery.
When you apply has not effect on the admissions process. You just need to apply by the application deadline.
The deadline is the same for previous and new high school graduates. The deadline is only different for those applying to the medicine and dentistry courses of study, as those applications are processed by the Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung in Dortmund.
How do I create an applicant account?
To create an applicant account, follow the instructions on how to register found in the download section of this page.
I forgot my applicant account log in/password.
Follow the directions in the instructions on how to register found in the download section of this page.
How can I recall an application I've already submitted?
Log in to the Self Service and click on "Actions" in the overview "My Applications." Then select the application you wish to recall.
What documents do I have to submit with my application?
The documents needed to apply or enroll are shown in the Application Wizard. You can also find information there about whether we need the documents uploaded or a physical certified copy. Some documents are mandatory for the application, meaning you cannot submit your application until the documents have been uploaded. If you are required to upload a document, we will not accept a physical copy that has been mailed or submitted in person.
After you submit your application you can use the Self Service to upload documents until the application deadline, enrollment deadline, or late-submission deadline.
What format do the documents need to be in and can I upload multiple documents?
RWTH requires your documents as a pdf. If you want to upload multiple documents, you must save them as a single pdf file beforehand. Zip files are not accepted.
Can I make changes to an application I've already submitted?
Later changes, that do not include uploading or recalling an application, can only be made by an administrative employee. Please send an email with your application number and the changes you'd like to make by the relevant application or late-submission deadline to email@example.com.
How can I view the status of my application?
How do I find out if my application is complete?
You can find this information in the RWTHonline Self Service. When the department is processing your application, each document that must be submitted will be marked with either "ok" or "not ok." As soon as the document has been marked with "ok," you will not be able to upload any more documents. The Self Service will also show you when all your application documents are complete. Please be aware that it can take between five and ten business days for your application to be processed as the application deadline nears.
What are my chances of being admitted?
We have published the results from past semester so that you can better judge your chances of being accepted. It is impossible to reliably calculate the results of future allocation process however, as the NC/cut off values are only calculated after the selection process using the applications received. You will receive an email notifying you when the admissions results are available.
How many courses of study or subjects can I apply to?
You can apply for a total of 9 different restricted admission subjects or courses of study. If you apply to a course of study with multiple subjects, such as BA Teacher Training at Gymnasien and Gesamtschulen, the subject you name multiple times in the combinations is only counted once.
1) BA Gy/Ges German, English, Education = 3
2) BA Gy/Ges German, History, Education = 1
3) BA Gy/Ges German, Chemistry, Education = 1
3) BA BK German, English, Education = 0
Total number of applications: 5, and 4 additional applications would still be allowed for restricted admission courses of study or subjects. The medicine and dentistry courses of study are counted separately.
You can apply for a maximum of 5 open admission Master's courses of study or subjects. You can apply for a maximum of one first and one higher course semester of a course of study or subject.
You can find an overview of our courses of study and the combination possibilities for teacher training courses of study in RWTH-Info.
How do I apply for a course of study that is part of the Dialogue-Oriented Service Process (DoSV)?
You can find all the information about the DoSV and the application process here.
Can I correct my personal information after I have registered?
You can only enter your personal information once when registering. It is impossible to correct it when submitting your application. The department can make any necessary changes upon request. To request changes, send an email with your application number and the necessary changes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I change my subject combinations before submitting my application?
You can change the subject combinations at any time before submitting your application. After you have submitted the application you can withdraw the application and submit a new one.
How do I find out if my application has been received?
After submitting your application you will receive a notification that it has been received along with an application number. You can view the status of your application at any time in the RWTHonline Self Service.