Enrollment in Master Studies for Internationals


Please Note

Due to the current developments surrounding the spread of the coronavirus there will be no face-to- face advising sessions and no in-person enrollment sessions in our offices until further notice.

Please send us your questions and/or your enrollment documents by email to int-zugang@rwth-aachen.de. You can also call us at +49 241 80- with extensions -90674, -90671, -90672, -90673, -90675, -90648, -90365. We are available weekdays between 8:30am and 12:30pm and between 1:30 and 4pm.

Please note that we are not available during the Easter holidays between April 10 to 13, 2020.

Thank you very much for your understanding!


Deferral of Your Admission from 2020 Summer Semester to 2020/21 Winter Semester

If you have been admitted to an open-admission course of study in summer semester 2020 but do not want to enrol in light of the current difficult situation caused by the coronavirus outbreak, you have the opportunity to defer admission until winter semester 2020/21. Candidates who have been admitted to a restricted-access course of study, however, cannot defer admission – they need to re-apply within the application period (until July 15, 2020 for the 1st course semester, until September 15, 2020 for higher course semesters) if they want to start their studies in the winter semester.

In case there are any changes in the admission requirements for a course of study between the summer and winter semester, such as the introduction of a mandatory GRE, this does not apply to candidates who have been admitted for the summer semester but want to defer admission and enrol in the winter semester.

If you want to use the option to defer your admission from the summer to the winter semester, please reply to the email you have received from Division 2.1 – Admission and Social Affairs.

Please note that as of today, it is only possible to defer your enrolment from sommer semester 2020 to winter semester 2020/21. If you want to enrol for summer semester 2021, you will have to re-apply according to the regulations currently in place.

If you have any questions, we are happy to assist you via email: int-zugang@rwth-aachen.de.



+49 241 80 90674



Welcome Week

Please arrange your travel to Aachen so that you arrive in good time for the Welcome Week. Participation in the Welcome Week is compulsory.


When do I need to enroll and what do I need?

In your admissions letter on RWTHonline, in Self Service, you can find the time and location of your enrollment session at the International Office. Once you accept your study place, you will also be able to see the requirements for the documents needed to enroll in Self Service.

Please note – you must also bring the originals of all the required documents that you are not able to upload as PDFs to enroll at the University – notarized copies without the originals will not be accepted.

You also need to provide documentation proving you have valid health insurance that is also officially recognized in Germany. Make sure you have this documentation before your enrolment session. Please note – you either need German statutory health insurance or a confirmation from a German public health insurance company that your private insurance is equivalent. We do not accept travel health insurance.

What do I do before I enroll?

Before enrolling, log on to RWTHonline to update your personal data, and to upload your health insurance certificate and any other necessary documents, like a pre-internship certificate, termination of enrollment certificate, self assessment, or language certificate.

What documents do I need to prepare to enroll?

If you have received admission, you will need to prepare a few documents to enroll. Please bring the following documents with you to your enrollment session or alternatively upload them onto RWTHonline:

  • Application to Enroll at RWTH, signed by you (original)
  • A valid passport, or alternatively personal identification for EU citizens (original and copy)
  • Your original Bachelor's degree certificate or proof of an equivalent degree, including your transcript of records
  • The original translations of your school and university certificates and transcripts; these translations must be completed by a certified translation office or recognized by the German embassy or consulate in your home country. The translation office can either be in Germany or your home country.
  • Original documentation of your required language skills – you can check the specific requirements on our Language Requirements for a Master’s page.
  • Insurance confirmation from a German public health insurance provider (upload). You must have a confirmation from a German public health insurance provider that you either have public health insurance or are exempt from German public health insurance. Before enrolling you must therefore go to a health insurance provider and either purchase an insurance policy from them or be issued a confirmation from them that your current insurance is sufficient. You cannot enroll without this confirmation from a German public health insurance provider. Public health insurance companies include Techniker Krankenkasse, TK, or the Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse, AOK.
  • Proof of termination of studies at a German university if you have previously been enrolled at a German university (upload).
  • Placement confirmation for a higher core semester from the respective RWTH Examination Board (original)

You will only be able to enroll at RWTH once you can provide all the required listed documents.

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