Welcome Week for International Students


For whom? All new international students at RWTH Aachen – full-degree and exchange students

When? From Monday, March 30 to Friday, April 3, 2020

International students at the Welcome Week Copyright: Claudia Pankanin

The orientation week was something new for me. The international office helped me a lot to feel Aachen like a home. I didn't feel homesickness due to the splendid events of the international office.

Student from Pakistan

In the welcome week, we got full insight of everything related to studies, living and other aspects concerning the stay in Aachen.

Student from India

The idea of 2 orientation weeks: international welcome week and Einführungswoche was a great idea!

Student from Cameroon


Information about the new Coronavirus

Update: March 24, 2020

The International Office has put up an digital Welcome Week for new international students in form of recorded PowerPoint presentations which will be made available by email to the students and later on on our Latecomer website, as well as a series of additional online meetings to create a platform where the students can ask the questions that remained unanswered by the presentations.

You can find the schedule of online meetings on our event subpage; as new international student, you will be invited by email to each online meeting with a link to the recorded presentation you need to watch beforehand. If you have not received any information by March 28, 2020, please contact welcomeweek@rwth-aachen.de to be included in the mailing list.

Update: March 13, 2020

We are very sorry to inform you that the planned Welcome Week for new international students has to be cancelled. We would like to offer you an online Welcome Week instead.

Please check your emails and this website on a regular basis. We are currently working on an online program. We will inform you as soon as possible about further details.

March 10, 2020

We would like to inform all students that RWTH Aachen University is monitoring the situation related to the new Coronavirus COVID-19 with the utmost attention and is carefully following the advice of the local and national authorities.

The information about the current situation is updated daily on our website. We will inform all students via email regarding changes, but we also recommend you keep updated via the following websites:



+49 241 80 90660



We are looking forward to welcoming you as new international students to RWTH Aachen in the next Welcome Week!

Since attending Welcome Week is compulsory, please make sure to arrive in Aachen in time for this event. Participating in the information sessions and meeting with many advisors from the University and related institutions will guide you through your first steps in Aachen and help you manage your academic, personal and social transition to the University. Quick integration is the key to both your well-being and the future success in your studies. For this reason, we specifically offer a program adapted to your needs.

We wish you an unforgettable Welcome Week!


Your Welcome Week Checklist

Your Welcome Week Checklist for Summer Term 2020


Welcome Week Highlights

  • Official welcome event by the International Office
  • Presentations and advice sessions offered by the Admissions Office, the Immigrations Office, the IT ServiceDesk and many more!
  • Meet the Career Services, University Sports Center, RWTH Language Center, Student Advice Center, Faculty Advisors and many more at the Freshers’ Fair.
  • Meet many international student associations, faculty student councils and RWTH students at the Welcome Home Breakfast.
  • Take part in a Campus or Library Tour.
  • Get prepared for life with Germany thanks to a short intercultural training and a Talk Show
  • Compete with RWTH students and other international students during fun games at our Sport event
  • Make friends during our social events such as the Welcome Home Breakfast, the Movie Night or the Quiz Night!

Welcome events for PhD students

The Welcome Center for international researchers regularly offers events tailored to PhD students. If you are a PhD student, please register at the Welcome Center in order to stay tuned about upcoming events.


Get impressions from past Welcome Weeks.

Stay tuned throughout the week by liking our Facebook Page and following us on Instagram. You will have a chance to win surprise gift bags and RWTH Merchandise. Do not forget to share your Welcome Week experience using #RWTHWelcomeWeek!

If you are unable to attend Welcome Week, please take a look at our offers for latecomers. All Welcome Week presentations will be posted on this page.

You would like to support Welcome Week? Become a Welcome Week volunteer or a Welcome Week sponsor!

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