A Good Academic Start in Engineering

  Young students sitting on steps Copyright: Peter Winandy

Do you want to study engineering but don't know whether to study at FH Aachen or RWTH? Are you torn between electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, civil engineering, and mechatronics?


Try Semester "0"

RWTH Aachen University and FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences provide new students with the opportunity to participate in a so-called orientation semester. During the summer semester, students attend engineering classes at both educational institutions. This makes it possible for participants to find out for themselves which university and which subject best suits them.

Aside from a program of basic courses in subjects like math and physics, students can choose from a catalogue of engineering courses; in addition, they benefit from a framework program offering participation in orientation sessions, study groups, and a “buddy scheme.”

After having gained first impressions in the summer semester, participants then choose what university and what course of study to enroll in in the upcoming winter term.

The project offers three options, depending on the chosen subject:

  • "Semester Zero“: Orientation semester in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering
  • Joint degree program "Electrical Engineering with Orientation Semester“ (ETOS)
  • Joint degree program "Civil Engineering with Orientation Semester" (expected to start in the 2020 summer term)

Students can register for the program starting in December. For further information on the project and how to register, please visit the Guter Studienstart (de) website.


Seven Good Reasons to Participate in "A Good Academic Start:"

  • You have more time to make a decision
  • You get to know both universities "from the inside" before enrolling
  • You get a realistic overview of the courses of study and the resulting professions
  • You can try out projects and practical experiences
  • You meet your fellow students
  • You can already take exams and get credit for them later on during your course of study
  • You have more security in choosing a course of study and university and more time to make your own decision in peace

Program Coordinators

, RWTH Aachen
Phone: +49 241 80 98398

FH Aachen
Phone: +49 241 6009 51840

Student Advice Center

Contact for

RWTH Aachen Student Advice Center
Templergraben 83, 52062 Aachen
Phone: +49 241 80 94050,

FH Aachen General Academic Counselling
Bayernallee 9a, 52066 Aachen
Phone: +49 241 6009 51800,

Project Heads

  • Prof. Dr. Aloys Krieg – Vice-Rector for Teaching, RWTH Aachen University
  • Prof. Dr. Josef Rosenkranz – Vice-Rector for Study and Teaching, FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
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The project has received initial funding from the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.