First-Year Students

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Welcome to RWTH Aachen University

Student life is a whole new chapter of life to get used to, where you will learn to think in a different way. Studying can feel like an adventure. Many things seem tough, confusing, and foreign. It is therefore crucial you know the various offers available at RWTH to help you master your studies. You will find tips and tricks for a smooth transition to university on the following pages.

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First-Year Orientation

You should definitely enter the introductory week as a key event in your calendar, because we will give you a systematic introduction to student life in general and vital insights into relevant matters.

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Welcome Week for International Students

International Office helps ease new international students into studying at RWTH with Welcome Week, which is held in English.

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How to Study?

How exactly is being a student at university different from school? How can I organize my studies in the best way possible? Find answers to these and other questions on the following pages.

Time to Get to Grips With Student Life

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Practical Hints and Tips

It is that much easier to study if you know exactly where to find the information you need. You will find an overview of useful offers for you on this page.

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Online Services

RWTH offers students the opportunity to access WLAN using the eduroam network almost anywhere an RWTH building is located. Here you will find an overview of all the IT services offerd, such as email, WLAN/VPN, and software.


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Study Rooms

You can meet with your study group or bridge gaps between classes in the various study rooms available for you. Experience shows that working in a concentrated atmosphere and in excellent company is most effective.

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Understanding all the different aspects and terms related to your studies may seem far from easy, especially at the beginning. This glossary explains all the terms you will have to deal with every day, such as credit points, electives, or modules.

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Dining Hall Menus

Here you can find out what is on the Aachen Student Services dining hall menu for today. Additionally, you can quickly look to see what dining hall is closest to your lecture hall. Photo: Studentenwerk Aachen

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Re-enrolling in the New Semester

Enrolled students must re-enroll at RWTH within the designated period before the beginning of the following semester to be able to continue their studies.

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Advising and Services for Students

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All new beginnings seem challenging. Besides a new form of self-management, first-year students have to get to grips with a huge institution and all its different responsibilities. If you have many questions and cannot discern who you should contact for each one, get in touch with the Student Advice Center – ZSB for short. The team will support you in all matters concerning your studies and help you find the right contacts at RWTH.

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Develop Your Competences With Soft Skills

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Go Abroad for a Global Perspective

The variety of experiences, intercultural competences, and foreign language skills acquired during a stay abroad are a highly valuable asset in today's professional and academic world.

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Language and Writing Courses

The RWTH Language Center offers a wide range of language courses and certificates, as well as extensive advice on writing optimal texts and assistance writing specific projects.

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Extracurricular & Leisure Activities

Perhaps you have already done some voluntary work at school or you know how enriching it can be to get involved in extracurricular projects and are now keen on joining in the fun. Whatever the case, there are plenty of opportunities at RWTH.

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Internships Are Highly Valuable

It is very useful to pursue an internship during your studies to gain initial professional experience and apply the knowledge acquired in your studies. You can get assistance in finding a suitable internship at the chairs in charge of your own degree program or from RWTH’s Career Center.

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Trouble Getting Started? Help is at Hand

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Student Advice Centre

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Departmental Advisors

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Student Councils within Faculties

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Psychological Counseling

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Students with Disabilities

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