Exchange students are students at international universities who come for a limited time to study at RWTH Aachen and are not pursuing a degree from RWTH Aachen. If they fulfill the application requirements, they have the possibility to spend their study abroad at RWTH Aachen within the framework of the exchange programs Erasmus+ Student Mobility or RWTH Exchange Worldwide.
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Is there a partnership agreement?
In order to participate in exchange studies at RWTH Aachen, your home university and RWTH Aachen must have a bilateral agreement on student exchange. This includes, for example, the Erasmus+ agreement or an agreement with one of our partner universities worldwide within the framework of RWTH Exchange Worldwide. Please contact the international office at your home university or use our search tool to find out if such a bilateral agreement or student exchange agreement exists.
If there is an agreement, you will first apply to your international office for an exchange placement. Your university must nominate you before you can apply to RWTH Aachen. If you have been nominated by your home university, you can apply to the RWTH Aachen International Office.
In order to apply for exchange studies at RWTH Aachen, you must possess the language skills required for your desired course of study. This is either German or English at the B1.1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please read more on Language Requirements on Language Preparation Website.
If you fulfill the application requirements and have been nominated by your home university, we look forward to receiving your application documents. Find out more about the necessary documents and deadlines:
Application for Erasmus+ Student Mobility
Application for RWTH Exchange Worldwide
The faculties are generally responsible for the selection of exchange students at RWTH Aachen. A staff member in each department is responsible for selecting the exchange students. The International Office forwards the application documents to the respective faculty to be reviewed and is then notified if you have been accepted as an exchange student. After you have been accepted by the faculties, you will be notified as quickly as possible of your admission and will receive an official letter of admission from the International Office.
As soon as your academic supervisor has been confirmed or the faculty has accepted your prospective study plan, we can issue your admission. The letter of admission is sent to you via email. If you need an original, for example to apply for a visa, please specifically ask for one from the International Office.
Along with the confirmation of your study placement you will receive additional information about planning your stay in Aachen.
Are you not interested in coming to RWTH Aachen as part of a traditional student exchange? Read more about our mobility programs or other forms of mobility.