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? The two Aachen Universities have teamed up to offer new students three special options for exactly this dilemma:

  • "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" (BIOS)

RWTH Aachen University and FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences provide new students with the opportunity to participate in orientation semesters at both universities. So, during the summer semester, students can attend a great variety of engineering classes in both locations. 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 math, students can choose from a catalog 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. Students of the current Abitur-cohort are also given the opportunity to enter the program in May. Registration typically starts at the beginning of December and ends in February/March.

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 get more support in preparing for exams and in coming to a decision on which academic path is right for you

Program Coordinators

, M. Sc., RWTH Aachen,
Phone: +49 241 80 98398

, Dipl.-Ing., FH Aachen
Phone: +49 241 6009 51840

, M.A., FH Aachen,
Phone: +49 241 6009 51802

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.