Civil Engineering With Orientation Semester B.Sc.


Key Info

Basic Information

Bachelor of Science
Start of Studies:
Summer Semester
Standard Period of Studies:
8 semesters
ECTS Credits:
240Mehr Informationen

What does that mean?

ECTS are credit points that measure the workload of one's studies.


Admission Requirements

  • Abitur or equivalent HZB Mehr Informationen

    What does that mean?

    General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur), subject specific university entrance qualification, or an equally recognized university entrance qualification (HZB)

  • Proficiency in German --- Mehr Informationen ---

    What does that mean?

    You must provide documentation of your language skills for the language of instruction at the time of enrollment. The exam regulations stipulate the relevant requirements.

Admission to First Semester


Admission to Higher Semesters


Enrollment Requirements

  • SelfAssessment --- Mehr Informationen ---


    RWTH Aachen self assessments are online advising processes for deciding what to study. Participation in one (rarely two) of these self assessments is mandatory. You can find which self assessment you need to take for this subject in the course of study description under "Prerequisites". You will need to show proof of participation in a subject specific self assessment in order to enroll (not to apply). You can print out the participation certificate yourself.

  • Pre-Program Internship --- Mehr Informationen ---

    Pre-Program Internship

    A four week pre-internship before the start of studies.

Dates and Deadlines


What to study: civil engineering or wood engineering?
Where to study: at a university or a university of applied sciences?
What specializations and career options are available?

This cooperative course of study between RWTH Aachen University and FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences is aimed at prospective students wishing to gain a realistic insight into the civil engineering course of study at both universities. This will then let them choose the right university for them and, possibly, a specialization at a later stage.

With this program, the two participating universities are offering students the opportunity to get to know both universities and be gently eased into the subject-specific requirements.

In contrast to the RWTH study program in civil engineering, the cooperative program runs for eight semesters and starts in the summer semester. The students are initially enrolled at FH Aachen. After the first semester, which is jointly organized by both universities, the students choose the university that best suits their interests.

If they wish to continue a more academic path, they will do so at RWTH, with the partial course of study Civil Engineering Plus. There are two different options at FH Aachen: the civil engineering or wood engineering courses. The course of study concludes with the Bachelor's examination at the chosen university.

Further Details on the Course of Study and Application Procedure

Prospective students will find further insights and the latest information on how to apply for this degree program at the website of FH Aachen.


Degree Content

During your first semester, you will be supported in the orientation process thanks to introductory courses and a close mentoring scheme. The course content comprises the following (sub)modules: Mathematics, Learning to Study, Student Mentoring, Introduction Days, Insights into Civil Engineering, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Responsible Technology Development, and Data Processing in Civil Engineering.

The subsequent semesters are - if a continuation of the studies at the RWTH is chosen - identical in content to the regular Civil Engineering course, supplemented by some additional modules in the core curriculum and concentration areas. The relevant information can be found in the course description of the Civil Engineering program and the examination regulations for the partial course of study Civil Engineering Plus.

The RWTH Faculty of Civil Engineering provides further details for students in this course wishing to continue their studies here.



If you would like to continue your studies at RWTH after your first semester, you must provide proof of a general or subject-related university entrance qualification certificate or equivalent qualification. More information can be found on RWTH's website under "Admission Requirements." A university of applied sciences entrance qualification suffices for studies at FH Aachen.

To continue your studies in the second semester, you must provide proof of having completed an internship. This can either be pre-university work experience or an internship completed after the first semester. If you have not completed your internship prior to enrolling at RWTH, you can apply for postponement. Contact:


Career Prospects

Civil engineers are involved in planning, calculations, assessments, the conduction of projects, and coordination. With their skills profile they are hired in various fields of application such as structural engineering, industrial construction and bridge construction; planning, construction, and operation of traffic routes; state, regional, and urban planning; water engineering, water management, and urban water management; foundation engineering, rock operations, and underground construction; environmental protection; and building construction and construction management.

Engineers trained in Germany are sought after all over the world – skills often sought in the areas of transportation, water, tunnel, and bridge construction. Due to the multiperspectivity engineers educated at RWTH possess, they are not only experts for the classical disciplines of civil engineering but also for interdisciplinary work in the context of economic, legal, infrastructural, and environmentally-relevant problems.

You can find specific numbers in the current publication from the Federal Employment Agency: Job Market for Academics -Engineering Sciences (de)


Master's Degree Prospects

In the Civil Engineering Master's program, students choose from among eight concentrations: construction production systems and construction process management, building materials science, constructive structural engineering, constructive engineering, constructive hydraulic engineering, tunnel engineering and geotechnics, transport, and water management.

Each concentration offers diverse possibilities to create one's specific profile. An extraordinarily comprehensive spectrum of elective modules allows students to combine subjects that correspond to their personal interests and career prospects.

Furthermore, graduates – when necessary with adjustments during Bachelor's studies and additional requirements in Master's studies – can also be admitted to the Faculty's other Master's courses of study: Environmental Engineering, Transport Engineering and Mobility, and Industrial Engineering: Civil Engineering.


Module Handbook and Examination Regulations

The module handbook provides a description of all modules of a degree program and offers a comprehensive insight into the program contents.

The examination regulations are comprised of legally binding provisions on learning objectives, prerequisites for study, the course structure and processes, and examination procedures.

Regulations that generally apply to all Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, including information on language proficiency requirements, can be found in RWTH's General Examination Regulations. These general regulations are further specified and complemented by the subject-specific examination regulations.

If two examination regulations are valid for a degree program during a transition phase, the most current version shall apply to students enrolling in the program for the first time.

Please note that only the German examination regulations are legally binding.

Module Handbook
Subject Specific Examination Regulations
RWTH's General Examination Regulations



The Civil Engineering with orientation semester cooperative Course of Study offers you the option to choose the RWTH partial study program Civil Engineering Plus after the first semester. This is offered by the Faculty of Civil Engineering.

The Faculty's excellent reputation is based on its outstanding diversity of research interests and its strong ties with research partners. In addition to the classic civil engineering courses, it also offers interdisciplinary study programs such as Environmental Engineering or Transport Engineering and Mobility. As a research-oriented institution, the Faculty makes substantial contributions to solving tomorrow's global problems in the fields of construction, environment, and infrastructure.