International Students


Why should you consider coming to study at RWTH? Located in the heart of Europe – close to Germany's borders with Belgium and the Netherlands – the University has an excellent reputation. It boasts high-quality networks nationally and abroad and thrives on its strong international culture. Bolstered by an outstanding research network and technical facilities and equipment, our technical university conducts cutting-edge research – one of many reasons we are considered a leading university in Germany and Europe.


Why Should You Apply to RWTH?

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The University is proud of its international campus and global outlook, offering excellent networks and a world-class reputation that is particularly valued by companies.

Career Perspectives
Gender and Diversity and Accessibility
Why Aachen?
Experience Reports


How Can I Prepare Myself for My Studies?

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Quickly getting up to speed with the subject matter in your degree program is key to your success at RWTH. Our courses of study are very demanding and require thorough preparation.

Courses of Study
Bridge Courses
Language Courses
Smart Study Start
Preliminary Internship
Important information for first-semester students


Admissions Process and Requirements

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You would like to pursue a bachelor's and/or master's degree or your doctorate here? On the following pages, you will find all the information you need.

Division 2.1 – Admissions and Social Affairs
Program and Exchange Students (Incoming)
Doctoral Studies


What Do I Have to Organize?

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You have applied and been accepted, now it is time for you to organize some very important matters from your home country before you come to RWTH. These can include applying for your visa and health insurance, finding accommodation, scheduling these different steps, etc.

Entry Visa and Residence Permit
Costs and Finances
Types of Insurance for Students
Accommodation in Aachen
Getting to Aachen


Welcome Services

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Please schedule your travel so that you get to Aachen in time for your orientation weeks (Welcome Week for international students and “Ersti-Woche” for all first-semester students).

Welcome Week
Semester Dates
Info Service Center (for students)
Welcome Center (for researchers/doctoral candidates)
First-Year Students Portal
Intercultural Training