Studies for Senior Citizens

  Students in a lecture hall Copyright: © Martin Lux

RWTH Aachen Studies for Senior Citizens is a continued academic education service for older individuals, who wish to deal with academic questions after professional or familiar activity or want to expand their knowledge in certain areas.


Our Hours of Service

  1. By phone
    You can reach us by phone from Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 3pm.
  2. In person
    In-person consultation by appointment through our appointment booking tool.
  3. Digital
    Digital consultation hours by individual arrangement. Please get in touch with the respective contact person.



+49 241 80 94029




Many courses from the university's regular course offerings are open to senior citizens. The contact to young students enables a lively togetherness across different generations. There are also special courses from teachers or other senior citizen students, that are offered specifically for this target group. You can find all of the courses in the course guide for studies for senior citizens and on this page.


Learning without Academic Pressure

You study what you want and are free from any academic pressure. You put together your schedule according to your aptitude and taste. However, you cannot acquire an academic degree or take any exams.


Admission Requirements

You do not need to fulfilly any formal prerequisites or possess the higher education qualification certificate to participate in studies for senior citizens.



Auditors at RWTH Aachen pay a fee of 100 euros per semester.


The auditing fee can be waived in some exceptions. This is the case if paying the fee would lead to social hardship, that is unreasonable financial strain. This occurs if an individual has a very low income or is unemployed and no other financial support or means are available. Individuals who would like to have the fee waived must submit a request to the Registrar's Office and bring the corresponding documentation. The deadline for application is the last day of the relevant registration period.


Registering for Studies for Senior Citizens

Transfer the auditing fee for studies for senior citizens in the amount of 100 euros (only possible from September 11, 2023). First-time applicants are asked to use the current transfer slip in the course guide or to enter SEN.STUDIUM WiSe 2023 under "Verwendungszweck." In order to make sure your fee is credited to you, please include your first and last name.

For future transfers, please following the instructions below:

If you have previously been a participant in studies for senior citizens, you only need to provide only your auditor number and 23W for the 2023/24 winter semester under "Verwendungszweck." Please do not add anything else.

Example: 123456, 23S

Make sure to include the comma and space as indicated.

Transfer the fee to the following account:

Recipient (Zahlungsempfänger): Kasse der RWTH Aachen
Bank: Sparkasse Aachen
IBAN: DE34 3905 0000 0000 0145 22


The course guide also contains the application for admission as an auditor in studies for senior citizens. This is the form you use to mention all the courses you wish to attend. Send the completed and signed application (de) to Nicole Büschgens.

Once RWTH Aachen has received your fee, you will be admitted to your chosen courses. You will receive the letter of admission with an auditor identification in the mail.


Your Questions, Our Answers

Where do I get the course guide for studies for senior citizens?

You can get a physical copy of the course guide (de) in the RWTH Aachen Registrar's Office in the SuperC, Templergraben 57, and in the RWTH-Shop in the Main Building, Templergraben 55. You can also find it at different banks and branches of the Sparkasse in Aachen and various bookstores.

If you have already been admitted to studies for senior citizens, you will automatically receive the course guide in the mail in the future.

The course guide is always published in mid March (summer semester) and mid September (winter semester).

Where can I find the regular courses that are open to senior citizen students?

In chapter four of the current course guide and the supplement on this page.

Can senior citizen students request a parking permit?

Als a senior citizen student, you have the possibility to get a parking permit for Campus Hörn, Campus Melaten, and the parking structure in the Professor-Pirlet-Straße. The same rules for parking space management apply as for regular enrolled students.