Welcome Week in Aachen


RWTH will welcome over 1,200 new students from around the world at the start of the 2017/18 winter semester. To ensure they have a good start at RWTH and in Aachen, the International Office is holding Welcome Week: a weeklong program that guarantees students are warmly welcomed and are oriented in their new surroundings.

  Student doing gymnastic exercises Copyright: © Andreas Schmitter RWTH welcomes 1,200 new international students, offering an orientation program.

Welcome Week is held from September 25 to 30, 2017 and begins with an official kickoff event in the Audimax. All new international students, who have come to Aachen for an exchange or for a degree program, are invited to attend. They will receive a variety of information about studies and life in Aachen. During the kickoff event RWTH professor Malte Brettel, vice-rector for business and industry relations, will award the DAAD prize for particularly involved international students. Axel Costard, speaker for the mayor of Aachen, will present Aachen as a place of science. The program, which will be held in English, also includes an introduction to the University with its diverse advising offers and how to prepare for studies. Experts will provide detailed answers to questions about organizational matters, subjects, and residency.

Aside from diverse presentations there is an info fair to learn about the international student organizations and central RWTH services as well as a faculty day, where all of the faculties' advisors will provide assistance to ensure a good start to studies. External partners will also be present and include the Immigration Office of the city of Aachen, the Bürgerservice of Aachen, the Catholic Student Association, and Protestant Student Association. Tours of the central RWTH Aachen campus and Campus Melaten, sports, intercultural workshops, and recreational events guarantee a diverse and entertaining program.

This is the first time many newcomers will have moved out of their parents' homes and away from their homeland for a longer period. Settling into a foreign environment and dealing with new learning and teaching methods can pose great challenges. RWTH offers a series of mentorship and support services to ensure a successful start to studies and that students quickly integrate into University life.

Source: Press and Public Relations