Here you will find all the questions that your fellow students frequently ask.
If your question is not listed below, don’t hesitate to write us an e-mail or visit us at one of our consultation hours.
Prior to your studies
How High is Numerus Clausus (NC)?
The Numerus Clausus (NC) is not put in place by the university. It depends on offer and request for study places.
On the website of RWTH, you can see the NC of past years. It is not likely to change that fast.
How high is the study fee?
You have re-enroll for every semester anf pay the semester tuition in order to stay enrolled. The varying tuition fee as well as RWTH´s account details can be found on RWHTonline under “student contribution status”. How the tuition fee is comprised can be found here.
How is the semester fee composed?
You can see the current composition of the fee here.
How can I transfer my achievements?
In order to recognize your exams and transfer credit points form an other university, you have to file an Application of Recognition.
In cases, in which the Examination Board can not confirm content-related equality based on previous cases, equality of content has to be determined by the teaching professor. For this procedure a routing slip is available. Furthermore, it is advised to provide as much information to the examinor as possible in form of scripts or lecture notes. After all modules are examined by the respective teaching professor, the routing slip has to be submitted to the Study Counselling.
In cases of a stay abroad, a Request for external Curriculum Change as well as an equivalence check has to be made before the stay.
There is no real semester break, because you will write your exams during lecture-free periods. Usually you’ll have some free time between exams but you need this time to prepare yourself for the exams.
You will write your exams in lecture-free period. Normally the lecture-free period begins between the end of January and mid-February and ends in April during Winter Semester. During Summer Semester, the lecture-free period starts at the end of July and finishes in October.
When does which exam take place?
There are no fixed dates for the exams. You can look up the dates of the exams at RWTHonline.
Do I have to write the exams in order?
No, you don’t have to write the exams in order. Nevertheless it will be easiert for you to understand deepening modules if you get basic knowledge first.
What are Credit Points (CP), Semesterwochenstunden (SWS) und European Credit Transfer System Points (ECTS)?
A credit point (CP) and an European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) corresponds to an estimated amount of work of about 30 hours, including lectures + preparation for the lectures and the exam. It was established to compare the different courses. One semester contains about 30 ECTS.
How do i withdraw grades?
If you all modules of your Bachelor’s/Master’s course within the standard period of study you can withdraw the weighted grad of one module, except the grade of your project thesis and of course your bachelor/master thesis.
Withdrawn grades get shown as “passed” on your diploma and dont influence your final grade.
What is the Dean’s List?
The Dean’s List is a list, which includes the best 5% of students within their study course based on their overall avarage grade. It belongs to the program to support outstanding students at the RWTH. Those students have the possibility to attend certain seminars or get scholarships.
What is Maschboard?
Maschboard is a website aimed at connecting students studying Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering or Computational Engineering Sciences. Do you have specific questions regarding your studies and no one to ask? Hit up the discussion forums and ask your fellow students. Distraught at the thought of your next exam period? See if you can find studying materials in the library section. The possibilities are endless, so it is definitely worth giving it a try.
What is Studydrive?
Studydrive is a notes sharing platform. Whether you’re looking for handwritten notes from your fellow students or specific course exercises, be sure to check it out.
What happens if I forget to re-enroll for the next semester?
If you miss the deadline for re-enrolment you have to pay an additional fee which is currently €7,60. If you forget to re-enroll before Oct 31 (Winter Semester) or Apr 30 (Summer semester) you will be de-registered from all courses by RWTH.
Until when can I cancel my exams?
You can cancel a registration for an exam on multiple ways. The first opportunity is the “Orintierungsabmeldung“, which lasts one week longer than the “Anmeldephase” (in WiSe17/18 until 24.11.). If this period is over you can still unsubscribe from an exam up to 3 working days before it starts. If the exam takes place on a Friday, for example, you have till Tuesday, 11:59pm, to cancel your registration. You can do this online in the CampusOffice. When it is also too late to cancel your registration that way, you still have the possibility to withdraw due to illness. For this you need a medical certificate that says you are unable to write the exam. More details you find here: Registration Cancellation & Withdrawal
You can resign from already registered exams (all registered exams can be found in Camus Office under “registered exams”) up until 3 workdays ahead of the exam (Saturday counts as a workday). The resign using campus Office. A step by step instruction can be found here.
What is the "in person registration"?
The personal registration phase is a registration phase for subjects you can not register via RWTHonline. The personal registration phase starts after the regular registration ends. You have to register at ZPA, which is located at Super C, first floor.
Do I need to save the E-Mails concerning my registration/de-registration for exams?
Yes, you should. If the university has technical problems and your registration gets lost, these E-Mails are your only possibility to prove that you registered for the exam.
When should I step back from an exam?
When you are sure that you won’t pass it. But you should think twice because stepping back will maybe force you to study longer.
Organizitions and consultation offers of RWTH
Which Student Councils exist?
At RWTH, every study field has its own student council.
Student Councils have many tasks. Mainly, they represent the students in front of the university or faculty. It helps to improve the education. Furthermore, it organises a lot of events, like freshmen week.
What is Hochschulwache? (security service)
The “Hochschulwache” is the security service of RWTH Aachen.
How do I find the building-number of the building I’m currently in?
The Central Examination Office is the division 1.3 and belongs to the Department of Academic Affairs and Registrar’s Office within RWTH Aachen’s Central University Administration.
Its Working on the administration of exam registration and cancellation and similar work, such as grade registration, issuing certificates or transcripts, and checking admittances or non-admittances to exams and final theses.
After your degree
What if I want to do my masters degree at a different university?
With a bachelors degree form the RWTH you can also apply for a master’s courses at other universities.
Here you need to consider the different admission requirements for the master’s courses of other universities.
How do I get a degree with distinction?
The conditions for an overall evaluation of “mit Auszeichnung” or “with distinction” are a Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis, graded with at least 1.0, and an average overall grade of 1.3 or better. Additionally, no grade is supposed to be worse than 2.5.
What’s up with the "Kármán-Bogen"?
The ‘Kármán-Bogen’ better known as the ‘Exmatrikulationstor’ (=Gate of de-registration) is a gate near Kármán auditorium and according to a legend you will be de-registered after going though it.
Which sights are there to visit in Aachen?
Aachen has a lot of sights, which are all within walking distance. The most important ones are the following:
Aachener Dom (Aachen cathedral)
das Aachener Rathaus (Aachen city hall)
der lange Turm
der Hauptbahnhof (central station)
Who is Karl?
Charlemagne was the King of the Franks, the Lombards and Emperor of the Romans in the early middle ages. He ruled over Western Europe, choosing Aachen as his main residence. Since them all the Carolingian Kings were crowned in the Aachen cathedral.
What means "aix"?
“Aix” comes from Aix la Chapelle. It ist the french name for Aachen and it is from the napoleonic times. That is why many companies in Aachen have “aix” in their name.
Why does it smell so bad at Elisenbrunnen?
The water from the emperior-fountain (ger. “Kaiserquelle”), witch flows in the Elisenbrunnen, smells like rotten eggs, because the water contains a lot of sulfur.
Why is the RWTH called RWTH?
RWTH stands for Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule. While other technical universities called themselves “Technische Universität” in the 1980s, RWTH stayed with the name “Technische Hochschule” to refer to the polytechnical background.
Where is student council number 9?
There is no student council number 9. We are not sure where it went.
What is Rudi Rockt?
Rudi Rockt culinary event, in which you can participate as a team of two by cooking one of the three dishes (first course, main dish or dessert). It is the perfect opportunity for you to get to know new people around your city. Finally, you can celebrate the successful evening with all your new friends at the after party. You can find more information here: https://www.rudirockt.de/de
Who is that, smiling so nice at me on Campus Office?
That’s our current principal.
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