First enrollment, then studies. To make sure that things run smoothly, we have put together all the important information for you.
International Prospective Students
International students who are not processed the same way as Germans must always first apply and enroll at the RWTH Aachen International Office.
Enrollment or Application?
Make sure you know the difference between application and enrollment. By enrolling you get a study placement at RWTH Aachen, that is you become a member of the university.
However before you enroll, all courses of study require an application through RWTHonline.
In the courses of study with open admission, that is those with sufficient study placments, you will generally receive your letter of admission directly after applying, thus enabling you to enroll during the enrollment period at RWTH Aachen. You must only make sure to enter any necessary remaining information and submit the documents required for enrollment either via mail or in person in the Registrar's Office. The application view in your account with show you which documents are needed.
In some courses of study there are more prospective students than study placements available. RWTH Aachen has applied for restricted admission at the responsible ministry for these courses of study. Please refer to the current RWTH Info or our courses of study to see what subjects have restricted or open admission. You must apply before a certain deadline for these subjects.
If your application was successful and you receive an admissions letter for your desired course of study, you can enroll in person at the Registrar's Office during the enrollment period stated in the admissions letter. Please remember to bring all necessary documents with you. The application view in your account with show you which documents are needed.
Enrollment for Doctoral Studies
Do you want to complete doctoral studies at RWTH Aachen? Here you can find all the relevant information about doctoral studies, enrolling for doctoral studies, and further training opportunities for doctoral candidates at RWTH Aachen. We also offer special information about doctoral studies enrollment for internationals.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does enrollment work?
You can enroll for courses of study with open admission starting at the beginning of June for the winter semester and the beginning of December for the summer semester. After you are admitted, you can enroll. This is convenient and requires a shorter processing time.
Is online enrollment equivalent to enrolling in person?
Does the application process only work online?
No, you can prepare the application online, print it, sign it, and then send it with the necessary supporting documents to the RWTH Aachen Registrar's Office. If your application is complete, you will be enrolled in the desired course of study.
Where do I enroll online?
You first apply through RWTHonline. Here you will fill out your enrollment application step by step. You will asked for the date on which you earned your university entrance qualification, whether you have already graduated from another German university, and what degree you earned, for example. Therefore, please try to have all the complete information available about your education thus far available.
What documents do I need to attach to the printed out application?
Using the information you provide during your application, RWTHonline will determine and tell you what documents you need to present for enrollment and which documents you can present for enrollment. RWTHonline will also tell you whether these documents are needed beforehand to determine whether you can be admitted or later when you enroll.
If you enroll via mail, you must include a self-addressed DIN C4 envelope with 1.45 euro postage.
Will my documents be given back to me?
Yes, this is why you include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your application.
Who is responsible for enrollment?
RWTH Aachen Registrar's Office is responsible for enrollment.
What are the deadlines for online enrollment?
Please see the current deadlines for the semester.
What happens after enrollment?
After enrolling you will receive a temporary certificate of enrollment as proof of enrollment. You can find information about how to pay the student body and social contribution feed (semester fee) on RWTHonline.
After you have transferred the fee to RWTH and it has been received by the University Bursar, pleaseupload a passport photo for your student ID card. You can also print out a BAFöG certificate, progress of studies certificate, or a current certificate enrollment from at RWTHonline at any time now. You will be able to personally pick up your student ID card, the RWTH Aachen BlueCard in plenty of time before the start of the semester. As soon as your card is available for pick up, we will notify you via email at your RWTH address. ASEAG will separately send you your Semester Ticket in the mail.
When do I receive my "real" enrollment certificate?
You can personally retrieve and print out your enrollment certificate as often as you would like through RWTHonline. Paper enrollment certificates are no longer automatically distributed by RWTH Aachen.
Is there another way to enroll?
You can also enroll in person or through the mail.
Can I cancel my enrollment?
Yes, however this is only possible if courses have not yet started. In this case, the student body and social contribution fee will be reimbursed to you in full. Once courses have started, you have to terminate your enrollment. In that case, the student body and social contribution fee will not be reimbursed in full.
Can I enroll in a Magister or Diplom course of study?
No, you can only enroll in a Bachelor or Master course of study.