Information for Admitted Students

First Steps after Admission

In order to prepare for your upcoming studies in Aachen, you will need to tackle a number of issues. The following page provides you with an overview of all necessary steps that need to be completed before travelling to Germany.

First Steps after Admission

First Steps after Arrival

Following your arrival in Aachen, there will be a number of important things to take care of:

  • Register in the city of Aachen with your new address. More info.
  • Apply the Residence Permit: Visit the municipal immigration office (Ausländeramt) to apply for a residence permit.The entry visa is generally valid for only a few weeks after you enter Germany so that you have enough time to apply for the residence permit. You must however apply in due time: dealing with the application procedure one month before the expiry date at the latest is strongly recommended by the Immigration Office. More Info.
  • Open a bank account. Most commonly, either Sparkasse Aachen or Deutsche Bank are chosen. More info.

A very central and important bureaucratic step is enrolment at the university. After it, you are an official student of the RWTH Aachen University:

Documents needed for enrolment

  • A valid passport. EU citizens can alternatively present their identity card,
  • Letter of admission to RWTH Aachen,
  • Original bachelor’s and master’s degree certificates or certificates for equivalent degrees,
  • Translations of your degree certificates and academic record/transcript containing grades, translated by a certified translator recognised by the German Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The translation agency may be located in Germany as well,
  • Originals of your language certificates,
  • Certification of your health insurance with a public Germany health insurance provider,
  • If you have been enrolled at a German university in the past: Proof of deregistration or exmatriculation from this university,
  • If your letter of admission included a list of missing documents still to be submitted or presented, such as language certificates or academic records,  please provide these documents

Along with your admission, you will also receive a full list of all required documents.

Formalities to be Completed after Enrolment

Following your enrollment at RWTH Aachen University, you will receive various documents and will need to follow certain steps to complete your registration at the university and to activate your IT services. More information:

Formalities to be Completed after Enrolment
Next steps after admission | pdf, 2 MiB
Enrolment Information | pdf, 47 KiB
Preparatory Master's College MME-PS | pdf, 3 MiB
General infomration regarding admission | pdf, 11 MiB
Health insurance information | pdf, 6 MiB

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