Dr. Leah Cheung
Study Course Coordinator
In order to prepare for your upcoming studies in Aachen, you will need to tackle a number of organizational question. This page provides you with an overview of all necessary steps that need to be completed before travelling to Germany.
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Many events are held for international students coming to Aachen. These events are organised by various institutions and are of academic, administrative, or cultural forcus!
The first events for you will be Welcome Meeting + Health Insurance Sign-Up and the Enrolment at RWTH Aachen University.
Tentative Schedule for the CAME intake 2018:
*Please note that all students without German knowledge (below A1 Level) must arrive in Aachen latest by 27 August 2018 in order to participate in an intensive German language course during the month of September. They are the so-called Early Arrivers.
Following your arrival in Aachen, there will be a number of important things to take care of:
A very central and important bureaucratic step is enrolment at the university. After enrolment, you are an official student of the RWTH Aachen University.
A health insurance is compulsory for your enrolment. As a service, we provide you with the opportunity to sign up for the public health insurance (or apply for an exemption) with our partner ‘Techniker Krankenkasse (TK)’. This can be done during the welcome meeting at the following dates: 28 August 2018 or 25 September 2018.
You are required to officially enroll at the University in late September. RWTH Aachen's International Office will enroll you during their opening times at their office at the central RWTH campus. The details are below:
Office address: Super C Building | Templergraben 57 | 5th Floor, room 5.31 | 52062 Aachen
Opening times: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 9:30am-12:30pm and Wednesdays 1-4pm
We will explain the enrollment procedure to you during our Welcome Meeting on 24 September, so we would strongly recommend you wait to enroll until you have this information.
There are two main steps to becoming an officially enrolled student at the University:
You must present the required documents as listed in the enrollment conditions on your letter of admission) and enroll at RWTH Aachen
RWTH Aachen's International Office will give you a payment slip including the information you need to transfer the social contribution fee to RWTH Aachen (around 260 EUR) - this has to be paid to RWTH Aachen University's Registrar's Office afterwards (NOT to RWTH International Academy)
You must bring the follwoing documents to the enrolment session:
Along with your admission, you will also receive a full list of all required documents.
Following your enrolment at the RWTH Aachen University, you will receive various documents and need to follow certain steps to complete your registration at the university and to activate your IT services. More information:
Upon enrolment at the RWTH Aachen University, you will receive the following documents:
Bank Transfer Slip / Pay Form
Following enrolment at the university, you will receive a bank transfer slip along with payment instructions so that you can arrange your university fees payment. Using the transfer slip, you can pay the due amount from your bank account by wire transfer. Alternatively, if you do not have a bank account in Germany, you can pay the amount in cash into the university account at one of the branches of Sparkasse Aachen. For this transaction, a small fee will be charged. We advise to use the bank transfer slip, because it includes all relevant information, like your student ID number, your number of enrolled semesters, the amount due, as well as the university's bank account details. As soon as the university has received your payment, the enrolment procedure will be completed and you will have formally joined the RWTH Aachen University.
Temporary Student ID Card (Enrolment Certificate)
During enrolment session at the RWTH Aachen University, you will receive a temporary enrolment certificate which will serve as a substitute for your student ID card for a few weeks. This certificate will be valid until you receive your final enrolment and semester documents from the RWTH Aachen University. Furthermore, by presenting this certificate at the ASEAG Services Centre – the local public transport provider – you can obtain a preliminary public transport pass. For more information, please contact the Info-Service Center of the International Office.
Enrolment and Semester Documents
About four to six weeks after the RWTH has received your payment of your semester fees, you will receive a semester package by mail containing all relevant documents for the coming semester. Therefore, please make sure to keep the Registrar's Office and the International Office informed about any change of address. This also applies to the time of your studies.
Please read all documents sent to you carefully. You should now have the following documents:
Activating Your IT Center
The IT Center of the RWTH Aachen University offers students a variety of services, such as free internet access (WiFi and wired), your personal email account, user access management (TIM) for IT Center services, and CAMPUS Office, an online information system which gives you access to your study plans, the university's lecture and seminar list, and various other organisational functions. You are able to activate these services online by using your personal access code which you receive as part of your semester package. Please note that the temporary enrolment certificate does not provide you with an access code. In order to activate your communication services, please visit the Services Activation web page provided by the IT Center, where you will be required to enter your student ID number as well as your access code. Upon successful activation, you will receive your personal access data.
Before using the services, please note the following:
Dr. Leah Cheung
Study Course Coordinator