Master Office Team
The great number of over 50.000 students will make your student life in Aachen vibrant and unique. No matter if you are interested in sports, arts or culture, there are plenty of options to enjoy your student life. This page will provide you with information that will help you to organize and enjoy your life in Aachen, be it regarding culture, sports or helpful institutions.
RWTH International Academy aims to make your stay in Aachen both as productive and as exciting as possible. For the latter purpose, we hold a whole array of experiences and activities in store for you: we provide an extensive social and cultural program starting from day one of your time in Aachen.
We organize different excursions, field trips and (social) events every semester for our international student community. Come join us and enjoy:
Our senior students of the different M.Sc. degree programs are there to help welcome you by taking responsibility for a small group of new arrived fellow students of their study program. Your senior mentor can help you to get to know the university, the course structure, the city and the student life and will just be present to answer all questions which may come up after arrival.
Senior Mentors Responsibilities
INCAS is a student organization supported by RWTH International Academy, the International Office of RWTH and the "Akademisches Auslandsamt" of FH Aachen. Its main objective is to meet the needs of international students, trainees and participants of German language courses. Therefore INCAS organizes regular events for the newcomers in Aachen and brings together both international and German students in a pleasant atmosphere.
You can also get in contact with a student club of your homecountry. There are many student clubs from one specific country, e.g. AISA, MexAs Aachen, ColAachen, PPI Aachen or others like AIESEC, an organization for international exchange and intercultural communication.
BeBuddy - Mix with German students
Find more info on the BeBuddy program, here.
The university's sports center offers over 90 sports in over 2,000 instructed courses per year from aerobics to zumba. The offered courses are diverse and effordable for students. .
Evangelische Studierendengemeinde Aachen: The ESG offers are open to everyone! Everyone - regardless of confession, religion and nationality - is invited to participate.
Katholische Hochschulgemeinde Aachen: Catholic Student Community in Aachen. Offers rooms/apartments for catholic students. The KHG also owns the Chico Mendes, a bar run by students for students, where you can learn, relax, play and meet friends.
The city of Aachen is the most western metropolis in Germany. It is located directly in the border triangle with the Netherlands and Belgium and in the heart of Europe. Aachen is the perfect starting point for city trips and excursions into nature, it is on the edge of the Eifel and the High Fens and close to the Cities of Cologne, Düsseldorf, Maastricht, etc.
A bonus point? With your RWTH student ticket you can use the public transportation system (busses, trains, etc.) in North-Rhinewestphalia for free!
Aachen was the residence of the Emperor Charlemagne. Aachen's cathedral ("Aachener Dom") was build on his request and is 1,200 years old. 30 German kings have been crowend in Aachen between 936 an 1531. In 1978 the Aachener Dom was registered as the first German building on the UNESCO-World Heritage List.
Culture & Sports
Health insurance is extremely important: It will not only guarantee you treatment from German health care providers, it's also a condition for enrollment at the University!
In order to facilitate the process we provide the opportunity to sign up for public health insurance (or apply for an exemption) with our partner ‘Techniker Krankenkasse (TK)’ at our Welcome Meetings. They will then provide you with the required insurance (or exemption) certificate.
You are, of course, free to choose an insurer. Popular choices include:
If you decide not to sign up at one of the Welcome Meetings, please be sure to buy statutory health insurance well before enrolling at the University.
If you a) are older than 30 years or b) will begin your 14th semester of studies or c) are a European Health Insurance Card holder or d) already have private health insurance from a recognized insurer based outside Germany and do not wish to take out any additional insurance, the insurer can issue an exemption certificate.
In this case, ask for a “Versicherungsbescheinigung” and explain that you need insurance in order to enroll at university.
Most important addresses & phone numbers
You can find help with legal consultation at the AstA (Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss der RWTH Aachen), your student representation at RWTH Aachen University.
However, we kindly ask you to first come to our Master Office as early as possible and talk to your responsible Study Course Coordinator to discuss the problem and evaluate further strategies.
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Master Office Team