General Information

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Welcome to the School of Business and Economics at RWTH Aachen University. We are certainly looking forward to receiving your application and to welcoming you here soon!

As an international student (incoming student), you are obviously going to have plenty of questions regarding Aachen. Not only information about the University itself, but also about student life, money issues, jobs, and finding somewhere to live is very important for a period of study abroad and will help to ensure that your stay in Aachen is a success.

We provide a Booklet for Incoming Students, which will assist you when you're preparing for your studies with the School of Business and Economics at RWTH Aachen University by explaining those academic aspects of your stay with which you should familiarize yourself in advance.

Should you not find an answer to your particular query in the booklet, then please get in touch with us personally or send us an . Your query will be dealt with immediately.


General Questions

When do I have to arrive in Aachen and when do the exams take place?

Please make sure that you arrive in time for your personal enrollment appointment and for the start of the semester in Aachen. The enrollment appointments will be sent to you via email by our central International Office.

Please pay attention to our semester dates when planning your stay:

Winter Semester: 
October 1 to March 31

  • Lecture period: beginning of October to the beginning of February
  • Exam period: beginning of February to the end of March

Summer Semester:

April 1 to September 30

  • Lecture period: mid-April to the end of July
  • Exam period: end of July to the end of September

What is the difference between the Exchange Office and the International Office?

The central International Office is responsible for all general matters concerning your Stay Abroad. They will help you get off to a good start by providing essential information about life in Aachen and studying at RWTH Aachen, through a wide range of services, such as the Orientation Days and the BeBuddy program.
You can contact them for the following issues ():

The Exchange office caters specifically for students studying with the School of Business and Economics. You can contact us concerning your studies here:

  • Information about registering for courses & exams
  • Transcript of Records
  • Learning Agreement
  • General questions about your studies

Please have a look at our Booklet for Incoming Students to find more information about what you have to do before, during and after your stay at the School of Business and Economics.

Where can I find information about courses offered at the School of Business and Economics?

How can I register for language courses at RWTH Aachen University?

What is the Orientation Day?

The Welcome Days/the Orientation Day are a special welcome service for all new international students. These events will provide you with the essential information required to get off to the right start in Aachen and with your studies at RWTH Aachen.

You can find some more information and the Orientation Day presentations under the following link.

Can I write my thesis at RWTH Aachen University?

It is possible to write a thesis abroad, but international students must personally take steps to secure themselves a thesis advisor at a Chair of their choice. It is also imperative that this has also been arranged with a student’s home university.

What leisure activities does RWTH Aachen University offer its students?

For relevant information, visit Please scroll down for further information on leisure activities in and around Aachen.