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RWTH Aachen University 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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With about 35,000 enrolled into its different programs, admissions at RWTH Aachen University are invited for Winter and Summer sessions. The university has produced several graduates with innovative ideas, deeper insights and transformative leadership. Its study options and overall quality attract a lot of foreigners to study in Germany, which is evident by over 5,000 international students out of the overall body.

RWTH Aachen University offers the students bachelor’s and master’s programs in various disciplines including architecture, engineering, business administration, chemistry, biology, data science, and communication. The main selection criterion at RWTH Aachen is the academic performance.
Master's applicants who wish to apply for restricted programs must have sufficient TestAS. Once the international Offie has confirmed the applicant's formal eligibility, the application will be forwarded to the respective Examination Board. With a very low acceptance rate, it is one of the most selective universities for higher education in Germany as well as Europe.

  • RWTH Aachen University has open as well as restricted admission policy for different courses.
  • Non-EU international applying for an undergraduate program need to pass TestAS.
  • A university Entrance Qualification Certificate (HZB) is required for UG admissions at RWTH Aachen.
  • International students are exempt from TestAS for 2020-2021 admissions if they have a GPA of over 2.5 as per German grading.
  • The deadline to submit an application for open admission for undergraduate courses for the winter semester is October 15, 2020.
  • Both domestic and international students need not pay any tuition fees for any of the courses offered by RWTH Aachen University.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the upcoming summer and winter semester will take place mostly digitally.
  • The standard period of study has been increased by one semester for all those who were enrolled in the summer semester.


Application PortalOnline Portal
Degrees OfferedBachelor’s and Master’s Degree
Number of Programs162
Academic calendarSemester
Intake seasonsSummer/ Winter
TestASRequired for all Non-EU International Students
Mode of PaymentCredit card
Financial AidBAföG, Deutschlandstipendium, KfW Loan, DAAD Scholarship
Admission HelpdeskContact RWTH 


To grab the best opportunities offered by the college, it is mandatory that all the applicants must submit their applications before the deadline.

AdmissionsWinter Semester DeadlineSummer Semester Deadline
Bachelors courses with open admissionOctober 15April 15
Bachelors courses with restricted admissionAugust 20January 15
Masters courses with open admissionMarch 1September 1
Masters courses with restricted admissionAugust 20January 15

International Students Admission

Regardless of the native country, international students with talent, determination, and good academic records are given admission to RWTH Aachen University. 5,000 students at RWTH Aachen University are overseas students from 134 countries around the globe.

Application Portal: Online portal

Admission requirements: To apply for undergraduate and graduate programs at RWTH Aachen University, international students must submit the following documents prior to their admission:

  • A completed application form
  • Secondary – level school-leaving certificates in English or German
  • Official transcript
  • Proof of German-language skills via specified tests to study in Germany
    • DSH, TestDaF, Certificates issued by the Goethe-Institut and The DSD German language diploma
    • TestAS score
  • University entrance certificate
  • Passed assessment exam (Feststellungsprüfung) in a preparatory program (Studienkolleg)
  • Valid Passport
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Bank statement ensuring requisite finances in the bank account of the applicant
  • ID proof
  • Copy of visa

English and German Language Proficiency Test Score for International Students

To testify the English proficiency of the students belonging to countries where English is a secondary language, they must submit English proficiency test scores to the college along with other documents.

Since all the courses are not available in English, those students who want to take admission in German language courses must demonstrate their German Proficiency test score. RWTH Aachen University accepts test scores of TOEFL, IELTS, DSH TestDaF, and many more.

DSH CertificateStage 2
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)Pass
German Language DiplomaPresent
TestDaFLevel 4
First Certificate in EnglishGrade B

International Student Visa

International students willing to study in any college inside Germany require a Schengen visa (for short stay) or a National visa (for a longer stay). The following documents must be submitted by the applicant to the German Embassy while applying for a German visa:

  • Application form
  • Passport
  • Passport size photographs
  • Financial support in the form of bank statement
  • Acceptance letter from the university
  • Certificate of past academic work & achievement
  • Transcript
  • Proof of German language proficiency

Undergraduate Admissions

RWTH Aachen University provides bachelor’s degrees in various disciplines including engineering sciences, natural sciences, geosciences, business & economics, humanities, and medicine. Students have to submit all the documents to RWTH Aachen University before the deadline.

Where to apply: Online Portal

Admission requirements: Following documents must be submitted to RWTH Aachen University for admission in undergraduate courses:

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • Complete High School report
  • Official High School transcript
  • Secondary school record
  • German language proficiency test score
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

Applicants must contact the following address regarding any queries related to admission:

The Registrar’s Office of RWTH Aachen University
SuperC Building, Templergraben 57, 52056 Aachen
Telephone: +49 241 80 94214
Fax: +49 241 80 92380

Graduate Admissions

RWTH Aachen University offers master’s degree programs to the students in the disciplines of software systems, media informatics, electrical power engineering, communications engineering, biomedical engineering, and software system engineering.

To get admission in a graduate course in, the following requirements must be fulfilled by the students:

RequirementsMSc Civil EngineeringMSc Biomedical EngineeringMSc Metallurgical EngineeringMSc Data ScienceMSc Media Informatics
Intake SeasonWinter and SummerWinterWinterWinter and SummerWinter
TOEFL iBT9095959090
TestDaFLevel 4Not requiredNot requiredLevel 4Not required
DSH CertificateStage 2Not requiredNot requiredStage 2Not required
Statement of purposeRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired

RWTHonline Selfservice allows the applicants to view the current status of the application. Here, applicants are also informed about missing documents. It is recommended to check the status of an application before the deadline for submitting additional documents (January 21 for the summer semester and August 26 for the winter semester) to ensure that no documents are missing and applicants can participate in the allocation process.

The Registrar's Office will only inform the applicants that documents are missing through Selfservice. It is the responsibility of the students to regularly check their application status.

An application is only possible after the applicants have received an Abitur certificate


Ques. What is the tuition fee for international students at RWTH Aachen?

Ans. There are no tuition fees at RWTH Aachen University for international students as well. However, all the students need to submit a student body and social contribution fee, as well as manage all their living expenses.

Ques. Is it hard to get into RWTH Aachen?

Ans. With an acceptance rate of about 10%, RWTH Aachen is one of the most selective schools in Europe, with a strong emphasis on academic excellence

Ques. Is RWTH Aachen a good university?

Ans. RWTH Aachen University is ranked 99 in World University Rankings by Times Higher Education and has an overall score of 3.9 stars. According to student reviews on Studyportals, RWTH Aachen University is the best place to find out how students rate their study and living experience at universities from all over the world.

Ques. Is GRE mandatory for RWTH Aachen?

Ans. Most graduate programs at the RWTH Aachen do not specify any minimum GRE score for admission. The Computer Science (Informatik) department focuses on other parts of the application more than the GRE/TOEFL score.

Ques. I have made a mistake in my application. What should I do now?

Ans. In the case of an application for a degree program with restricted admission or without admission restrictions, changes can only be made via the Registrar's Office (contact via ssc(at) ). It is advised that the applicants must only use the email address they have entered in the application portal only.

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