Stamp RWTH Martin Braun

In the table below, you find all the important dates and appointments for your semester in Aachen. Be aware, that some of the dates are not yet fixed, but we do our best to update the schedule regularly.

Information & Application E-Mail Housing

Beginning of April

E-Mail containing all information about the housing in Aachen and the application process

Deadline housing application

End of April

Deadline for the application of the reserved rooms in Aachen (more information)

Assignment of student accommodation

2nd week of May

Assignment of the rooms according to their given preferences (international students favoured)

Information Event about Aachen term

End of May

Prof. Wellmann visits ETH Zurich:

Presentation about Aachen term and signing of the housing contracts

Start registration period for courses


Start of the registration period for the courses offered at RWTH (be aware that some courses from external institutes could open their registration later)

End registration period for courses with limited capacity


End of the registration period for the courses with limited capacity (be aware that there is no possibility to register for that courses later on)

Welcome week for international students

24. - 28.09.2018

Voluntary welcome week to guide you through your first steps in Aachen and help you navigate your transition to the University – academically, personally, and socially.

Welcome presentation Aachen

End of September / Beginning of October

Laid-back welcome presentation with up-to-date information about the term in Aachen

Semester start


Official start of the semester (be aware that lectures start at a later point in time)

Block courses (elective)

01. – 05.10.2018

Some elective courses include block courses before the lecture start:

Prospect and Risk Analysis | October 01-04, 2018

Sedimentary Basin Dynamics | October 04-05, 2018

Start registration language courses

Beginning of October

Start of the registration period for language courses including German and foreign languages (more information)

Welcome trip around Aachen

Beginning of October

2-days welcome trip with one overnight stay, visiting the local geology and the Research Center Jülich

End of registration period for unlimited courses

Beginning of October

End of the registration period for courses with unlimited capacity (be aware that there is no possibility to register for that courses later on)

Lecture start


Start of the lecture period (exercises and tutorials usually start one week later)

Access to Master’s thesis topics

Mid October*

Students will get access to the Master’s thesis portal, where they can preview the topics

Master’s thesis presentation day

End of October*

Presentation day, where supervisors from all universities and companies visit Aachen to present their projects

All Saints’ Day


Public holiday (no lectures)

Deadline for choosing Master’s thesis project

Beginning November

Deadline for choosing a Master’s thesis topic (via the online portal)

Registration for exams

1 - 15.11.2018*

Period for the registration for exam (be aware that you have to register for both, the lecture and the exam separately)

Final assignment of Master’s thesis topics

Mid November

Assignment of the master thesis topics (Information E-Mail with your Master’s thesis topic)

Christmas holidays

24.12.2018 – 04.01.2019

public holidays (no lectures)

End of lecture period / Beginning of exam period


The end of the lecture period (also exercises and tutorials end here) and the start of the exam period

End of exam period

Beginning of March 2019

Last exam of the Applied Geophysics semester in Aachen

(be aware that this depends on your choice of courses)

Start of Master’s thesis projects

Beginning of March 2019

Fixed date where all students start with their Master’s thesis at a university of their choice

* likely (fixed dates will follow)