Cross-Registration - the right of students to attend courses at a second German university in addition to studies at their home university.
The legal foundation for cross-registration is established in the current edition of Section 52 of the North Rhine-Westphalia Higher Education Act. Admission as a cross-registered student in restricted admission courses of study is not possible, as stated in Section 48 Paragraph 2 of the Higher Education Act.
In order to be admitted as a cross-registered student at RWTH Aachen, you must prove that you are already enrolled at another university in Germany and are not simultaneously taking a leave of absence from your studies.
There is a difference between small cross-registration, as explained in Section 52 Paragraph 1 of the Higher Education Act, and big cross-registration, as explained in Section 52 Paragraph 2 of the Higher Education Act.
Students who are enrolled as primary students at other universities, can be admitted as cross-registered students to take courses and exams. Such students are called small cross-registered students. Small cross-registered students cannot take all exams and can be admitted in the same course of study.
Small cross-registered students are not eligible to register for language courses, offered through RWTH Aachen University Language Center.
Students from other German universities can be admitted to another course of study upon fulfillment of general admission requirements, especially the university entrance qualification certificate.
Big cross-registered students have complete rights for taking exams unlike small cross-registered students. An academic degree is possible within the Big Cross-Registration.
Please note that you must apply by the application deadline even for open admission Master's courses of study.
Your Questions, Our Answers
My home university is RWTH Aachen. I want to be a cross-registered student at another university. Do I need to notify RWTH Aachen of this?
No, you do not need to notify RWTH Aachen.
Is cross-registration free of charge?
Small cross-registered students at RWTH Aachen, that are enrolled at another German university, pay 100 euros per semester. Big cross-registered students do not pay any fees.