Teaching and examination law


The results of examinations determine the success of a course of study, which is why examinations are part of everyday life at universities. Questions arise time and again:

  • What must be considered when withdrawing from an examination?
  • What rules apply to repeat examinations?
  • What special requirements are there for multiple-choice tasks?
  • What rights do I have to access the data?
  • How can examination decisions be contested?
  • What needs to be considered when attendance is mandatory?

For faculty and subject-specific questions and problems, your fachschaft is the first point of contact.

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Di 10:00-14:00

You can simply drop by the AStA at the times mentioned above and take advantage of the advice.

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Fachschaften: Overview

Examination law

You can find some basic information on examination law and answers to frequently asked questions in our quick info. If your question is not answered in the short info, you can always contact our team via Mail

Authorization to inspect exams

In order to allow another person to view your exam on your behalf, you need a power of attorney. You can download a template for this here.


Examination regulations

University examinations are taken on the basis of examination regulations. These are statutes that are governed by laws, fundamental rights and case law. Examination regulations specify, among other things, the examinations to be taken, their type and duration, as well as the options for registration and deregistration and retake options.

Comprehensive examination regulations

The overarching examination regulations (ÜPO) are examination regulations that RWTH Aachen University has adopted in order to make the conditions for students in the various faculties at the university comparable to a certain extent.


Leave of absence

There are several reasons why you can take a leave of absence from your studies. We have compiled the most important information in our short info.

Final non-passing

Many students have failed an exam before and therefore know that the world won’t come to an end. But what actually happens if you fail your third and final exam attempt?

Examiation committees

Examination boards are responsible for examination matters such as recognitions, appeals and hardship applications.

Examination appeal

An examination can be contested if procedural rules have been violated.

Access to catalogs of measures

At RWTH, the degree programs regularly undergo what is known as a degree program evaluation, in which the degree programs are critically reflected upon both internally and by external experts. The result of this process is a catalog of measures.