The International Office of RWTH Aachen University welcomes all new international students starting in winter term 2022/23 with a introduction and support program to ensure the best start possible at RWTH and in Aachen.

The Welcome Week program will take place from September 19 to September 30, 2022. The first week program focusses on online offers and on September 27, 2022 Professor Habel (Prorector for International Affairs) will personally welcome all new international students and present the DAAD Award for Particularly Committed International Students 2021 at the official on-site kick-off event in the Audimax Large Lecture Hall.

During the Welcome Weeks, students receive important information about studying and living in Aachen. The introductory program, which is specifically tailored to the needs and interests of the Internationals, is designed to ensure good academic preparation and a quick integration in Aachen and in the student community. The hybrid format allows the new students to get to know the central services and important partners of RWTH, in some cases through remote offers, and to be able to contact them personally on site at RWTH, for example at the Freshers’ Fair on September 28 in the Audimax lecture building.

We are especially pleased to be able to offer most of the events in person again, including intercultural trainings, campus and library tours, our kick-off event, the reception for exchange students and the Freshers’ Fair. In addition, the Sports Day will be offered again on a larger scale in the form of a rally on Templergraben, as well as the Welcome Home Feast, our welcoming event for new internationals but also for RWTH returnees from abroad. The on-site events especially help the newcomers get to know each other and network. A rapid integration is an important aspect for successful studies at RWTH. The recordings and materials of the Welcome Week will be made available via the Latecomer website, so that students, who may have missed some events, can also access this information.

We would like to thank the Welcome Week Network for supporting us in the realization of our events. RWTH students who volunteer at the International Office during the Welcome Weeks (so-called Welcome Week Volunteers) may have their commitment recognized as part of the Certificate International program.

In addition, the Info Service Center of the International Office regularly offers web seminars on key topics with experts during the semester, provides a Survival Guide and has open office hours to always offer new students a contact point. The BeBuddy program and the student clubs, which mostly offer their services at the Humboldt House, are a great way for latecomers to socialize and network. The housing advice service also offers students assistance and advice on finding housing in Aachen.

Check the complete Welcome Week program!


Maddy Ruppé, Welcome Week / Housing Advice Service Coordinator
Telephone +49 241 80 90667