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Application

Depending on your favorite study program, you have to register with hochschulstart.de first or you can directly apply at our RWU: RWU online application portal

For further information about the application process, please visit our Application Info Website. For a more detailed information about the specific admission criteria, please take a look at your favorite study program

Please note the different application periods!

General Information

You can find the latest news and important dates on our RWU Website: News&Medien/ Events

You can also download our Academic Calendar, including all important dates.

The Admission and Examination Office (Student Administration Office) is open all year round, even between semesters. You can find the daily hours on the Student Administration Office website. In the event that the Student Administration Office is closed, students can still call or write an email.

Each degree program organizes its courses and practical semesters differently.

You will receive a timetable for each semester in good time before the start of lectures via LSF. If you have questions about your timetable, please contact your responsible departmental office.

Lectures can be scheduled to start as early as 8:00 AM and the last classes of the day end at 7:15 PM. There may also be days on which no class takes place; these are usually planned so that students can study by themselves.

Our different RWU portals provide all the necessary information and documents needed for a succesfull study.  The "Wegweiser" (directory) helps you to find your way between the different portals and explains which portal is used for which purpose.

In order to re-register for the next semester please log in to your MyCampus (LSF) account and pay the required fees in time. The official re-registration period is always announced in the academic calendar (see above). If you don't re-register yourself in time, you will have to pay an additional late-payment fee of 14,00 EUR.

For further information about the re-registration process you can also take a look at our Students' Website.

Some faculties provide information on the practical / internship semester in a separate Moodle (E-Learning) course. If you can't find any information, please contact your faculty secretariat or your faculty's internship office. (see RWU Website - courses - contact & people)

If you are interested in taking a semester abroad, please visit our International Office's Wensite.

Information for students with children or special needs can be found here.

In order to apply for a Leave of Absence (Urlaubssemester), you need to submit your application before the official lecture period starts.

Required documents can be downloaded from the Student Administration Office's Website: 1) Application for an Academic Leave of Absence and 2) Application for Reimbursement of the semester/ tuition fee. Please submit the completed and signed documents at the Student Administration Office.

Please note, that applications for a leave of absence due to financial problems are not approved.

For further information about the process you can also take a look at our Students' Website, or for special requests write an email to fabienne.damasch@rwu.de.

Important: you are not allowed to take courses, write any exams or register for your Bachelor's/ Master's Thesis during your leave of absence.

As a full-time student you are allowed to work a maximum of 20 hours/ week during the lecture period.  During the lecture-free period (semester break) or during an internship this regulation does not apply. 

Please note that if you take up an employment during a leave of absence (e.g. voluntary internship) you have to pay the normal social insurance contributions of a regular employee. This means that you cannot work as a Werkstudent during a leave of absence, as the so called Werkstudentenprivilieg (working student privilege) does not apply here.  

Bachelor's: 7 standard semesters + up to 3 additional semester as needed

Master's: 3 standard semesters + up to 3 additional semesters (applicable to all master's programs, with the exception of BEM, BPM, and SGM. These 3 master's programs formerly belonged to the AWW and have a study period of 5 standard semesters + up to 3 additional semesters)

If undergraduates find themselves at the end of the 10th semester or graduate students are at the end of the 6th or 8th semester and have yet to complete their program's graduation requirements, they may apply for an extension of the study period.

There is no official form for this; you must write a letter explaining and justifying your request for an extension. You can then submit the letter directly to the Student Examination Office. The Central Examination Board (ZPA) will make a decision regarding your request.

No, you must always complete, sign and submit an  Application for De-registration. The template can be find on the Student Administration Office's Website.

For further information about the process as well as a short guideline, please take a look at our Students' Website.

You can convert any remaining credit on your student ID card into cash at the RWU Dining Hall (Mensa).

Finances

For further information about:

  • semester fees
  • tuition fees
  • BAföG
  • scholarships
  • as well as the responsible contacts, please visit our Finances' Website.

Exams

The SPO (Study and Examination Regulations or "Studien- und Prüfungsordnung" in German) describes the overall structure and individual guidelines pertinent to your degree program, and you should definitely make sure to read it. You will find your program's SPO on the LSF website under "My SPO" or in the Student Examination Office section of the Student Administration Office website.

The failed exam is to be retaken within the following two semesters:

  • After a failed first attempt, you will be automatically registered for the second attempt in the consecutive semester. You may cancel the registration during the given exam registration and cancellation period.
  • The exam is to be taken within a two semester time period, at the latest.

No, you will only be automatically reregistered for exams belonging to your degree requirements. Please bear in mind though, that you are obliged to stick to any exam plan that has been predetermined in consultation with the dean of the degree program.

A doctor’s sick note is required if:

  • Due to illness you are unable to meet the two semester time period of retaking a failed exam
  • Due to illness you are unable to participate in part(s) or submit part(s) of an portfolio exam

This doctor’s certified note is to be submitted in its original form at the examination office within 14 days post relevant exam date.

In any other case, submitting a doctor’s excuse is optional, not mandatory.

In order to be granted with a third and final attempt, you must provide proof of consultation with the dean of the degree program prior to the start of the consecutive exam registration period. The written proof needs to be sent to the examination office.

Students from all faculties must contact the Admission Office if they need to postpone their internship semester.

The only exception to this rule applies to the degree program Social Work. Students in this degree program must fill out an application to modify their study program ("Antrag auf abweichendes Studium" in German) and submit it to the chairperson of the examination board.

No, you are not allowed to take any exams during an academic break.

Maternity leave, parental leave, pregnancy, and breaks taken due to other care-giving obligations are the only exceptions to this rule.

Yes, you must register for any work that requires credits according to your SPO.

You must fulfil all required exams from the first and second semester (maximally 10 Credits can be missing) by the end of your fourth or fifth semester (depending upon the degree program).

Failure to complete that will result in receiving an official letter ‘‘Verlust des Prüfungsanspruchs‘‘ (loss of right for conducting any further examinations).

In accordance to the RWU Corona regulations, if you were an actively enrolled student in the summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21, summer semester 2021, winter semester 2021/22, you are entitled to semester and deadline extensions up to a maximum of 3 semesters.

The registration can be completed online:

Zur Anmeldung der Abschlussarbeit

In any other cases, please contact the person in charge of your degree program at the examination office. This way you can receive all the required paperwork and will receive a detailed explanation of further registration proceedings.

Where can I submit my thesis and what must be included?

You should always hand in one printed copy for the first RWU examiner at the student examination office. If the second examiner is also RWU-based, then you should submit a second printed copy to the examination office as well. However, if the second examiner is external, from a company for example, then the second copy is to be submitted there.

The thesis can be submitted at the mailbox by the main administration building (H-building), or by Moodle if you belong to the student body of the faculty T. If you are not close to RWU, you may submit your thesis by postal services. If applicable, please scan the postal receipt and send to the respective administrator at the examination office. In this case, the date on the postal receipt counts as the submission date. Please also include one data storage medium as the digital form of your thesis.

Fill out and include the following forms when submitting your thesis to the student examination office:

  • Final Thesis Completion grading sheet ("Fertigstellung der Abschlussarbeit" in German)
  • Application for Deregistration ("Exmatrikulationsantrag" in German), completed including signatures from the University Library and Facility Management Office

You can find these forms under Downloads or in person at the Student Administration Office.

You should always hand in one copy to the Student Examination Office for the first examiner. If the second examiner is also from the university, then you should submit the second copy to the Student Examination Office as well. However, if the second examiner is external, from a company, for example, then deliver the second copy to them yourself.

Fill out and include the following forms when submitting your thesis to the Student Examination Office:

  • Final Thesis Completion ("Fertigstellung der Abschlussarbeit" in German)
  • Application for Deregistration ("Exmatrikulationsantrag" in German), complete with signatures from the University Library and Facility Management Office

You can find these forms under Downloads or in person at the Student Administration Office.

Per the SPO (study and examination regulations) the deadline for the bachelor's thesis may be extended by up to 4 weeks and the deadline of a master's thesis can be extended by up to 3 months.

You must submit a written request for an extension to the examination office. Please address your letter to your thesis examiner and the dean of the degree program. Please sign and date your letter and include any evidence supporting your reasons for an extension.

Yes, you can receive credits for lectures taken at other faculties and/or from other universities. Please arrange an appointment with the head of your respective program as early as possible. Bring the following with you to this meeting:

1. An official transcript which documents your courses and grades from the previous institution.

2. A description of the courses for which you would like to transfer credits (the description from the previous institution's course catalog would be ideal).

3. A list of all the courses for which you would like to transfer credits.

4. The credit transfer form from the Student Administration Office (Downloads - "Anerkennung/Anrechnung von Studien- und Prüfungsleistungen").

 

Please note: In order for course credits to be transferred, the scope (ECTS) and content of the courses must correspond to the respective courses in your new degree program.