Enrollment

No, enrollment for the summer semester in the first study semester is not possible.

Transfer to the master's program is possible no later than October 31 for the winter semester and April 30 for the summer semester. By this deadline, all examination results from the bachelor's degree program must have been completed and evaluated. In the case of the Bachelor's thesis, a confirmation that the thesis was passed with at least 4.0 is also sufficient.

Please note: in order to complete the bachelor's program in the summer semester, all examinations must be completed by September 30; to complete the program in the winter semester, all examinations must be completed by March 31. If the last examinations are taken after the deadline, it is possible to transfer to the Master's program as described above, but the number of semesters required for the Bachelor's program will still increase.

Modules, timetables, examination regulations

Der The Timetable for the bahcelor's programm you find at page 11. 

The Timetable of PO2018 is of interest to all those who started their studies before WiSe 22/23. 

An overview of the pros and cons of switching to PO 2022 and the application form can be found here.

In the application area, modules from other subject areas such as mathematics, mechanical engineering or even business administration can be taken at will to the extent of 12 - 18 CP. A listing of the possible modules can be found in the Module Handbook Bachelor of Computer Science.

The registration takes place via RWTHOnline.

From the third semester onwards, 3 - 4 modules (18 - 24 CP) from the compulsory elective area of computer science must be taken in the bachelor's degree program in computer science. Apart from the restriction that at least one of these elective modules must be chosen from the field of Theoretical Computer Science, there are no further restrictions in the choice of elective modules. At the beginning of each semester there is a a href="https://sc.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/en/wahlpflicht/" target="_self">listing which presents the elective courses offered in the current semester.
 
A (semester-independent) overview of the entire elective course offerings in the bachelor's program in computer science can be found in the Module Handbook.

The curriculum provides for a non-technical elective (NTW) of 4 credits, which may optionally be divided among several courses.

Typical NTWs are

  • Language courses: The courses are offered through the Language Center of the RWTH. registration is usually necessary weeks before or at the beginning of the semester at the latest, as a placement test is often required beforehand.  
  • Projekt Leonardo: The "Leonardo" project promotes the ability to use subject-specific knowledge in a broader context to address global and societal challenges and thus to solve problems responsibly. To this end, three fundamental principles apply: Interdisciplinarity is fundamental to solving questions about the future, Responsibility for science, research and teaching into the higher education discourse, Participation and Co-design of all students to solve global challenges.
  • Own proposal: If you are interested in a non-technical subject that is not yet listed in the NTW catalog of the Bachelor of Computer Science, you should arrange with the lecturer for a certificate of attendance. A second step is the approvalof the desired course with course number (LV-Nr.) informally via e-mail by the Subject Advisory Service for the Bachelor of Computer Science

For all options, the corresponding achievements must be submitted to the ZPA. Either the performances are reported directly to the ZPA by the lecturers, or students receive a participation certificate in paper form, which must be forwarded to the ZPA.

In the course of your studies, you will certainly have developed preferences for certain topics, either by taking modules or by taking a job as a student assistant in one of the research groups. The current offers for final theses can be found on the respective pages of the individual Research areas.

Please note: Theses are handed out by professorial or habilitated members of the Computer Science Department. The person handing out the thesis is automatically the first examiner of the thesis. However, each thesis must also be evaluated by a second examiner. This person may also come from another department or from another university/research institution, but must have a permanent, independent teaching or examination authorization.

For the registration of the bachelor thesis, at least 120 credits must have been achieved and the compulsory modules from the first three semesters must have been passed.

The following points are necessary:

  1. The respective responsible person in the Central Examination Office issues the registration form by email.
  2. With the form filled in as far as possible, you will make an appointment with the reviewer of the bachelor thesis to finalize the topic and enter it in the form in English and optionally also in German.
  3. The completed form is submitted by mail, email or in person to the Examination Board for Computer Science. The board will determine the date on which the four-month period for working on the thesis begins and sends the form back to the Central Examination Office. You will receive information about the time to finish the thesis.
  4. The Bachelor's thesis must be submitted to the Central Examination Office in due time, firmly bound and in triplicate (one copy each to the two examiners, the third to the archives of the Computer Science Department). The affidavit must be included. The submission can be done personally during the opening hours in the office or via the after-hours mailbox at the main building. If the thesis is sent by mail, please note that the date of arrival counts as the date of receipt. The Central Examination Office confirms the timely receipt of the thesis.
  5. The bachelor thesis and the form are then sent to the examiners. When the evaluations have been entered, the examiners forward the form together with the written evaluations to the Central Examination Office.
  6. A date and also the language for the Bachelor colloquium must be agreed with the first examiner. The colloquium can also be done before the final submission of the Bachelor thesis.

Note:

  • An extension of the time to work on the thesis can only take place due to illness (if necessary, attach a medical certificate), in the case of force majeure or for reasons that are justified in the topic and are not the responsibility of the examinee, and must be applied for at the examination board. The time can be extended by a maximum of four weeks for appropriate reasons (see § 15 (4) SPO Informatik (B.Sc.) 2022). The corresponding form can be found on the web pages of the examination board and should be submitted to the examination board well in advance of the deadline.
  • External theses without an issuing computer science professor cannot be accepted.

The examination regulations (PO) are constantly adapted to the current challenges - especially in the subject of computer science. 

As of the winter semester 22/23, the PO (08/2022) for the Bachelor of Computer Science will apply. This PO is future-oriented and gives RWTH Aachen University a special unique selling point, especially by adding the areas of machine learning, data science and IT security.

All those who started their studies before WiSe 22/23 have the opportunity to change

The PO 2018 remains in effect through Sept. 30, 2026.

These examination regulations are framed by the general examination regulations (ÜPO), in which you can find basic regulations.

A Module Handbook Bachelor Computer Science lists all modules of the study program. You will find a description of the content, the lecturer, exams, credits, etc.

In addition or supplementary to the elective modules, modules of the following Master's programs can be taken in advance, especially in the final phase of the program or to bridge the gap until entry into a Master's program of the Computer Science Department:

  • Master Computer Science
  • Master Data Science 
  • Master Media Informatics
  • Master System Software Engineering 

These modules are credited when transferring to one of the Master's programs. According to §9 (1) of the ÜPO 2015, modules that are to be taken for the master's degree can be taken at the earliest after the acquisition of usually 120 CP of the bachelor's degree and should not exceed a total of 30 CP. 

Registration for early Master's examinations, which are also to be credited in the Master's programs, is done in RWTHonline.

Please note that early master's examinations that are not passed can only be repeated after enrollment in the master's program, i.e. only one examination attempt can done in advance.

It is possible to postpone the proseminar or seminar and attend a NTW instead. 

Examinations and Transfer of Credits

The examinations for the modules can have a very different character; they can be in the form of written examinations or oral examinations, or as homework, as continuous practical performance, or as a combination of several forms of examination. A detailed description and listing can be found in the Module Handbook

There are also described the conditions to be admitted to the exam. 

Exceptions to this are regulated by the examination board on application.

Basically, all exams are registered via RWTHOnline. Details about the registration and deregistration rules can be found on the pages of the ZPA.
 
Exceptions are the proseminars, seminars, labs and the bachelor thesis. The assignment to the proseminars, seminars and internships takes place via the Supra-System in the previous semester. An official registration for the examination of these courses takes place automatically, if no withdrawal has taken place until three weeks after the respective preliminary meeting.
 
For the registration of the bachelor thesis, see the question "I am about to write my bachelor thesis. What should I bear in mind?" on this page.

The main changes are:

  • Two new mandatory courses "Elements of Machine Learning and Data Science" and "IT Security"
  • Language of the new compulsory courses: English, Semester: 5th semester
  • New admission requirement: English B2 (This is necessary because the new compulsory courses are offered in English).
  • Prerequisite for the bachelor thesis: 120 CP and all compulsory courses of the first 3 semesters have been passed.
  • Redesign of Elective:
    • Elective courses in computer science with 18 - 24 CP
    • Open application area with 12 - 18 CP 
  • Credit adjustments:
    • Data structures and algorithms: 8 CP => 7 CP
    • Operating systems and system software: 6 CP => 7 CP
    • Proseminar computer science: 3 CP => 4 CP
    • Seminar Computer Science: 5 CP => 4 CP
  • Other changes:
    • New study plan
    • The bachelor thesis now only has to be submitted in single copy (not in triplicate as before). In addition, the thesis must be submitted digitally. 

Full details can be found here.

The module description specifies the admission requirement for an examination: This can be, for example, participation in exercises. The exact conditions for this are announced by the lecturers at the beginning of the course. By the way, a successful admission to an examination is valid for all examination attempts in the same semester (or also in the following semester). After that they expire. 
 
For certain modules, achievements must have been made in advance. This applies to (in brackets the corresponding PO): 
 
  • To participate in the compulsory courses in the fourth and fifth semesters, the module "Mentoring" must be passed. (PO 10/2022)
  • To participate in the practical course "System Programming", the module "Computer Engineering" must be passed. (PO 10/2022 and PO 2018)
  • To participate in the seminar Computer Science, the module "Introduction to Scientific Work (Proseminar)" must be passed. (PO 10/2022 and PO 2018)
  • In order to register for the bachelor thesis, at least 120 credits must be acieved.
    In the PO 2022, in addition to this, all compulsory courses from the first three semesters must be passed. This is not necessary in the PO 2018.

Yes, after an unsatisfactory third written examination attempt (§ 14 (2) ÜPO). The application for the oral supplementary examination must be submitted to the respective teaching group immediately after the result of the third failed attempt has been announced, at the latest during the appointment for inspection.

A passed exam cannot be repeated.

A failed exam can be repeated twice. This means that for each exam, with the exception of the Bachelor thesis, you have three examination attempts. If all three attempts are failed, it is possible to apply for a supplementary oral examination at the respective teaching unit after the third failed attempt. The application for the oral supplementary examination must be submitted to the respective teaching group immediately after the result of the third examination attempt has been announced, at the latest at the time of inspection. If this is also not passed, the examination and thus the module is definitively not passed. In case of non-appearance or attempted cheating in the third examination attempt, it is not possible to apply for an oral supplementary examination.

A definitively failed compulsory module leads to exmatriculation. If an elective module is definitively not passed, another elective module can be taken.

Seminars, proseminars, labs and mentoring can also be repeated only twice (three attempts in total). It should be noted that a change of proseminar, seminar or internship does not result in a reset of failed attempts. Since these courses are compulsory modules, a final failure of one of these modules will lead to exmatriculation.

The Bachelor thesis can only be repeated once (two attempts in total). The repetition of the Bachelor thesis must be registered no later than 3 semesters after the failed attempt. The bachelor thesis is a compulsory module and will lead to exmatriculation in case of final failure.

With the exception of the Bachelor's thesis, there is no deadline for any examination by which the exams must be repeated. The bachelor thesis must be registered no later than three semesters after the failed attempt. All registrations for repeated examinations must be made by the student himself/herself.

No. All registrations for retests must be self-registered.

If the deadline for registering for one or more examinations has not been met, a late registration may be made upon request in justified exceptional cases. For this purpose, the application for re-registration for the examination date must be submitted to the examination board.

When completing the program in the standard period of study, it is possible to exclude certain module grades from the overall grade calculation. These are then entered as "passed" on the final certificate and the grade values are shown for information purposes in a separate area. The Grade ExclusionTool, kindly provided by a student, can be used to calculate possible excelusions. The grade exclusion request must be submitted to the ZPA.

We would like to point out that final theses (in particular Bachelor's and Master's theses) are exclusively assigned by professors and habilitated members of the Department of Computer Science as teaching work and are performed by students as learning work.

The members of the Computer Science Department who are authorized to do so therefore assign and supervise theses within the framework of teaching. This may include involvement in ongoing research projects, also in the context of longer-term collaborations with research groups external to the department or with industry.

External theses without an issuing computer science professor cannot be accepted.

For a successful thesis, the individual steps are listed here.

Change, Discontinue Studies

You come from another university or another study program and want to change to the Bachelor Computer Science program? Then you will advance directly to a higher semester. To do this, you can apply to transfer your previous study credits towards your degree, where at least 15 CP are required to be placed in a higher semester. The Registrar's Office requires a affidavit, to make sure you are not enrolled in another degree program.

When submitting your application, pay attention to the deadlines of March 15 for the summer semester and September 15 for the winter semester.  

Yes, as long as the achievements are relevant to the bachelor's degree program in computer science.

It can cause problems if you are definitively denied admission to a required exam or definitively failed a subject in your former study program.

In that case, a certificate of no objection is required and must be received by the university at least two weeks prior to the end of the re-registration or enrollment period. 

Before you take the plunge, arrange a counseling session with Mentoring Team Computer Science.

You like computer science, but the study course is not the right one? Possibly too theoretical? Then the dual Apprenticeship MATSE might be of interest to you: A balanced combination of mathematics and computer science on a practical basis. 

Leaving computer science and RWTH altogether and starting your career anew, but very much taking your already acquired knowledge and experience with you, is what SWITCH offers you.

Contact the Central Examination Office to have an additional notation of continued examination eligibility added to the issuance of your statement of account. 

Help, Contact Persons and Contact Points

Literature on current courses of the Computer Science Department can be found in the so-called "Handapparat" of the Informatik-Bibliothek.

The Informatics Library offers a wide range of research options for literature searches and also holds regular training courses on this subject. Registration lists for the training courses are available in the library.

Together with the student council, the computer science department has developed a mentoring program that addresses the multitude of questions, problems, and uncertainties that students face, especially in the early stages of their studies, which can be very stressful.

The mentoring team helps first-year students successfully master the difficult initial phase of their studies with intensive support and effective advice.

In addition, the Central Student Advisory Service of RWTH Aachen University offers support throughout the study period for personal stresses and crises as well as for all questions and problems that may interfere with studies, such as

  • Disturbances in the ability to work and learn,
  • Motivation problems,
  • Exam and presentation anxiety or other fears,
  • Mood swings,
  • Orientation or decision-making difficulties,
  • Contact problems,
  • Crisis and conflict situations

by offering psychological counseling. Please do not hesitate to take advantage of this offer if needed.