International FAQ

Most of our courses are offered in German, as the majority of the University’s courses only have German as immatriculation requirement and we can therefore not expect the majority of the students to be confident in engaging in a debate in English.

We do try to offer some English-only courses, but if there is no explicit mention of a course being English on the pages of the respective course, the course will predominantly be in German. Note that lecture notes and further reading might still be in English.

In principle this is not necessary and we always try to find individual solutions for student who would rather hand in an assignment in English. Please write the contact person for your course of choice at the beginning of the term (and especially before handing in an assignment), if you wish to do so. If you neglect to do so, we might not grade your assignment and give you a default fail.

Please note that we require the same level of accurate and grammatically correct language in English, as we would in German. Your writing still has to be appropriate for an academic context.

Please write the contact person for your course of choice at the beginning of the term and inform them, if you need a certificate in English.


Participation is open to students of all courses of study at RWTH Aachen University, but registration via RWTHonline is a mandatory requirement.

Students of the RWTH International Academy gGmbH and persons associated with the RWTH (scientific and non-scientific staff, JARA members, cooperation partners, senior students, etc.) can participate as “other participants” without having to take exams. Students of other universities (especially the FH Aachen) can participate via small cross registration, a big cross registration allows regular participation.

In principle, “Leonardo” events are only accessible to registered students, but some events are public. These are announced via Facebook and Instagram.

On the respective course website, you can find contact persons to whom you can turn with all questions regarding the corresponding course.

You can register before the beginning of the semester via RWTHonline. You indicate your preferences, and the courses are allocated after the end of the registration phase. You will find the dates on the homepage, usually in September/March. You will continue to be informed about the offer by means of an info mail sent to all students.
In the first month of the semester, if places are still available, a move-up procedure will be offered. You will find information about this on the website, usually in October/April.
If you would like to participate as an “additional participant”, please contact the responsible course supervisor by e-mail. Please note that participation is only possible in cases where there are still capacities available after the regular registration (this also applies to online events, since here too only a maximum number of participants is possible!)
In seminars, participation as “Further participants” is generally not possible.

For each semester, you can only participate in one course to get a certificate. Participation in further courses as “other participant” is possible, provided that there are remaining places available. Seminars are generally excluded.

The enrollment is carried out via RWTHonline by drawing lots. Students of the RWTH Aachen University are generally preferred when places are allocated. If you have indicated preferences when registering, we will do our best to consider them.

For students in the RWTH-FH cooperative study program Civil Engineering with orientation semester (BIOS) we guarantee a place in the courses you have chosen as compulsory subjects, provided that you have done a small cross registration in due time.

Signing off/change of enrollment

Please send an e-mail to the responsible contact person, who will take care of everything else. If, contrary to expectation, you are unable to participate in a course, we would be pleased if you were to make use of this opportunity, especially in cases where the corresponding courses are fully booked. This gives other students on the waiting list a chance to participate.

This is only possible if there is still space available in the course of your choice. We try to consider your highest preference when registering. If this is not possible due to overbooking, we will book you into a course with a lower preference.

The problem is known to us. Please contact Ms. Yildirim (sibel.yildirim[at]ipw.rwth-aachen.de) at the IPW directly, stating your matriculation number and the course concerned.


Registration for exams in “Leonardo” courses is done exclusively with the responsible student assistant, since the course administration does not run through the system. The corresponding deadlines will be announced at the beginning of the semester.

Students of all the RWTH’s courses of study as well as students with big cross-registration can take exams. In principle, you can take one type of examination of your choice per module. Further information on registration and deadlines will be provided at the beginning of the semester in the respective courses.

You can find the offered types of examination (e.g. coursework, graded papers, …) on the website of the respective courses, information on registration is available to registered students at the beginning of the semester.

You can find information on the offered exams on the pages of the respective courses.

Decisions on the recognition of exams are made at the faculty and departmental group level. In your examination regulations you will find information regarding your degree program. We strongly recommend that you seek advice from your departmental advisor.

Experience shows that crediting in “free elective areas”, “non-specialized elective areas” etc. is possible without any problems.

Please note that some degree programs do not allow you to subsequently submit passed academic achievements. Instead, you must have your academic achievements in the “Leonardo” project approved by your examination board at the beginning of the semester.

The academic committees of your respective program of study decide upon the recognition of examination achievements. We are committed to creating space for interdisciplinary content in as many study programs as possible. If this is not possible for you, we would be pleased to hear your opinion and to have you voice it towards the people in charge. The more students point out deficits in this respect, the easier it will be for us to work towards improvements within the university.

You can e.g. contact your program coordinator, your faculty council members, your representatives in subject committees and examination boards, your dean of studies or your student body as examples.

The examination boards decide on the recognition of CP values. The CP figures provided by us represent a recommendation and an assessment of the workload, which is intended to ensure uniform crediting of services.

If you are studying Environmental Engineering Sciences in the master’s program and would like to have a course for the course “Leonardo” in the area of “Environmental Engineering Sciences in General” credited, please take an examination with 4 credit points. Pay attention to which courses offer examination credit for 4 credit points. Only in this case the examination will be recognized for 5 CP according to your examination regulations.

If you are studying Social Sciences in the bachelor’s program and would like to have a course for supplementary area credited, please take an examination with 4 credit points. Only in this case the examination will be recognized for 5 CP according to your examination regulations.

You can only take one examination per semester. If you have any questions, please contact the contact person of the corresponding course.


All students who participate in a “Leonardo” course will get a certificate of participation or a certification for a passed exam.

You will receive the former if you “only” take part or do not successfully complete an examination. The latter you will receive if you successfully complete an examination during the semester. You will receive information on this at the beginning of the courses.

At the end of the lecture you will receive a certificate confirming your passed examination in the course. You submit the certificate to the Central Examination Office (ZPA). Your performance will be entered into the system there.

We will issue the certificates for the students of each course at the end of the semester . As this often involves several hundred certificates, this process can take some time. However, you will be notified as soon as the certificates are ready for collection.

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