Transferring to Another Degree ProgramCopyright: RWTH Aachen
If you are interested in changing your subject, you must submit an Application for Change of Enrollment through RWTHonline.
Letters Kt - R
Acceptable Reasons for Change of Enrollment:
- Subject change (if in a course of study with multiple subjects)
- Degree program change
- Addition of a second or third course of study
- Removal of a course of study or subject
Please note that you must have submited an application through RWTHonline (including for open admission courses of study) before the enrollment deadline. If you are interested in a restricted admission course of study or subject, you must have previously submitted an application before the application deadline. You can find more detailed information about the admissions restrictions for the current semester in the RWTH-Info.
In the Application Wizard you can indicate whether you are giving up your current studies and beginning a new course of study or whether you would like to add the course of study to your current studies.
Particulars of Master Courses of Study
Please note that in order to enroll or transfer into a Master course of study you must have submitted an application for the open admission Master courses of study.
Dropping a Course of Study
If you are enrolled in multiple courses of study and would like to drop one or more courses of study, please use the application to drop one or more courses of study. Submit it to the Registrar's Office by April 30 for the summer semester and October 30 for the winter semester.
FAQs about Subject Changes
When do I need to submit an application for a change of enrollment?
During the re-enrollment period
Exception 1: Necessary Subject Change Due to Loss of Your Right to Examination
If you want to change your subject, because you lost your right to examination, you are allowed to change after the start of the lecture period. You have until the last day of the month, in which the current lecture period started. October 31st is the latest possible deadline for the winter semester, and April 30th for the summer semester .
Note: If you want to start a new subject through this method, you need to submit an official affidavit.
Exception 2: Change from a Bachelor's to a Master's Course of Study
If you cannot prove by the end of the first month of the lecture period that you have successfully finished your Bachelor's course of study, you can do so later on. For the summer semester, the latest possible deadline would be April 30, and October 31 for the winter semester. That means you must have completed your Bachelor's in the previous semester, in order to enroll for a Master's course of study in the following semester.
Can I receive credit in my new subject for the exams I took in my old subject?
Yes. Exams you have completed that are equally applicable for both the old and new subject are recognized when you change your subject.
Note: That does not mean that exams you did not pass in the old subject will be carried over as failed exams in the new subject. This is intended to prevent you from putting off an exam more than three times, and as a result, first realizing after you have switched subjects, that you have already lost your right to examination in the new subject.
When I change subjects, do I start my new studies in the first course semester?
No. If you have completed exams in your old subject, which can be applied to your new subject, you can enroll in a higher course semester, right as you change subjects. However, there is also the requirement that on application the respective examination board places you in a higher course semester. This typically occurs when you present your certificate of good standing. Please ask your departmental advisor to inform you of the exact process.
There is restricted admission for the higher course semesters of my new subject. What do I do?
You have to apply for a university placement in a higher course semester through the Registrar's Office. The application deadline for the summer semester is March 15th, and September 15th, for the winter semester. Whether or not you receive the placement in a higher course semester depends on whether there are free spots available in that course of study's respecitive course semester. This means that someone from your targeted course semester has to disenroll, thus freeing up a spot for you.
Note: It would behoove of you to simulatenously apply for a spot in the first semester. If there is no open spot in the semester you are aiming for, you still have the chance to enter your desired course of study in the first semester. After you are enrolled as a first semester student, you can be bumped up to your desired semester if there are enough spaces available in the higher core semesters after the allocation process has taken place. Typically students will not be bumped up until the following semester due to limited capacities.
Get Advising First
There are many things to take into consideration when changing your degree program: Is a change really in order or can you change the parameters of your studies? Maybe you would be interested in changing your work methods and time management. Furthermore, the effects of changing your degree program on funding (e.g. BAFög) should be cleared up as well as whether you have a right to examination in your new subject. The Student Advice Centre offers group presentations as well as individual advising sessions about subject changes. Additionally, your departmental advisor or mentor is also available to answer questions about possible or necessary degree changes.