New Students


On this page you will find various recommendations from the Mentoring Team on offers and events that you shouldn't miss as a new student.


Bachelor Induction Event – Slides

Here you can find the slides to the introduction event of 2017 for Bachelor students of Computer Science, which took place on October 2, 2017, at 12pm in the Audimax.

Please note: The slides for the Master introduction event are available at “Master Computer Science”.


Orientation Week for First-Year Students

It is tradition at RWTH Aachen for your student representative council to organize a framework program for new students' first few days at university.

We highly recommend participating as this offers you a possibility to get interesting and important information about studies, establish contact and make new friends, or just have a great time and fun for a few days, for example during the city rally.

Of course it is possible to find all of the necessary information yourself. However, it is helpful to network with others right at the beginning to get off on the right foot for your studies.

I am still close friends with the people I met during the orientation week. It makes studies much easier, because we can help each other and because there is always someone who understands what you're talking about. Especially when you're frustrated. And that happens pretty often....

I highly recommend the orientation week to everyone. I'm glad I went back then, even though I originally thought it was just child's play.

(Feedback from a computer science student in the 5th semester)


Orientation Week for First-Year Students in Computer Science

There are at least two good reasons not to miss out.

  1. This event is usually held the first day of the orientation week. Here you get not only an overview of the entire Bachelor's course of study, but also current information about mandatory courses and events during the first semester. The professors of the mandatory courses also often introduce themselves.
  2. You will be assigned to a mentoring group during this event. Computer Science Mentoring is one of the obligatory events during the first semester. After the event you have the opportunity to get to know your mentor and the students in your mentoring group in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Facebook Cohort Groups

You are invited to join the Facebook group for your cohort. It is a closed group in which you and your fellow students can discuss, usually about topics relevant to studies, such as solving exercises.

The lecturers of your mandatory courses will answer questions here as quickly as possible, for example about exercises and lectures. Particularly during the exam period or before in person exercises students sometimes get interesting tips or helpful information.

In our opinion students greatly benefit from joining the Facebook group to stay informed, even for those who criticize Facebook.


Offers to Prepare for Computer Science Studies

You can take advantage of internal RWTH offers free of charge before even beginning your studies to prepare and ease your start at university. Please register as early as possible:

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Computer Science Bridge Course

The computer science bridge course is targeted towards new students with little to no experience in programming. Participation is not required. Your background skills determine whether or not attending is right for you. You must decide for yourself. The bridge course FAQ offers some decision and and offers insight into which bridge course to choose if the computer science and math courses overlap.

Mathematics Bridge Course

The mathematics bridge course offers you solid preparation for your mandatory math courses during the first few semesters. Because math plays an important role in the computer science course of study, we recommend taking the math bridge course to close any gaps in material learned in school and to refresh your math skills.

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Online Mathematics Bridge Course (OMB+)

You can use the online mathematics bridge course to optimally prepare for studies in computer science, to refresh your math skills from school, and feel confident working with mathematic concepts and applying basic processes. The OMB+ consists of explanatory texts with many examples, interactive pictures, exercises, and tests, in which you can test yourself. You work when, where, and however often you want. You just need an internet connection with a standard browswer. You can learn alone or together with other course participants in a virtual group tutorial.