Information on Starting Your Studies in Winter Semester 20/21
We warmly welcome all first-year students to the Computer Science bachelor's degree program!
On this website you will find information about starting your studies in the winter semester and news about current developments. We are closely monitoring the situation related to the COVID-19 coronavirus and are carefully following the advice of local and national authorities.
We encourage you to keep yourself up to date on this website.
We collect frequently asked questions in one FAQ. If you have a question, please first check whether this question has already been adequately answered. If not, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We answer your questions - Information events for potential and enrolled first-year students
- Bridge Courses and Preparatory Events
- Orientation Week für First-Year-Students - more than Infos, Fun and Orientation
- Fit for studies: Registration for the mentoring computer science - first-year students groups
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
In the middle to the end of September, all students who have received a study offer from RWTH Aachen University for the bachelor's degree in computer science via DoSV will be invited to a first digital information event of the computer science department via the video conference system ZOOM. You will receive the access data with the welcome email that will be sent in the next few weeks.
A second information event for all enrolled students will take place in the first semester orientation week. The date will be announced on this website.
In both events we will inform you about the current status of the planning for the winter semester 2020/21 and answer your questions. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Please also inform yourself about the bridge courses that can help you to close any gaps in your knowledge or to refresh your knowledge. These events take place several weeks before the start of the semester. Please note the registration deadlines.
It is tradition at RWTH Aachen for your student representative council (FSMPI) to organize a framework program for new students' first few days at university. FSMPI collaborates with the department and the mentoring group of Computer Science as the university administration.
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.
Unfortunately, this program cannot take place as usual in the winter semester due to the corona pandemic. There will be an extensive digital offer: the digital orientation week.
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.
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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)
With the mentoring program of the Department of Computer Science, we would like to support you in getting started with your studies and preparing for the challenges of your studies. That is why the course Mentoring Computer Science - First Semester Groups is one of the compulsory modules in the first semester of the Bachelor's degree in Computer Science in addition to the two computer science and mathematics courses.
The mentoring program starts at those points that students find difficult in the first semesters. The topics that will prepare you for your studies are dealt with:
- Study entry: How does studying at RWTH work? What do I have to know to manage my student life cycle and to reorganize myself?
- Learning during studies: what changes compared to school? How can I better cope with the high level and amount of substances?
- Exam preparation: How do I prepare for exams? What strategies and aids are there?
- Everything about studying computer science: What are examination regulations? How do ZPA and PA differ? What are my rights? Which duties?
The course will take place in smaller groups. The module is assessed with an ECTS credit. There is no alternative module with which you can acquire this credit. Since the program is tailored to the needs of new students, it makes no sense to postpone the module to a later semester.
Please register using the registration process "Anmeldung Mentoring Informatik - Erstsemester-Gruppen" via RWTHonline by October 29, 2020 at the latest so that we can assign you to a mentoring group. You will find out which group you have been assigned to on October 30, 2020.
You can find click instructions for registration in the RWTHonline documentation portal.
We use RWTHmoodle as a learning platform
After allocation, you can access the RWTHmoodle learning room for the event. RWTHmoodle is our digital learning platform, on which we provide all current information - including corona-related, short-term changes and news - in addition to learning and work materials.
Please keep yourself up to date on this learning room! In the first week - according to the current planning status - the groups will not meet in the time window specified in RWTHonline. You can find more details about the first group meeting in the Moodle learning room.
Missed the registration deadline?
If you missed the registration deadline or have any other questions, please send us an email immediately to email@example.com.
FAQ for First-year Students in Winter Semester 2020/21
How does the current situation affect my studies?
At the moment, the plans for the coming winter semester include both digital events and face-to-face events. We therefore recommend that students prepare for the fact that they do not have to be in Aachen for the entire Semester, but should be able to physically attend individual attendance appointments that are announced in good time. There will be a purely digital offer for high-risk students.
The General Students' Committee AStA answers questions on how the current situation affects your studies (exams, classes, etc.: Coronavirus FAQ.
The Crisis Management Team and the Rectorate of RWTH keep you updated on the latest developments and measures in adapting to the coronavirus pandemic.
How will the events run in the winter semester - digitally or in the lecture hall? Do I have to stay in Aachen in the winter semester? Should I move to Aachen?
At the moment, the plans for the coming winter semester include both digital events and face-to-face events.
We therefore recommend that students prepare for the fact that they do not have to be in Aachen for the entire Semester, but should be able to physically attend individual attendance appointments that are announced in good time.
With a view to your entire course of study, it is generally helpful to network well with other students right from the start. This will be easier if you are suburb. If this is not the case, you should definitely network via digital channels.
There will be a purely digital offer for high-risk students.
I belong to a corona risk group? What to do?
There will be a purely digital offer for high-risk students.
Why is participation in the first semester introductory course of computer science important?
As a rule, the professors of the compulsory courses also briefly introduce themselves.
I missed the orientation week. What now?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. You will be assigned to a group as quickly as possible.
Why is there the compulsory module mentoring computer science - first-semester groups?
Mentoring helps you to find your way around the university and master the first semester successfully.
How do I register for the mentoring groups?
There is a RWTHonline course registration procedure for Mentoring Informatik - Erstsemester-Gruppen.