First Things First: First-Year Orientation


For the Winter Semester 2017/18, the RWTH will hold its First-Year Orientation Week from 02-06 October. This week of events provides first semester students with all the information they need for a successful start at the university. The following events are especially important for all new students of English and American Studies:

  • the individual events for the various degree programmes (see the list below or events for more details). Only these provide you with official and hence authoritative infomation.
  • the English Placement Test for students in Bachelor programmes

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Events for New Students

The department of English and American Studies offers the following events for new students. Attendance is strongly recommended.


Degree Programme

Time and Place

28.09. and 08.11.2017 Master Literary and Linguistic Studies
02.10.2017 Bachelor Literary and Linguistic Studies 14.00 Uhr
Hörsaal I
(Hauptgebäude, Templergraben 55)
05.10.2017 Bachelor Teacher Trainee Programmes English
14.30 - 15.30 h
H 09
(C.A.R.L., Claßenstr. 11)
05.10.2017 Master Teacher Trainee Programmes English
16.00 h
H 09
(C.A.R.L., Claßenstr. 11)


Placement Test for Bachelor Students

1. All incoming students are required to take a placement test at the Language Center.

  • A result of "OK1" or higher fulfills the LuS degree program requirement for proof of a C1 competence level.
  • It will give students access to the voluntary English courses at the Language Center.
  • It gives the students themselves feedback on their competence level in English.

2. The placement test aims at providing a realistic assessment of the student’s present proficiency level. Therefore, it is unnecessary or even counterproductive to prepare for the test.

3. Registration procedure for the placement test: Follow the instructions on the Language Center website.
The dates for the placement test are available on the Language Center website as well.

4. We strongly recommend that students take the test as soon as possible, if possible before Monday, October 9.

There is a new date for the placement test exclusively for our incoming students on Friday, October 6, 2 pm, room C1/C2 Zuselab, Prof.-Pirlet-Str.12. For information and registration see HERE

NEW DATES for the placement test can be found on the homepage of the Language Center website!

5. Placement results represent the following CEFR levels:

MK 3/4: B1 level
MK 5/6: low B2 level
MK 7/8: high B2 level
OK 1: C1