International Programmes 2018/2019

German Engineering, Language and Culture Summer School German Engineering, Language and Culture Summer School

RWTH Aachen University • Aachen

Course location
Teaching language
  • English
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: All levels
  • English: B2
  • August 2019 (Registration Deadline May 01, 2019)
Target group

You are a BSc/BE student enrolled at one of our Japanese partner universities or member universities of the ASPIRE League (HKUST, KAIST, NTU, Tokyo Tech, Tsinghua), have profound knowledge of the English language and are studying mechanical engineering or a related field.

The minimum age to participate is 18. Students should have completed the first year of their studies.


Academic Content

The summer school provides an introduction to German engineering and natural sciences as well as German language and culture. As a result, teaching is divided into two separate areas.
On the one hand, our German language classes equip students with the necessary language skills to cope with everyday situations at RWTH Aachen University and its surroundings. Depending on each student's German language level, he or she will be put into different courses.
On the other hand, the fundamentals of engineering and natural sciences will be explored. The natural sciences classes cover three key areas, including the fundamentals of biology, chemistry and physics. The engineering classes cover the areas sustainable mobility concepts, and Industry 4.0 as well as bioprocess technology.
Sustainable mobility concepts are crucial for the long term goal of an emission free world. Students will be introduced to the following subjects: biofuels and diesel engines, and lightweight design as well as battery technology.
Industry 4.0 is an initiative by the German government that promotes the integration of industrial production with information and communication technologies. Students will learn about topics such as factory planning, internet of production, as well as automation, human-machine interaction and robotics.
In the bioprocess technology lectures, students will learn about biochemical engineering, biocatalysts and microorganisms, including hands on experiments in a laboratory, and they will get insights into applied microbiology.

Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
  • August 2019 (Registration Deadline May 01, 2019), costs: EUR 3,750
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Accommodation
  • Accompanying programme
Further information on dates and prices.

The course fees amount to 3,750 EUR for the three-week summer school programme.

The course fees include all lectures, laboratory courses and excursions, social events, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, all meals during social events, and a public transport ticket for the duration of the course.
Early Bird Discount: complete your application by 1 March to get a 10% discount on the total fees - in case of admission!

Teaching language
  • English
  • German
Language level of course
  • German: All levels
  • English: B2
Language requirements

An English language proficiency test is recommended.

Since the technical part of the programme is taught in English, you need to have sufficient academic English language skills to be able to follow the course.

Submit application to

Applications for the Summer School programmes are possible via our online application form on our website.

Is accommodation organised?
Accommodation is arranged by the organiser.
Type of accommodation

Participants will stay at one of Aachen's hostels, where breakfast will be provided. The rooms accommodate two to four people.
The accommodation is centrally located in the heart of the city and is well served by the city's public transport system.
Students will receive a public transport ticket for the duration of the Summer School for convenient travel within the Aachen city region.


Breakfast and lunch on workdays are included.

Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Description of social and leisure programme

Social Events - Have Fun While Studying!
While following an intensive academic programme, participants will experience German culture first hand through an extensive leisure programme, e.g.,:

  • Intercultural training
  • Participation in the "Buddy Programme"
  • Visits to important sights in and around Aachen
  • Excursions to nearby cities such as Maastricht or Cologne
  • Sporting events
  • Barbecues, karaoke and other get-togethers

... and a lot more - enjoy your stay!

Free internet access
Support in visa matters
Pick-up service from train station/airport

RWTH Aachen University

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With 260 institutes in nine faculties, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe's leading institutions for science and research. Currently, around 42,000 students are enrolled in over 100 academic programmes. More than 6,000 of them are international students. The scientific education students receive at RWTH Aachen University is firmly rooted in real-world applications. Our graduates are highly sought after by businesses as trainees and for executive positions.

45,377 Students in the winter semester of 2017/2018
9,651 International students

University Location

Aachen, Germany's westernmost city, is located on the borders with Belgium and the Netherlands. Its population is about 240,000. Aachen's historic centre around the distinctive cathedral (UNESCO world heritage site) is characterised by a student lifestyle. On the city's doorsteps, the hilly Eifel landscape with its rivers, lakes and forests offers a picturesque countryside for outdoor recreation.
Aachen benefits greatly from its central location: in the heart of Europe!

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