Language and Short Courses 2018/2019

Smart Factories Winter School Smart Factories Winter School

RWTH Aachen University • Aachen

The application portal for our Winter Schools 2019 is closed. We will announce the dates and deadlines for our 2020 Winter Schools in September 2019.

Course location
Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2
  • February - March 2019 (Registration Deadline December 01, 2018)
Target group

You are a BSc/BE student enrolled at a renowned university, 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 winter school provides students with an introduction to new production technologies in connection with Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 is an initiative by the German government that promotes the integration of industrial production with information and communication technologies. Students will explore fundamental areas of Industry 4.0 and acquire a better understanding of current and future requirements in production technology. Subjects include but are not limited to the following topics: modern and smart factories, digital supply chains, robotics, networked production systems and human-machine interaction. Throughout the programme, students will study the generation of applied and innovative solutions in production technology.

Academic Staff

The winter school is headed by the Cybernetics Lab, which is part of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of RWTH Aachen University. It is supported by the Institute of Mechanism Theory, Machine Dynamics and Robotics, the Chair for Digital Additive Production/Fraunhofer ILT, the Institute for Industrial Management and the Institute of Industrial Engineering and Ergonomics.

Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
  • February - March 2019 (Registration Deadline December 01, 2018), costs: EUR 1,990
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Accommodation
  • Accompanying programme
Further information on dates and prices.

The course fees amount to 1,990 EUR for the two-week winter 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 November to get a 10% discount on the total fees - in case of admission!

Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2
Language requirements

An English language proficiency test is recommended.

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

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Applications for the Winter 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 Winter 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
  • On-site company visits
  • Visits to important sights in and around Aachen
  • Excursions to nearby cities such as Maastricht or Cologne
  • Dinner nights, 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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