Digital Summer & Winter Schools

The online program structure of our digital Summer & Winter Schools includes teaching, discussions with your teachers, group work with your fellow students, feedback sessions for each individual group, time allocated for independent group work, as well as time for self-study. Overall, the programs are highly interdisciplinary and interactive.

mixed/international group
online lectures & tutorials
group work & self study
virtual social events
intercultural experience
RWTH certificate


Study format:
Summer & Winter Schools
2, 3 or 4 weeks
minimum 50, maximum 120 Teaching Units
B.Sc./B.E. or M.Sc. student, minimum age 18 years
RWTH Aachen University certificate, including list of modules and workload, grade if applicable Credits may be awarded by the sending institution with reference to the students’ certificates and optional grading papers

Program Structure - Distance-learning Format

Welcome Day

On your first day, you will be welcomed by the Summer School Team. Together, we will get to know your fellow class mates by playing some fun games, help you settle into your new remote learning environment, and take a look at the three weeks to come. After this day, you will know exactly what to expect from each day and you will know how to make the most of the teaching and support of the lecturers.

Online Lectures

Due to the specific circumstances of Covid-19, the course will be taught in a 100%-remote environment. The course will be highly interactive and will contain a lot of intensive and fun teamwork. Therefore, our lecturers will keep all theoretical sessions rather short to give you more time for the practical sessions.

tutorials & exercises

The digital Summer Schools will focus on exercise sessions and case studies, which have been carefully designed for a remote learning environment. For example, there are business simulation games in which your group will be managing a virtual company. Under time pressure and limited resources you find yourself in a competition that is highly fascinating to win. Practical examples, simulation tools and programs used in industry make it easy for you to transfer your newly gained knowledge into real life.

Group Work & Self-Study

The Summer School emphasizes group work using a learning-by-doing approach. The knowledge acquired in the lectures will be applied in practical activities and case studies. You will form small groups (usually 5 students) and work together. The group work will be actively as well as passively supported by the lecturers, with whom you may schedule meetings for discussing and elaborating on your work and projects.

virtual Social Events

The Summer School Team has more than 10 years of experience in organizing social events for international students. In virtual events, you will get to know the city of Aachen and the typical German student life at RWTH. Fun activities will enhance your intercultural competences and help you connect and make friends.

Certificate Ceremony

All good things come to an end and good new things are about to start. During the final day of the Summer School, together, we will recap the last three weeks, share our experiences, and celebrate an adequate farewell. As highlight, you will receive your RWTH Aachen University certificates.


Short Courses Team
Tel: +49 241 80-27693

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