Summer School | European Studies

In this Summer School, you learn a lot about the economic, legal and political dimensions of the European Union. After an introduction of EU-history and -institutions, you debate current political questions. While you defend your perspective in a EU-role play, you become aware of the difficulties in decision-making processes.

Together we visit the European Parliament in Brussels and you get the chance to talk to its members!

No more registrations possible!

Study format:
Short Course | Summer School
3 weeks: July 25 - Aug 12, 2022
On campus
Credit Points:
3 ECTS (about 90 hours)
Course fees:
2,990 €
RWTH Aachen University Certificate

Represent a Euorpean country in a role play to discuss current issues

This course is highly interactive and contains a lot of intensive and fun teamwork.

  • Lectures & tutorials⁠
  • Trip to the European Parliament in Brussels
  • Role play "Welcome to Europe"
  • Excursion to the EUROPE-DIRECT-Information Centre in Aachen
  • Intercultural exchange & social events

Benefit from excellent teaching of RWTH Aachen University

Our Summer Schools are uniquely designed for international students who want to gain insights into German teaching at RWTH Aachen – a top-ranked university and one of Europe’s leading science and research institutions. You benefit from high-value academic content, excellent lecturers and a strong network of industry partners.

RWTH Summer School European Parliament

Program Outline | Summer School 2022

This Summer School's aim is for you to comprehend the foundations of European economics, law and politics.
After considering the EU's history, institutions and structure, you are able to discuss current and future challenges. Concepts from microeconomics, public economics and international economics help you to evaluate the consequences of international economic integration.

By including resource usage and the climate system in our evaluatios, you consider climate risk management as a European topic. Another current issue for European policies is the digital transformation, which you discuss thoroughly. Together with an insider who is working at the European Parliament, you analyze the European legal system and the relationship between EU law and national law.

On top of that, you take a tour through the European Parliament in Brussels.

Presentation of a certificate of the RWTH International Academy

Your Lecturers | Summer School 2022

This course is conducted by the Department of International Economics at RWTH Aachen University. For the content on EU's legal system, we work with a jurist for European and international law. He is a political adviser for a parliamentary party and works at the European Parliament in Brussels. The RWTH Institute for Political Science contributes topics related to international relations.

The contents of the program may change. RWTH International Academy reserves the right to make changes to the organization, the staffing or the running of a program that have no major effect on the overall character of the program.

What's included? Enjoy a comfortable stay in Aachen

With our all-inclusive package we provide our participants a carefree stay in the charming historic city of Aachen. The program fees of each on-campus program contain for example:

  • Accommodation (usually 3-or 4-bed rooms)
  • Breakfast and lunch on weekdays
  • A local public transportation ticket
  • Broad supporting program
  • Personal support from local mentors
  • Emergency contact
  • Certificate from RWTH Aachen University
RWTH Summer School students

Supporting Program & Intercultural Experience

To support the academic content of your program, we include a broad supporting program: Get in touch with excellent science and research through our institute, lab and company visits. Expand your network with international students, professors and German industry partners. During your time at RWTH you will not only gain insights into student life in Aachen, but also explore the short routes to other European cities. Become part of a global community and meet friends from all over the world.

No more registrations possible! Registrations for next year are possible as of November 01,2022.

Are you interested in our Summer School?

Level up your skills and upgrade your CV in one of our programs this summer. Make the most out of your freetime and earn an RWTH certificate with 3 Credit Points (ECTS) for your outstanding effort. Besides, as a participant you create unforgettable memories.

Check out the requirements to participate

Every year we welcome students from all over the world. You can become part of our international student community if you:

  • are at least 18 years old
  • pursue your higher education
    - 1st/2nd year of studies completed
    - degree related to our program
  • are proficient in the English language

No previous knowledge is needed for this course. The content is taught starting from the basics.

The two weeks of Summer School were very joyful and unforgettable. I learned a lot of new and interesting things. The Summer School broadened my horizons, my knowledge and my abilities. The teachers and students were very friendly and helpful. The small city of Aachen is full of energy and experiencing the life in Germany was fascinating.

Yuan Xiaowen, China | Summer School 2019

Detailed Topics of this Course

The European Studies Summer School addresses the following topics:

EU History and Institutions

Economics in the European Union

European Legal System

Sustainable Climate Policy

Principles of Digitalization and Transformation

Further Information & Downloads

If you want to learn more about all relevant processes and check our scholarship opportunities, make sure to read through our formalities page. Do you have any other questions? Feel free to get in touch with us or check the FAQs.

Any further questions? We are always happy to help you!

The Short Term Programs Team of RWTH International Academy is looking forward to welcoming you to Aachen or in our Online Courses! Should you have any questions about the programs, please get in touch:

Phone: +49 241 80 27804

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