Short Courses | Formalities


Get ready for an unforgettable summer of excellent learning while meeting new friends from around the world! Open your mind to new possibilities, expand your professional skills, learn about German culture, industry and travel around Europe.

On this page you will find all the important details on formalities and organizational steps you need to know in order to participate in one of our Short Courses without any worries.



Application Information & Process

The application portal for our Short Courses 2022 opens on November 01, 2021. Remember to apply well in advance – every year we offer an Early Bird discount of 10%. Planning ahead also allows enough time for the admission procedures and getting to know our digital learning tools. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Applicant's profile

You are welcome to apply if you

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

*No English certificate is required. Our courses are all in English and therefore a proficient knowledge of English is important. To be able to assess yourself, the following levels are adequate: TOEFL ibt: 72 points, IELTS: 5.5 band score, TOEIC: 785 points, Cambridge: FCE, Grade C, CEFR = B2.

Applicant's documents

The following documents are required in English:

  • Your Cover Letter
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  • Your academic records (Transcript of Records)
  • A color photo of yourself
  • Additional documents to support your application (optional)
  • English Proficiency Test (optional)

Admission Procedure

The application portal for our Short Courses 2022 opens on November 01, 2021!


Visa, Travel and Insurance

You have successfully registered for one of our programs? Congratulations! Now the time of preparations starts.

Below you find useful information and links that may help you apply for the right visa, organize your travels to Aachen and find the best insurance to protect you during your stay in Germany. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us anytime!

The right visa for your stay in Aachen

International students who need a visa to enter Germany should make sure that they factor in enough time for the application process. Please apply for a visa at the embassy or consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany in your home country or responsible body in a neighbouring country.

RWTH Short Courses students learning

How to get to Aachen

Our participants come to the city of Aachen from all over the world. Since you have to organize your own travel, you should check in advance how to get here in the best way. After your flight you can easily reach Aachen main station by train from any major airport nearby.

Aerial view of Aachen

Why you need a correct insurance in Germany

Health and private liability insurances are mandatory for students who want to participate in a Short Course. Since your insurances at home may not provide sufficient protection abroad, you need to find an appropriate travel inscurance. To allow carefree travels in Germany and Europe for the entire program period, please make sure to have an adequate health and liability insurance.

RWTH Summer School City Rally

Learning Environment | On Campus

Students are the center of all education activities at RWTH Aachen University. We offer a variety of lectures, tutorials, case studies, and a range of other learning activities in which students are active participants in the discovery and application of knowledge. The participants of our courses come from over 120 different countries – so we create a global classroom environment with great opportunities.

Exclusively for Short Courses Participants

  • Seminar rooms with modern equipment
  • Daily contact with our team allowing direct support
  • Case studies and guest speakers
  • Highly professional and motivating atmosphere
RWTH Short Courses students learning

Advantages of RWTH Aachen University

  • Campus life in Aachen
  • Excellent RWTH lecturers
  • Use of RWTH learning rooms
  • Access to all libraries
Main Building of RWTH Aachen University

Learning Environment | Online Courses

RWTH Aachen University is top-ranked and one of Europe’s leading science and research institutions. You benefit from high-value academic content and excellent lectures online. Through the right balance of asynchronous and synchronous learning, you will be optimally supported by the lecturers during our Online Courses. At the same time, you can flexibly schedule your study period yourself and have access to all learning materials any time from home.

Asynchronous Learning

We provide reading materials, pre-recorded lectures and assignments, which you can access at any time of the day. Therefore, you can organize yourself and decide when exactly you would like to work through the asynchronous parts. As long as you meet the expected deadlines, you enjoy the freedom to structure your learning the way you like.

You can go over some materials more deeply, rewatch a video to understand the explanation of a complex problem, stop to go get some coffee or come back with new energy after a lunch break. Enjoy this autonomous way of expanding your horizon!

Freely accessible & Self-determined

  • Video lectures
  • Readings with quizzes
  • Home- & group work
  • Exercises & simulations
RWTH Short Courses Online Course

Synchronous Learning

We broadcast a few live lectures every day, so that you get the chance to ask questions about the asynchronous learning parts, discuss ideas, debate solutions in breakout sessions and solve assignments as a group. These intensive parts will take up a maximum of four hours.

Since our international participants join the classes from different time zones, we choose a time frame that suits everybody. Usually, in America it is rather early, whereas in Asia you have evening sessions. It is important that you get in touch with our lecturers and they really appreciate your active participation. This way, these interactive parts can be really fun and interesting!

Direct Support by our Lecturers

  • Live sessions & exercises
  • Q&As
  • Discussions & debates
  • Interactive participation
RWTH Short Courses distance learning

Fees & Expenses

The general costs of the different programs and what is included in the price are listed below. Remember to apply well in advance and make use of the 10% Early Bird discount.

Program fees
Summer & Winter Schools

  • 4 weeks | 3,750 € | accommodation included
  • 3 weeks | 2,990 € | accommodation included
  • 2 weeks | 1,990 € | accommodation included

Summer & Winter Schools
What is included?

All of our programs which take place on campus contain an all-inclusive package. This covers housing, catering, public transport tickets and includes personal support from our mentors during your entire stay in Aachen. In addition you benefit from our broad supporting program which is also part of the all-inclusive package.

Program Fees
Online Courses

  • 4 weeks | 2,250 € | full online experience
  • 3 weeks | 1,794 € | full online experience
  • 2 weeks | 1,194 € | full online experience

Online Courses
What is included?

We‘ve also come up with creative ways to include various social activities in our Online Courses. Our attractive supporting program provides an insight into the history and culture of Germany. Benefit from digital expert talks, institute visits, lab tours, and take the chance to network with German industry from your home.


Scholarships for Short Courses

We believe that high-quality education should be available to everybody, regardless of their financial situation in life. So our team is glad to announce that we award scholarships for selected Summer School programs every year. This means that you could have the opportunity to attend one of our courses for much less - the program fee will be reduced by 33%!

If you are studying a degree related to our programs in one of our designated countries, you are eligible for our scholarships. Especially female students are strongly encouraged to apply. Click here for details!

Regarding our Summer Schools in 2022, applications will be accepted from December onwards!


Credits & Certificate

Workload Short Courses

Have a look at the workload of our Short Courses:
(1 hour = 45 minutes)

  • 2-week programs | about 60 hours
  • 3-week programs | about 90 hours
  • 4-week programs | about 120 hours
    1 ECTS credit can be awarded per 30 hours

Please note: All Short Courses are full time programs! Ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how many credits may be awarded. For details, please speak to your home institution’s Study Abroad Adviser.

Certificate & General Information

At the end of your Short Course, you will receive a Certificate of Participation together with a Certificate Supplement from RWTH Aachen University, stating the workload and the academic contents of your program.

At the end of each course, students will take a final exam or have to complete a project work (depending on the program) to receive a final grade.

Upon successful completion of a program, you will furthermore receive an Executive Certificate from RWTH Aachen University, stating the final grade.


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:

Email: ShortCourses@academy.rwth-aachen.de
Phone: +49 241 80 27693

Short Courses Overview

Scholarships Opportunities

Summer Mentor Program

Student Life in Aachen