Supporting Program | Short Courses

To support the academic content of your program, we include expert talks, institute visits, lab tours and the chance to network with German companies and organizations. During all programs you will gain insights into student life at RWTH and get to know the charming historic old town of Aachen. We've come up with creative ways to include this supporting program - not only in our on-campus Short Courses, but also in the Online Courses.

Supporting Program | On Campus

During our Short Courses which take place on campus you not only expand your academic knowledge, but also benefit from our 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 industry partners, be part of a global community and meet friends from all over the world.

Insights into German Industry & Institutions

Through our full supporting program, your path to academic and career success is deepened. We offer you insights into German companies & organizations and the opportunity to build a network with which you can make a sustainable investment in your future.

Benefit for example from:

  • Institute, lab and company visits
  • Meet-ups with international students, professors and future workplaces
  • Networking with German companies and organizations
RWTH Summer School City Rally

Social Events and Activities

Get ready for an unforgettable summer, full of cultural and fun activities! We offer you a wide range of social events to experience German culture and student life at RWTH Aachen University (subject to availability depending on the program). Meet the other participants who come from all over the world and our local team in a great atmosphere and create amazing memories.

Examples of Social Events and Activities:

  • Intercultural training & meet-ups
  • Ice-breaking games & team-building
  • Sports Day
  • Karaoke Night
  • Barbeque
  • Dinner Night
  • Honoring events: welcome and certificate ceremony
  • Get-togethers with your Mentors

Mentoring Program

All our Short Courses have their own Mentors, who will help our participants to get to know Aachen from a true student’s perspective. The mentors, who are typically students enrolled at RWTH Aachen University, talk about academic and cultural practices in Germany and are part of our social events.

What to expect as a Summer School participant:

  • Have a buddy even before your course starts
  • Build lasting friendships with German students
  • Get to know Aachen and the university from a student's perspective
  • Practice your language skills on a day-to-day basis

Traveling Germany & Europe

Only a few kilometers from the city center, one can find the “Border Triangle” where the frontiers of Belgium, Netherlands and Germany meet. The attraction of living in this area includes a colourful mix of languages and people as well as short travel distances to cities such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Cologne or even Paris.

In our Short Courses some trips are included in the program fees, such as:

  • City excursions: Maastricht (NL), Cologne, Bonn
  • Hiking tour to the border triangle
  • City rally in Aachen

On the weekend you have the opportunity to explore Germany and Europe on your own. Or maybe you want to extend your stay and travel a bit after our Short Course? We'd be happy to tell you about some great travel opportunities while you're in Aachen!

All-inclusive Package | Short Courses On Campus

The supporting program is part of the all-inclusive package of our Short Courses taking place on campus. With our all-inclusive package we provide our participants with 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

Click here for more information about the all-inclusive package.

Supporting Program | Online Courses

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 companies and organizations from your home.

Online Events & Intercultural Experience

Our Online Courses are highly interactive and will contain a lot of intensive teamwork. As a participant you develop practical ideas together with renowned professors, get to know future workplaces in Germany and expand your skills with hands-on case studies. In addition to virtual expert talks, institute vistis and lab tours, we offer you an exciting digital experience with various social activities during our Online Courses:

Examples of Virtual Social Events:

  • Digital city sightseeing tour
  • Intercultural meet-ups
  • Get-togethers with mentors & professors
  • Cultural events: cathedral & museum tours
  • Team-building: ice-breaking games and escape room
  • Photo challenges
  • Sports: stretching exercises / evening yoga
  • Honoring events: welcome and certificate ceremony

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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