Language and Short Courses 2020/2021

Automotive and Mobility Studies Summer School Automotive and Mobility Studies Summer School

RWTH Aachen University • Aachen

Course location
Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2
  • June 2021 (Registration deadline of course provider: April 01, 2021)
Target group

 BSc/BE students enrolled at a renowned university
 Studying mechanical engineering or a related field
 Minimum age to participate is 18
 Minimum English language proficiency

Have a look at our application information and check out our FAQ!


Automotive Engineering deals with the motor vehicle and its significance for today's passenger and freight traffic in comparison to other transport systems. The vehicle, its history and its impact on the environment are considered as a whole. The focus is on vehicle longitudinal dynamics. The individual driving resistances and their calculation are presented. The programme covers the components and parameters that influence the driving and braking of a vehicle. This includes the conventional power train consisting of combustion engine, transmission, differential and tires. In addition, brake systems that are used in today's passenger cars will be presented. The examination of energy consumption in the automotive sector rounds off the topic of longitudinal dynamics.

Mobile Propulsion Fundamentals deals with the different principles of the energy conversion as well as the main requirements on combustion engines, fuel cells and electric machines. On the basis of standard cycles, the thermodynamic coherences of the combustion engine process are shown. It also deals with the definition of the different efficiencies. The application of these coherences is carried out by dealing with important characteristic values for the layout of combustion engines. Under consideration of a classification of the combustion engines, selected aspects of the engine technology are observed. Furthermore, the basic principles of electrochemical energy conversion in a fuel cell are introduced, and influences on the operational behaviour and important characteristic values are discussed. The physical principles of electrical machines are approached, and different machine types and their characteristic maps are introduced.

Alternative Vehicle Propulsion Systems covers alternative concepts for the propulsion of road vehicles. The importance of alternative drive concepts for the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions as well as the potentials and challenges are discussed. Different alternative drive concepts will be presented. On the engine side, these include unconventional designs of internal combustion engines with the consideration of alternative fuels (alcohol, natural gas, hydrogen) as well as gas turbines, Stirling engines, fuel cells and electric drives. Furthermore, the different types of continuously variable transmissions and power split drive structures will be discussed. Regenerative drives such as electric drives, pressure accumulator drives, flywheel drives and hybrid drives are another focus. The different structures of hybrid drives will be taught as well as fuel cell and battery electric vehicles.

Automated Driving aims to teach the technical basics of automated driving. This includes the history of automated driving, a current evaluation of its social aspects, the social framework in which automated vehicles are developed and used, and the legal framework as well as the economic challenges and potential benefits. The different levels of automation and connectivity of automated vehicles are explained according to different classification schemes. A functional architecture of automated vehicles will be introduced. Participants gain insight into the current state of developments. In addition, the various components of the sensors required for automated driving will be presented, and the computer-aided processing of the data collected by the vehicle will be explained.

Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
  • June 2021 (Registration deadline of course provider: April 01, 2021), costs: EUR 3,750
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Accommodation
  • Accompanying programme
Further information on dates and prices

The programme fees amount to 3,750 EUR for the four-week summer school programme.

The programme fees contain an "all-inclusive" package:

✓ Lectures
✓ Course materials
✓ Excursions and social events
✓ Accommodation (usually three- or four-bed rooms)
✓ Breakfast and lunch on weekdays
✓ Snacks or meals during selected social events
✓ A local public transportation ticket for the respective time in Aachen
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Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2
Language requirements

We don’t require an English language proficiency test. However, we recommend a self-evaluation of your English language level according to one of the following scores to make sure that you are able to follow the lessons:

  • TOEFL ibt : 72 points
  • IELTS: 5.5 band score
  • TOEIC: 785 points
  • Cambridge: FCE, Grade C
  • CEFR = B2
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Apply for the summer school programme via our online application form. For detailed information please visit the programme website



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Is accommodation organised?
Accommodation is arranged by the organiser.
Type of accommodation

All boarding houses and student accommodations are located close to the city centre and allow for easy and convenient transportation within Aachen as well as to neighbouring cities. The following information relates to the size and furnishing of standard rooms, but please note that rooms might differ from these standards. Unfortunately, a choice of rooms is not possible.

Since all participants of each individual programme will be staying in the same accommodation, you will get to know your classmates better by living in an environment that is similar to the dorms offered by the university.

Key facts

  • Accommodation in three- or four-bed rooms
  • Bathroom en-suite
  • Internet access included (free Wi-Fi, quality might vary)
  • Kitchen (might vary)
  • Tap water is drinkable
  • Linen included
  • One towel will be provided (please bring more if required)
  • Laundry service nearby

Breakfast and lunch as well as snacks during selected events are included in the programme fees. For more details, please read the information below.

From Monday to Friday, breakfast is included in the programme fees.

We will provide lunch from Monday to Friday in the RWTH student restaurant. A student restaurant card will be provided on your first day.

Dinner and meals at weekends
Participants have to provide their own meals at weekends and in the evening on weekdays. A personal budget for individual needs is advised.

Is a social and leisure programme offered?
Description of social and leisure programme

SOCIAL EVENTS – Have Fun While Studying!
We offer you a wide range of social activities to experience German culture and student life at RWTH Aachen University (subject to availability depending on the programme).

  • On-site company visits of RWTH’s industrial partners
  • Guided tours of RWTH institutes and renowned research centres
  • Intercultural training
  • City excursions: Maastricht (NL), Cologne, Bonn
  • Hiking tour to the border triangle
  • City rally
  • Sports day
  • Barbecue
  • Dinner night
  • Karaoke night
  • Get-togethers with your summer mentors

All summer school programmes will have their own summer mentors, who will help you to get to know Aachen from a true student’s perspective. With the support of the mentors, who are typically students enrolled at RWTH Aachen University, you will learn more about academic and cultural practices in Germany.

Free internet access
Support in visa matters
Pick-up service from train station/airport

RWTH Aachen University

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With 260 institutes, nine faculties and three Clusters of Excellence, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe's leading institutions for science and research. Currently, more than 45,600 students are enrolled in 162 courses of study. Of these students, 11,280 are international students. RWTH Aachen is well-known for its state-of-the-art education that tackles some of the world’s most pressing global challenges. Our graduates are highly sought after by businesses and industry as trainees and for executive positions.

As the official academy for education of RWTH Aachen University, RWTH International Academy is tasked with promoting and developing the integration of professional and academic education. Our goal is to make knowledge accessible to international participants through application-oriented educational formats and programmes, thus making a lasting contribution to lifelong learning.

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The student city of Aachen is a vibrant and historic place located at the border triangle of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Aachen was a favoured residence of Charlemagne. After the departure of the Romans from this region, Charlemagne finally managed to forge the lion’s share of Europe into something that resembled an administrative unity, with Aachen as the beating heart of the empire. The “Rathaus” (city hall) and “Dom” (cathedral) bear witness to this earliest Carolingian building history. During your time in Aachen, you have the opportunity to discover the city, its history and its most important sights. Moreover, you will experience student life at one of Europe’s leading technical universities and become part of the international student community. There is no better place to encounter European culture while challenging yourself in our programmes.

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