Language and Short Courses 2020/2021

Supply Chain Management & Logistics Summer School Supply Chain Management & Logistics Summer School

RWTH Aachen University • Aachen

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

✓ BSc/BE students enrolled at a renowned university
✓ Studying business, engineering or a related field
✓ Minimum age to participate is 18
✓ Minimum English language proficiency equivalent to:

  • TOEFL ibt : 72 points
  • IELTS: 5.5 band score
  • TOEIC: 785 points
  • Cambridge: FCE, Grade C
  • CEFR = B2

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


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Academic Content

The Supply Chain Management & Logistics summer school programme is divided into two weeks of teaching:

Week one

Supply Chain Management deals with the alignment of customer demand on the one hand and with the ways to supply the requested products and services in an effective and efficient way on the other hand. The objective of this course is to familiarise students with some of the relevant choices that have to be made in order to achieve this alignment and the trade-offs present in each of those decisions. The course will be highly interactive and will contain a lot of intensive and fun teamwork.

On days one and two, we will be “exploring the fundamentals”, giving a short overview of the main principles and building blocks of the supply chain and working on those in detail. We will pay attention to differences between industry sectors and countries, thus making use of the diverse cultural and professional backgrounds of the students.

On days three and four, we will work on “mastering the fundamentals” with an integral activity centred around "The Fresh Connection", a business simulation game about a loss-making virtual company that needs to be rescued from disaster. Students will play in teams and take care of aligning demand and supply, in other words, making decisions in the areas of sales, operations, supply chain and purchasing. Decisions will be implemented in the business simulation tool, so that the results can be seen after calculation. Since all teams play with exactly the same market circumstances, results between teams can be objectively compared, which gives a nice competitive touch to the activity.

On day four, we will also spend some time on “imagining beyond the fundamentals”, by taking a look at potential impacts that some of the most relevant trends and developments in business and society might have on the supply chains of the future.

Week two

The digitalisation of the supply chain increases the efficiency by integrating and coordinating the activities between companies. Students will learn about the potentials regarding the digitalisation of the supply chain. The lecture will give a short overview of the components as well as current research directions. Applying these principles, students explore how to address the challenges of the bull-whip effect while using a game-based learning approach. A case study will then be conducted in which the learned interrelationships of a cross-company supply chain are taken into account. The results of the case study are then presented to an expert jury.

Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
  • July 2021 (Registration deadline of course provider: April 01, 2021), costs: EUR 1,990
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Accommodation
  • Accompanying programme
Further information on dates and prices

The programme fees amount to 1,990 EUR for the two-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
✓ Our RWTH International Academy App

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 programmes 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 at 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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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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