Language and Short Courses 2020/2021

Sustainable Energy Technology – Summer School | Online Course Sustainable Energy Technology – Summer School | Online Course

RWTH Aachen University • Aachen

Course location
Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2
  • July 19 - July 30, 2021 (Registration deadline of course provider: April 15, 2021)
Target group

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

Please note: Interested students should be studying electrical engineering and show strong interests in sustainable technology, especially in the context of energy and buildings. Basic skills in any discipline with a strong focus on energy is beneficial.

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Academic content

Building Performance Simulation

In the “Building Performance Simulation” module, an introduction to building performance simulation will be given by presenting the mathematical and physical basics of building energy performance modelling and simulation, implementation of models using computer-based numerical methods, computer algebra systems and "Modelica", which is an object-oriented modelling language.

For this purpose, a detailed introduction into relevant individual aspects will be given, including the following: climatic conditions, weather data, solar radiation (solar position, angle calculations etc.), heat conduction, convection, short- and long-wave radiation exchange, solar optical and thermal properties of glazing, window modelling, and single- and multi-zone models. Selected sub-modules will be programmed by students individually.

Students will acquire the basic knowledge to carry out dynamic building simulations and to assess uncertainties. For this purpose, students will gain knowledge about different scales in a building simulation (environment, building, users) and learn appropriate modelling approaches for the mathematical description of the corresponding heat and mass transfer processes. This includes an insight into individual simulation modules, which students will develop on their own by means of didactically suitable programming tools.

Energy Basics & Methods for Energy Supply of Buildings

After a short review of energy basics (terms and definitions of energy, work, heat, power etc.), the lecture will present different methods of heat generation in buildings as heat pumps, solar thermal energy, photovoltaic and other renewable energy sources. This part of the programme addresses how the heating demand is covered today and could be covered in the future.

The Campus Cube

The Campus Cube is a hypothetical university building that (as an example) will be used to calculate the peak heating demand and the annual heating demand. After calculating the demands, it will be the students’ assignment developing ideas to equip the Campus Cube with an energy efficient technology.

Energy Management & Trading

After a general introduction into energy management, trading and plant operation, the focus will be laid on the electricity trading and a plant operation simulator. In small teams, the students will learn how to operate a single power plant and a power plant portfolio using an online simulator. Trading will take place on both a single market and a cross-border environment.

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Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
  • July 19 - July 30, 2021 (Registration deadline of course provider: April 15, 2021), costs: EUR 1,194
This price includes
  • Course fees
  • Accompanying programme
Further information on dates and prices

The programme fees amount to 1,194 EUR for the two-week online course. 

The programme fees contain a full online experience:

welcome day / get-together
mixed/international group⁠s
online lectures & tutorials⁠
group work & self study⁠
intercultural exchange⁠
virtual social events⁠ (i.e. digital sightseeing tours and virtual escape rooms)
online exercise sessions
⁠⁠certificate ceremony

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 online course via our online application form. For detailed information, please visit the programme website.



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Description of social and leisure programme

SOCIAL EVENTS – Have fun while studying online!
We've come up with creative ways to include virtual social events! You connect with the other participants, get to know the programme managers with whom you can talk about the student life in Aachen, learn about the beautiful city and exchange cultural views and fun facts.

  • digital sightseeing tour
  • intercultural meet-up
  • get-together with mentors & professors
  • spending time with the team
  • team-building: ice-breaking games, escape room, photo challenges
  • sports: stretching exercises /evening yoga
  • honouring events: welcome and certificate ceremony

All online courses will have their own summer mentors, who will help you to get to know Aachen from a true student’s perspective. Your mentors, who are typically students enrolled at RWTH Aachen University, can tell you more about academic and cultural practices in Germany, and you will meet them during our social events.

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

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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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