Language and Short Courses 2020/2021

Smart Electrical Power Systems – Summer School | Online Course Smart Electrical Power Systems – Summer School | Online Course

RWTH Aachen University • Aachen

Course location
Teaching language
  • English
Language level of course
  • English: B2
  • July 05 - July 16, 2021 (Registration deadline of course provider: April 15, 2021)
Target group

✓ BSc/BE students enrolled at a renowned university
✓ Studying electrical engineering, mechanical 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

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

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


Academic content

Measurement Techniques and Distributed Intelligence for Power Systems

The course presents the role of measurements and monitoring in power systems, and it introduces the new measurement requirements and technologies of modern power systems.

The fundamentals of measurements are briefly recalled, with particular attention to measurement uncertainty. Sensors and instruments are reviewed, with emphasis on phasor measurement units as key component in synchronised measurements. The state estimation is introduced as a most significant example of monitoring function. Notes on the digitalisation of the measurement and monitoring processes are presented.

Electrical Grids Today and Tomorrow

The module gives an overview of what is changing in power systems and how renewables are changing some of the key concepts that have been applied for many years. It outlines perspectives about the system of the future.

Real Time Simulation and Power System Dynamics

This module will be conducted as laboratory exercise about real time simulation and power system dynamics. Students will learn how to use a modern research tool: real time simulation. By using this tool, they will directly experience some key concepts of power system dynamics in a computer simulation.


The module introduces the topic of microgrids, including the definition, structure and implementation of a microgrid. It also deals with the role of microgrids in future energy systems.

Real-Time Simulation and Key Challenges of Future Power Systems

This module will be conducted as laboratory exercise in which students will have the chance to use real time simulation again to understand some of the key challenges of future power systems.

For further information about this programme, click here.

Visit our website for more courses!

Average number of hours per week
Average number of participants per group/course
Dates and costs
  • July 05 - July 16, 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
Submit application to

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



Your Short-Term Programmes Team wishes you good luck!

Is accommodation organised?
The organiser does not provide assistance.
Is a social and leisure programme offered?
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 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

RWTH Aachen University

Content Bild
RWTH Aachen University © Peter Winandy

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.

47,173 Students in the winter semester of 2020/2021
12,477 International students from 138 countries

University location

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.

More programmes

Language course/short course