Germany, Aachen

Automation & Simulation

when 1 July 2021 - 22 July 2021
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 2990

The Summer School covers the fundamentals used in automation and simulation. The topic simulation features various exercises in a computer lab. As a result, students solve real world problems by applying software commonly used in industry, thus, acquiring a better understanding of methods used in mechanical engineering. The topic automation provides students with an overview of modern automated production systems, covering all the major cutting-edge technologies of production automation. It also features an automation related company visit.

Course leader

The Institute of General Mechanics (IAM) conducts the academic content. The simulation part covers two weeks of lectures and extensive project work whereas the automation part covers one week of lectures.

Target group

✓ B.Sc./B.E. student enrolled at a renowned university
✓ Studying 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:
Desirable is the completion of the first year and basic knowledge in the following areas: Mathematics, Mechanics, Materials Science, Thermodynamics, Computer Science/Programming Techniques, Machine Drawing/Machine Elements, Modelling.

Course aim

I. Academic Content
The Summer School covers the fundamentals used in automation and simulation. The topic simulation features various exercises in a computer lab. As a result, students solve real world problems by applying software commonly used in industry, thus, acquiring a better understanding of methods used in mechanical engineering. The topic automation provides students with an overview of modern automated production systems, covering all the major cutting-edge technologies of production automation. It also features an automation related company visit.

II. German Language and Culture
Summer School students gain insight not only into the student life in the beautiful city of Aachen but also into the rich and vibrant German culture and history. Through the university’s “Summer Mentor” program, international students have the chance to immerse themselves in the vibrant student community at RWTH Aachen University. Participants will get to know Aachen from a true student’s perspective: They learn more about academic and cultural practices in Germany with the support of their German “Mentor” who is typically a student enrolled at RWTH Aachen University and can so offer first-hand experiences in and around the campus, painting an authentic picture of university life.

III. Social Events - Have fun while studying!
RWTH International Academy offers an extensive support program next to the academic courses in which participants meet like-minded people from around the world. All students from our different Summer School programs are invited to take part in sporting or dancing events, cooking nights and get-togethers. There is a wide offer of intercultural activities and excursions in and around Aachen –enjoy your stay!

Being in the heart of Europe, Summer School students will also have the opportunity to explore Aachen’s surrounding area – be it other German cities close-by such as the former German capital Bonn, Düsseldorf and Cologne or enjoy the European diversity in cities like Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

Credits info

3 EC
2, 3 or 4 ECTS credits according to the workload (about 60 hours / 2 weeks, about 90 hours / 3 weeks and about 120 hours / 4 weeks)

Please note:
Ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how much credit is awarded. For details, speak to your Study Abroad Advisor!

Fee info

EUR 2990: The course fees include all lectures, laboratory courses and excursions, social events, accommodation, breakfast, lunch, all meals during social events and a public transport ticket for the respective time.

Early Bird Discount: complete your application until 1 March to get a 10% discount on the total fees - in case of admission!