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Automotive & Mobility Studies Summer School

RWTH International Academy
4 weeks
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
On campus
June 2021
Application deadline: 01 April 2021
3,750 EUR

Program description

I. Academic Content

The Summer School is all about modern automotive technologies. It covers the fundamentals of automotive engineering and mobile propulsion and explores modern automotive technologies, such as alternative and electrified vehicle propulsion systems and automated driving. The topic automated driving features a case study and different types of power engines can be experienced in a kart event.

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 the 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!

The 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.

Admission requirements

  • 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, Physics, Fluids, Energy Conversion Machines, Thermodynamics, Automotive Engineering.

Required Documents:

  • Your cover letter
  • Your curriculum vitae (resume)
  • Your academic records (transcript of records)
  • Additional documents to support your application (certificates)
  • A colour photo of yourself


  • Additional documents to support your application
  • English Proficiency Test

"All-inclusive" Program Fee:

The tuition fee for this course is 3750€. Contact the university for more information and detailed pricing.

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Program content

Academic Staff

The Institute for Automotive Engineering (ika) and the Institute for Combustion Engines (VKA) conduct the academic content. Research areas include innovative concepts for components and systems, vehicle prototypes, the development of innovative components, controls and system concepts in traction and automotive technologies, and combustion engines.

Description of Modules

The Summer School explores modern automotive technologies and concepts of mobility. Key areas of study cover the following topics:

Automotive Engineering 1 (AE1)
The fundamental module Automotive Engineering 1 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 of this course is on vehicle longitudinal dynamics. The individual driving resistances are presented as well as their calculation. The course covers the components and parameters that influence the driving and braking of a vehicle. This includes the conventional powertrain consisting of combustion engine, transmission, differential and tires. In addition, brake systems will be presented which are used in today's passenger cars. The examination of energy consumption in the automotive sector rounds off the topic of longitudinal dynamics.

Alternative and Electrified Vehicle Propulsion Systems (AVPS)
The advanced module 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. During the course the 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 of the lecture. The different structures of hybrid drives will be taught as well as fuel cell and battery electric vehicles.

Automated Driving
The advanced module Automated Driving aims to teach the technical basics of (full-)automated driving. The topic "automated driving" is structured and a general overview is given. 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, 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. An insight into the current state of developments is given. 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. Within the framework of a case study, the acquired knowledge is applied to independently develop automated driving functions in a test environment and to test their functionality.

Mobile Propulsion Fundamentals
The lecture 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 behavior as well as important characteristic values are discussed. Conclusive the physical principles of electrical machines are approached and different machine types and their characteristic maps are introduced. The content introduced in the lectures is intensified in exercises based on practical examples.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this course is 3750€. Contact the university for more information and detailed pricing.


At the end of the Summer School program, you will receive a Certificate of Participation together with a Certificate Supplement from RWTH Aachen University, stating the workload and the academic content of the Summer School.

Upon successful completion of the Summer School, you will furthermore receive an Executive Certificate and a Certificate of Performance from RWTH Aachen University, stating the final grade.

Have a look here at the workload of our Summer Schools:

2-week programs (about 60 hours): 2 ECTS credits can be awarded

3-week programs (about 90 hours): 3 ECTS credits can be awarded

4-week programs (about 120 hours): 4 ECTS credits can be awarded

Please note:
Ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how many credits may be awarded. For details, please speak to your home institution’s Study Abroad Adviser!

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