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Smart Electrical Power Systems Summer School

RWTH International Academy
2 weeks
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
1,990 EUR

Program description

I. Academic Content

The Summer School is all about smart electrical power systems, providing students with an overview of current challenges and new technologies with regards to future electric grids. It covers topics such as measurement techniques and distributed intelligence for power systems, electrical grids today and tomorrow, microgrids as well as real time simulations of power systems. As a result, students acquire a better understanding of the key challenges of future power systems.

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.

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:
Basic understanding of power generation and power systems, electrochemical systems and basic understanding of electricity system and its components will be expected.

Required Documents

  • Your Cover Letter 
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  • Your academic records (Transcript of Records)
  • A color photo of yourself
  • Additional documents to support your application (optional)
  • English Proficiency Test (optional)

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Program content

Academic Staff

The E.ON Energy Research Center (E.ON ERC) and the Institute of High Voltage Equipment and Grids, Digitalization and Power Economics (IAEW) concuct the academic content. The research of E.ON ERC focusses on how a sustainable energy supply can be realized. The research of IAEW focusses on the ongoing energy transition.

Description of Modules

Students receive an overview of current challenges and new technologies with regards to the future electric grid. Topics include but are not limited to the following subject areas:

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 the 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 synchronized measurements. The state estimation is introduced as most significant example of monitoring function. Notes on the digitalization 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, how renewables are changing some of the key concepts that have been applied for many years and outlines the perspective 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 microgrids: 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.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this course is 1990€. 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.


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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