Program Information

To give you a maximum of flexibility, the GEC is developed as a professional online course (POC). You will benefit from a truly dynamic and engaging academic experience, while staying in your home country. You meet your fellow students and lecturers in virtual classrooms, and have the opportunity to interact with them live and in person.  Group projects, tutoring and exercises are accomplished in a digital way. Chats, virtual office hours and webinars secure that all your questions are being answered. Quizzes and electronic tests provide you with continuous feedback to check your learning progress. Appealing material is linked with effective learning activities to make your personal learning journey successful. A collaborate online platform serves as a user-friendly learning hub.

The online learning setting not only offers you a high flexibility within the program, but also contributes to important live interactions, direct feedback and corporate feeling within a study group.

Academic Content

The offered courses provide excellent preparation for your future studies at RWTH Aachen University. A Master’s degree program at RWTH Aachen University requires a very advanced and specialized level of natural science and engineering knowledge.

Our courses give you the chance to acquire the knowledge needed for beginning and successfully completing the Master’s degree program.

  • Fulfill your admission requirements with a thorough preparation during the German Engineering College

  • Gain insight into the academic program at RWTH Aachen University.

  • Brush up on your technical knowledge and benefit from a smooth transition into your Master’s degree program.

  • Metal springs: general features and basic terms; spring characteristics, transmission of mechanical energy, Hooke’s law, spring compression, series and parallel springs.
  • Technical design and calculations of metal spring types: helical spring, torsion spring, leaf spring, compression spring, tension spring, flat spring, Belleville spring.
  • Connection elements: (form-fitting) basic terms, design and calculation of rivet joints; (force-fitting) basic terms, designs and calculations of screws; materials, mechanics and engineering design of technical threads; operating behaviour, load-extension diagram and fatigue strength of bolted connections.
  • (Material bonding) basic terms and variations of soldering, welding, adhesive bonds; engineering design, calculation and technical drawing of welded connections.
  • (form-/force-fitting) functionalities, engineering design and variations of shaft-hub-connections; feather key, profiled shaft, dowel pin; basic calculations, geometrical and mechanical relationships; tapered interference fit, cylindrical interference fit.
  • (force-/form-fitting) basic terms and design variations of power transmission drives; e.g. v-belt, toothed belt, chain gearing; engineering design, functionalities and calculations of power transmission drives; technical documentation of different drive mechanisms.
  • Basic terms and variations of technical couplings, brakes and clutches; functionalities, engineering design and calculation of variable-speed coupling, shift clutch and brake designs; mechanical basics of dynamic speed characteristics and friction work during coupling procedure.
  • Introduction to Tensor algbra and analysis
  • Cauchy stress tensor, coordinate transformation, Mohr’s circle
  • Deformation and strain tensor
  • Material behaviour, elasticity in 3D case, thermal expansion
  • Equilibrium conditions and motion equations
  • Bending of beams, differential equations of the deflection curve, shear stress in bending problems
  • Torsion, shear stress in thin-walled structures with open and closed cross sections
  • Energy Methods in elastostatics, strain energy and conservation of energy, principle of virtual forces
  • Stability in elastostatics, bifurcation of  equilibrium state, buckling
  • Kinematics of the mass point: Position, velocity, acceleration; Frenet frame
  • Kinematics of the rigid body: Coordinate transformation and relative motion; Derivatives; Special cases of motion
  • Kinetics of the mass point: D’Alambert’s principle; Momentum; Moment of momentum; Impact; Work, energy and power
  • Kinetics of the rigid body: Principle of linear momentum for the rigid body; Principle of conservation of angular momentum of the rigid body; Energy and principle of energy conservation
  • Energy methods: Principle of the virtual Work; Lagrange formulation
  • Vibrations: Free undamped vibration; Free damped vibration; Forced vibration
  • Vector Analysis and Integral Theorems
    vector fields, chain rule, differential operators (div, curl, Laplace), curve integrals, scalar and vector potentials, area and volume integrals, transformation formula, surface and flux integral, integral theorems of Gauß and Stokes.
  • Fourier Analysis: Convergence of functions (uniform, pointwise,  and mean square convergence), Fourier polynomials, convergence of Fourier series.
  • Probability: Probability spaces, random variable, probability distribution, law of large numbers, central limit theorem.
  • Summary of selected trigonometric methods
  • Applied linear algebra
  • Mathematical representations of rotations
  • Planar, spherical and spatial mechanisms
  • Joint variants and degree of freedom calculation
  • Mechanism analysis and synthesis
  • Velocity and acceleration relations in mechanisms
  • Equivalent dynamic systems
  • Representation of dynamic systems
  • Normal modes of single-degree-of-freedom systems
  • Normal modes of multiple-degree-of-freedom systems


After having successfully passed all five courses, you will be awarded official RWTH Aachen University certificates, indicating the workload, content and learning objectives of each course.

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Program Fees

Our Germen Engineering College is tailor-made to provide excellent preparation for your future studies at RWTH Aachen University.

Format Duration Program Fee
“German Engineering College” 3-4 months 7,000 EUR
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  • Effective course material

  • Individual support

  • RWTH Certificate

Application Information

Applicant’s Profile
  • B.Sc./B.E. student and enrolled at a renowned university or graduate Bachelor student

  • Minimum of 6 month work experience

  • Minimum English language CET 4

Application documents
  • University transcript of records

  • Proof of at least 6 months of work experience

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)

  • Letter of intent

  • Proof of English language proficiency

  • One letter of recommendation

  • University degree certificate (if applicable)