Systematic Product Innovation Summer School, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #78 ,
In this Systematic Product Innovation Summer School at RWTH International Academy, students receive an introduction to established and cutting-edge methods and processes of product innovation and development design methodology and product lifecycle management.


Theory taught in the lecture will be applied in hands-on workshops featuring the analysis and improvement of a real life product. Students will learn how to carry out market research, identify and evaluate requirements, set up functions and their structures and to derive and vary concepts for product innovations. These concepts will be transferred into a suitable embodiment design using conventional and agile methods including rapid prototyping technologies.

The RWTH International Academy works closely together with the International Office and the Institute for Engineering Design (ikt) of the RWTH Aachen University to offer a perfect mix of technical study and cultural experience.

The Systematic Product Innovation programme is based on the following pillars:

I. Excellent Science and Research in Systematic Product Innovation

Students will be exposed to such topics as the principles of product innovations, product design and construction, machine design, and cooperative product development.

II. German Language and Culture

Through the university’s “BeBuddy” programme, 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 “Buddy” 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 programme next to the academic courses in which participants meet like-minded people from around the world. All students from our different summer school programmes are invited to take part in sporting or dancing events, cooking nights and get-togethers with students from various international Master’s programmes. 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 the European diversity in cities like Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.


The RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe’s leading institutions for science and research with 260 institutes in nine faculties. It has gained worldwide recognition in several rankings:

·         QS World University Ranking

·         German University Ranking by Wirtschaftswoche

·         Ratings by Access

·         CHE Ranking

·         Times Higher Education

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    2 ECTS

    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 Advisor!

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • Introduction to Systematic Innovation
  • Strategies in product planning and requirement engineering
  • Disassembly and Analysis of a real product - customer perspective
  • Principles of innovation engineering and systematic concept design
  • Principles and processes of Embodiment Design
  • Functional Analysis and Requirement Engineering of a Real Product
  • Principles of concept evaluation and solution rating
  • Creative product improvement and generation of innovative solution concepts I
  • Principles of Product design and construction - Agile processes and generative prototyping
  • Methods of innovation modelling and rev. engineering
  • concept visualization and implementation in 3D-CAD
  • Idea and Innovation Management - scientific documentation and convincing presentations
  • presentation of concept designs
  • aixCAVE Holodeck - Augmented Reality


You are a B.Sc./B.E. student enrolled at a renowned university, have profound knowledge of the English language and are studying mechanical engineering or a related field.

Desirable is the completion of the first year.


The "Systematic Product Innovation" Summer School is conceptualized and conducted by the Institute for Engineering Design (ikt) of the RWTH Aachen University.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Take IELTS test

Academic Requirements

You are a B.Sc./B.E. student enrolled at a renowned university and you are studying mechanical engineering or a related field. Desirable is the completion of the first year and basic knowledge in engineering design.

Please note: The minimum age to participate is 18 years.

Application Deadline for the "Systematic Product Innovation" Summer School will be 01 June in order to have enough time for visa and travel arrangements.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 1800 International
  • EUR 1800 EU/EEA
(including tuition fees, accommodation, half board, social activities and excursions)


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