Industry 4.0 Summer School

The Industry 4.0 Summer School gives an insight into the objectives and strategies of Industry 4.0, shows the current status of activities, and provides information on how to benefit from the ideas linked to Industrie 4.0 today. In addition to a theoretical introduction to Industry 4.0, the main technologies and processes for the implementation of Industrie 4.0 will be introduced and then addressed in greater detail in a workshop. The aim is actually to enable digitalisation. Starting from the process itself, the digitisation of  companies will be introduced and then expanded on using hands-on examples. A model system will be used to demonstrate the technological possibilities.

  • Learn why Industry 4.0 is so important for European industry and what is hidden behind the keyword I4.0.
  • Get to know the development strategy for Industry 4.0 and find out which actions are still to be taken.
  • Learn the keywords related to Industrie 4.0 from Augmented Reality to Cloud, CPS and IoT and on to SmartFactory, value creation chains and XaaS.
  • Look through the entire digital value creation chain from intelligent sensors to cloud services.
  • Understand the technologies that make a machine, system or factory capable for industrial communication.
  • Discover the significance of IT, IT infrastructure and IT security in the context of Industry 4.0 for an automation system.
  • Design your first digitised processes yourself and find out about the effects on a model factory.

Next I4.0 Summer School: July 20 - July 31, 2020

The next Industry 4.0 Summer School will take place from

Monday, 20th July 2020 to Friday, 31st July 2020

FH Aachen – University of Applied Sciences
Faculty for Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics
Goethestr. 1, 52064 Aachen, Germany

Requirements and Scholarships


  • The participants should have interest and enthusiasm in new technologies.
  • Programming Skills: Basic knowledge of at least one programming language such as Python or C++ is an advantage.
  • Language Skills: Participants should have a good proficiency in English as the Summer School is held completely in English.
  • Insurance: The Aachen University of Applied Sciences (FH Aachen) requires that the Industry 4.0 Summer School participants have appropriate and valid medical, liability and accident insurance for the duration of the Industry 4.0 Summer School. Please note that the FH Aachen does not cover any of these risks.


This summer school is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany. If you are enrolled as a student in Bachelor, Master or PhD you can apply for a scholarship. To be eligible for a scholarship please send us your CV, your enrollment information and a motivational letter to

Registration and Summer School Package

Registration and included activities

Applicants are subject to pay a Industrie 4.0 Summer School registration fee which is 750 Euro. The fee includes:

  • Lectures and practical courses,
  • Course material,
  • Summer School handbook with all necessary information about the FH Aachen and travelling in Germany,
  • Beverages at the FH Aachen during the Courses
  • Excursions and social events

Get registered!

Please register for the next Industry 4.0 Summer School via the following link:

Application deadline: May 31, 2020

Accomodation and Leisure Activities

Be flexible!

Our Summer School package includes the course fee, beverages and leisure activities as shown in the schedule. Depending on your personal interests, you will get a great variety of options for your stay in Aachen and Germany. This includes cultural and sports activities, the visit of the famous Carolus thermal springs and the best possibilities for clubbing in Aachen.

Furthermore, you can get in contact with our German students who will join you for a friendly beer in the city center or show you the best shopping malls in and around Aachen.

Based on your budget and your requirements, we suggest different types of accomodations:

  • You want to stay in a typical German quarter and maybe stay a bit longer? Airbnb could be an ideal option
  • You want to stay close to the university and travel to various cities in Germany and Europe? The a&o hostel offers you a broad range of shared or private rooms
  • You are looking for a more convenient accomodation in the heart of Aachen? Have a look here:

Course Credit, I4.0 Certificate and Transcript

A participation certificate is issued for all I4.0 Summer School students and handed out at the end of the summer school. The certificate lists the topics and the duration of the Summer School. The course credit does not apply for internal I4.0 students (i.e. FH Aachen students, who take part in this course over a longer time period and receive therefore 5 ECTS).

All I4.0 participants have the option to take the final written exam. Those, who write the exam, will get a I4.0 transcript with a grade for their test Performance and the course credit (4 ECTS credits). The grading scheme is as follows:

from 1.0 to 1.5    =  very good
from 1.6 to 2.5    =  good
from 2.6 to 3.5    =  satisfactory
from 3.6 to 4.0    =  sufficient
above 4.0            =  failed

Previous I4.0 Summer Schools

Industry 4.0 Summer School Contact

If you require further information about the Industry 4.0 Summer School, please contact the organizers using the following e-mail address: