Program Fee & Housing

Students: EUR 2.000,– (incl.VAT)
Professionals: EUR 2.490,– (incl.VAT)

Green.Building.Solutions. is organized by the OeAD Housing Office together with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and is a not for profit initiative. The academic course is a 3-week summer program on master-level. For successful participation students get an official certificate (7 ECTS) from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna.

Energy efficient housing: Students will have the possibility to live in one of Vienna’s newest enegy-efficient dormitories for the whole duration of the Summer School (July 22 – 13, August 2017) plus an additional week before or after the school – all without added cost.

Personal and travel expenses as well as insurance are not covered.


Target groups

The G.B.S. summer program hosted 180 participants from more than 80 nations in the previous courses! The backgrounds from the participants – coming from all around the world for this special training course in sustainable architecture and building science – are among others:

  1. Engineers: building, process, mechanical, energy, civil, electrical, …
  2. Architects, urban planners, constructors  …
  3. Economists, marketers, project developers.

We also invite people with study fields like resource planning, ecology, landscape planning to apply for the summer program. Our focus lies on academics as well as on professionals. If you are a professional who can only participate for a shorter period of time please contact us and ask for special conditions.


Certificate & grading

For those students, who apply before April 20 2017, there is the possibility to get an official certificate with 7 ECTS-credits from the University of National Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) after a successful completion. For foreign students this certificate needs to be acknowledged by the home university, if you are not sure about the procedure – please ask at your home university in advance. Everybody who takes part in the 3-week-program gets an official certificate for participation from the organiser.

Please apply before 20 April 2017 to ensure to get a BOKU certificate!

Project work in teams: During the third week of the summer university there is a final project work (done in groups), on the basis of that design work, the participants are graded. In 2016 the project work specialized on the very actual topic ‘integrative living for new immigrants’. Students had the task, to design new housing developments following social, economical, and ecological sustainability principles. Excursions to VinziRast and to Kurierhaus in Lindengasse – that hosted around 600 refugees in September 2016 – showed an authentic situation in Vienna. Renewable energy supply (e.g. photovoltaic panels, solar thermal, heat pumps, etc.), ecological construction materials and social architecture were to be integrated into the building design.

Each team was to submit detailed drawings for one building on one A0 page following a given template. The aim of the project is to achieve an annual zero energy balance.


Student Scholarship Program

We cooperate with several companies and organizations to provide student grants for outstanding applicants in need of financial aid. Selected students could participate in the program for as little as Euro 490,–! .

Requirements to be eligible for a scholarship:

  1. Masterlevel and field of study
  2. Average of grades and study progress
  3. Experiences in fields of architecture, planning and other relevant topics (basic knowledge in building physics, etc. is needed)
  4. Qualification, motivation letter, aptitude
  5. Very good English language skills.

Please apply before April 01 2017 to participate in our scholarship program.

Please be aware that you only can apply for a scholarship, if you are a still a student (and not a professional /employee). If you are already full time working, probably there is a way to be funded by your employer to take part in Green.Building.Solutions., as the company might also take advantage from the knowledge you gain in the summer course.

Our scholarship program is partly financed by our partner companies and organisations.


Provided Services and social activities

In general the costs for the summer program cover:

  1. Social activities like waltzing, Heuriger, ….
  2. Accommodation in OeAD-housing dormitory in Vienna for the entire course duration
  3. Excursions, Site Visits, …
  4. Ticket for public transport during the three weeks

Specifically, the following services are included in the program fee:

  1. University enrolment and participation in all classes, lectures and projects (65 hours of academic courses, guest lectures, workshops)
  2. Use of university infrastructure (internet computers, library, recreation area, etc)
  3. All course materials during the program (including course ledger, digitalized preparatory readings)
  4. All Visits and workshops as indicated
  5. Full support from local program manager and guides

After the application

After a successful application you will receive a nomination via email. In general admissions (as well as the scholarship assignments) will be sent after the end of the regular application period. The participation fee shall be paid within two weeks after nomination for the participation  to the contracting partner OeAD Housing Office (payment details will be transmitted in the nomination mail). Please transfer the participation fee within one week after receiving the nomination.

The OeAD Housing Office Withdrawal or Deferral Refund Policy applies from the moment of nomination, acceptance and  payment of the fee. The participation can be cancelled until two weeks before the programm starts for a cancellation fee of 20%. If the participation is cancelled within two weeks before the programm starts, the cancellation fee will be 50%. No refunds can be given after the starting of the programm.


Special Offer

Additonal and personal expenses, insurance and flight to Vienna are not included, but if you would like to stay  longer, you are offered  an additional week (after the Summer School) for free at one of the OeAD students houses. Please do indicate that at the very beginning of the application procedure, so that we can book your room for the exact time of your stay! If you want to stay longer than one additional week we will accomodate you for an extra charge.


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