The GBS summer university will be back in Vienna, July 17 - August 8, 2021!
Register now here.

Due to the great success of the digital experience in 2020's GBS and the new possibilities arising from it, the summer university will have an online-run additionally to the physical format taking place in Vienna - see date above. More information to be announced. If you're interested in the digital GBS, sign up for more news as soon as they are available here

Looking back - 10th anniversary of GBS Online!

For its already 10th anniversary edition in 2020, the award winning GBS Summer University went Online from July 18th – August 9th!

Especially during these challenging times, we have remained strongly committed to bringing world class knowledge on sustainable buildings, passive houses and renewable energies to an ever expanding international audience of students and professionals - even under changed circumstances. Thus, for last year's edition, the GBS was completely adapted and re-organized to an online-format!

Highlights of the GBS-Online 2020 program included:

- Inspiring talks about sustainable architecture, ecological building alternatives, passive house technologies, renewable energy production and integrated urban planning

- Virtual onsite tours guided by experts demonstrating Vienna’s best practices in low energy housing

- Engaging building simulation workshops (Sefaira and Polysun)

- Interdisciplinary real life case study project work in international groups with dedicated tutorship

- Official certificate worth 7 ECTS from the BOKU University upon completion of the program


This sounds good to you? - Great!
The GBS summer university will be back in summer 2021.

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Have we raised your interest? Are you looking for an outstanding learning experience? Do you want to take part in a unique tertiary master-level summer-program? We are looking for future leaders, motivated individuals and all students who are eager to learn and make a change.

Apply here

Please find more information about the application procedure down below. Read our General Terms and Conditions before applying.  

Early Bird Tickets - until April 1, 2021

Register early, pay less!

-  for students: EUR 1.750,- (incl. VAT)
-  for professionals: EUR 2.240,- (incl. VAT)

Regular participation fee:

- for students: EUR 2.000,- (incl. VAT)
- for professionals: EUR 2.490,- (incl. VAT)

Student Scholarship Program

We cooperate with several companies and organisations 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,–.

Scholarships are awarded based on the below criteria:

  1. Master level studies in relevant fields
  2. Quality of academic results (grade average, study progress)
  3. Demonstrated experience in architecture, engineering, planning and other relevant fields 
  4. Very good English language skills
  5. Motivation for participation

Please be aware that you only can apply for a scholarship if you are currently a student (and not a professional / employee). If you are working full time, talk to your manager about your professional development and the opportunity to participate in GBS. Many employers are very interested to invest in the continuous education of their workforce, and then benefit directly from the knowledge you acquire in the course.

We strongly recommend to apply as early as possible.

More information about the Application procedure
Costs & Scholarships

Project Work

An exciting interdisciplinary project is a vital part of the GBS program. For our 10th anniversary in 2020, participants worked on the Otto-Wagner-Areal, an important Heritage site in Vienna, in which a major research project is conducted by the Central European University in cooperation with Schöberl & Pöll GmbH, Lang Consulting, OeAD Housing, TU Wien, BMK and FFG Forschung wirkt.

See here some examples of architectural design works of previous GBS students:

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Organizers and Partners

Any questions?

We understand you might have some questions related to the new format, or about your capacity to participate. If you are unsure about anything, get in touch with us, we will do everything in our power to help you in your journey!

For further information please feel free to contact us

All the best for your application and we are looking forward to having you on board with us!