The GBS summer university will be back online, July 17 - August 8, 2021!
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Looking ahead - GBS Summer University online 2.0!

The award winning GBS Summer University will be back online for its already 11th edition from July 17th to August 08th, 2021! 

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. Continuing on the enormous success of last year, the GBS will be back in an upgraded online version in 2021 to bring top-notch expertise on ecological building straight to you!

Highlights of the GBS-Online 2021 program include:

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

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

- Engaging building simulation workshops

- 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!
Application for the GBS summer university 2021 is already possible here!

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Modules 2021

Module 1

Global Challenges & Role of Buildings

Module 2

Historical development & Introduction to Green Building Design

Module 3

Quality of life in and around buildings

Module 4

Socially inclusive & accessible urban spaces

Module 5

Circular economy in building sector

Module 6

Energy Concepts & Technologies

Module 7

Software Toolbox (Modelling & Simulation)

Module 8

Economical feasibility of sustainable buildings

Module 9

Team Design Project Otto-Wagner Area


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 available!

Early Bird participation fee: Euro 890,-
Apply until April 1, 2021!

Costs & Student Scholarship Program

Reduced participation fee for the online summer university down to Euro 990,-!

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.

Application for scholarships is possible until May 1, 2021!

Important note: You need to apply by April 1, 2021 in order to receive the official certificate on 7 ECTS upon completion of the program!

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.

We are proud to share with you the results of this project work, which aimed at design ideas to turn the historical Otto-Wagner-Areal into a Positive Energy University Campus! Students not only had to take into account critieria of EnergyPLUS, but also consider heritage protection - a unique challenge well mastered! Have a look for yourself in the final booklet:

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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!