Provided Services & Social Activities

Included in your participation fee*:

 - Certificate of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU University) for 7 ECTS (application by April 1, 2021 necessary! - EXTENDED until April 11, 2021!)

 - Exclusive online access to world class experts in the field through lectures, live sessions and personal exchanges

 - Realization of a real life case study through project work, guided by involved Austrian professionals

 - Access to tailored content and specialized documentation prepared by experts especially for the program

 - Dedicated staff to support on all aspects and answer your queries for the whole duration of the program

 - Special goodie*: Live in a fully furnished student guest house in Vienna EITHER during the entire three-week GBS program in 2021 OR for one summer week in 2022 – for free!

*Subject to change according to Austrian COVID-19 measures


All participants must pay for the following:

- Travel tickets to Vienna (if applicable)

- Insurances (health and household insurance)

- Food and laundry during their stay in Austria (if applicable)

- Costs for obtaining a visa for Austria, only if needed


Fee for the GBS summer university Online 2.0

Early bird participation fee: EUR 890,- (incl. VAT)
Apply by April 1, 2021 - EXTENDED until April 11, 2021!

Regular participation fee: EUR 990,- (incl. VAT)

Scholarship recipient: EUR 490,- (incl. VAT)

Green.Building.Solutions. is organized by the OeAD student housing 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. Application by April 11, 2021 necessary!

Energy efficient housing: Students will have the possibility to live in one of Vienna's newest enegy-efficient dormitories by OeAD student housing EITHER for the whole duration of the Summer University plus an additional week after the program OR for 1 summer week in 2022 - all without added cost*. 

*Subject to change according to Austrian COVID-19 measures


Target groups

So far, the GBS summer program hosted more than 340 participants from over 70 nations! 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.


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.

Application for scholarships is possible until May 1, 2021!

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.


Certificate & grading

Students have the possibility to get an official certificate on 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.

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 2019 the topic was "Re-compaction, mixed use and sustainability in suburban areas: Topping up a supermarket". The Vienna City Council has decided that one-storey buildings, which are mainly used for commercial purposes, need to be replaced gradually by mixed-use buildings (living, working, and learning). Additionally, parking spaces will be designed so that they can be built over to save space. Nevertheless, single-storey commercial properties are permanently under construction. In Vienna, around 100 supermarkets have been built in recent years: if it would be possible, to build on these roofs, 300,000 m2 of building land would be available without having to seal additional land.

Each team submitted 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. Find some examples of the final posters of the projects 2020 here.


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 student housing (payment details will be transmitted in the nomination mail). Please transfer the participation fee within one week after receiving the nomination.

The OeAD Student Housing 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 program starts for a cancellation fee of 20%. If the participation is cancelled within two weeks before the program starts: the cancellation fee will be 50%. No refunds can be given after the starting of the program.


Special Goodie

Additional and personal expenses, insurance and flight to Vienna are not included, but if you would like to visit the world's most liveable city, you are offered EITHER to stay at one OeAD student guesthouse for the entire duration of the GBS 2021 - including 1 extra week OR to stay in an OeAD student gesthouse for 1 summer week in 2022*. Please do indicate that during 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.

 *Subject to change according to Austrian COVID-19 measures.