The 10th instalment of GBS will take place online from July 18th – August 9th, 2020!

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

Apply now for the online course!

We are looking forward to your application.

Registration is possible until 12 July 2020.

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


BOKU100Registration for GBS 2020 is possible until 12 July 2020.

For application, please keep your documents ready and register online via our online registration form.

We strongly recommend to apply as early as possible. Students with less financial possibilities may apply for a scholaship. Please find more information about costs and scholarships here.

Please be aware that as a student you have to apply before 26 June 2020 to get an official certificate from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)! This certificate can then be used for accreditation at your respective home university.

Application procedure

Application is fast and convenient through our online application system. For a successful procedure you are required to complete the online application form and to upload the following files:

  1. brief motivational statement of how you want to contribute to a sustainable development (daily routines, projects that you would like to implement, positions you want to hold or held already, etc.) directly to be typed into the application form
  2. photo of yourself (for participants page and student ID card)
  3. scanned version of the picture page of your passport
  4. curriculum vitae
  5. grade transcript of home university (if applicable)

Your contract partner is OEAD STUDENT HOUSING. By submitting your application online application through the Summer University website you agree to the OEAD STUDENT HOUSING General Terms and Conditions and automatically start the nomination process. You acknowledge that your application is binding and that Withdrawal or Deferral Refund Policy applies from the moment of submission. This means that you can withdraw from your application without cost until your nomination has been sent. From the moment of nomination a cancellation fee of 20% of the participation fee is due until June 30th 2020, to cover cost incurred at the moment of confirming your spot. In July no refunds can be given. (As a non-profit organization the OEAD STUDENT HOUSING aimes to provide most favorable rates to all participants and therefore does not want to spread your cancellation cost to other students and increase their participation fee.) Thanks for your understanding!

Criteria and process

Applications will be treated as a snap shot of the person’s current personal stage of development. Apart from the necessity of being a registered student, recent university graduate or a professional in the field of architecture, planning or engineering, no knock-out criteria will be applied and your application will be screened thoroughly. The OEAD STUDENT HOUSING is an equal opportunity provider of international education on sustainable development and will never discriminate on nationality, race, religion, physical handicaps or any attributes of this nature.

The following key elements of your application will be taken into account:

  1. motivation and commitment for participation
  2. international experience
  3. knowledge of languages
  4. academic standing
  5. work experience

As we are aiming at a heterogeneous group of people from a variety of backgrounds we highly encourage students from all fields of studies (and all kinds of majors) to apply.

Nomination as participant

After receipt of your online application data we immediaetly start the screening process of your documents. In case we are missing essential information or need additional data to check your eligibility we will get in touch with you.

We will inform you as soon as possible about the status of your nomination for a scholarship.

Please note that the nomination confirmation is sent via email. Thus, please double check the spelling of your email address when submitting your application and check your spam folders for messages from the OEAD STUDENT HOUSING.

After you received the GBS 2020 nomination-mail:

You’ve been accepted into the GBS Summer University?

Congratulations, you are selected as one of our few nominees! We are looking forward to welcome you in Vienna.

However, apart from celebrating your admission we kindly ask you to take the following steps after your nomination:

1 week (after your nomination):

Please send us an e-mail that you accept our nomination offer and return a scanned and signed copy of our Waiver of Liability that we sent to you.

We recommend replying as soon as possible, since the deadline to confirm your participation is one week from the moment we send you the nomination.

3 weeks (after your nomination):

Thank you for accepting our offer! The next step is to pay the tuition fee (including possible bank fees depending on the country of your origin) within three weeks after your nomination. You’ll be asked to send a confirmation of you transaction.

Right after that, we kindly ask you to pre-register at our partner university BOKU as a new student. In that registration form you’ll have to share some information about yourself and your studies and will be asked to upload a passport photo of yourself. We recommend you to take a look at the manual explaining the pre-registration and to prepare the documents needed, before starting the procedure. Please also send us a confirmation of your registration at BOKU.

Please note that only after receiving your payment and your pre-registration at BOKU within three weeks, you’ll be fixed as a participant of our summer university.

Final steps:

It’s time to lean back! From now on, we’ll take care of your registration for GBS. Thank you for your patience and support!

We’re looking forward to the amazing time we’ll have in Vienna!

Any questions?

For further information please feel free to contact us.