Who is the program aimed at?

In general we aim at architects, planners, building engineers and students as well as professionals from similar fields. Content-wise, the program will not start at zero and will take some background knowledge for granted. Still, we aim to reach as many people as possible. Therefore you might also be considered if you only have some basic knowledge related to the building/energy/urban planning-sector.

When and where does it take place?

The summer university is held from July, 28th – August, 9th 2020 in Vienna, Austria. After the official course, every participant gets the possibility to expand their stay in the dormitory by one week (for free) and have a better look at one of the most liveable cities in the world – Vienna.

When does application start/end?

Registration for GBS 2020 started in December 2019 and is possible until June, 30th.  The application for scholarships for this year already ends on March, 31st 2020. For application, please keep your documents ready and register online via our online registration form.

How much is the participation fee for the program?

The participation fee for the three-week-course, including accommodation for four weeks, social activities, excursions, site visits and tickets for public transport, is EUR 2.490,- for professionals and EUR 2.000,- for students. Scholarship holders pay a reduced fee of EUR 490,-.

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

Students with their main studies in architecture, planning, engineering and similar fields are eligible to apply for a scholarship – our target group here comprises especially Master’s students. The scholarships are sponsored by private companies and are given to outstanding scholars with financial needs. They are chosen by a jury on basis of the application and the documents that were handed in.

What are the requirements for a scholarship?

  • Current Master’s study at an appropriate topics (architecture, planning, urban studies, energy planning, engineering, …)
  • Good progress in the study or average grade
  • Financial need
  • Motivational letter (experience, qualifications, and skills)
  • Very good English knowledge

What is included in the participation fee?

The prices above include accommodation, all parts of the program, including light refreshments during the lectures, and tickets for the public transport system in Vienna. Therefore, only costs related to your trip to Vienna (e.g. flight, visa expenses), food and individual evening activities are on you. You can find more information here: http://summer-university.net/study-abroad/green-building-solutions-vienna/fee

Which costs do I need to cover myself?

  • All costs related to your trip to Vienna, including Visa expenses, if needed
  • Costs related to health and household insurance
  • Food and laundry during your stay in Vienna

Do I have to move in the dorm when I am living in Vienna?

Moving into the dormitory is not obligatory for participating in the summer university. If you’re already living in Vienna, you can of course take part in the program from your own home. Still, our participants always enjoy the possibility of getting to know each other better and further discussing the topics of the course through living in a shared community.

How long does it take, until my application is reviewed?

We try to get back to every applicant as soon as possible and we will keep you informed about your current status. Please be patient, if we do not answer to your application immediately.

Do I need a visa and do you provide an invitation letter?

It depends on your country of residence, if you need a visa for Austria or not. Please check with the Austrian Embassy in your country. We will support your visa application by providing you an invitation letter as soon as you’re successfully enrolled in the program by the payment of the participation fee.

Please note that it is the student’s obligation to take care of visa arrangements for entry and the duration of their stay in Austria. For information about the visa requirements check the OeAD website.

How many participants are take part in the course?

Each year between 50 and 60 participants take part in the course.