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The application will be possible in January via our website.
The target groups of the summer program are architects, urban and energy planners, constructors, building and civil engineers as well as students from similar fields in the construction environment from a domestic or foreign university. We also invite people studying and working in the field of resource management, ecology, and landscape planning to apply.
The focus of the academic program lies on students AND professionals: we welcome everybody, who is motivated to learn in an intercultural and multidisciplinary environment and would like to build his/her professional network within.
The GBS offers the possibility to learn from the best experts in the field while staying in the amazing City of Vienna! GBS attracts like-minded changemakers and future green builders who aspire to make the world a better place by implementing the gained knowledge in their future careers.
The GBS Summer University is held from July 13th to August 4th, 2024 in Vienna, Austria. After the course, participants get the possibility to expand their stay in the OeAD-Guesthouse by one week for free to get to know Vienna better, one of the most liveable and green cities in the world. This is a great chance to combine your educational trip to Austria with deep diving into the great culture, history and heritage of Vienna and surroundings.
Each year between 50 and 60 participants are admitted to the course.
The GBS is a full-time program taking place for the duration of three weeks (7 ECTS = 175 real hours including a preparation work). Continuous attendance is mandatory to receive a certificate. However, we want to reach as many people as possible with the contents of green and sustainable building to create impact. So if you are unsure about the workload, reach out to us at email@example.com.
Of course you can! The course is for national and international students as well as professionals, and we aim to have a heterogenous group with people from different backgrounds and nationalities for an outstanding intercultural learning experience.
Registration is starting in January! The general application deadline is June 30th, 2024.
The application deadline for scholarships is 1 April, 2024!
We recommend applying as soon as possible, as places and scholarships are limited.
Bring-a-friend-offer: There is a special treat for our former participants of both summer universities: As an alumni of GBS or AEMS you can get one week in our student residence in summer for free, if somebody joins upon your recommendation! The applicant only needs to enter your name in the application form.
We offer an Early Bird-Ticket: If you apply until March 10th, 2024, you can save EUR 200,- onthe regular participation fee!
All study and social activities are carried out in English, a good knowledge of English is therefore mandatory to understand the content and to make the best out of your participation in GBS.
Knowledge of English at level B2/C1* is required and can be verified for example by showing that:
After you handed in your application, the documents you handed in will be evaluated. We will inform all the applicants as soon as possible. Please be patient if we do not answer to your application immediately.
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. Note that it is the student’s obligation to take care of visa arrangements for the entry and duration of their stay in Austria.
Please be aware that it can take some weeks for your visa to be issued. So please request an appointment at the embassy as early as possible.
We will support your visa application by providing you an invitation letter for the Austrian Embassy. Make sure, that you apply early – only after you have paid the participation fee and you ’re successfully enrolled in the program, we will issue and send to you the invitation letter! We recommend to make an appointment at the embassy as soon as you have received our nomination mail.
Please read our General Terms and Conditions before applying.
GBS is an officially accredited university course by BOKU University Vienna. The program is collectively organized by OeAD student housing together with TU Vienna, University of Vienna, Danube University, FH Technikum Vienna, Austrian Institute of Technology, Marcello Turrini ZT as well as Reinberg Architekten ZT. Find the full list of our partners here.
The main duty of OeAD student housing is to accommodate students in energy efficient residences throughout Austria. We host around 10.000 students per year.
Sustainability is a deeply rooted core value of OeAD student housing and being a non-for-profit organization, we are constantly working on innovative construction projects: CEO Mr. Jedliczka has built globally recognized student guesthouses to the Passivhaus Standard and beyond since 2005. There is the pioneering mobile student home popup dorms in passive house standard constructed from wood; the GreenHouse as very first Energy-Plus student accommodation worldwide and mineroom: the first multi-storey Passive House-Plus student residence built from wood, globally. As a pioneer itself, Günther Jedliczka initiated the GBS and the AEMS Summer University to fight against climate change, resource scarcity and to support the green transformation.
You receive an official university certificate from BOKU University (7 ECTS)**, if applying until June 1st, 2024; AND a participation certificate issued and signed by the main organizers. Both certificates show the modules and ECTS of the course.
**ECTS: European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, this is used within European Universities to provide a similar scheme for evaluating the workload of a study course.
Please get in touch with your home university about accreditation of the ECTS into your studies beforehand, to clarify if the course is credited at your university. If you need help, please reach out to us, as we can provide respective documents.
Please keep in mind to consider the application deadlines mentioned above.
Find all the information regarding the participation fee here.
Yes, we offer scholarships for students who cannot afford the full course fee but have excellent qualifications in the fields of architecture, building and planning as well as similar study fields. Please find all the info here. Make sure, that you demonstrate the financial need in the application form in the field “scholarship motivation”. The application deadline for scholarships is 1 April 2024.
Students with their main studies in architecture, planning, engineering and similar fields are eligible to apply for a scholarship – our target group here especially comprises master 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 handed in.
Most of our collaborating universities around the globe provide scholarships: see the full list here.
Students from our partner universities can apply for a scholarship of the respective university. If you study at one of our partners (see list of our partner universities here) and would like to apply for such a scholarship spot, please fill in the name of your university in the application form in the field “scholarship reference”.
The participation fee includes accommodation (for 3 weeks during GBS, plus the option to extend your stay for 1 extra week after GBS at no extra costs), all parts of the program (workshops, excursions, entry fees, social events, restaurant visits, …) as well as lecture materials, and tickets for the public transport system in Vienna. Please see here what’s included.
You can find more information on what’s included here.
Yes. Accommodation in a central OeAD-Guesthouse in passive house standard is included in the program fee. We will send more information about the housing as soon as your participation is fixed.
Moving into the guesthouse is not obligatory. If you’re already living in Vienna, you can take part in the program while living at 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.
We are committed to create an environment of equal opportunity and will strive to make all reasonable adjustments in order to enable students to undertake the program. If you have any prior questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We also offer the Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) Summer University. AEMS participants get an in-depth understanding of the complex interconnections between economy, ecology and society. Together with experts from different fields, they explore already existing alternatives to the current profit-oriented economy. They also get support in developing their own project ideas. The course takes place from July 15 to August 2, 2024, and is open to students and professionals from various backgrounds.