Hard facts - GBS in short

Green.Building.Solutions. (GBS) is an academic, English-speaking summer university aiming at increasing knowledge of and raising awareness for transformation and sustainability in the field of building, construction and urban planning. The interdisciplinary training on master-level encompasses the ecological, economic, technical and social aspects of the built environment.
It takes place in Vienna from July 15 to August 6, 2023.

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Target group

The GBS is aimed at international students and professionals in the field of architecture, building design, urban planning, engineering sciences, construction, property development, facility and energy management as well as all related topics dealing with the built environment. We also invite people with study backgrounds such as resource planning, ecology, landscape planning to apply.

Course aim

GBS aims at increasing knowledge in sustainable construction worldwide to counteract climate change and resource scarcity. It was initiated to pass on Austrian knowledge about passive house planning, ecological building and sustainable design strategies to the next generation of green builders. The program adds on to the participants’ qualifications and is a benefit for the future career. Our graduates act as ambassadors and multipliers in their home country by locally applying and implementing the knowledge.


Regular participation fee:
For students: EUR 2.000, -
For professionals: EUR 2.490, -
Reduced participation fee for scholarship holders: EUR 490, -

The fee includes all program components and accommodation in Vienna.
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Course content and credits

Starting off with an introduction to regenerative architecture, resource use and climate protection, the lecturers continue with topics of ecological construction, renewable energy production and use, building techniques and physics, simulation workshops and alternative materials. Finally, teams of participants get to put theory into practice in a final project design work.

After successful participation, students receive a certificate of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) for 7 ECTS. Students who have registered before April 3rd, 2023 will receive an official certificate of BOKU on 7 ECTS, additionally to the final participation certificate. Continuous attendance during the full-time program is mandatory!

Find out more: Program - what you will learn at the GBS


Highly qualified students who are in need of financial support can apply for the reduced participation fee. Eligibility is checked based on application documents. If you are granted a scholarship, the reduced fee for participation is as little as EUR 490, -. Scholarship-holders need to hand in a follow-up report about their experience and learnings in GBS after participation. Detailed information will be forwarded after acceptance.

See more information about our scholarship system here!

Full scholarships

Our partners at Danube Rectors' Conference (DRC) and the Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe (IDM) are offering 3 full scholarships to participate in the GBS Summer University 2023. Students currently studying at one of their member universities are eligible and can apply by filling in the scholarship reference "IDM" in the application form for GBS. IDM and DRC will distribute the scholarships based on the applications received until Mid-May. The application deadline is April 3rd, 2023.

The organizers

The GBS is a not-for-profit collaboration, organized by a consortium of leading Austrian academic institutions and experts:

Over 60 further national and international partners and sponsors support us - have a look at the full list of our partners here.

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