Vienna, Austria

Green.Building.Solutions. Vienna

when 13 July 2024 - 4 August 2024
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 7 EC
fee EUR 2290

The Summer University “Green.Building.Solutions.” (GBS, 7 ECTS) specializes on first-hand ecological knowledge and engineering expertise transferred by Austria’s leading experts in the field of architecture, design, and construction.
The program deals with the ecological, economic, technical, and social aspects of green building and construction.
Participants deepen their knowledge in passive house planning, sustainable urban development, new energy technologies, innovative architecture, and ecological design. The program includes excursions to Vienna’s best-practice buildings and projects in sustainable construction as well as social, sports and cultural events, while over 30 different experts and lecturers contribute!
A group design project aims to incorporate the gained knowledge within a real building project in Vienna - which is presented at the end of the course before the grand farewell.
Accommodation in a passive house guesthouse of OeAD student housing for the entire duration of the summer program is included! This offers you to experience living in a passive house on your own! After the program, you have the chance to stay one extra week free of charge.
You are motivated, love to travel and would like to learn about sustainable architecture in a multicultural group of like-minded people?
Apply today, as spots are limited!

Course leader

GBS is collaboratively organized by OeAD student housing together with leading Austrian partners: BOKU Vienna, TU Wien, University of Vienna, Danube University, FH Technikum Vienna, Austrian Institute of Technology as well as Reinberg Architekten ZT.

Target group

The target groups of the summer program are architects, urban and energy planners, constructors, building and civil engineers as well as students and professionals from similar fields in the construction environment. We also invite people with background in resource planning, ecology, and landscape planning to apply. The focus lies on students and professionals; we welcome everybody, who wants to learn in an intercultural and multidisciplinary field of like-minded people in the great environment of Vienna!

Course aim

The overall aim of the course is to transfer Austrian expertise about sustainable building to an international audience and generate awareness for future-proof building. Students develop long-lasting know-how about how to build in a climate-friendly and resource efficient way. This naturally includes the integration of ecological aspects and new technologies, such as circular economy, digitalization, positive energy districts and many more. The program gives participants a unique opportunity to learn about specialized content from an interdisciplinary point of view, in an international and multicultural setting.

Credits info

7 EC
Students who apply before April are eligible for a university certificate, that is worth 7 ECTS (BOKU University). all participants receive a participation certificate showing modules and signatures from the main organizers.

Fee info

EUR 2290: Regular participation fee:
For students: EUR 2.290, -
For professionals: EUR 2.790, -

Included in your participation fee:
• Certificate showing 7 ECTS after a successful completion* and participation certificate
• All costs for the lectures and lecture-related activities (field trips and excursions)
• All costs related to extra-curricular activities as shown in the program
• Catered evening events (opening and closing ceremony, traditional wine tavern dinner)
• Public transport tickets for the duration of the summer university
• Realization of a real-life case study through project work and guidance by experts
• Fully furnished accommodation in an OeAD-Passive House student guesthouse with the option to extend the stay for an additional week at no extra cost

* Students need to apply until June 15, 2023, to receive an official university certificate on 7 ECTS-credits from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU). All students additionally receive a participation certificate.
More information on course-website.


For outstanding and highly qualified students with financial needs, we provide scholarships. The reduced fee for scholarship holders is EUR 490,-.
More information on course page.