Germany, Darmstadt

German Energiewende - Impact on Buildings and Their Occupants

when 15 July 2018 - 11 August 2018
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 9 ECTS
fee EUR 1990

The International Summer University is a short term program taught in English focused on smart homes, energy efficient building and construction technologies, simulation and modelling, user interactions and e-mobility. Scientific knowledge will be enhanced by practical learning with hands-on experiences during field trips to companies and public institutions with an emphasis on building automation and control and smart living. Part of the academic module is a week-long excursion to Munich and the Alps to study the effects that German Energiewende has on a skiing resort.

The program combines academic seminars and German-as-a-foreign-language courses with cultural learning and lots of activities outside the classroom, e.g. daytrips to Ruedesheim and Heidelberg, climbing park, summer BBQ, sports workshop, etc. Students will spend an unforgettable summer at one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany and meet new friends from Germany and from all around the world.

Course leader

Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences /Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Target group

The academic program is suitable for students from a variety of backgrounds, e.g. Electrical Engineering, Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Energy Management (Business) or related disciplines.

Course aim

Professors from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology will give the students a scientific background on smart building infrastructure systems and the energy efficiency that comes with it. Students will gain hands-on experience during field trips to different companies. Discussions and the exchange of ideas and knowledge with professors, research associates and other participants during and after classes will enhance the personal experience and bring best benefits to all participants.

Credits info

3 ECTS will be awarded for participating in the German language courses

6 ECTS will be awarded for the participating in the academic program

Fee info

EUR 1990: For all applications received until April 1, 2018, an “early-bird discount” will be granted and the fee will be reduced to 1.790 €. This fee includes: accommodation in a hotel in Darmstadt, a four-week study program including the lecture material, company visits and a week long field trip, a German language course (including lecture material), the cultural and leisure program as well as a ticket for public transportation within Darmstadt, and a health, accident, and liability insurance.


Some of the partner universities of Hochschule Darmstadt made special agreements for the International Summer University and it might be possible to get a fee reduction. Please ask your International Office for information.