TU Berlin Summer & Winter University

Introduction

With almost 34 000 students, circa 100 course offerings and 40 Institutes, the historic Technische Universität Berlin is one of Germany’s largest and most internationally renowned technical universities. Located in Germany’s capital city – at the heart of Europe – outstanding achievements in research and teaching, imparting skills to excellent graduates, and a modern service-oriented administration characterize TU Berlin.

The range of services offered by our seven Faculties serves to forge a unique link between the natural and technical sciences on the one hand, and the planning, economics and social sciences and humanities on the other. This is indeed a significant achievement for any technical university.

TU BERLIN SUMMER & WINTER UNIVERSITY

The TU Berlin Summer & Winter University invites international students to experience Berlin during the summer or winter with our unique and specially curated programs. The TU Berlin Summer & Winter University is an opportunity for students to broaden their academic knowledge in specific subjects, chosen from our summer & winter school course lists, while earning ECTS (EU) or CPs (US) credits. Our internationally oriented courses are all taught in English.

A wide array of cultural activities in Berlin is featured alongside the academic courses. Our “Berlin program”, included in the participation fee, will introduce participants to the history and culture of Berlin, and will encourage socializing between students from all of the courses.

Inter-cultural training, leadership training, and team-building activities will make your Summer or Winter University experience memorable and help you to build your international network of contacts for the future.

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1950 - 2050: A century of Energy REvolution - understanding the transition of energy systems

Campus Full time July 2017 Germany Berlin

Students interested in the technical and economical aspects of energy and resources. [+]

Summer University block 3: July 24th - August 17th, 2017 Course price: 1.850 Euros 18 hours of class sessions per week, 5 ECTS credit points Target group Students interested in the technical and economical aspects of energy and resources. Learning Goal/Output Understanding energy transitions towards decarbonization on a local and global scale Understanding the political decision-making processes Quantitative methods for assessment of policy decisions Working in a transdisciplinary environment Course Components The course will include the following components: - Interactive classroom-based lectures and discussions - Group work projects and presentations - Quantitative modeling sessions in a computer lab using GAMS (General Algebraic Modeling System) - Guest lectures e.g. from academia, NGOs, think tanks and the political sector - Excursions to conventional (including coal mining), and renewable energy sites Short Description There is no dispute that an average global temperature rise of more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels would lead to severe environmental and economic costs for society. A major challenge in tackling global warming is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, especially in the electricity sector. The “Energiewende” in Germany proves that a decarbonization of the electricity sector, in combination with a shut-down of all nuclear capacities is (technically) manageable and economically viable. As a result, learning-effects and reduced investment costs enable a market-driven worldwide roll-out of new technologies. In 2014, 144 countries already set renewable targets. As a consequence, the number of global renewable generation installations in 2014, outnumbered the combined number of new fossil and nuclear capacities. This... [-]

Architecture of Soundscape Berlin

Campus Part time 4 weeks July 2017 Germany Berlin

The summer course Architecture of Soundscape Berlin is inspired by Berlin’s rich and stimulating urban milieu. It provides aesthetic and technical appreciation of urban soundscape and aims to teach highly effective design tools, techniques and processes. [+]

Topic The studio focuses on the design of spatial objects through sound. It explores the intimate connection between two predominant human senses, seeing and hearing, and how they augment each other. 18 hours of class sessions per week, 5 ECTS credit points The studio addresses three major areas of exploration: How to perceive, sample and represent an urban place through sound as spatial qualities. How to translate one medium into another through drawings, models and construction in an analogical process. Construction and installation of “performative” objects that promote innovative design tools, techniques and processes. Target group Students of architecture, design, and media who are interested in design processes, techniques using multimedia digital tools and coding. Academics and professionals of architecture, design and media who are interested in experimental design tools, techniques and processes Learning Goal/Output From the course, students will gain working knowledge and skills of understanding urban conditions based on sonic and visual elements of real-world environment. The participants will learn how to interchange, adapt and translate between one type of medium and another using graphic, tectonic and algorithmic tools and techniques, and physical construction. Course Components Week 1-2: Lectures& discussions, field work, sound sampling & montage This phase of the studio consists of lectures, a workshop, tours and activities to identify, collect and compose the elements of Berlin’s soundscape. The students will start working with handheld digital sound recorders provided by the instructor. We will conduct a field investigation of specific places in Berlin in regard to their... [-]

Blue Engineering - Engineers with Social and Ecological Responsibility

Campus Full time July 2017 Germany Berlin

The effects of technology on individuals, society and nature and what people can do to create a responsible technology that addresses the needs of everyone while considering possible risks and harms caused by technology. [+]

Summer University block 1: June 12th - July 6th, 2017 Course price: 1.850 Euros 18 hours of class sessions per week, 5 ECTS credit points Topic The effects of technology on individuals, society and nature and what people can do to create a responsible technology that addresses the needs of everyone while considering possible risks and harms caused by technology. Target group Engineering students and students of the humanities with an interest in the workings of technology on individuals, society and nature. Learning Goal/Output The prospective engineers analyze and evaluate the present reciprocal relations of technology, individuals, nature and society by taking different perspectives. Based on this analysis and evaluation, they are able to state their personal perspective and values of the reciprocal relations and act accordingly. The prospective engineers cooperate with others to analyze and evaluate in a democratic process the present reciprocal relations of technology, individuals, nature and society. Based on their analysis and evaluation, they are able to work out a collective understanding with regard to their collective values and democratise the reciprocal relations. Course Components The course will consist of a few regular lectures and mostly of building blocks which will be conducted by the lectures and the student’s themselves and one excursion per week (e.g. waste/drinking water treatment, recycling, lignite pit and lignite power plant, industrial food production). In addition, the students will create, conduct and finally document their own building block for further use. Building blocks, i.e., self-contained study-elements, are at the core of... [-]

CanSat: Hands-on Satellite Design

Campus Full time 4 weeks July 2017 Germany Berlin

This course is designed for students with a general understanding of engineering who want to gain insight into the exciting topic of space technologies. With the practical approach applied, students experience working on a challenging project in an interdisciplinary team. [+]

Summer school: 24 July - 17 August 2017 Course price: 2.200 Euros 18 hours of class sessions per week, 5 ECTS credit points Topic Space Technology Target group This course is designed for students with a general understanding of engineering who want to gain insight into the exciting topic of space technologies. With the practical approach applied, students experience working on a challenging project in an interdisciplinary team. This prepares them for a systems engineering career with a leading position in the engineering industry. With the basic knowledge in space technologies that is imparted in this course, students have a good starting point to prepare themselves for a continuing education in space engineering. It is recommended that students use their own laptops for the hands-on project. Learning Goal/Output After taking part in this course, students will have knowledge of the most important topics related to space technologies. Students will know the parts of a space system and understand their correlations, and will be able to plan and conduct a space mission. Practically, students will be capable of designing a part of a space system with regard to mechanics, electronics and programming. Course Components The course starts with introductory lectures about the most important topics related to space technologies. In parallel, a practical training will be given to develop specific engineering skills in mechanics, electronics and programming that are necessary to conduct the hands-on project. During project work units, parts of a CanSat will be designed with supervision in smaller groups.... [-]

DesignBuild Summer Studio

Campus Full time July 2017 Germany Berlin

This DesignBuild Summer Studio focusses on the realisation of a small building project from the initial design to the process of building by the students themselves. This will be carried out in an academic environment, engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration between students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Civil Engineering and other related fields. [+]

Summer University block 3: July 24th - August 17th, 2017 Course price: 1.850 Euros 18 hours of class sessions per week, 5 ECTS credit points Target group This DesignBuild Studio is aimed at students who want to gain creative and practical knowledge through making. This course is suitable for students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Engineering and other related fields who are willing to leave the boundaries of their desks, and conquer real life scenarios. Skills in building crafts are of an advantage but not essential. Learning Goal/Output The participants will develop their creative, practical and professional skills through creative experimentation and the process of making. Course Components Firstly, creative experimentation in the form of site responsive land art and/or installations will enable the students to explore the spatial qualities of the site. The participants will then develop an idea from the design stage to the built project. An examination of the context and discussions with the clients and users will form the basis for the final design. In a competitive design workshop, the best and most feasible solution(s) will be selected and developed. In collaboration with the users and under the guidance of a craftsman, the design will be built and inaugurated. The course will include the following components: Lectures / seminars Berlin excursions Creative and practical workshops On site photography, installations and/or land art 3d design / model making Design/build studio Interdisciplinary critics Equipment: - Styrofoam cutter, 3D printer, carpentry workshop Budget: - we have a small... [-]

Introduction to 3D-Scanning and Printing

Campus Full time 4 weeks July 2017 Germany Berlin

Hosted in the fully-equipped laboratory of the 3D Lab of the TU Berlin, this four-week course offers introduction to working with professional 3D printing technologies such as laser sintering with polyamide and powder printing with mineral powder (modified gypsum). [+]

Summer University block 1: June 12th - July 6th, 2017 Course price: 2200 Euros 18 hours of class sessions per week, 5 ECTS credit points Topic: 3D Scanning and Printing Target group Students with an interest in 3D printing, 3D scanning and who want to gain insight into work with professional 3D printing technologies. As this technology covers numerous application areas, this course could be interesting for students from scientific disciplines, engineering, design, fine art or art history. Short Description Hosted in the fully-equipped laboratory of the 3D Lab of the TU Berlin, this four-week course offers introduction to working with professional 3D printing technologies such as laser sintering with polyamide and powder printing with mineral powder (modified gypsum). The course provides an introduction to manufacturing 3D printed objects with the laser sintering system and the powder printer of the 3D Lab, as well as data generation and data preparation for it. Participants will gain basic knowledge of the use of two professional 3D printing technologies, structured light scanners and related software. The course starts with an introduction to the technologies used at the 3D Lab and selected projects from its portfolio, to give participants an impression of the various possible uses of 3D technologies. Ongoing course lectures will be accompanied by detailed practical units focusing on the use of the machines and the preparation of printable objects. Specifically, the practical training will develop student’s skills in the use of structured light scanners, 3D printing technologies, and in meeting the... [-]

Managing Innovations and Creating Innovative Business Models

Campus Full time July 2017 Germany Berlin

This course is for all undergrad and postgrad students as well as for professionals with an engineering, natural sciences, social sciences or arts background. Participants attending this Summer School should have a strong interest in creating new products, processes and businesses and in working together in multidisciplinary teams. [+]

Summer University block 2: July 10th - July 21st, 2017 Course price: 920 Euros 22 hours of class sessions per week, 3 ECTS credit points Topic Innovation Management Entrepreneurship Business Models Design Thinking Systematic Design Methods Creativity Market Analysis Target group This course is for all undergrad and postgrad students as well as for professionals with an engineering, natural sciences, social sciences or arts background. Participants attending this Summer School should have a strong interest in creating new products, processes and businesses and in working together in multidisciplinary teams. Learning Goal/Output By the end of this course, students have: The ability to successfully apply the learned knowledge for development of a new product/Process or business concept The ability to systematically explore and create ideas or modify existing business ideas for answering market needs The ability to systematically explore diverse obstacles in building a viable business concept based on a technology An in-depth understanding of the different phases of a business development process The ability to transform new ideas into business solutions for a commercial market environment, combined with decision-making and leadership competencies The ability to work in multidisciplinary teams The ability to present a concept to an internal audience as well as to an external panel of financiers The ability to reflect upon ethical and team processes Course Components The course will include the following components: Classroom-based lectures Team projects Team coaching Company visits Pitch Training Team pitches Short Description Business plan development in stages – (a) idea generation –... [-]

Reimagining Berlin as a Smart City

Campus Full time July 2017 Germany Berlin

Students with an interdisciplinary interest in urban planning, innovation and knowledge management, digital media & communications technologies, civic tech / engineering, sustainability studies, politics & governance, history. [+]

Summer University block 3: July 24th - August 17th, 2017 Course price: 1.850 Euros 18 hours of class sessions per week, 5 ECTS credit points Topic Berlin is growing. By the year 2030, there will be 250,000 more people living in the city than there are today. This will bring with it an increase in the demand for housing as well as in requirements for mobility, the adaptation of infrastructures and the availability of resources such as water, energy, data and building land. Like many major urban centres around the world, this means that Berlin is also facing a wide variety of challenges for the future: the growing city, the aging city or the city in the midst of structural change all require inter-disciplinary and inter-departmental approaches if solutions are to be found. The Smart City approach aims to find solutions to the ecological, social, economic and cultural challenges faced by Berlin through the use of intelligent technology. Berlin wishes to preserve – and as far as possible enhance – its appeal and its quality of life. (Excerpt from the „Smart City Strategy Berlin”, 2015) Target group Students with an interdisciplinary interest in urban planning, innovation and knowledge management, digital media & communications technologies, civic tech / engineering, sustainability studies, politics & governance, history. Learning Goal/Output Gain an insight into the complex and often conflicting landscape of actors in Berlin working in the cross-cutting field of smart city Learn about the chronology of Berlin’s official smart city policy, the city’s... [-]

Start German - Language Course

Campus Full time July 2017 Germany Berlin

Although Berlin is an international city, you will find it much easier to understand your surroundings and enjoy the city if you have acquired some basics in German. German is still an important language for business, science, and the arts, and is the most widely spoken language in Europe - plus, it's easy to learn for English-speaking students. [+]

Summer University block 2: July 10th - July 21st, 2017 Course price: 560 Euros 18 hours of class sessions per week, 2 ECTS credit points Start German 2 ECTS credit points Although Berlin is an international city, you will find it much easier to understand your surroundings and enjoy the city if you have acquired some basics in German. German is still an important language for business, science, and the arts, and is the most widely spoken language in Europe - plus, it's easy to learn for English-speaking students. Our German language course addresses the needs of beginners. The content of the course follows the standards of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for level A1.1 (beginners with no prior knowledge). Students will have four class sessions (45 min) each day from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The course will cover the following language skills: Introducing yourself and others. Talking about time, schedules and activities. Talking about yourself and asking others about themselves, including their work, areas of study, hobbies, and interests. Dealing with various situations in daily life (e.g. at the supermarket, in public offices, at the doctor’s office, at work, at the university). Basic facts about Berlin, Germany and German culture. Introduction to German pronunciation and grammar. The number of students in this course is restricted to a maximum of 18. The fee for the course is 560 Euros per participant. This price includes afternoon sightseeing activities and public transportation. If... [-]

Startup Crash Course: From Idea to Reality

Campus Full time 4 weeks July 2017 Germany Berlin

Startup launch, Business plan implementation, entrepreneurship in Berlin. [+]

Summer School: 24 July - 17 August 2017 Course price: 1.850 Euros 18 hours of class sessions per week, 5 ECTS credit points Topic Startup launch, Business plan implementation, entrepreneurship in Berlin. Target group Anyone who: wants to launch a startup and has an idea already, but doesn’t know where to start; wants to know more about the dynamics of entrepreneurship in order to decide whether he/she would like to become involved in the startup scene; wants to develop his/her skills in business planning. Learning Goal/Output To be able to form a business plan; To know which steps to undertake in order to launch a business; To be aware of entrepreneurial dynamics and the startup scene structure. Course Components Lectures, case studies, interaction with real players, field trips to startup centers, writing a business plan. There will be 18 hours of class sessions per week. Short Description This course is intended to offer real knowledge of how to go about launching a startup. It will have three main parts: the structured approach, communication and real-time experimentation. The structured approach will be given through lectures and serve as a compass. Communication will come from interaction with startup scene members and on-site visits. Real-time experiment will consist of writing a business plan and scheduling the next steps. Those who develop a successful business plan may be put in contact with Berlin business incubators. Prerequisites The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are: at least one year of university experience +... [-]

Summer Course: DesignBuild – Community spaces with refugees

Campus Full time 11 days July 2017 Germany Berlin

This DesignBuild Studio is aimed at students who want to gain social, creative and practical knowledge through making. This course is suitable for students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Engineering, Sociology and others who are willing to leave the boundaries of their desks, and conquer real life scenarios. Skills in building crafts are of an advantage but not essential. [+]

DesignBuild – Community spaces with refugees July 10th - July 21st, 2017 This course can only be booked in combination with a four week course (Block 1 or Block 3). This summer school will be working for and with the Sharehouse Refugio in berlin. This is a community living project where refugees, students, artists and others live and work together. This community will be our clients for this DesignBuild project. The clients will actively participate in the project from the design phase to on-site construction. Through designing and building together, the students will get insights into the challenges that the people they are designing for are facing. sharehaus.net/refugio/ The task is to design and build new outdoor social gathering areas for the Refugio Café. Existing wooden elements will be incorporated into the design. The Design-Build -Studio focusses on the realisation of this small building project from the initial design to the process of building by the students themselves. The challenge is to integrate “Low-Cost“, and “High Efficiency“ requirements with sustainability considerations, cultural acceptance issues, aesthetics, appropriateness, participation and education. This project will be run similar to the Summer University project "Panke Platz" that took place in 2016 (more information: www.dbxchange.eu/). Topic Design with social responsibility and the development of creative, practical and professional skills through making. Target group This DesignBuild Studio is aimed at students who want to gain social, creative and practical knowledge through making. This course is suitable for students of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Engineering, Sociology... [-]

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