The internationally renowned Technische Universität Berlin is located in Germany’s capital city at the heart of Europe.
Berlin is a cosmopolitan city:
People from 195 different cultures and countries help to mold and shape the colorful cityscape.
Berlin is dynamic:
The impacts of the political and historical upheavals of the 19th and 20th centuries can be seen everywhere. Virtually no other major city has reinvented itself as often. The formerly divided city has emerged as a European metropolis with an international flair and strong global appeal.
Berlin offers excellent quality of life
: It is indeed a city that combines innumerable parks and green areas with urban living and each neighborhood has its own character.
Berlin is creative:
A big city promoting big ideas. Worldwide, the “City on the Spree” is in high demand for those wishing to establish companies or to exploit marketable ideas. The high number of academic spin-off companies has since become an important economic and business location factor.
Berlin is culture:
The city’s lively cultural scene is characterized by more than 170 museums, more than 40 theaters and opera houses, in addition to innumerable galleries, concert halls, cinemas and other event locations.
TU Berlin is a vital component of one of the world’s most interesting metropolitan cities
With around 35 000 students and more than 9 000 employees, Campus Charlottenburg is the largest contiguous inner-city university campus in Europe. It is also one of Germany’s most diverse locations for science, art and design, all firmly embedded in the middle of the German capital and one of the most important metropolitan areas for science in Europe. Situated directly on Ernst Reuter Square, not far from the Zoologische Garten station and Kurfürstendamm Avenue, Campus Charlottenburg is home to most TU Berlin institutes and the main administrative building with its Auditorium maximum.
In addition to the main campus in Berlin`s Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district in the heart of the “City West” area, TU Berlin also maintains two further large campuses in Berlin. One is located in the historical industrial district Wedding, and the other on the property of the famous “Gasometer” in the Schöneberg district. Individual laboratories, TU buildings and sports halls are also scattered around the city.
Block 1: June 11th - July 5th, 2018 (4 weeks)
- Precision Engineering Measurement & Design (4 credits)
All Engineering majors, prerequisite: college-level calculus, and physics
- Programming in Java (4 credits)
All majors, prerequisite: high school mathematics
- The Edible City (4 credits)
Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, and Product Design
- Mediascape Berlin (4 credits)
This course is suited to students of architecture, design, and media who are interested in multimedia design processes and techniques using digital tools and programming.
It is also open to academics and professionals of architecture, design, and media who are interested in experimental design tools, techniques and processes.
- German Language Course - Level A1- Beginner (4 credits)
Develop basic competencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in German, as well as give you a basic knowledge of the German culture, and that of Berlin in particular
Block 2: July 9th - July 20th, 2018 (2 weeks)
- Start German - Language Course (level A1.1, 2 credits)
all majors, complete beginners
- Human-centered Innovation and Entrepreneurship (2 credits)
This course is suitable for undergrad and graduate students as well as professionals from any discipline who wish to develop an entrepreneurial and user-centered mindset in multidisciplinary teams.
- Arduino for Interactive Media (2 credits)
The course is suitable for students of media, design, and architecture who are interested in design processes, techniques using multimedia digital tools and coding, and moreover, for academics and professionals of media, design, and architecture who are interested in experimental interactive design tools, techniques, and processes using Arduino. Pre-requisites: Bachelor level education in media studies, design, and/or architecture. Some ability/experience with drafting, hand tools, and construction. Own laptop computer, camera, and smartphone (the course will use open-source and/or educational programs; the instructors will provide them for the duration of the course.
- DesignBuild Summer Studio – Community Spaces with Refugees (2 credits)
“Community spaces with refugees” is a small-scale but high potential building project for and with refugees in Berlin. The refugee community will be the clients and will actively participate in guiding the project from the design phase to on-site construction. The participants will get insights about the challenges refugees are facing by designing and building together.
Block 3: July 23rd - August 16th, 2018 (4 weeks)
- 1950 - 2050: A century of Energy REvolution - understanding the transition of energy systems (4 credits)
Engineering, Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, rising juniors and seniors, graduate students
- Acoustical Engineering (4 credits)
All engineering majors who want to learn about acoustics and its engineering applications.
- Blue Engineering - Engineers with Social and Ecological Responsibility (4 credits)
Engineering and all other majors with an interest in the reciprocal relations of technology, individuals, nature, society and democracy, rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students.
- CanSat: Hands-on Satellite Design (4 credits)
Engineering majors, rising sophomores, juniors, seniors
- Reimagining Berlin as a Smart City (4 credits)
Students with an interdisciplinary interest in urban planning, innovation and knowledge management, digital media & communications technologies, civic tech/engineering, sustainability studies, politics & governance, history.
- Computational Engineering (4 credits)
Students in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, applied physics, engineering and computer science, computational engineering and biomechanical engineering.
- Quantitative Decision Making for Business Operations (4 credits)
Students interested in quantitative modeling (math and probabilistic background) who are motivated to learn programming to apply the newly learned methods.
- Global Climate Change: Science and Politics (4 credits)
Students in Environmental Sciences, Anthropology, Political Science, International Relations, Geography, Environmental Economics.
- Introduction to 3-D Scanning and Printing (4 credits)
As this technology covers numerous application areas, this course could be interesting for participants from diverse scientific disciplines, engineering, design, fine art or art history.
- Natural Disasters & Geo Information Systems (4 credits)
Participants with a background in Geosciences, land use planning, urban and regional planning, agriculture, disaster management.
- Startup Crash Course: From Idea to Reality (4 credits)
All majors who want to launch a startup and have an idea, but don’t know where to start, who want to know more about the dynamics of entrepreneurship in order to decide whether they would like to become involved in the startup scene; want to develop their skills in business planning.
The Summer University offers a limited number of places in double rooms in Berlin hostels. Costs per night are Euro 30-35 including breakfast. For other accommodation options see the FAQs on their website. Lunch is available at student prices at the university mensa and cafeteria. For dinner you will be able to use the kitchen in the hostel and prepare your own food or opt for one of the many ethnic take-outs.
The program fee covers tuition and learning materials as well as the cultural program (incl. welcome breakfast, final party, entrance fees to museums etc.), a public transportation ticket for Berlin, Wi-Fi access on the TU Berlin Campus and library access. The transport ticket issued to students will cover all Berlin public transportation networks (Subway, fast train, trams and buses), and will be organized by the TU Berlin Summer University, and given to students on their first day of study. Participants of the TU Berlin Summer University will receive a student ID number and ID card. This student number will be used in conjunction with the transportation ticket and also for Wi-Fi access on campus. Please click on culture to find out more about the cultural program. For more info on program costs see the TU Berlin Summer Budget Sheet.