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TU Berlin Summer School

Spend your summer in Berlin, the cultural heart of Europe! Take part in our unique academic and cultural program and be a part of our international network of students. Our summer schools in 2018 include courses such as Satellite Design, Acoustical Engineering, 3D Scanning and Printing and the Start-up Crash Course. Expand your knowledge, explore the campus of the TU Berlin and live in a city like no other!

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Summer School Courses

TU Berlin Summer Schools 2018
Winter 2019
June 11 – July 5
4 weeks
July 9 – 20
2 weeks
July 23 – August 16
4 weeks
Winter University
January 7 – January 31
4 weeks

Courses at the TU Berlin Summer School include approximately 18 hours of instruction per week. Students receive a certificate of the TU Berlin and ECTS credit points on successful completion of their course.


German Language
Be able to deal with everyday situations in a German-speaking environment and conduct simple conversations. This four-week introductory course covers listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture.

Mediascape Berlin
Inspired by Berlin’s rich and stimulating urban environment, the course provides aesthetic and technical appreciation of urban mediascape. It will provide highly effective design tools, techniques, and processes that can be applied to many environmental design situations. From the course, students will gain working knowledge and skills of understanding and expressing urban attractions as media.

Precision Engineering
Understand the engineering design process and commonly used engineering measurement tools and see how precision measurements are used in practice in Berlin.

Programming in Java
Take a look into the field of computer science and start programming. Develop your skills through regular practical programming sessions and try writing your own program.

The Edible City
With a focus on urban space and urban space production, this course explores how food – in all its aspects from producing to marketing to selling to composting – could become a better-integrated part of our cities. Take this course and visit urban agriculture projects in Berlin to gain practical growing and building experience.


Arduino for Interactive Media
Arduino makes difficult electronics projects accessible to everyone. It us used by artists, designers and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. This introductory course focuses on understanding and programming the Arduino microcontroller, and designing interactive, responsive devices that express media contents.

DesignBuild Summer Studio – Community spaces with refugees
Design and build for and with refugees in Berlin and gain insights into the challenges facing refugees. Participants will each develop designs for a specific project and the most feasible solution will be selected and built during the course. Become more sensitive to social, cultural and ecological implications in the context of architecture and design.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Understand the creation of new products and the core concepts of human-centered innovation. Take this practical course and be guided through the process from idea generation to business concept.

Start German
Learn the basics, introduce yourself and find your way around in Berlin while practicing the German language.


1950-2050: An Energy (R)evolution
Learn about the economic, engineering, and political aspects of energy transitions through sessions from experts and practitioners as well as field excursions to conventional and renewable energy sites.

3D Scanning and Printing
Learn about the exciting technology of 3D printing and gain practical experience by printing your own creations. Understand the historical context, current capabilities, and future possibilities of 3D scanning and printing technology.

Acoustical Engineering
Dive into the fundamentals of engineering acoustics and their application for solving noise control problems and enhancing sound fields in spaces. Work in a well-equipped acoustics laboratory and be actively involved in taking acoustical measurements.

Advanced German for Chinese Speakers
This advanced German language course is open to native Chinese speakers, with prior knowledge of the German language (this must be equivalent to the European (CEFR) level B2-C1 or Test DaF 14-16). This course is offered in collaboration with the Center for Cultural Studies on Science and Technology in China at the TU Berlin.

Berlin as a Smart City
The Smart City approach aims to find solutions to the ecological, social, economic and cultural challenges facing the city of Berlin through the use of intelligent technology. In this course you will interrogate the “Smart City” concept, contribute your own ideas, and gain perspective on how global cities are innovating for a more sustainable urban future.

Blue Engineering
This course promotes socially and ecologically responsible engineering by investigating the effects of technology on individuals, society and nature and what people can do to create a responsible technology.

CanSat: Hands-on Satellite Design
Launch your own rocket! Learn about space technology and design, build and test your own satellite in the field. This course covers topics related to the exciting area of space technologies and provides practical skills for the development of a ‘CanSat’.

Computational Engineering
Gain a theoretical understanding of problems in continuum mechanics and electromagnetism, as well as their computations. Understand and learn to apply the theory of electromagnetism for deformable bodies by using open-source codes in Python (programming language) and simulate physical systems using your own laptop.

Decision Making for Business Operations
Understand how machines learn and analyze data in the context of operations management and supply chains. Gain insight into how automated and model-based problem solving works to help in business decision-making.

Global Climate Change
Why have we found it so difficult to find an effective response to climate change? Gain an overview of the science on global warming and be able to differentiate between the risks and uncertainties of climate change. Learn to assess the impacts of climate change on livelihoods, ecosystem services and the economy and build awareness and critical thinking on what can be done at a personal level to reduce the carbon footprint.

Natural Disasters & Geo-Information Systems
Take a look at Natural Hazard Monitoring via the use of Remote Sensing and GIS-Tools. Learn where to find and download publicly available satellite and GIS data (streets, buildings, waterways, earthquake data, etc.) and how to integrate these data into the GIS.

Start-up Crash Course: From Idea to Reality
Learn how to launch a startup and implement a business plan, and get to know the entrepreneurship scene in Berlin. This course helps you build a structured approach and allows real-time experimentation and feedback.

Our summer school courses


Berlin is a cultural hub with immense historical significance. Young artists from around the world use the multicultural, open-minded climate as an inspiration and both visitors and residents alike can enjoy a spectacular array of cultural activities on offer throughout the city. From art exhibitions and theater productions to concerts and festivals, Berlin has more than 180 museums and collections, 440 galleries, three opera houses, eight major symphony orchestras, 98 cinemas, 150 theaters and stages, and many other cultural institutions. Tuition costs for the TU Berlin Summer School include a Berlin Cultural Program which offers students the chance to get a glimpse of what the city has to offer. Activities include a guided sightseeing tour, a visit to the German Parliament, sporting activities, visits to historical sites and social networking activities.

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We invite everyone to take part in our Summer University, whether you are a current student, a graduate, a mature student or a working professional. To maintain our standard of education we require that all applicants are proficient in English (B2) and have completed at least one year of university. You will be asked to upload verification of these requirements when you register. Please note that each course has its own pre-requisites. Don't forget to check them on each course description before registering. For more information and FAQ, click here.

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