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Summer & Winter University: Quick Overview

What are your summer and winter schools all about?

Our summer and winter schools are intensive study programs with fixed syllabi, offering a range of courses all specifically developed for the TU Berlin Summer & Winter University. All teaching takes place on campus here at the Technische Universität Berlin, and all courses are accredited with European Credit Points (ECTS). The summer and winter schools are very international, attracting students from over 50 different countries each year. See our full list of two to four-week courses on our course pages: summer courses, winter courses. 

How many summer or winter school courses can I enroll in?

Within any summer term or winter school, participants may choose only one course from the program per term, as all courses are scheduled simultaneously.

However, in Summer 2019, you can take multiple courses across our four terms. 

What is my schedule?

The TU Berlin Summer University 2019 will take place from June the 11th to August the 30th, with courses held over four terms.  

Each course description will feature a course syllabus, where you can see how your lesson plans are going to look. The cultural program is built around your academic classes, and time slots marked as "Berlin/Culture" are reserved for it. 

The cultural activities that make up the cultural program are included in the tuition fee, as are the additional tours and trips that we offer. These activities are of course completely optional, should you want to use the time to explore the city by yourself, catch up on homework, or relax.

Below is an example timetable:

Timetable
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
09:00 - 10:30
Class
Class
Class
Class
Berlin/Culture
11:00 -12:30
Class
Class
Class
Class
Berlin/Culture
14:00 - 16:00
Class
Class
Berlin/Culture
Class
Berlin/Culture
16:30 - 21:00
Berlin/Culture
Berlin/Culture
Berlin/Culture

Who are my lecturers?

All lecturers are introduced in the detailed information page for each summer and winter school course. Our lecturers have been handpicked for the TU Berlin Summer & Winter University. Most of the lecturers are professors or academic associates of TU Berlin. However, we also draw on the expertise of external professionals to run our courses. For example, some lecturers are entrepreneurs active in the Startup scene in Berlin, while others are professional management coaches for large companies etc. 

All lessons will be held at the main campus of TU Berlin, located in the middle of City West near the zoo and Tiergarten park.

How can I register?

Registrations for Winter 2019 are open. Click here to see our Winter program.

Registrations for Summer 2019 are also open. Click here to see our Summer program.

 

 

Extracurricular Activities

What extracurricular activites are on offer?

Our extracurricular activities are divided into different parts:

  1. Berlin Cultural Program (included in the participation fee)
  2. Weekend trips outside Berlin (optional offers)

The basic Cultural Program includes:

    • A sightseeing boat tour and/or a guided walking tour of Berlin
    • A visit to the German Parliament
    • A visit to Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace, Dutch Quarter 
    • Free evening activities
    • Museums (entry paid)
    • Socials (first drink included)
    • Sporting activities (costs paid)

    To find out more about our cultural programs, click here

    ECTS Credits

    What is ECTS?

    ECTS is a point system and European standard developed by the Commission of the European Community. ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System. The aim is to provide common procedures and guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad. The credit system is based on student workload. All lectures, seminars, excursions and homework count towards the workload. One point is awarded for the equivalent of 25-30 hours of workload.

    How many ECTS points can I earn?

    Each complete participation (at least 80% attendance) in a summer school course is awarded 2-5 ECTS credits, depending on the course duration - see the course details on the relevant course page for the exact number. 

    It is recommended that you check whether your home institution will accept the ECTS credits from the TU Berlin Summer University. Speak to your faculty, or with your supervisor, to find out. The course timetables, syllabi and reading lists can be found on the course descriptions of each course, and will be useful for this purpose.  

    Credit approval for TU Berlin students

    Current TU Berlin students need to do a few things before they can get their Summer and Winter University credits listed on their transcript. Please read our guide to this process

    Berlin

    Where can I find further information about Berlin?

    The capital of Germany, Berlin is a cultural metropolis filled with exciting entertainment and a creative pulse which is constantly evolving. The official website provides visitors with a wide variety of search categories and criteria for finding concerts, parties (including the famous all-nighters), museums, films, and theater events. Experience the Berlin vibe and become inspired.

    Is Berlin a safe place for students?

    Although Berlin is generally safe, as in many big cities, pickpocketing is not uncommon in crowded, touristy areas. In addition to standard phone numbers (110 in Germany), emergency assistance and information is available via an intercom at every U-Bahn and S-Bahn station in Berlin. The intercom is located in a column with a red button that can be pressed in the event of an emergency.  You may also use the intercom to request information concerning public transportation, or for example, to contact lost and found (via the yellow button).

    Is it common to find English-speaking people in Berlin?

    An internationally well-known cultural center, Berlin boasts a high non-German-speaking population. Because of Berlin’s three main universities and various universities of applied sciences, the number of students and people under 40 living here is also very high. In general, English can be used easily all over the city.

    What is the weather like in Berlin during the summer months?

    Summer months in Berlin are pleasantly warm with average high temperatures between 22° and 30° Celsius (72° and 86° Fahrenheit).

    How easily can I get to other destinations in Europe from Berlin?

    As a world top ten destination, Berlin has two airports that serve a wide variety of destinations both within and outside of Europe. If you prefer to travel by train, the national railway company is well connected to every country on the continent.

    How do I get around at night?

    Berlin’s public transportation system is excellent. Its network is extensive and reliable and can take you wherever you want to go. During the week, night buses replace the U-Bahn and S-Bahn routes after midnight and on Friday and Saturday nights, public transportation runs 24 hours.

    Fees and Conditions

    What do the courses cost?

    For course fees, check out the summary here, or the individual course pages for details.

    What is the registration fee for?

    The sixty Euro (€60,00) registration fee covers administration and registration costs, and is payable by credit card during the registration process. Please note that this fee is not refundable. Participants who register for two courses, will only be charged the registration fee of 60 Euros once.

    What is included in the course fee?

    The course fee for a course can be found at the top of each course description on the website.

    The course fee covers both tuition and learning materials for a course, class excursions as well as the cultural program (incl. orientation, farewell event, entrance fees to museums, social activities 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 note: accommodation is NOT included in the course fee. However, it is possible to book your accommodation through us during registration. See below for an example of hotel accommodation.

    Who receives the early-bird discount?

    The early-bird discount is a €50,00 discount applied to all participants who register for summer before the end of March 1st, 2019. The discount applies to all courses separately, meaning if a participant takes two courses, the discount will be applied twice (once to each course).

    What is the deadline for registrations?

    Registrations for winter close on December 7th, 2018. Applications after then will be considered but not guaranteed.

    Registrations deadlines for summer are one month before the start of your course, as follows:

    Term 1: May 11, 2019
    Term 2a: June 1, 2019
    Term 2b: June 8, 2019
    Term 3: June 22, 2019
    Term 4: July 19, 2019

    What are the Terms and Conditions of registering?

    Please read our Fees and Conditions information here

    What do I need to prove English proficiency?

    All classes at the TU Berlin Summer & Winter University are held in English.

    In order to ensure that participants have adequate language skills to understand the classes and to actively participate in group work and final projects, proof of English skills is required.

    Our English language requirement is at least B2 or higher, which refers to the European language framework. An IELTS score of 6.0 is equivalent to B2.

    All participants are required to upload proof of their skills (such as a certificate or test results). If you have completed a language test in the CEFR or any other system, please upload this at the time of registration.

    If your regular study program is in English, we will also transcripts as evidence of language skills. 

    Native English speakers are not required to upload proof of language skills (see the registration page for details).

    Insurance

    Why do I need valid health insurance in Germany?

    By law, students are required to have health insurance in Germany. All participants are therefore required to take out a health insurance policy that covers them from their first day in Germany. 

    Students from European Economic Area countries or Switzerland should provide their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) upon registration, and should keep these with them for the duration of the TU Berlin Summer University program. ​

    To find out more about what health insurance you will need, please see our page on Health Insurance

     

    Do I need liability insurance?

    Liability insurance is another type of insurance which is common in Germany. It protects people from rigorous lawsuits if accidents occur. Liability insurance is not obligatory for TU Berlin Summer University participants.

    Please note that the TU Berlin Summer University is not responsible for providing health or liability insurance to the students admitted to the program. All participants must organize their own insurance.

    Grading

    All participants of the TU Berlin Summer & Winter University are required to select their grading option at the time of registration. The two options available are (i) graded or (ii) pass / fail.

    All participants who select option (i) graded, will receive a grade under the German grading system. The following table provides an overview of the grading system and equivalent scores for international credit transfers:

    Total mark
    German grade
    English description
    More or equal to 95
    1,0
    Excellent
    More or equal to 90
    1,3
    Very good
    More or equal to 85
    1,7
    Good
    More or equal to 80
    2,0
    Good
    More or equal to 75
    2,3
    Good
    More or equal to 70
    2,7
    Satisfactory
    More or equal to 65
    3,0
    Satisfactory
    More or equal to 60
    3,3
    Satisfactory
    More or equal to 55
    3,7
    Sufficient
    More or equal to 50
    4,0
    Sufficient
    Less than 50
    5,0
    Failed

    Scholarships

    Do you offer scholarships?

    Please see our scholarships page for up to date information.

     

     

    Travel and Arrival

    When do I have to arrive?

    You should aim to arrive on the Saturday or Sunday before your course starts, as follows:

    Winter 2019:

    Arrive January 5th or 6th - Course starts January 7th

    Summer 2019: 

    Term 1: Arrive June 9th or 10th - Course starts on June 11th (note: June 10th is a public holiday)

    Term 2a: Arrive June 29th or 30th - Course starts on July 1st

    Term 2b: Arrive July 6th or 7th - Course starts on July 8th

    Term 3: Arrive on July 20th or 21st - Course starts on July 22nd

    Term 4: Arrive on August 17th or 18th - Course starts on August 19th

     

     

     

    Accommodation

    Do you offer accommodation?

    Yes! Details regarding the current accommodation options, as well as pricing can be found on our accommodation page.

    Can I organize accommodation myself?

    Yes, you are welcome to organize your own accommodation independently. Just select the option to do so when you register. Please make sure your arrival and leaving dates are a day either side of the dates for your course.  More information is available on the accommodation page. 

    Visas

    What if I need a Visa to enter Germany?

    To check whether you need a visa to enter Germany, you can refer to this list: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/visabestimmungen-node/staatenlistevisumpflicht-node 

    You should refer to your local German embassy for further information about your visa requirements and to arrange an appointment for the visa, if necessary. Here's a list of German embassies/consulates/missions abroad: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/aussenpolitik/laenderinformationen

    During the registration process for the TU Berlin Summer or Winter University, you will be asked to let us know if you need a letter of invitation (you can do this via the drop-down menu option in the registration process).

    Once you have successfully registered and secured a place on a course, we will send you a letter of invitation for your visa, if you requested one.

    You should then book an appointment with the German embassy in your country immediately - and be sure to take your letter of invitation with you (plus any other relevant information such as flight and/or accommodation confirmations). Some visas can take up to three months to be granted, and embassies in many countries have a high number of applications and long delays in appointments, so please book as early as possible!

    TU Berlin

    Where is the TU located?

    The TU Berlin is centrally located in the district of Charlottenburg in the heart of City West. Since Berlin’s public transport system is known to be one of the best in the world, the main campus can be easily reached from every corner of the city.

    What is special about the Technische Universität Berlin?

    Contrary to what you might expect from the name, TU Berlin does not only offer courses in technology, engineering, and the natural sciences; TU students can also study the humanities, social sciences, culture and technology, and economics. With its almost 34,000 students, TU Berlin is one of the largest technical universities in Germany. TU also has a high proportion of foreign students; in the winter semester of 2018 (starting in October 2018), 24% of the student population is made up of international students.

    How large is the TU Berlin?

    TU Berlin is spread across various locations in the city, which together amount to a total area of some 604,000 sq.m. Around 33,500 students are enrolled in around 100 degree programs within seven faculties (November 2018). The university employs a staff of around 8,500, including professors, postgraduate researchers, employees in administration, trainees and student assistants.

    When was the TU Berlin established?

    The TU Berlin was established under its present name in 1946. However, its history reaches much further into the past to institutions such as the Mining Academy, the Building Academy, and the Vocational Academy, which were founded in 1770, 1799, and 1821, respectively. In 1879, the latter two united to form the Royal Technical College and were joined later by the Mining Academy. In 1946 the former Technical College Berlin-Charlottenburg in the British Military Sector of Berlin was reestablished as the Technische Universität Berlin.

    Admin instructions once you are enrolled at the TU Berlin

    Once you have successfully received a place on the TU Berlin Summer or Winter University, have paid your fees and have given us your insurance documents, we will enroll you as student at the TU Berlin.

    Your IT account. AN IMPORTANT STEP!

    Once you are enroled, you will receive an email from the TU Berlin Summer & Winter University team regarding how to set up your IT account. This is an extremely important step, which is essential to complete in order to get a student card, an IT account, and wifi access. 

    We have made a step-by-step document on how to follow the instructions for creating your IT account. Access the document here.  

    Student card

    If you have successfully created your TU Berlin IT account using the instructions above, your student card will be generated. This normally takes up to 2 working days. If this happens before your first day at the Summer/Winter University, we will collect your student card for you and give it to you on the first day. If it is not yet ready, we will collect it from the Campus Center as soon as it is ready, and give it to you. 

    Wifi on campus

    Once you are on campus, and successfully have an IT account, you will be able to access the Wifi on campus. Please find instructions on how to do this here

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