Study a variety of engineering and science topics during the summer at the Technical University of Berlin. The TU Berlin Summer University is an opportunity for students to broaden their academic knowledge in specific subjects, including energy efficiency, water purification, 3D printing, satellite design, computer programming, smart cities, entrepreneurship, and much more.
A wide array of cultural activities in Berlin is featured alongside the academic courses. The “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 are also included.
Courses are offered in four terms between June and August: Term 1 (4 weeks), Term 2 (2 weeks), Term 3 (4 weeks), and Term 4 (6 weeks). UW students must attend at least two of the blocks to reach the minimum credit requirement. Therefore, you have two enrollment options for this program:
- You choose courses in Block 1 and Block 2 or courses in Block 2 and either Block 3 or Block 4 for a total of 6 or 8 weeks of participation. You should expect to earn 6-8 UW credits in this track.
- You choose courses in Block 1, Block 2, and either Block 3 or Block 4 for a total of 10 or 12 weeks of participation. You should expect to earn 10-12 UW credits.
For more information about the program and available engineering courses, visit the TU-Berlin Summer University website
Where You Will Study
Berlin is a cultural hub with immense historical significance. Young artists from around the world use the multicultural, open-minded climate as a source of inspiration. Berlin has so much to offer, from opera performances to art exhibitions, theatre productions to concerts and festivals: 180 museums and collections, 440 galleries, three opera houses, eight major symphony orchestras, 98 cinemas, 150 theatres and stages, and many other cultural institutions. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Museum Island, is the largest museum campus in the world and one of a kind.
The internationally renowned Technical University of Berlin is located in Germany’s capital city at the heart of Europe. Its academic activities are focused on achieving sharply-defined goals: building a distinctive profile for the university, ensuring exceptional performance in research and teaching, providing our graduates with excellent qualifications and a modern approach to university administration. TU-Berlin strives to promote the dissemination of knowledge and to facilitate technological progress through adherence to the core principles of excellence and quality. Strong regional, national and international networking with partners in science and industry are an important aspect in these endeavors.
The credits received will vary based on the enrollment track you select. Credits earned from the program can vary from 6 to 12. You should check with your major adviser to determine how these courses might count toward your degree requirements.
You can begin your search for courses right here: Technical University of Berlin Summer University Course Catalog
Students live in area hostels arranged by TU-Berlin. The charge for accommodation in a hostel is approximately 30 Euros/night.
Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships
The cost of attendance will depend on the enrollment option and the classes you choose. You will pay a program fee directly to TU-Berlin. This fee varies by course and covers the cost of course tuition, learning materials, cultural programs, public transportation, and internet and library access at TU-Berlin. A non-refundable application fee of EUR 60€ (approximately USD $70) must be paid to reserve a place in the program; the remaining amount of the program fee is due by the start of the program.
Students participating for at least 10 weeks may be considered to receive a scholarship of EUR 2,350€ (approximately USD $2,500) to cover living costs as well as a free round-trip air transportation between Seattle and Berlin. The selection for these benefits are based on the student's program application materials. Students who are selected to receive these benefits will pay an exchange fee equivalent to 1 quarter of UW tuition. This fee covers the cost of course tuition, learning materials, cultural programs, public transportation, and internet and library access at TU-Berlin. Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition.
Additional expenses include airfare, accommodation, meals, international health insurance, and personal expenses. The UW Study Abroad Fee
will be billed to your UW student account according to the regular UW tuition billing schedule.
For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form
For more information, visit our page UW Study Abroad Finances
To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.
Under the list of questionnaires is a link labeled “Affiliated Program Application Instructions.” For College of Engineering partner programs, this step is not necessary because students will receive instructions on how to submit their applications to the program provider after submitting the UW Study Abroad application. In order to ensure that your UW Study Abroad application is considered complete, click on the link labeled “Affiliated Program Application Instructions,” enter the current date in the date field at the bottom of the page, and click Submit. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
On your UW Study Abroad application, please indicate the UW term that corresponds with the TU-Berlin Summer University blocks you wish to participate in:
- Blocks 1 and 2 (TU-B) = Summer A Term (UW)
- Blocks 2 and 3/4 (TU-B) = Summer B Term (UW)
- Blocks 1, 2, and 3/4 (TU-B) = Summer Quarter (UW)
This study abroad program also requires completion of a secondary application specific to TU-Berlin. The secondary application requires the submission of a UW transcript. Additional information and instructions for the secondary application will be sent by email after the UW application deadline.
See Application FAQs
for additional information about applications.
for information about program withdrawal policies.