HTW Berlin Summer School Design Thinking for Sustainability

HTW Berlin considers its responsibility for present and future generations to anchor the topic of environmental protection in its teaching.

Sustainability improves the quality of our lives, protects our ecosystem and preserves natural resources for future generations.

Programme Content

The summer school focuses on (Universal) Design Thinking, the question of how products and services can be designed to include as many users as possible, and the premise of sustainable decision-making in companies. Both aspects will be combined in interdisciplinary project groups in the third week.

During the first two weeks, subject-specific courses take place in the design or business track. In the third week, what has been learned is applied and deepened in interdisciplinary teams.

Key facts


Summerschool Design Thinking for Sustainability
Key aspects
  • Practice-oriented learning with highly qualified professors
  • Project work and networking in intercultural and interdisciplinary teams
  • Excellent international career prospects
  • Open to students of all disciplines

Teaching language

English (no German required)

Location and format

On campus in Berlin (online pre- and post-processing)
Tuition and fees Tuition: € 450
Students from HTW Berlin and its partner universities receive a discount of € 50
HTW Berlin is also offering scholarships.

The course fee includes

  • Academic lessons (90h)
  • Workshop Intercultural Training (5h)
  • Cultural program: The cultural program includes additional activities outside the classroom. We offer visits to historical sights, museums, theatre as well as events typical for Berlin. Although the cultural program is not mandatory, it is highly recommended and we encourage you to take part in this unique possibility to learn more about the German capital, its history and culture, and your fellow students.
  • (Online) course materials, e.g. textbooks, course binders, HTW’s e-learning platform Moodle
  • Computer, internet and Moodle access.


Other expenses to consider:

  • Visa costs (depending on nationality)
  • Flight ticket (round trip)
  • Health and liability insurance
  • Accommodation
  • Other living expenses, e.g. food, phone, internet, activities.
Total credits