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

Duration and start

3 weeks, starting on 4th of September 2022

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 Berlins 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



Who can apply? Enrolment to the Summer School is open to students who are enroled in undergraduate or graduate programs:
  • at least 18 years old.
  • able to provide proof of sufficient English proficiency for subject courses - at least higher intermediate language level.
  • Individuals whose educational background and experience qualify them for the courses they wish to take, and who have submitted their statement of purpose (letter of motivation).
How to apply? Your full application should contain:
  • Letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Transcript of records
  • Relevant certificates
  • Proof of enrolment
When to apply? Please hand in your application by 1st of July 2022 at the latest.
Where to apply?

Please send your application to

Scholarships & Funding

Scholarships & Funding

You may apply for a DAAD financed funding at HTW Berlin.
Additionally the following institutions may also give you information about scholarship opportunities:
  • Your home university
  • The government of your country
  • Organizations cooperating with Germany
  • Scholarship databases of your country's Ministry of Education
Who can apply? Especially qualified and interested students.

Selection Criteria  

  • Professional qualification (documented by: certificates, expert reports, curriculum vitae, proof of language proficiency):
  • Academic performance
  • Motivation for the stay in Germany (academic and personal reasons for the planned study project, choice of host university)
  • Embedding of the stay in the academic career as well as the connection with academic or professional perspectives
  • Extracurricular knowledge and skills (e.g. through professional or voluntary activities).
  • Political, social, cultural, societal commitment
  • In order to ensure equal opportunities, the selection committee may take into account special life circumstances, about which you can provide information in the application form.

Scholarship benefits

  • Tuition waver (450€)
  • 250€ pocket money
  • Travel costs (up to 500€)

How to apply?   

Your scholarship application should be submitted with your application to the Summer School and should additionally contain:
  • Extended letter of motivation
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Other documents of relevance with regards to the aforementioned Selection Criteria

When to apply?

Please hand in your application by 1st of July 2022 at the latest.
Where to apply?   

Please send you application to