Germany (Technical Courses at TU Berlin)

Winter Programs

The Technical University Berlin is one of the largest and most well-known research universities in Germany. It is part of the TU9, the german conglomerate of nine notable universities with technical (including engineering) missions. As of 2015, it is ranked 44th world-wide in the Engineering and Technology category of the QS university rankings.

This program was introduced in 2016 to complement the long-standing language program of JI in Berlin. It features courses organized by the TUBS (TU Berlin Summer School) which may vary from year to year and take place over a period of four weeks. In 2016, the programs offered were a Start-up Workshop, Java Programming and a satellite project. This is followed by a one-week “free time” period giving participants the opportunity to explore Germany and its many neighboring countries in Europe according to their personal schedules.

Major: ECE or ME

Study Year: Sophomore, Junior or Senior

GPA Requirement: None

English Requirement: None

35 days in January/February

In 2018, participants can choose between 5 courses.

  • CanSat: Hands-on Satellite Design

    A CanSat is a small satellite in shape of a commercial beverage can that performs several measuring tasks. In this course, a CanSat is designed, built and tested in the field during a rocket launch. Therefore, all basics of topics related to exciting area of space technologies is imparted and practical skills for the development of a CanSat are trained. The theoretical units are supplemented by practical exercises. Parts of the CanSat are developed in intensely supervised small groups. During an excursion to a site in Berlin where space related companies and institutions are located, the participants shall gain insight into facilities used for the development of satellites.


  • Programming in Java

    In this course you learn first the basic knowledge of computer programming and then how to write computer programs using the programming language Java. You will be working at the computer. There will be some assignments which will give you more understanding of the programming concepts.


  • Introduction to 3D Scanning and Printing

    Hosted in the fully-equipped laboratory of the 3D Lab of the TU Berlin, this four-week course offers introduction to working with professional 3D printing technologies such as laser sintering with polyamide and powder printing with mineral powder (modified gypsum).

    The course provides an introduction to manufacturing 3D printed objects with the laser sintering system and the powder printer of the 3D Lab, as well as data generation and data preparation for it. Participants will gain basic knowledge of the use of two professional 3D printing technologies, structured light scanners and related software.

    The course starts with an introduction to the technologies used at the 3D Lab and selected projects from its portfolio, to give participants an impression of the various possible uses of 3D technologies. Ongoing course lectures will be accompanied by detailed practical units focusing on the use of the machines and the preparation of printable objects. Specifically, the practical training will develop student’s skills in the use of structured light scanners, 3D printing technologies, and in meeting the geometrical requirements for successful 3D prints.

    As 3D printing and 3D scanning cover numerous application areas, this course is interesting for participants from several disciplines including science, engineering, design, fine art or art history. The course provides a good starting point for students who are interested in further applications of these technologies.


  • Start-up Crash Course: From Idea to Reality

    99% of new businesses fail. We, creators of this course, think that the main reason is a bunch of myths around the startup scene. Those myths give you wrong expectations and crippled instruments.

    The main goal of this course is to increase the success rate of startups. We don’t do it, cause we are nice pals. Our business models are based on the success rates of startups. We really hope you will use and share the knowledge you have got here.

    Startup crash course offers real knowledge of how to start a company and push it to success. It will have three main parts: the structured approach, real-time experimentation and feedback.

    The structured approach is given through lectures and case studies, which serve as a compass. Real-time experiment consists of individual and group work that makes you try all the new concepts and implement them to your business idea. Feedback comes from interaction with successful entrepreneurs and startup scene players.

    Those who develop a high quality business model may be put in contact with Berlin startup supporters.


  • Biotech in Berlin – from scientific experiments to industry and society

    This course will provide valuable insights about biotechnology by hallmarking its historical developments and current trends. Lectures and laboratory practicals will guide the students through the main and novel molecular biology tools used in research. Synthetic biology concepts and techniques (e.g. protein engineering) will be also taught to illustrate the use of engineering principles in the design and assemble of biological systems. Such material will be complemented by hands-on training on bioinformatics pipelines and biocomputational approaches

    From cloning to gene editing using CRISPR/Cas9 technology, this course will showcase recent discoveries and applications in research and the industry. On those grounds, the course will highlight the relevance of three main microorganism groups currently used in biotech: bacteria (e.g. E. coli), yeasts (e.g. Saccharomyces cerevisiae) and filamentous fungi (e.g. Aspergillus niger). The applications and challenges of the latter will be discussed in detail in order to illustrate the importance of microbes in sustainable bio-economy.

    Students will get a glimpse of the local activities by getting to know several aspects of biotechnology involvement in Berlin. The industrial area will be covered by analyzing examples of the vibrant landscape of biotech companies and Startups located here. Along those lines, the iGEM and Biomod synthetic biology student initiatives, will be invited to share their methodologies, findings and experiences with the incoming students. And lastly, the role and potential of biotech for the society will be illustrated by exploring alternative citizen-based movements such as in BioArt, Biotinkering and Biohacking, currently booming in Berlin.

Course Equivalency Database

The cost for the program is around 30,000 RMB (precise costs may vary from year to year). This covers

  • Technical courses
  • Flight tickets
  • Visa application fee
  • Insurance
  • Housing
  • Cultural and social events