FAQ

General

Who can take part in WISBA?

Students of architecture, civil and environmental engineering in Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Switzerland.

What will be the working language of WISBA?
English.

Do I have to pay anything?

The costs of travel in terms of flight and train trips, accommodation and joint dinners during the workshops and conferences as well as participation in all program events will be covered entirely by the Wienerberger Foundation. Any costs arising from information exchange with group members, such as telephone or Skype costs, at times other than specified meeting times or any material/literature not available for download on the website or provided at the workshops and conferences will not be covered.

What are the concrete benefits for me?

  • Sponsorship of an extraordinary, high-quality education program on the topic of sustainable building, which will be credited with 5 ETCS at the student’s home university
  • One semester of project work on current project topic(s)
  • Workshops at European level – coached by national committees including specialists in the area of sustainable building, university/college professors, experts from the construction industry and specialists from Wienerberger
  • Expertise and networking at European level
  • Possibility of an internship at Wienerberger

 

What should I do if it turns out that I can no longer participate in the program due to time constraints or other problems?

From each of the participating countries, i.e. Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Switzerland, only 4 students will be selected to take part in WISBA, which means that numerous other applicants will have to be turned down. What´s more, your group only consists of 4 people, and if you were to withdraw from WISBA only 3 students would be left to cope with the high workload.

Please bear this in mind and consider your time resources before applying for WISBA.

Application

How to apply

Students interested in WISBA have to apply online on the project web page, submitting their personal data (name, age, address), a curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation with supporting arguments why they should be selected for WISBA (e.g. efforts already made in the area of sustainable building, reasons why the student is highly interested in this program / in sustainable building, which topics he/she is particularly interested in; applicants may also indicate why they have no other possibility of participating in such a program). The application and the supporting documents have to be submitted in English. In order to qualify for participation in WISBA, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree, an equivalent degree or be already in their fourth year of study.

The application consists of the following documents (to be submitted in English):

  • Personal data
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • Short exposé about your preferred project topic (i.e. climate change or change of function)

 

Can I apply for a scholarship if I am currently an Erasmus student in one of the participating countries?

Beside your nationality you are welcome to apply for WISBA if you are studying as an Erasmus student in the field of architecture, civil or environmental engineering in one of the participating countries of WISBA, i.e. Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Poland or Switzerland. Accreditation will then be processed via your hosting university within the ERASMUS programme.

Can I apply for a scholarship if I am fully registered at a university in one of the participating countries of WISBA but currently studying as an Erasmus student in another country?

If you are a national citizen of one of the participating countries of WISBA, i.e. Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Poland or Switzerland, and fully registered at a university in one of these countries, you are welcome to apply for WISBA – even if you are an Erasmus student in another country that is not part of WISBA during the program duration.

Can I apply for a scholarship if I have no prior knowledge in sustainable building, but a strong interest in learning more about the topic?

The basic prerequisite for participation in WISBA is a bachelor´s degree (or being in fourth year of study) in architecture or civil/environmental engineering. Any knowledge in sustainable building is an asset, as this program is intended for students wanting to deepen their understanding of this field and therefore presupposes some basic knowledge in sustainable building. However, if you are really motivated to take part and see your future in this field, let us know in your letter of motivation. If you are selected for participation, you will be provided with basic literature on sustainable building topics that you should be familiar with by the time of the start conference.

Project Groups
How will the groups be constituted?

From each of the participating countries four students will be selected to take part in WISBA. These 24 students will be divided into 6 interdisciplinary and international groups of 4 students each. Thus, each student group will have one student from each country. The project work is designed for groups of 4 students, ideally a mix of students of architecture and civil as well as environmental engineering.

Project Work
How are the topics selected and assigned to the gorups?

Each group of 4 international participants will work on one specific project topic during the whole semester. When applying online, you can state your preferred project topic/team (i.e. climate change or change of function). We will try to take your wishes into account, but cannot give any guarantee.

What happens if I do not accept the project topic assigned to me, but would rather work on another topic?

We try to consider your preferences when assigning the project topics to the participants. Once the assignments have been made, a change of topic and group is not possible. Please bear in mind that in the course of the workshops you will learn about all the topics concerned and gain an understanding of the entire field of sustainable building.

Will I receive any documents or literature for my project work?

Yes, you will be provided with basic literature on sustainable building and receive specific information for your project work before the program starts.

How are the publishing rights of the project results defined?

Confidentiality: The participant agrees irrevocably to treat as strictly confidential all private information concerning Wienerberger AG (“Wienerberger“) and/or its subsidiaries that is made available to him/her in connection with his/her participation in the WISBA program. The participant may only publish content related to WISBA and any resulting knowledge (in any form whatsoever) with the express written consent of Wienerberger.

Publications: As a matter of principle, the participant is permitted to use the results of his/her projects, e.g. in the form of academic work. However, publications on the results of WISBA activities and projects may only be published after the express written approval of the respective text by Wienerberger and in compliance with the above confidentiality requirements. The consent for publication may only be withheld for good cause. If approval is not denied within four weeks after a text is submitted to Wienerberger for approval, approval shall be deemed to be granted. The use of work and project results for pure academic purposes in connection with WISBA shall be permitted without limitation.

Use of work results by Wienerberger: The participant irrevocably agrees to grant Wienerberger the unlimited (in terms of time, place and content), transferrable and exclusive usage rights free of charge to all copyrights, intellectual property rights and other rights resulting from or created during the WISBA program, including but not limited to the right to change and process, for all current and future forms of use (in particular copying, distribution, provision of access, leasing, lending, sending, lectures as well as public demonstrations and performances). The participant explicitly waives the right to be designated as the author.

Use of photos by Wienerberger: The participant agrees that Wienerberger may use photos showing the participant taken during WISBA events for communication purposes. Such use may include but shall not be limited to displaying photos of the participant on the internet.

Mentoring

What are the tasks of the national committees?

The National Committees consist of specialists from science and practice appointed for each target country to participate as experts in the national workshops and to act as supervisors/advisors of the students in their project works during the whole semester.

What are the tasks of the International Advisory Board?

The International Advisory Board consists of academic members of each national committee being the mentors for the defined project works. Each member supports the selection of students, is responsible for one project group during the whole progam period including regular communication with project group, serves as part of the jury at the final project conference and evaluates the project works.

Who will support me and my group outside the framework of the workshops and the conference?

Apart from the workshops, you will be working continuously on the project. Your project mentor will be available for questions and advice.

Still something unclear? Contact vivien.lunda@wu.ac.at