FH Upper AustriaUniversity of Applied Sciences

ISAE4W International Summer Academy in Engineering for Women

10th - 25th July 2018 University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Wels Campus

For the 5th time the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria offers a unique opportunity for a selected group of highly-motivated and talented women (high school, college or undergraduate students) to experience top-class and challenging university-level coursework.

The Academy’s intensive, two and a half week programme combines sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in engineering, informatics and natural sciences. Besides knowledge transfer in these fields, social, cross-cultural and gender aspects are covered and discussed during lectures and workshops.

In addition to the general programme, each participant can choose one of the three specializations, which will be scheduled for approximately three days:

  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Computer Science and Informatics


Natural Sciences

  • Developments in medical technology regarding materials and prosthetic design and control
  • Synthetic biology: promises and dangers for society
  • Molecular biology: forensic DNA profiling and its computational analysis

Engineering and Technology

  • Physics of ferromagnetic materials and their application in technology
  • From conventional magnetism to a railgun
  • Special high voltage applications in modern day technology

Computer Science and Informatics

  • Digital Transformation and Artificial Intelligence
  • Interaction and Virtual Reality
  • Digitalization in the Automotive Industry
  • Digitalization of the everyday workplace

Additional lectures, laboratories and seminars cover the following specific issues and current trends:

Applied Sciences in Theory and Practice

  • Group project: cutting-edge technologies and their impact on society
  • Sustainability: the interconnections of different technological systems and considerations about how changes affect these systems
  • Intercultural communication
  • Innovation management – from the first idea to a business plan to the marketing of a final product

Women in Engineering

  • The role of women in science and research
  • Science World Café: successful scientists from the FH Upper Austria report from their careers

Interesting Places to Visit

  • Companies: Visit to Rosenbauer, a company producing the most sophisticated fire engines in the world
  • Museums: Ars Electronica Center – museum for information technology and technological advancements in society
  • Cultural highlights in Upper Austria: 32nd Pflasterspektakel – street performance festival in Linz

In addition, the participants will have an ongoing project throughout the entire academy. The project encompasses scientific and technological aspects as well as creativity and social impact.

A team of highly qualified academic staff from our university as well as from other universities and organisations provides scientific and technical background on workshop topics and information about the role of women in science and their opportunities in scientific careers.

Why participate?

  • Broaden technical and scientific knowledge
  • Earn academic credit (4 ECTS)
  • Improve language und intercultural skills
  • International contacts
  • Creativity, fun and experience

Target group

  • women from 18 to 25

Language of instruction

  • English


University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria
School of Engineering
Stelzhamerstraße 23
4600 Wels/Austria


Application Deadline has ended by 30th April 2018. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the review and selection-process by End of May.

Please note that due to limited capacities a maximum of two students per specialization and a total of four students per institution can be accepted. Acceptance decisions will be made exclusively based on the students’ qualifications and the fit with the offered specialization. Competitive entry: We reserve the right to decline applicants.

Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the review and selection-process by End of May 2018.

Please note that it is the student’s obligation to take care of visa arrangements for entry and the duration of their stay in Austria. For information about the visa requirements check the OeAD website https://oead.at/en/to-austria/entry-residence-and-employment/


€ 780,-
including tuition fees,  room for the entire stay, meals on weekdays (weekends are free for individual activities), numerous field trips