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Freiburg, Germany

Environmental Studies & Sustainability

Study Abroad
Spring, Academic Year, Fall

At a glance




15 to 19 per Semester

Language of Instruction:


Language Prerequisites:


About the Program

Known for taking the lead in the development of eco-friendly technologies and architecture, Freiburg attracts top researchers and environmental organizations from around the world. This English-taught program allows you to explore topics in disciplines like Environmental Studies, Forest Ecology, and Sustainability while living in Freiburg, located near the beautiful Black Forest and Rhine River Valley.

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Dive Deep into Environmental Studies

Most courses are organized as focused three-week modules.

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Study at a Local University

Take some modules in the Department of Environment & Natural Resources.

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Join University Events and Cultural Activities

A number of events and activities are available to you.

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Meet with a Language Partner

Freiburg staff assists you in finding a German language “tandem” partner.

Spring 2024

Program dates:

February 26 - June 15

Application Deadline:

Estimated Cost:


Program Advisor

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Alyssa Schmirler

Once you’ve applied for a program, I’ll be your direct point of contact. From housing to course registration and everything in between, I’m here to help you prepare to study abroad. Once you’re accepted to your program, you’ll find even more detailed information about what you need to know before you depart in your Predeparture Guide. Let’s get started!

📱 800.995.2300 ✉️ study@IESabroad.org

About the Destination

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Why Freiburg?

The environmental movement took root in Freiburg long ago—and now it’s a way of life. Known for taking the lead in the development of eco-friendly technologies and architecture, Freiburg also attracts researchers and environmental organizations from around the world. Come study Freiburg’s many unique contributions to this important movement.

Learn More About Freiburg

Get to Know Your New City

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Appreciate the Architecture

Take in Freiburg’s colorful architecture.

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(Don't) Step in the Bächle

Navigate the narrow channels of water that run through the streets.

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Hike, Cycle, & Climb the Black Forest

Germany’s densely forested area is right in Freiburg’s back yard.

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Take in the Views from the Schauinsland

A rigorous hike or an easy cable car will take you to the top of this hill.

The Student Experience

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  • Apartment


You'll live in a priviate single-occupancy room in a coed suite with a shared kitchen and bath. Suites are shared with German and international students and have Internet access. 

Students usually prepare meals in their housing or dine in Freiburg’s affordable student cafeterias. Meals are not included in the program fee.