Sustainable Business and Technology (B.Eng.)

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Key facts

Final degree
Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.)

Beginning of the course
Winter semester

Standard course length
6 Semesters (180 ECTS)

Study location
Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld

Language of instruction

Application deadline
15 May (non EU and non EEA applicants),
15 July (EU and EEA applicants)

Tuition fees
None (only semester fees)

The study program

This interdisciplinary bachelor program at Germany’s most sustainability-oriented university incorporates all aspects necessary to meet the demand of young students seeking a global perspective at the edge between business and technology.

In six semesters, students will study business and engineering through innovative learning concepts. Our focus on sustainability, green technologies, and a globally interrelated perspective provides future graduates with excellent key qualifications and enables them to master the challenges of our time.

Real-life business projects as well as training in organization, methods and communication skills complete our students’ academic and personal profile.

As a special benefit, German language and intercultural communication modules will pave the way for a possible professional life in Germany or German enterprises abroad.

Your modules at a glance

Curriculum "Sustainable Business and Technology" (B.Eng.)
Your qualifications as a graduate

Expertise in Economics and Engineering:

As a generalist with a profound technical and economic background, you solve problems at the interface between business and technology.

Sustainability Awareness:

You understand, articulate, create and critique the theory behind sustainable development and companies‘ attempts to integrate sustainable approaches into their everyday business practices.

Change Management and Leadership:

You have the understanding of the fundamental methodologies and concepts to plan, coordinate, budget and evaluate projects, as well as to manage the risks and people involved.

Multilingual and Intercultural Competencies:

You improve your ability to recognize and understand potential obstacles and to develop and apply strategies to enhance communication. A new language also increases your job opportunities.

Employability and Career Planning:

As an industrial engineer educated in Germany, you have excellent job chances in all areas of the economy. You also qualify for further Master degree programs.

Careers for Industrial Engineers

With the elimination of trading barriers and the increase in international connectedness, worldwide markets have opened up for companies. But a worldwide market also means increasing competition: Business decisions have become more complex, and the demands on companies’ performance are growing.

More complex, divided work processes mean more specialized employees. We need generalists to solve the resulting problems at the interface between technology and business.

With their comprehensive perspective on production and business processes, industrial engineers are experts in solving interdisciplinary problems. When engineers without sufficient economic knowledge encounter economists with a limited technical background, the workflow suffers.

Industrial engineers understand designers and production planners, project managers, sales and marketing staff. They have a comprehensive view on business processes and solve problems with a view on technology as well as business. Industrial engineers make sure products work – and sell.

Communication on a global scale is essential in the global work environment of industrial engineers and an integral part of their day-to-day job. They handle complex issues with international partners, using their intercultural skills on a daily basis. With their awareness that business is both global and local they make sure that multinational companies consider cultural, regional and individual needs, accompany and mediate the global integration of small- and medium-sized regional businesses, and take advantage of new trends and opportunities in the digital economy.

Job chances for industrial engineers educated in Germany are excellent. They work in all areas of the economy, in small and large enterprises, industry and commerce, consulting and insurance, utility companies and the public sector:

  • Marketing, technical sales and distribution
  • Innovation management, product development
  • Production planning and manufacturing
  • Materials management and logistics
  • Controlling and business optimization
  • Quality and environmental management
  • Consulting and management
How to apply


The next program will start in September 2021. Applications should be submitted by

  • 15 May 2021 for non EU and non EEA applicants
  • 15 July 2021 for EU and EEA applicants

The application process differs depending on the origin of the higher education university entrance qualification:



A) Applicants who have obtained their university entrance qualification in Germany such as:

  • General higher education entrance qualification (Abitur)
  • University of Applied Sciences entrance qualification (Fachhochschulreife)
  • Subject-related higher education entrance qualification
  • University entrance examination for vocationally qualified persons
  • Graduation from a German school abroad - this does not include schools abroad that are part of the PASCH initiative
  • Certificate of the assessment test of a preparatory college (Studienkolleg)

As well as students who have already received an admission note for an earlier semester for the Bachelor Program “Sustainable Business and Technology” should use our electronic application portal STUDIS, which will be opened in May 2021. 

B) Applicants who have obtained their university entrance qualification not in Germany:

Step 1: Application and Evaluation of university entrance qualification

If you did not receive your higher education entrance qualification in Germany, please fill in the attached form completely, print it out and send it to us via mail together with the documents mentioned in the application form.

Please note that the examination of your documents will only take place if all documents are complete and if we have received the payment for the examination fee.

Information about requirements for your english language proficiency can be found here.

Please note that all certificates (language level and school reports) must be submitted in English or German language and must be in certified form for application or enrollment. We have compiled information on certification for you here.

Submit your application early enough! Visa processing can take several months and you will not be able to enter the country without a valid visa.


Step 2: Examination of the documents and issuance of a decision

Please assume that the assessment of your documents may take up to six weeks, depending on the applicant situation. We will confirm via e-mail the receipt of your application after we have received your documents.

Provided your qualifications have been assessed as sufficient, we will then issue a university admission letter. You will need this document to apply for your visa.

Important notice on visa application:

  • Submit your application early enough! Visa processing can take several months and you will not be able to enter the country without a valid visa.
  • Apply for the correct visa (Student Visa)! Tourist and language course visas cannot be converted into a student visa. With the wrong visa, you will be forced to leave the country at some point and apply for the correct visa at home.

Provided your qualification is not sufficient, we will issue a rejection letter.


Step 3: Enrollment

After you have received the admission letter, you will be asked to enroll via our electronic applicant portal STUDIS, which will be opened in May 2021.

Note that the remaining documents necessary for the enrollment process will be requested together with the admission letter.

We will then inform you in due time about further necessary steps and important dates around the start of your studies at our university. This also includes that you take care of an accommodation.


What happens after my application?
  • After receipt of your application, you will receive a letter of admission with further information or a letter of rejection from the Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld.
  • Please use the official admission letter to apply for a visa at the German embassy in your home country.
  • With the admission letter, you are asked to pay the semester fee and hand in several documents in order to enroll. Our Student’s Office will provide you with a letter confirming your conditional enrollment.

A limited number of student apartments are available directly at the campus. They are reasonably priced, come fully equipped and provide high-speed internet access as well as being connected to our university intranet. Alternatively, private accommodation can be found on several online portals as well as the homepage of the Studierendenwerk Trier ( We strongly urge you to arrange your accommodation before arrival.

Apartment-finding websites on the internet are:

Please also check our internal Facebook group:

Financing your studies

Prices for food, accommodation, health insurance, clothing, cultural events, etc. are basically in line with the EU average. You will need around 853 Euros a month to cover your living expenses. The largest expense is your monthly rent.

Before you begin your studies, you will have to prove that you have sufficient funds to finance your studies in Germany. A proof of financial resources can be provided in various ways:

  • A blocked account with a security deposit of 10,236 Euros a year
  • An affidavit of support (a document an individual signs to accept financial responsibility for another person, usually a relative)
  • A scholarships confirmation

Please note that we do not provide scholarships for applicants. The DAAD provides different scholarships for foreign students:

Student visa

After having received an admission to our program, please apply for a student visa at the German embassy in your home country. Since a visa process can take several months, we kindly suggest applying for an appointment as soon as you receive our admission letter. Usually, you will have to present the following documents in order to apply for a visa:

  • Admission letter from our university
  • Certificate confirming health insurance cover
  • Proof of financial resources
  • Certificate of English language or an equivalent

Important: Do not enter Germany as tourist. A tourist visa cannot be converted into a student visa.

Credit recognition of previous studies

Examination credits achieved at other universities are to be recognized if there are no substantial differences with regard to the learning outcomes of the modules in the Bachelor program “Sustainable Business and Technology”.

A legally binding decision on credit recognition can only be made after the student’s official enrollment at the Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld.

Important information about the effects of the corona pandemic for new students (winter semester 2020/2021)

If  you are admitted as a student at Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld in the course of studies Sustainable Business and Technology (Bachelor of Engineering) for the winter semester 2020/21 please note the respective dates as specified below.

Please submit by August 31, 2021:

  • Officially certified copy of your university entrance qualification
  • Proof of language proficiency in the language of instruction at the required level

In order to enable you to get started at our university without problems, we will also offer the courses for the Sustainable Business & Technology course of studies in virtual format. This gives you the opportunity to complete your first semester as a registered student at our university from your home country, if necessary.

If you will be taking part virtually in the winter semester, please inform us by October 15, 2020 (studierendenservice(at)

In case of virtual studies during the winter semester 2020/21, the submission deadline for:

• Proof of health insurance

• Visa

• Registration certificate from the local German registration authority

will be extended until April 15, 2021.

Please note that if you start studying digitally, your obligation to obtain health insurance in Germany does not apply until you enter Germany. Please note that if you arrive in Germany before March 1st, 2021, the insurance contributions have to be paid retroactively since the start of your studies.


Prof. Dr. Christian Kammlott
Prof. Dr. Christian Kammlott
Studiengangsleiter FB Umweltwirtschaft/-recht - Sustainable Business/Tech


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