Study Semester "Principles of Sustainable Business"

Take on the challenge and shape our future – your actions matter!

As one of the projects of the UN-Decade “Education for Sustainable Development”, our Study Semester implements the maxims of the global sustainability movement. This means teaching about the complex economic, ecological and social origins of today’s megatrends such as climate change, demography, resource management and intergenerational justice.

We believe that knowledge has to be filled with life. These challenges need real-life solutions; accordingly we want to educate game-changers who are able to

  • Think ahead and address the megatrends
  • Interconnect their respective fields by working in international teams and profiting from each other’s diverse knowledge
  • Act autonomously and approach problems with fresh ideas
  • Have a say and take part in society’s decisions

Your excellent conditions

  • All modules taught in English
  • Fully credited with 30 ECTS points per semester
  • Stay for 1 or 2 semesters
  • Live on-campus in Birkenfeld, Germany
  • No tuition fees

Key Features

  • Orientation week & buddy system
  • Small classes and direct contact to faculty and applied research
  • Study in the heart of Europe - in the dynamic triangle between Germany, France and the Low Countries

Application deadlines

Summer semester (March to July): 1 November

Winter semester (September to January): 15 July

It’s your turn: Explore Sustainability in Germany!

Are you studying business, ecology or environmental science and want to acquire key qualifications in sustainable management? Take part in a one or two semester intensive course and learn how companies gain valuable advantages in the international market and prosper by implementing sustainable business solutions.

Gain hands-on experience of successful sustainable projects and experience how to adapt to today’s main challenge of integrating business success and sustainability. Meet the experts on successful environmental management at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld. You can find out about Germany, its regulatory and business approach to today’s environmental challenges. Last but not least, you visit fascinating business and cultural sites.

Modules Winter Semester

Compulsory Foundation Modules

Fundamentals of Sustainable Business and Circular Economy (10 ECTS)

Management of Non-Governmental Organizations (5 ECTS)

German Language and International Business Culture (5 ECTS)

Elective Modules

Ethics and Society (5 ECTS)

Sustainability and Law (5 ECTS)

 

Modules Summer Semester

Compulsory Foundation Modules

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurial Management (5 ECTS) 

Digitalization (5 ECTS)

Sustainable Development Goals (5 ECTS)

German Language and International Business Culture (5 ECTS)

Marketing and Consumer Behaviour (5 ECTS)

Elective Modules

Cleaner Production and Operations Management (5 ECTS)

Environmental Policy  (5 ECTS)

Sustainable Conflict Resolution (5 ECTS)

 

Study Conditions, Accommodation and Fees

Participants in the program will live and study on our modern campus with over 2,500 other students of environmental business, law, sustainable science, information and media technology. All student apartments are reasonably priced. They come fully equipped and provide high-speed internet access as well as being connected to our university intranet.

The university does not charge a tuition fee for the Study Semester. Students will have to pay a 500 Euros administration fee per semester that also covers excursion costs and a general admissions fee of approx. 200 Euros per semester that also allows free rail travel in the region.

Students will enjoy the benefits of our “buddy concept”, with German students providing individual help in getting orientated and integrated in campus life.

How to apply as a guest student coming from a partner university

How to apply

The next two Study Semester "Principles of Sustainable Business" will take place from October 2021 to January 2022 (winter semester)andfrom March to July 2021 (summer semester). Applications should be submitted by

  • 1  November for the summer semester
  • 15 July for the winter semester

Please note that the application forms have to be signed personally by applicants and by the responsible university referees. They have to be sent back via e-mail to studysemester@umwelt-campus.de and via regular mail to the following address:

Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld
Ms. Katharina Laros
PO Box 1380
55761 Birkenfeld
Germany

In addition to the application form, the following documents must be included with each application:

  1. Statement of Motivation
  2. Letter of Reference
  3. Most Recent Grade Transcript
  4. Certificate of English Language Proficiency or an equivalent
    • TOEFL (internet-based: 79 / computer-based: 213 / paper-based: 550)
    • IELTS (band 6)
    • TOEIC (Listening & Reading 750 points + Writing & Speaking 300 points)

All forms have to be filled out on computer (not handwritten). Please send all applications forms together with the other documents as one single PDF document. Handwritten forms or an incomplete application will not be accepted.

 

How to apply as a "free mover"

How to apply

Our Study Semester program addresses enrolled (Bachelor) students from partner universities all around the world. However, in exceptional cases foreign students may carry out a semester or a whole academic year at our university, even though they are not applying as part of a student exchange but voluntarily. This can be the case if applicants have already completed a Bachelor or Master study or have not yet started studying at all.

When applying as a free mover students will not be treated as guest students, but as regular students. Hence, they have to meet the academic admission requirements for studying at German universities. A higher education entrance qualification has to be proven.

Which application documents do I have to hand in?

The next two Study Semester "Principles of Sustainable Business" will take place from October 2021 to January 2022 (winter semester)andfrom March to July 2021 (summer semester). Applications should be submitted by

  • 1  November for the summer semester
  • 15 July for the winter semester

Please note that the application forms have to be signed personally by applicants and by the responsible university referees. They have to be sent back via e-mail to studysemester@umwelt-campus.de and via regular mail to the following address:

Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld
Ms. Katharina Laros
PO Box 1380
55761 Birkenfeld
Germany

In addition to the application form, the following documents must be included with each application:

  1. High school/college and university leaving certificates officially translated into German or English
  2. A detailed resumé with your complete academic and professional career (incl. annual details)
  3. Statement of Motivation
  4. Certificate of English Language Proficiency or an equivalent
    • TOEFL (internet-based: 79 / computer-based: 213 / paper-based: 550)
    • IELTS (band 6)
    • TOEIC (Listening & Reading 750 points + Writing & Speaking 300 points)
  5. Payment document/receipt of the transfer of 50 Euros

Each document has to be sent as a PDF file named accordingly.

The revision of documents by our Students Office in order to check your higher education entrance qualification costs 50 Euros and has to be transferred no later than 15 July  for the winter semester and 1 November for the summer semester (date of receipt). Please note that foreign remittances can take up to 1 or 2 weeks.

Please transfer the amount to the following account:

Recipient: Landeshochschulkasse Mainz

Name of bank: Deutsche Bundesbank Filiale Mainz

Account number: 550 01511

Bank Sort Code: 550 000 00

IBAN: DE25 5500 0000 0055001511

BIC: MARKDEF 1550

Reason for payment: 6671-1566-BIR 11113/02 "Surname, First name, Date of birth"

Please do not forget to mention the reason for payment, otherwise we cannot locate the payment and your application will not be processed.

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