Our Modules

The Study Semester program runs each April to July (summer semester) and October to January (winter semester). It consists of 6 exciting modules per semester from various disciplines. All courses are 4 hours per week and fully credited within the ECTS system, providing a total of 30 credits for one semester. Courses take place in small international study groups. Our teaching atmosphere fosters teamwork, intercultural competence and applied problem solving via integrated case studies.

Modules Winter Semester

Module 1: Environmental Management Systems

From cradle to cradle: Together, we examine the interaction between ecological and economical systems via an Eco-Efficiency Approach. Let’s explore value-based management as a powerful tool to monitor a company's profitability. Aspects will be tools for sustainable management, such as Environmental Management Systems, Corporate Social Responsibility, Material Flow Management and hands-on Financial Modeling skills to guarantee that eco-friendly solutions are economically feasible.

Module 2: Industrial Ecology and Life Cycle Assessment

Nature knows best: Industrial Ecology Management is based on a thorough understanding of ecological principles and systems. This module focuses on innovative Industrial Ecology applications like eco-industrial networks, resilience management and recycling concepts for critical materials. Lessons will cover the application of a Life Cycle Assessment Software Tool where students will learn how to calculate Product Carbon Footprints.

Module 3: Business Models

Design tomorrow's enterprises: This module teaches you how to strategically define, shape and differentiate your own business model. Learn to identify and interpret markets for your business or product idea while exercising teambuilding and collaboration. You analyze, portray and document your idea in a professional business plan on which management and financial decisions are made. Be an entrepreneur and comprehend the reasoning behind entrepreneurial concepts, make strategic decisions and enact them.

Module 4: Ecological Economics and Policies

The framework for future politics: Discuss the concept of external effects and different means of internalization with regard to the background of their impact on property rights. Explore the world of carbon and resource management as well as energy transition, all key issues which today’s decision makers have to handle daily.

Module 5: Sustainable Technology

The greatest challenge of our time: Globally, we will face more and more questions regarding sustainability in the field of environmental engineering. Rising costs for resources and energy, a limited range of fossil energy sources, and the climate change are only three main issues which have to be solved by mankind within the mid-term future. We will explore the different fields of environmental technology and discuss actual topics in research for a sustainable world.

Module 6: German and International Business Culture

Successful business is both global and local: As an introduction into German business culture and society, this course teaches about the 2000-year tradition of natural protection, why "quite good" means "excellent" and why management needs permission to let you work overtime. We will further look at intercultural perspectives and gain insights into neighboring cultures. This lays the groundwork for your visits to businesses and sites in the region where Germany, France and Luxemburg meet and where global and local business practices are forged.

Modules Summer Semester

Module 1: Solar Energy

Unlimited energy for the future: Solar energy is the renewable source with the largest potential, we provide students with extensive knowledge about photovoltaic systems (PV), especially the design, function of solar cells and modules as well as its components. After learning about these basics, we proceed to a typical PV project with planning, construction and operation phase. Ultimately, participants will be able to successfully plan and operate a PV system.

Module 2: Challenges of Climate Change and Water Resources

Climate Change has arrived: We are already faced with the challenge of understanding its global effects. Beside its impact in different regions of the earth, we will discuss a variety of measures regarding local adoption and mitigation strategies. The scarcity of water plays a crucial role in this scenario. Accordingly, we strive to comprehend human, political, ecological and water management requirements and tools for European and developing countries.

Module 3: Land Use and Material Flow Management

Land is the basis: Land is the beginning and the end of any life cycle, the base for industrialization and food. Classical economists had a broad perception of land, which included all that we today call “nature”. As we cannot increase land itself we are forced to make the best and most efficient use of it. As a sensible way of integrating nature and technologies, material flow management points the way to an intelligent, resource-efficient utilization of material and energy flows.

Module 4: Fundamentals of Entrepreneurial Management

Good ideas need entrepreneurs: This module aims to raise fundamental elements of managerial competences needed in the field of entrepreneurship. Lessons will cover topics such as financing of ventures and funding alternatives, corporate financial modeling as well as areas such as marketing and cost accounting. We strive to improve the chances of entrepreneurial success for our students and their ideas for a more sustainable future.

Module 5: Consumer Culture and Strategic Marketing

Do good and talk about it: We will question the continuing validity of the traditional equation: human progress = economic growth, and discuss the impact on corporate social responsibility generally of consumers’ developing sense of responsibility towards our environment. Step by step we will illustrate how companies have to employ strategic marketing management in order to understand markets and optimize the relations between companies and customers.

Module 6: German and International Business Culture

Successful business is both global and local: As an introduction into German business culture and society, this course teaches about the 2000-year tradition of natural protection, why "quite good" means "excellent" and why management needs permission to let you work overtime. We will further look at intercultural perspectives and gain insights into neighboring cultures. This lays the groundwork for your visits to businesses and sites in the region where Germany, France and Luxemburg meet and where global and local business practices are forged.

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