At a Glance

  • final degree: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • admission restriction: yes
  • standard course length: 6 semester
  • deadline for applications: 15 July of each year
  • beginning of the course: October of each year (winter semester)
  • number of student places: 133
  • teaching and examination language: German and English
  • semester abroad: possible


Do you want to ac­qui­re skills which will enable you to ac­tive­ly cont­ri­bu­te sustainable de­ve­lop­ment? Would you like to be able to do so on a glo­bal le­vel with an in­ter­na­tio­nal per­spec­tive? Then come stu­dy Glo­bal En­vi­ron­men­tal and Sustai­na­bi­li­ty Stu­dies in an in­ter­na­tio­nal set­ting in the his­to­ric town of Lüne­burg. Our new de­gree pro­gram­me with its in­ter­cul­tu­ral ap­proach pre­pa­res you for a ca­re­er in in­sti­tu­ti­ons and or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons which ope­ra­te in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly. Be­co­me part of the Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty of Lüne­burg which is on the cut­ting-edge of in­ter- and trans­di­sci­pli­na­ry sci­ence and has been spe­cia­li­sing in sustainable de­ve­lop­ment in re­se­arch and teaching for over 30 ye­ars.

Course Structure

At Leu­pha­na Col­le­ge, the Ba­che­lor de­gree pro­gram­me con­sists of four com­po­n­ents: the cour­se starts with Leuphana Semester, in which you learn the ba­sic me­tho­do­lo­gy and co­ver the fun­da­men­tal are­as for an aca­de­mic de­gree in your En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­en­ces ma­jor.

From the se­cond se­mes­ter, your Ba­che­lor pro­gram­me is di­vi­ded into a major (main sub­ject), minor (sub­si­dia­ry sub­ject) and Com­ple­men­ta­ry Stu­dies. In Complementary Studies, you ex­plo­re the ap­proa­ches ta­ken and me­thods used in other di­sci­pli­nes and ex­plo­re so­ci­al­ly re­le­vant ques­ti­ons.

Why Study Sustainability Studies in Germany?

De­s­pi­te being an in­dus­tri­al na­ti­on with a hea­vy re­li­an­ce on tech­no­lo­gy and ha­ving been among the lar­gest cont­ri­bu­tors to en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­blems, Ger­ma­ny is one of the pioneers in are­as such as climate protection and Education for Sustainable Development.

Studying With an International Perspective and in an International Environment

Sustai­na­bi­li­ty ques­ti­ons are of­ten glo­bal and re­qui­re so­lu­ti­ons which must be dis­co­ve­r­ed and de­ve­l­o­ped trans­na­tio­nal­ly. It is this out­look that our in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly-ori­en­ted de­gree pro­gram­me Glo­bal En­vi­ron­men­tal and Sustai­na­bi­li­ty Stu­dies is ba­sed on.

All cour­ses in this ma­jor are taught in Eng­lish and are aug­men­ted through in­ter­cul­tu­ral for­mats. You will be stu­dy­ing with stu­dents from many dif­fe­rent coun­tri­es and en­coun­ter pro­fes­sors with a wide va­rie­ty of cul­tu­ral back­grounds.

You will at­tend the lec­tu­res that will pro­vi­de you with an over­view of the cur­rent sta­te of know­ledge in a cer­tain area to­ge­ther with stu­dents of our more na­tio­nal­ly ori­en­ta­ted ma­jor “Um­welt­wis­sen­schaf­ten (En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence)”. The re­spec­tive se­mi­nars are an op­por­tu­ni­ty to dis­cuss the to­pic at hand with a fo­cus on the in­ter­na­tio­nal di­men­si­on.

As a stu­dent of the ma­jor Glo­bal En­vi­ron­men­tal and Sustai­na­bi­li­ty Stu­dies, you will ex­plo­re the cur­rent sustai­na­bi­li­ty chal­len­ges from the point of view of dif­fe­rent di­sci­pli­nes, such as so­cio­lo­gy, eco­lo­gy, and eco­no­my, to achie­ve a ho­lis­tic un­der­stan­ding of the pro­blems at hand. You will de­ve­lop a firm know­ledge-base in the so­ci­al and na­tu­ral sci­en­ces and learn to ap­p­ly tools and me­thods from both fiel­ds. To do this you will be working with mo­dels and sta­tis­tics, but also spen­ding time in the lab and out­doors or with part­ners from the dif­fe­rent fiel­ds in ques­ti­on.

Fur­ther­mo­re, you will de­ve­lop the skill­set nee­ded to iden­ti­fy, com­mu­ni­ca­te and ad­dress sustai­na­bi­li­ty chal­len­ges, so that you can act as a Chan­ge Agent for sustainable de­ve­lop­ment.

Goals of the Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies Degree

As a stu­dent of the Ba­che­lor pro­gram­me Glo­bal En­vi­ron­men­tal and Sustai­na­bi­li­ty Stu­dies in Lüne­burg you will ac­qui­re the know­ledge to sci­en­ti­fi­cal­ly ex­plain and as­sess glo­bal cli­ma­te and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­su­es. Mo­re­o­ver, you will learn to un­der­stand the so­ci­al va­lues, gui­de­li­nes and be­ha­vioral pat­terns which ge­ne­ra­te the­se pro­blems, gain power of judgment and de­ve­lop new at an in­ter­na­tio­nal le­vel ap­proa­ches for a gent­ler pro­ces­sing of na­tu­ral re­sour­ces.

You will ac­qui­re skills which enable you to un­der­stand com­plex cor­re­la­ti­ons bet­ween dif­fe­rent pro­blems, think con­nec­ted­ly, ana­ly­se in­ter­lin­ked pro­ces­ses, and find sustainable so­lu­ti­ons. Ad­di­tio­nal­ly, by stu­dy­ing in an in­ter­na­tio­nal en­vi­ron­ment you will gain in­ter­cul­tu­ral ex­pe­ri­ence as well as in­ter­per­so­nal and prac­tical skills for trans­cul­tu­ral team work and pro­ject ma­nage­ment. This ma­kes you an in­va­luable gra­dua­te on the in­ter­na­tio­nal job mar­ket of sustainable eco­no­my and the sustainable de­ve­lop­ment of our so­cie­ty.

Studying Environmental Sciences in German

Fur­ther­mo­re, the Col­le­ge of­fers a more na­tio­nal­ly ori­en­ted de­gree pro­gram­me in the area en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­ces.

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