B.Sc. in Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies


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Program Description

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.

Last updated Mar 2020

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Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded furthe ... Read More

Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded further education programmes. Read less