Nonprofit and NGO-Management (B.A.)
Trier University of Applied Sciences
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* no tuition fees, only small semester fees
Focus on the common good.
The aim of this interdisciplinary and sustainability-oriented degree program is to provide students with a first academic degree that qualifies them for a profession and enables them to contribute to solving issues that are oriented towards the common good - primarily in the NGO/non-profit sector, but also in companies or in the public sector, where they contribute to overcoming the challenges of our time in the areas of climate, environment and social affairs with sustainable concepts.
In addition to a solid foundation in business administration and law, the program teaches the necessary specialist and interdisciplinary knowledge, skills, and methods in the management of non-profit organizations (NPOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are part of this so-called third sector: The main areas of application for graduates are therefore environmental organizations, social organizations, foundations, registered associations, charitable organizations, and many other similar institutions. After graduation, they can also support companies that want to implement a "green transformation" towards a more sustainable economy.
The program can be studied ‘dually’ with extraordinary practice parts plus e.g. a defined study salary together with a cooperating NGO. Right now we have won 25 cooperating institutions/NGOs that support the program, further NGOs can become cooperating partners, therefore, too.
Are you interested in management? Do you enjoy taking on responsibility and would you like to make a positive contribution to social development at the same time? Are you involved in an organization, passionate about environmental or climate policy and social issues and want to integrate this into your professional life? Then this study program is exactly what you are looking for.
Scholarships and Funding
Students have the opportunity to apply for a variety of national and regional funding programs. You can find more detailed information on the website. If you have any questions, our advice center for scholarships and student financing will be happy to help.
For many years, the Environmental Campus has consistently been recognized for its special profile in sustainability. The German government, UNESCO, and many other organizations have already honored us with important prizes and awards. We are very proud of this. Here are some examples of recent awards:
CHE 2023: The degree programs in the Department of Environmental Economics/Environmental Law (UW/UR) achieved impressive results in the latest CHE ranking. Overall, the degree programs in Environmental and Business Administration, Business and Environmental Law, and the international Bachelor's degree program in Sustainable Business and Technology at the department achieved top rankings fifteen times.
GreenMetric Ranking 2023: The Environmental Campus Birkenfeld takes an outstanding third place in a global comparison of 1,183 participating universities from 85 countries that took part in the renowned UI GreenMetric Ranking 2023. Klaus Helling, Sustainability Officer at the Environmental Campus, summarises the top position succinctly: "The UI GreenMetric Ranking is comparable to the Olympic Games or a world championship in sport. The Environmental Campus comes third in the sustainability world championship for universities. We have worked hard for many years, are number 1 in Germany, and have firmly established ourselves among the world leaders - now we have been rewarded with the bronze medal!"
Program Tuition Fee
The knowledge acquired enables students to enter a cross-sector career in a wide variety of professional fields, especially in the third sector (NPOs or NGOs, regional organizations as well as foundations, associations, and federations with their respective special features in business, legal, social, and communicative areas). The comprehensive and basic training in the field of business administration also enables employment in profit-orientated companies.