IES-Freiburg: Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Program Details

Program Location Freiburg, Germany
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33010
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Fall 2024 08/25/24 to 12/14/24
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 02/25/24 to 06/15/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IES-Freiburg: Environmental Studies and Sustainability

The environmental movement took root in Freiburg long ago—and now it’s a way of life. Known for taking the lead in the development of eco-friendly technologies and architecture, Freiburg also attracts researchers and environmental organizations from around the world. Come study Freiburg’s many unique contributions to this important movement.

This English-taught program allows you to explore topics in disciples like Environmental Studies, Forest Ecology, and Sustainability while living in Freiburg, located near the beautiful Black Forest and Rhine River Valley.

All courses except German language courses are organized as three-week modules so you can focus on each topic you study, and faculty can take you and your classmates on extended course-related trips in and around Freiburg. Most courses are taught at IES Abroad by faculty affiliated with the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Students may be able to take some modules in the Department of Environment & Natural Resources at the University, depending on availability. Optional University modules and research assistantship opportunities are offered after the regular term, through February for the fall term, and through late July for the spring term.

In addition to Environmental Studies topics, you can study German language at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level at the SprachLehrInstitut (Language Teaching
Center) of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.


For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


IES-Freiburg: Environmental Studies and Sustainability

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture] [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business] [College of Science]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

You take 15-19 credits per semester. Environmental Studies courses are worth 3 credits each and are taught in English. Language courses are 3 or 4 credits each and are taught in German. Courses are held Monday through Friday.

Create your own academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional components:

  • German language course (required, 3 credits; optional extension for 1 additional credit)
  • Four consecutive Environmental Studies courses (required, 3 credits each)
  • Optional post-program module or research assistantship (3 credits)
For more information on available courses, click here.


Even though your adventure starts in Freiburg, our course-related trips take you to other great destinations in Germany and beyond to further your learning. Course-related trips are included in the program fee. During these trips, you will gather data and participate in academic research. Destinations may include: Black Forest, Swiss Alps, Rhine River Valley.

In addition to your course-related trips, you also have the opportunity to participate in an optional recreational field trip, often a 2-day trip in the surrounding area such as the Vosges Mountains in France. 

IES Abroad field trip destinations, activities, and lengths of stay may vary according to term and availability. 


IES offers shared University Apartments. You'll live in a single or double room in a coed suite with a shared kitchen and bath. Suites are shared with German and international students, and have Internet access. Single studio apartments are available for an additional fee.

Students usually prepare meals at home or dine in Freiburg’s affordable student cafeterias. Meals are not included in the program fee.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Program fee includes tuition, fees, orientation, cultural activities and excursions. Some options carry additional fees, see IES website for full cost breakdown.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $18,778.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.10
Housing $4,427.00
Insurance $245.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Local Transportation $500.00
Visa $76.00
Books and Supplies $100.00
Meals $3,650.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $2,400.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

IES-Freiburg: Environmental Studies and Sustainability

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For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email