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Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Dormitory
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Ecology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Forestry, German, Philosophy, Political Science, Research, Sustainable Development
Type of Program:
Third Party
Language of Instruction:
English, German
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
Internship Available:
No
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Description:
Lake in the Black Forest

Program Overview     


Organized in cooperation with the Master Degree Program in Forest Science at the distinguished Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, the program offers courses taken alongside German and international students at the University and at the IES Abroad Center. Courses are organized as a series of three-week modules that focus on the sustainable management of natural resources, with special emphasis on renewable energies, environmental ethics, the adaptive management of forests, and ecological processes in ecosystems. Optional modules and research assistantship opportunities are also available after the end of the term of the regular term.

In addition to environmental studies topics, you can study German language at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level at the Sprachlehrinstitut (SLI) of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. (Excerpted from the IES website.)

Students also participate in German language courses at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level. Field study trips to the Swiss Alps, the Rhine River Valley, and the Black Forest, as well as a variety of cultural events and activities, round out the program. To help make study abroad more sustainable, IES Abroad will purchase a carbon offset for the approximate round-trip air travel for each student attending this program.

You will take 15-19 credits on this program (per IES requirements). The IES Abroad Environmental Studies & Sustainability Program courses are arranged in a series of three-week modules. The first module each semester is an IES Abroad-taught course. It is followed by modules taught at the Forest Ecology and Management Program at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. Information about the range of IES courses can be found at the IES Course Offerings website.

Organized in cooperation with the Forest Ecology and Management Program at the distinguished Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, the program offers English-taught courses at the first-year Master's level alongside German and international graduate students.

Please note, this program is not recommended for Penn State students with a major or minor in German Language.  

To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.


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Education Abroad Credits


You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Freiburg Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser. 


Pre-requisites


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program. 

  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Sophomore class standing or higher at time of study

Housing and Meals


Your housing will be arranged by IES. You will live in a residence hall with other German and international students. Students can prepare meals at home or may choose to dine in the affordable student cafeterieas offered. Meals are not included in the program fee.


Program Costs


For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall Budget Sheet and the Spring Budget Sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.


Financial Aid & Scholarships


Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

 

IES Public School Grant

As a Penn State student you will automatically be awarded a $2,000 Public School Grant. IES has created this award to make their programs affordable to you. This award has already been calculated into the Budget Sheet.
 


For More Information


For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.


How to Apply


If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  • Education Abroad Questionnaire
  • One academic recommendation
  • Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance. 
 


Studying Abroad with a Disability


Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

 


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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 09/15/2016
**
Rolling Admission 02/28/2017 07/01/2017
NOTE: Students participating in the optional post-program module depart on 07/22/2017. Students participating in the research assistanship depart on 07/29/2017.
Fall 2017 03/01/2017
03/15/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017
03/15/2017 TBA TBA
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
**
Rolling Admission 02/27/2018 07/07/2018
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/14/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed