Renewable Energy: Policy & Development
Sponsor: Northwestern University Study Abroad Office, Initiative for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern (ISEN), the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University, & the University of Bonn
Location: Bonn, Germany
Description:Germany is an innovative leader in renewable energy systems and geopolitics. This 5-week, 2-credit summer program focuses on German energy policy and initiatives in renewable, sustainable, sources of energy—wind, solar, biomass, geothermal—and energy conservation in a European and global context. Students will gain a broad perspective on cutting-edge energy policies and global actors (i.e. major research institutes, UN agencies, German ministries, NGOs, international organizations and private corporations) through lectures, discussions, a collaborative energy project with other program participants, and excursions. Field trips include a visit to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels and a short study trip to Berlin where students will visit important historic sites and interact with representatives from key governmental and private agencies.
Term Notes: Early July to early August
- Students in this program enroll in a University of Bonn course titled "Energy Policy: Global Decisions, Local Actors,” which includes a German culture and history component. Regular classroom work will be complimented with guest lectures and visits to international and local agencies from the field of renewable energy, politics and research.
- All coursework is conducted in English.
- Download the Summer 2013 Bonn Course Overview (pdf) and Sample Bonn Calendar (pdf).
To apply, Northwestern students must complete the following steps.
- Schedule an interview with the Study Abroad Office prior to the application deadline. Call 847-467-6400 to schedule.
- Complete an NU Summer Study Abroad Application by March 1.
Single rooms at the University of Bonn residence halls located throughout the city.
Summer 2013: $7,140
- The program fee includes: tuition, housing, some meals, books, transit pass, program excursions to Berlin and Brussels, German health insurance, HTH health insurance, and the Study Abroad Administrative Fee.
- Lunch is included on class days, and breakfast and lunch or dinner are included during the Berlin and Burssels trips.
- Students should plan to budget an additional $2,100-$2,500 for round-trip airfare, transportation to/from the airport, meals, and personal expenses.
- Northwestern students receiving financial aid during the academic year may be eligible for summer aid for this program. If awarded, summer assistance may count as one of your 12 quarters of aid eligibility. Visit the Summer Scholarships page for additional information.
- Students are encouraged to apply for outside scholarships to help with the cost of summer study abroad.