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Renewable Energy: Policy & Development in Germany

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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


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 a combination of coursework, guest lectures, frequent academic and cultural excursions in and around Bonn, and a collaborative energy project with other program participants (and guided by professionals from the respective fields). 

Field trips include a visit to the European Commission headquarters in Brussels and, during the final week of the program, a 5-day trip to Berlin where students visit important historic sites and interact with officials from key governmental and private agencies.

ISEN grants up to $1,000 will be available.  Contact the Study Abroad Office for more details!

Program Type: Northwestern Summer 


  • Summer

Term Notes: July 1 - August 4, 2015


  • Although NU's GPA requirement is a 2.5, the University of Bonn requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Course Info: 

  • All coursework is conducted in English.
  • The program begins with an introductory workshop on German culture and activities with German student 'Buddies' from Bonn.
  • Students enroll in the University of Bonn course, "Energy Policy: Global Decisions, Local Actors,” and earn 2 credits at Northwestern. The course explores policies in the area of sustainable development, with a special focus on the "energy" factor.
  • Regular classroom work is complemented with guest lectures and visits to international and local agencies from the field of renewable energy, politics and research.
  • Download the Summer 2015 Bonn Course Overview (pdf).

Admission Info: 

To apply, Northwestern students must:

  1. Schedule an interview with the Study Abroad Adviser for Germany before March 1st.  Call the Study Abroad Office at 847-467-6400 to schedule.
  2. Complete an NU Summer Study Abroad Application by March 1st.

Languages: English


You will live in one of the University of Bonn dormitories located throughout the city in a single or double room with shared access kitchen facilities. In most cases, you will prepare your own meals and should be prepared for a commute to campus.

Meals: The majority of meals are not included on the program. On class days, students can purchase their own meals in the cafeteria.

Program Costs: 

Summer 2015: $7,545

  • 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.
  • Breakfast during the Berlin and Brussels excursions and some dinners during the program are included.
  • 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.


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