IES Abroad Freiburg – Environmental Studies & Sustainability

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Hiking, Schauinsland, Boys
Hiking, Schauinsland, Boys
Horizon, Sunset, Freiburg View, Freiburg Skyline, Schwabentor
Horizon, Sunset, Freiburg View, Freiburg Skyline, Schwabentor
Flea market, park, grass, sky
Flea market, park, grass, sky
Overnight class trip to the Swiss Alps to study ecology and human influence
View of the Münster Cathedral from the top of the Schlossberg
Snowshoeing on the tallest mountain in the Black Forest- the Feldberg
Typical day in class
Group pic in the Swiss Alps


This English-taught program allows you to explore topics in Environmental Studies, Forest Ecology, and Sustainability while living in Freiburg, a well-known center for environmental innovation. Freiburg and the surrounding regions will be your classroom. Can you imagine traveling to the Rhine River Valley to take samples and observe local ecology; or traveling to the forests of the Swiss Alps to further your discussions on forest management and tourism? Welcome to study abroad! Wherever possible, your courses take you outside the classroom to give you hands-on experience and to take advantage of all that your study abroad location has to offer.

Courses are organized as a series of three-week modules that focus on the sustainable management of natural resources, with a special emphasis on the adaptive management of forests, ecological processes in ecosystems, and human effects on the environment.


IES Abroad Scholarships
IES Abroad Scholarships and Financial Aid

As far as we're concerned, financial limitations shouldn't prevent you from studying abroad with us. That's why we offer more than $5 million in scholarships and aid.

$500 - $5,000

Questions & Answers

In order to apply, you must be at least 18 years old and have a 2.75 GPA or higher.


based on 18 reviews
  • Academics 8.3
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 8.9
  • Housing 8.7
  • Safety 9.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

IES is making Freiburg an amazing experience

IES set up our program with just the right amount of structure and freedom. When we first arrived, they provided many opportunities for us to get to know the other students in the program as well as Freiburg. We've taken several optional trips, planned and paid for by IES, to the Swiss alps and France. If ever I need support, for personal or school related needs, I know I can ask any of the supportive, kind IES employees. It's so wonderful here!

What would you improve about this program?
It's really expensive.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Das beste Semester meines Lebens

Living and studying abroad in Freiburg was everything I dreamed it would be and more. I know that sounds cheesy, but in all honesty, there were times that I just didn't feel like what I was doing was real life because it was simply so amazing.

The program through IES was the perfect way to balance independence in a different country while simultaneously knowing that any problems or questions you have, there is someone there who can and will help you out. The staff at IES really works to make your experience the best it can be, and as a student of the German language, this included not only language immersion but also cultural immersion, which are two hugely important factors when considering going abroad.

For classes, IES offers a wide selection of topics but also gives students the opportunity to enroll at the university, which is an incredible opportunity, as this university is one of the best in Germany. If you decide to only enroll in IES courses, however, you are not missing out on much because these classes are taught by some of the most wonderful professors. They aren't just there to teach you about some topic; they're there to inspire you and help you. It's so obvious that they do what they do because they love it. In addition, with a destination like Freiburg, the overall group is somewhat smaller than in a major city, which is beneficial for academics because class sizes remain small and intimate.

The living situation varies per person; however, there is a general layout. IES divides students into neighborhood groups, so a handful of IES students will live in the same complex. There are usually various areas around Freiburg where students are placed, but everything is easily reachable. Within these complexes, there are different buildings where German and other international students live. IES has reserved rooms for their students, and you may end up living with anywhere from one to five or more flatmates of various nationalities. Your flatmates will become really useful resources for figuring out Freiburg! Also you will always have your own room but will have common bathrooms and a kitchen.

Freiburg itself is a great place to be. There is always something to do in the city, but I never felt overwhelmed. And if you're more of an outdoorsy person, then Freiburg is also perfect because it's in the Schwarzwald region, which provides plenty of hiking opportunities.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Freiburg was amazing! IES is wonderful!

I had an amazing experience in Freiburg. It's such a great university city and there is always something to do. IES staff were very helpful and I couldn't have asked for a better study abroad experience.