The “International Forestry” programme at the University of Freiburg is part of the M. Sc. in “Forest Science”. Trees, forests and their sustainable management help us to achieve many of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. They provide us with clean water, renewable energy, sustainable timber products, jobs, and space for recreation. They harbour
biodiversity and help to improve the global and local climate.
Not surprisingly, the financial support from governments and private players for the international forest sector has increased significantly over recent years.
There is no shortage of ambitious high-level policy processes and international mechanisms aimed at restoring degraded landscapes; conserving forest biodiversity and ecosystem services; promoting sustainable timber industries; or reducing greenhouse gas emissions from
deforestation and forest degradation. The availability of adequate capacities at the international, regional and local level to appropriately manage forest resources in the long term will be critical for the success of these initiatives.
Through the training of highly qualified graduates, the International Forestry Programme contributes substantially to these capacity needs. The training focuses on the international dimensions of forestry and offers competencies for graduates to work in a range of fields: It provides students with a background in global processes, developments and policies that are relevant to forestry delivers an understanding of major forest ecosystems, forest management systems and paradigms of international importance,
offers specific tools, methods and key competencies for the analysis and management of forestry systems “think globally, act locally”.
Typically, our students, who come from all over the world, bring a high diversity of cultural backgrounds, professional and academic experiences to the programme. This facilitates mutual learning, which is strongly encouraged through the variety of teaching and learning approaches
and environments employed. The elective track International Forestry is best suited for graduates of B. Sc. programmes in Forest sciences and closely related fields, who wish to work in an international context. The many graduates of International Forestry who work in governmental or international organizations, in research, as consultants and practical forest and land managers are testimony to the success of the programme. For examples of possible careers see: https://www.msc-forst.uni-freiburg.de/en/informations-abut-the-programme/elective-trackmodules/
Important dates and information
Application deadline non-EU citizens: 15 May of every year
Application deadline EU citizens: 30 June
Start of the winter semester: October 15 2018 to February 09 2019
Course fees: 1,500 € per semester for non-EU citizens
Students should have a solid background in forest sciences and forestry concepts, a serious interest in analytical and scientific work, good communication skills, and a self-responsible and proactive attitude. Applicants need to have
a B. Sc. degree in a forestry/environmental science/natural resource management programme with an above average grade and
an officially authenticated copy of your language proficiency certificate in English (depending on the mother tongue) according to level C1 of the EU Framework.
Technical requirements in general: 50 ECTS from the areas of natural sciences, social and economic sciences and quantitative methods; 25 ECTS from that should come from forestry sciences and management of natural resources.
Freiburg is a traditional but also a very young and dynamic university city.
It is located close to the Black Forest, France and Switzerland and is considered to be one of the most attractive cities in Germany.
The Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg was founded in 1457 and is one of the oldest universities in Germany. At present, ca. 25,000 students are enrolled.
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Application forms and further information:
Coordination and contact
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bauhus – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Sabine Reinecke – email@example.com
Chair of Silviculture
Freiburg Institute of Forest Sciences
Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources
Chair of Silviculture
D-79085 Freiburg im Breisgau
About University of Freiburg
he University of Freiburg (colloquially German: Uni Freiburg), officially the Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg (German: Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg), is a public research university located in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The university was founded in 1457 by the Habsburg dynasty as the second university in Austrian-Habsburg territory after the University of Vienna. Today, Freiburg is the fifth-oldest university in Germany, with a long tradition of teaching the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences and technology and enjoys a high academic reputation both nationally and internationally. The university is made up of 11 faculties and attracts students from across Germany as well as from over 120 other countries. Foreign students constitute about 18.2% of total student numbers