The IES: Freiburg Environmental Studies & Sustainability program through IES Abroad allows Whitman students to explore topics in Environmental Studies, Forest Ecology, and Sustainability while living in Freiburg, a well-known center for environmental innovation. 

“I absolutely loved the program and I think it’s probably one of the best offered for Environmental Studies majors. I got a lot out of each of my classes that I don’t think I could have learned at Whitman, especially new perspectives on Environmental Studies and what it means in an urban setting. It’s also a great program for those that haven’t studied enough of another language before because you have the opportunity for a fresh start in German.” Caroline D. ‘17

Faculty Adviser:

Professor Emily Jones (German Studies & Environmental Humanities)

Fields of study:

Environmental studies and sustainability


Minimum cumulative GPA requirement 2.8 (Whitman requirement); some courses require ability to do strenuous hikes

Language Prerequisite:



15-19 credits per semester - Required Courses:
German language course (3 or 4 credits)
Four consecutive Environmental Studies courses/modules (3 credits each)
Optional post-program module or research assistantship (3 credits)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


Spring semester students may apply for a Research Assistantship with faculty members from the University of Freiburg.  Research assistantships take place after the conclusion of spring semester and last six weeks.


In apartment-style university housing with German and international students


Students prepare their own meals or purchase them at one of the many student cafeterias in the city.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


September-December, late February-early July (spring program ends in late July for students enrolled in optional post-program module or in post-program research assistantship)


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: Freiburg Environmental Studies & Sustainability