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. 

Fields of study:

Environmental studies and sustainability


Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Language Prerequisite:


Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


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


16-19 credits per semester - (courses are taught in modules)
Required Courses
German Language (3-4 credits)
IES Abroad Environmental Studies course (3 credits)
3 Environmental Studies courses at Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat  (3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


In residence halls with German and international students


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


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.


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: Freiburg Environmental Studies & Sustainability