Summer School on Renewable Energy: Policy and Development, 1 July - 3 August 2016, Germany

Publish Date: Mar 11, 2016

Deadline: Mar 15, 2016

Event Dates: from Jul 01, 2016 12:00 to Aug 03, 2016 12:00

The University of Bonn, Northwestern and Arcadia Universities

invite highly motivated international undergraduate students from various academic backgrounds to the 7th Summer School on Renewable Energy: Policy and Development. Experts from the University of Bonn, well-known international organizations and research institutes like IRENA and the National Research Center Jülich will introduce students to current discussions, research and policy efforts on renewable energy, with a special focus on conflicts associated with the topic. The interactive exchange with experts from diverse fields also provides students with a glimpse into possible career paths.

The program offers:

  • a workshop on German culture at the beginning of the program, complemented by cultural visits and excursions throughout the program
  • a Buddy Program to interact with German students from the University of Bonn and experience hands-on campus life in Germany

Coursework "Energy Policy: Global Decisions, Local Actors"

This course will focus on the „energy“ factor of global and national policy-making to achieve sustainable development. 

Group Projects

Students will work in small groups on topics assigned to them. The groups are guided by project advisors, who are experts in the respective fields. 

Guest Lectures + Panels

Interdisciplinarity is key for a thorough understanding of the topic. Therefore guest lectures deepen the policy knowledge from different angles and cover the political, economic and technological side of renewable energy. At panel discussions students get the chance to meet with young political leaders and professionals. 


Academic excursions will deliver first hand insight into the discussed themes and sites of policy-making and research on renewables. 

Berlin - German Policy Making and Research

In Berlin the group will meet with practitioners, politicians and researchers from government agencies, ministries and NGOs. During the five-day excursion to Berlin the students will also gain deeper insight into recent German history and culture.

Introduction to German Culture

A workshop at the beginning of the program will introduce students to German history and culture. Throughout the program, we will undertake excursions to museums and guided tours of historic and cultural sites. Student "Buddies" from Bonn make this a truly intercultural experience.


To enhance interdisciplinarity, we welcome 15 to 25 highly motivated undergraduate studentsfrom diverse fields such as:

political science, environmental and sustainability studies,  geography, engineering, botany, geology, chemistry, meteorology, physics, sociology, education, anthropology, pre-law, business, economics, journalism, and public policy.

  • Knowledge of German is not required. Sufficient English skills (B2-C2) are required.
  • Students should be in their second or third year and have to be enrolled at a university
  • Students’ GPA must be 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Proven interest in Renewable Energy topics, stated in a motivation letter

Application Process

Northwestern University Students of Northwestern University apply through their University's Study Abroad Office
Arcadia University Students applying from or through Arcadia will find further information here.
Other Partner Universities   Students from other partner universities apply directly through the International Office of the University of Bonn:
  • apply online via our online application form (for the English version, please click on the British flag in the upper left corner)
  • save the completed application form as pdf-document 
  • send it to, together with the following documents

-  university transcripts

-  short CV

-  motivation letter; please answer the following questions (300 words each):

What do you specifically hope to learn about Germany’s approach to renewable energy policy and development?

What related experiences, coursework, skills and background would you bring to this program?

Application Deadline is March 15th, 2016

Program Fee

Participants will be enrolled as students of the University of Bonn, benefitting from all University facilities and amenities. The program fee further includes accomodation, excursions (incl. breakfast) and free use of public transportation in Bonn and the State of North-Rhine-Westphalia. For more information on the program fee please contact us at

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