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 combination of coursework, guest lectures and excursions to NGOs, research institutions, and renewable energy sites, conducted in English
- energy related group projects, guided by professionals from the respective fields
- a five day excursion to Berlin to gain further insight into renewable energy policy-making as well as recent German history and culture
- 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.
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
|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:
- 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
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 email@example.com.
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