Summer Study Abroad in Bonn, Germany
Renewable Energy: Policy and Development

  • Study Renewable Energy, Policy and Technology, along with German Language and Culture.

  • This five-week experience offers a unique interdisciplinary curriculum, introducing you to the field of renewable energies as a response to today's climate and energy problems.

  • Based at the University of Bonn, this program was developed in cooperation with the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University (ISEN)


The nation of Germany is a leader in renewable energy systems, and it is innovating rapidly in the areas of climate change and geopolitics. This intensive program offers a thorough examination of wind, solar, geothermal and biomass processes as the German people adapt to rapid climatic changes. It also provides a historical and sociocultural framework for understanding these processes. View complete course outline.

The program will start with a large-scale perspective on energy policies and global actors, such as UN agencies and NGOs, along with worldwide associations and large corporations. Students will then be introduced to the European Union's approach and visit the European Commission in Brussels.

The focus of the program will be on students' own and their host country's efforts in the field, and look at concrete examples of local action in Bonn. Students will also be asked to put what they learned to use in a larger discussion, in a simulation, as well as in their final papers.

During their final week on the program, students will get the chance to take all of this a step further. In Berlin, they will have the chance to use what they learned over the last weeks in order to ask informed questions and discuss relevant topics with politicians, practitioners and researchers. View sample of complete course schedule.

Regular classroom will be complemented with guest lectures from and visits to international and local agencies from the field of renewable energy, politics and research. The program will be conducted in English.

Visit the Renewable Energy program website at the University of Bonn.

Housing and Meals

Students will be housed in single rooms in regular student dormitories at the University of Bonn. During excursions, students will stay in hostels or hotels. The majority of meals are not included on the program. Students can purchase their own meals in the cafeteria. Breakfast will be included on excursions and certain special dinners will be included. Read more about housing.

Credits and GradesContact a Past Participant

You will earn six semester hours of credit for the summer program. 

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered. The application should also include a statement of purpose and an essay on Renewable Energy. View guidelines for these essays here

Application Deadline

  • March 15