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International Programmes in Germany 2014 Graduate School Environment, Society and Global Change (ESCG) ? University of Freiburg ? Freiburg im Breisgau
Degree PhD degree Course language(s) English The dissertation may be completed in German or English. Basic knowledge of the German language is helpful. However, it is not obligatory and can be obtained by participating in language courses along with the PhD programme. Admission semester Summer and winter semester Beginning Winter semester - October Summer semester - April Programme duration Three years Application deadline Middle of July (for the winter semester) Middle of January (for the summer semester) Course content Mankind is currently consuming the world's resources at an unprecedented rate. The use of these resources places increasing pressure on ecosystems and changes our environment from local to global scales, for example through the harvesting of forests, the damning of rivers, or the burning of fossil fuels. Some environmental changes threaten our natural support Submit application to Albert-Ludwigs-Universit?t Freiburg Fakult?t für Forst- und Umweltwissenschaften Dekanat Graudiertenschule "Environment, Society and Global Change" Esther Muschelknautz Tennenbacherstra?e 4 79106 Freiburg im Breisgau Germany CONTACT Albert-Ludwigs-Universit?t Freiburg Fakult?t für Umwelt und Natürliche Ressourcen Esther Muschelknautz Tennenbacher Stra?e 4 79085 Freiburg im Breisgau Tel. +49 (0) 7 61-2 03 36 07 Fax. +49 (0) 7 61-2 03 36 00
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systems and future developments may entail more risks. Therefore the sustainable use of resources and sustainable development of societies are amongst the most important goals in international, national, and regional governance approaches. In the five research areas of the Graduate School ESGC, academic staff and doctorate students alike aim to contribute to the identification and analysis of environmental and societal issues, problems related to global change, to analysing and developing mitigation and adaptation strategies to global change, and play a part in the advancement of concepts and strategies for the sustainable development of societies and the sustainable use of natural resources. The six research areas are: - Environmental Governance - Integrated Water Research - Adapting Forest Ecosystems to Global Change - Natural Resources and Sustainable Land Use - Biodiversity and Conservation The Graduate School started in October 2008 as part of the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Freiburg. It is supported by the International Graduate Academy of Freiburg University (IGA). The objective of the Graduate School is to improve the support for doctoral students and to enhance research in specified areas through disciplinary and interdisciplinary cooperation and exchange. Educational organisation For successful participation in the Graduate School PhD candidates must fulfil the following obligations: - Compilation of a research concept within one year approved by the PhD supervisor. - Once a year the graduate must present his/her research progress at the colloquium in the research area (during the first and second year). Following the colloquium, the PhD candidate is required to analyse the discussion that followed his/her presentation with the other PhD candidates and at least one of his/her supervisors; upon request of the supervisors the
candidate may have to produce the results in writing. - At least once a year the PhD candidate must meet both supervisors to discuss the research project. If the second supervisor is not present, the discussion can be conducted via video conference or telephone. - Once within three years the project must be presented at the Graduate School's forum; this entails a professional presentation of research results and the scientific progress meeting generally accepted standards. - Participation in colloquia of student's particular research area, as well as the yearly forums of the Graduate School - Participation in the annual general meeting - Active involvement in self-administration - During the PhD phase (normally three years) 14 credit points (CPs) have to be earned through enrolling in qualifying courses offered by the International Graduate Academy (IGA) and the Graduate School and by performing qualifying tasks within the Graduate School and the research area. The above mentioned obligations are partially chargeable. Courses should be taken mainly within the first two years of the PhD phase, so that the third year can be fully dedicated to completing the dissertation. Study abroad unit(s) Doctoral projects with research activities in foreign countries are welcome. The following variations (among others) are possible: Sandwich Projects: the project process should begin and end in Freiburg. The time in between is used for the empirical part of the research (data collection) in another country, in cooperation with partners there. Composite Projects: the doctoral research project is a part of a larger international project in which several foreign partners work together, in addition to the Freiburg supervisors (e.g. EU Projects). Course-related German language courses Yes
Tuition fees None Enrolment fees 125 EUR per semester, social and administrative fees Costs of living Participants must make sure in good time that sufficient funds are available to finance their participation in a course of study. The average cost of living for one month for students at the University of Freiburg is currently approx. 750-900 EUR. Some details: - Student accommodation costs around 250 EUR (monthly) - Private living costs around 350 EUR (monthly) - Health insurance is available for approx. 79 EUR (monthly) - Transport: a special student fare for regional transport costs approx. 79 EUR (per semester) Funding opportunities within the university The University of Freiburg offers a limited number of scholarships for doctoral students as per the State Law on Graduate Funding (Landesgraduiertenf?rderung Baden-Württemberg). Recipients receive approx. 1000 EUR per month. The state higher education institutions are responsible for awarding scholarships in accordance with the State Law on Graduate Funding (LGFG). In Freiburg, this task is carried out by the International Graduate Academy. Funding begins twice a year, on 1 May and on 1 October, and is contingent on sufficient budget resources.
www.iga.unifreiburg.de/Finanzierungsmoeglichkeiten/Landesgraduiertenfoerderung/Landesgraduiertenfoerderung? set_language=de [http://www.iga.unifreiburg.de/Finanzierungsmoeglichkeiten/Landesgraduiertenfoerderung/Landesgraduiertenfoerderung? set_language=de] Language requirements Applicants provide evidence of knowledge in the chosen working language (for those who do not speak
English or German as a first language).
Academic requirements Above-average diploma or Master's degree Candidates for the Graduate School must - hold an excellent recent university degree (Master or German Diploma) in a field relevant to the Graduate School - submit a written concept of the doctoral project - attach a one-page statement of motivation - present a declaration of the primary supervising professor to accept the candidate - provide evidence of knowledge in the chosen working language (for those who do not speak English or German as a first language) Where to apply Albert-Ludwigs-Universit?t Freiburg Fakult?t für Forst- und Umweltwissenschaften Dekanat Graudiertenschule "Environment, Society and Global Change" Esther Muschelknautz Tennenbacherstra?e 4 79106 Freiburg im Breisgau Germany Arrival support The International Graduate Academy (IGA) offers a welcome service for all international doctoral students. The International Office (IO) offers an orientation week for new international students with general information about the university and Freiburg.
Services and support for international students In addition to services and support offered by each coordinator of a course of study, the International Office organises a special four-day orientation session
which generally takes place two weeks before the beginning of the semester. This orientation session includes information about various aspects of everyday life (e.g. accommodation, work opportunities, etc.), presentations and visits to important institutions (e.g. the university library) and opportunities for socialising with other international students. During the semester, the "International Club" (coordinated by the Studentenwerk (Student Social Services)) offers a great variety of events, trips and services for international students in cooperation with the International Office. Furthermore, the UNIKOS team, a group of international students who have been studying at Freiburg University for some time, give practical advice and can be approached for help in several languages. Accommodation As Freiburg is an attractive city, finding a suitable place to live can take a little time. Only a small proportion of students can be offered a room in a student dormitory. The Studentenwerk (Student Social Services) is in charge of the student dormitories. Applicants must expect a waiting period. In addition to these dormitories, several independent dormitories are listed on the university website. The Studentenwerk also offers a list of available private rooms and the International Office can be contacted for further assistance in finding accommodation (www.io.unifreiburg.de/wohnraumvermittlung).
Course website www.gs.esgc.uni-freiburg.de/ [http://www.gs.esgc.unifreiburg.de/] About the university The University of Freiburg was founded in 1457 as a classical comprehensive university, making it one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Germany. Awarded for its excellence in both research and teaching, the university also boasts a long history, with numerous Nobel Prize winners. Brilliant scholars and creative thinking distinguish it today as a modern, topnotch university, well equipped for the challenges of
the 21st century. As an organisation with over 24,000 students, 183 degree programmes and nearly 6,500 employees, the University of Freiburg is committed to family friendliness, equal opportunities and environmental consciousness in its day-to-day operations. The structure of the university is multifaceted, ranging from 11 academic faculties - from the humanities, the social and natural sciences all the way to engineering - to 18 research centres. As such, we are a dynamic, large-scale institution with a diverse educational offering. As studies, research and continuing education are all an integral part of this offering, we maintain a close relationship with the city and the region, as well as with the international academic community. Bilateral partnerships, research projects, joint study courses and memberships in international networks such as the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and the European Confederation of Upper Rhine Universities (EUCOR) are examples of the university's strong transnational relations. All our students, including those from abroad, can take courses at the Universities of Basel (Switzerland) and Strasbourg (France) without having to enrol. Via the EUCOR mobility grant, they also get allowances for travel expenses. Total number of students 24,074 Total percentage of international students 16 % About the city Freiburg im Breisgau is a city in south-western Germany on the edge of the Black Forest. Freiburg was founded by Konrad and Duke Bertold III of Z?hringen in 1120 as a free market town; hence its name, which translates as "free town". Freiburg holds a central position in Europe, at the axis where Switzerland, France and Germany meet, and is the city with the most hours of sunshine per year in Germany. It nestles in one of the oldest cultural landscapes north of the Alps, a location which has had an unmistakable influence on the town. The university plays an essential part in the quality of life in Freiburg; both in the
academic sphere and in the perception of the general public, the activities of the university are of central importance. Since its founding, teaching, learning and research have formed an indivisible whole. With approx. 230,000 inhabitants, Freiburg has a friendly size, offering the safe surroundings of a smaller city whilst at the same time excelling in terms of culture, shopping and infrastructure. Both the inhabitants and the city government of Freiburg attach great importance to ecological values and sustainable development. This "green city" atmosphere influences many aspects of city life - from the numerous cyclists on the streets to cutting-edge solar energy research. Surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the Black Forest and the wine-growing regions of the Rhine Valley, Freiburg is a popular destination for tourism and leisure activities. Population 220,000
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