Year of Study in Munich

A study abroad program established by Lewis & Clark College

Environmental Studies

The nuclear disaster in Fukushima in 2011 marked a crucial point in Germany’s energy policy and caused the so called energy turnaround (Energiewende) which led to an even stronger concentration on renewable energies. Since Germany has become one of the leading countries in the environmental field, the Year of Study in Munich offers a new focus on Environmental Studies.

We give students the opportunity to take courses, attend lectures, do internships, go on excursions and participate in various other activities at the University of Munich and the renowned Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.

Students can take courses in the following areas:

Environmental Science

Courses in Environmental Science deal with biophysical forces that shape environmental conditions and include areas like soil science, hydrology, geomorphology, marine biology, climate science, and remote sensing.

Environmental Politics & Economics

Courses in Environmental Politics & Economics deal with environmental debates and their current state in national and international politics and economics. Themes include population growth in relation to natural resources, industrialization, and perspectives on sustainability.

Environmental History, Ethics and Culture

Courses in Environmental History, Ethics & Culture contextualize the development of environmental debates and technological progress, explore ethical dimensions of environmental problems, and highlight environmental themes in literature and art.