The future of industrial societies depends on the sustainable use of resources. Facing environmental limits, we need to find solutions that help to supply the high demand for energy and raw materials. At the same time, industries have to tackle emissions reduction and the challenges brought about by global climate change.
A dynamic environment like this needs individuals with a broad range of skills and knowledge who also have a clear understanding of the scientific and legal facts involved and are able to relate them to the needs of their clients in economy and industry. Labour market trends predict a great future demand for specialists with interdisciplinary knowledge of this calibre.
We developed our Environment and Energy course of study to fulfil that need. The programme will provide you with a broad knowledge base in natural sciences and engineering as well as a solid understanding of economics and IT.
Our international focus and the technical English language skills you will gain throughout the course further expand your skill set, preparing you for future collaboration with experts in your subject area on a global scale.
Educational organisationTo prepare you for future employment, we cover a wide range of subject areas. In your first three semesters, you will acquire a solid understanding of the fundamentals of natural science and engineering in addition to completing introductory courses in economics and information technology.
The fourth and fifth semesters will then give you the chance to further develop your knowledge either in scientific, technical, economic, or administrative aspects by choosing elective courses according to your interests and desired career path. You will also have the opportunity to work on your own project in cooperation with other degree programmes at our university like Psychology or International Business.
The sixth semester will be focused on the practical application of your knowledge. An exciting period of studying abroad or a practical semester will help you gain valuable experience and increase your employability by giving you that extra, individual competitive edge.
In the seventh semester, you will finish your studies by submitting your Bachelor's thesis, followed by a presentation and open discussion of your research.
Study abroad unit(s)In the sixth semester, students have the chance to either study abroad or do an internship (in Germany or abroad). We provide support in selecting partner universities and institutions as well as in organising funding.
InternshipsIn the sixth semester, students have the chance to either study abroad or do an internship (in Germany or abroad). We provide support in selecting the partner universities and institutions as well as in raising funds.
Forms of assessmentMainly graded examinations (written examinations, seminar papers, presentations)
Course objectivesThe interdisciplinary education offered by this degree programme will enable you to pursue a wide range of careers. You will be well prepared to cooperate with experts in the field of Environment and Energy in developing sustainable solutions at all interfaces of natural sciences, engineering, and economics. This includes e.g., measures aimed at environmental protection and energy efficiency in industry, construction, or private households as well as the evaluation of natural environments or the planning and implementation of renaturation projects.
Your expertise and training will be in high demand at engineering offices, consulting agencies in the fields of energy and environment, in the construction industry or in public services, to name just a few.
Language requirementsPlease note that for this degree programme English language skills at level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference are required. Please be aware that all applicants' test report form numbers will be checked. We will accept the following certificates (or equivalents):
IELTS: 6.0 - 6.5
TOEFL (Internet-based test): minimum 80
TOEFL (paper-based test): minimum 550
TOEFL (computer-based test): minimum 213
The TOEFL code of our university is: 6962
The only exceptions to these language requirements are a secondary school certificate or a Bachelor's degree achieved in the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand. Please understand that no further exceptions can be made, even if you have achieved a Bachelor's degree taught in English in any other country.
Academic requirementsRhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences welcomes applications from nationals of all countries. Please see our website for general admission requirements.
Other requirements for the Environment and Energy BSc programme are the following:
- A sufficient level of English language proficiency (B2 CEFR or better).
- Completion of an eight-week internship before the start of the fourth semester. You can also do this internship in your home country before applying to Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences.
- Interest in environmental and technical problems
Enrolment feesApprox. 270 EUR per semester. This covers nominal administration fees and includes a semester ticket that allows free travel on most bus and train routes throughout the state of North Rhine-Westphalia as well as to and from Nijmegen in the Netherlands.
Costs of livingThe "Deutsches Studentenwerk" puts the average cost of living for students in Germany at around 700 to 800 EUR per month. This includes rent, utilities, personal expenses, and other nominal costs. For a sample breakdown of living expenses and information about financing your studies in Germany, please see our website: http://www.hochschule-rhein-waal.de/en/academics/students/costs-scholarships-and-grants.
Job opportunitiesInternational students from non-EU countries are legally permitted to work 120 full days or 240 half days per year on a student visa. No additional authorisation from German authorities is required.
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences often posts job advertisements for students both inside and outside the university on campus noticeboards. Some jobs at the university only require English, but most jobs in Kleve, Kamp-Lintfort, and surrounding areas will require at least conversational fluency in German. Fortunately, our Language Centre offers German courses that students can attend at no charge.
However, due to the intense workload at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, first-year students are strongly advised to dedicate their full attention to their studies. In later semesters, you will have a more open schedule and a better idea of how to balance work and studies. This is also a realistic time frame for acquiring speaking proficiency in German while studying full-time.
Funding opportunities within the universityA limited number of scholarships are available for currently enrolled students at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. The most prominent scholarship is the Germany Scholarship ("Deutschlandstipendium"). German and international students are both eligible to apply. The Germany Scholarship is a stipend of 300 EUR per month awarded each year to a limited number of students who have demonstrated excellent academic performance or exemplary social commitment to the community. Other scholarships, grants, and fellowships are available through regional and national organisations in Germany. Please see our website for details.
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences informs all students of important scholarship deadlines in advance so that they don't miss any potential application opportunities.
Arrival supportRhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is accessible from the international airports Amsterdam (AMS), Düsseldorf (DUS), Cologne/Bonn (CGN), and Weeze (NRN). The university does not offer any pick-up services, but both Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort can be reached by public transportation from any of these airports.
If you anticipate any travel problems, delays, or unexpected changes to your plans, please contact our Welcome Centre so that we can support you with helpful advice.
Services and support for international studentsOur Welcome Centre supports international students during their first few weeks in Germany. The Welcome Centre provides helpful advice and guidance on contracts, opening a bank account, registering your place of residence, applying for a student visa, setting up health insurance, and more.
The student mentors at the Welcome Centre know first-hand what it's like adjusting to life as a student in Germany. They are also an important first contact point for students with personal and social issues, as they can direct students to the right place for their specific needs. The Welcome Centre also promotes student culture at the university by organising trips and excursions to destinations all around the region as well as a range of social events for students such as the annual "Freshtival", the university's week-long orientation festival for new students in the winter semester.
AccommodationRhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences strongly urges you to make accommodation arrangements before your arrival. The university does not have its own residence halls, but the "Studierendenwerk Düsseldorf" runs dormitories near campus in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort with options for single rooms or two- and three-room flats. Prices start at around 220 EUR per month. Room availability in these dormitories is limited and subject to a waiting list, so it's important to register online for a room as soon as possible. Please note that a security deposit of three months' rent is also required.
Most students choose to share a private flat off campus with fellow students. There are a number of popular online portals for finding a flat in Germany, for example: http://www.wg-gesucht.de. Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences also maintains its own list of available flats and rooms for students on its website. Thanks to the flexibility of the Semester Ticket, students can live in Kleve, Kamp-Lintfort, or one of the many cities and towns nearby and reach campus by public transport. For more information and helpful tips on finding a flat, please see our website: http://www.hochschule-rhein-waal.de/en/academics/prospective-students/housing.