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Therefore, the University of Hohenheim has developed the programme Environmental Protection and Agricultural Food Production. It is designed to provide qualified students of all nationalities with an internationally competitive, state-of-the-art training.
Educational organisationThe two-year programme starts in October each year. It consists of three in-class semesters comprising 14 modules (six compulsory, three semi-elective, five elective modules).
The compulsory modules have to be completed within the first and second semesters:
1. Agricultural Production and Residues
2. Economics and Environmental Policy
3. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Analytics
4. Environmental Microbiology, Parasitology and Microbial Ecology
5. Environmental Modelling
6. Spatial Data Analysis with GIS
Basic knowledge in chemistry, physics, calculus, and biology are required in order to successfully complete most of the modules.
Study abroad unit(s)Students have the opportunity to take the third-semester modules at partner universities abroad. The thesis semester may be spent in Germany or abroad (within one of the numerous international research projects conducted by Hohenheim's research staff in cooperation with partner institutions).
InternshipsInternships are not compulsory, but recommended. The internship must be organised by the student and has to fit the schedule of the programme. Upon request, the Career Center may assist in finding an internship.
Forms of assessmentWritten assessment (exams, presentations, essays, thesis)
Oral assessment (exams, presentations, defence)
Course objectivesGraduates will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to:
- analyse and understand ecosystematic, economic, political, and administrative interdependencies
- understand physical, chemical, and biological properties of agents and matter in order to identify their impact on the environment
- set up models for environmental systems, conduct simulations, and analyse the results
- analyse spatial data with geographical information systems
- develop integrative problem solutions on a global scale
Language requirementsTOEFL: minimum 90 internet-based or
IELTS: minimum 6.5
Academic requirementsAbove-average Bachelor of Science (BSc) or equivalent degree in agricultural, environmental, or nutritional sciences, food technology, biology, or a related field
Enrolment feesAbout 160 EUR per semester
Costs of livingLiving expenses in Germany are relatively high. Each student should calculate at least 700 EUR per month for accommodation, food, health insurance, and public transport.
For the first month, students should expect higher costs, as they have to pay registration fees. Rent for a single room varies from 220 EUR to 400 EUR per month.
Job opportunitiesHohenheim offers enrolled students assistant jobs on campus. Students are responsible for managing working hours and these hours should not conflict with their studies. Working off campus is also possible according to the Aliens Act. However, please be aware that without good knowledge of German, jobs are quite difficult to find.
Arrival supportAssistance with accommodation, enrolment, and health insurance is provided by the international office. The programme coordination office can help with the organisation of the studies and other formalities.
Services and support for international studentsGerman language courses for beginners and advanced learners are offered during the semester.
Students can participate in ten introductory days with trips and presentations to get to know the university facilities and local surroundings.
"Warm-up seminars" (intercultural seminar, facts and skills seminar) are offered before the start of the programme.
Upon request, a personal mentor from the teaching staff can advise students on appropriate study profiles as well as support students in planning their studies in a smooth and goal-oriented way.