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International Forestry



"International Forestry" focuses on the international dimensions of forestry and offers competencies for graduates aiming to work in a range of fields to tackle the complex issues associated with the sustainable management of forests.

This profile aims to provide students with an overview of global forest resources and their use. A profound understanding of different forest ecosystems types and management systems is conveyed. Students will acquire the ability to analyse and assess the institutions and processes influencing
forests & forestry
from local to global levels and will learn Key competencies for the analysis and management of forestry systems. 


Important facts about this study profile

Language: EnglishIF2

Teaching form: on-campus

Pace of study: fulltime

Study location: Freiburg

Start: only in winter term

Duration: 4 Semester

Application periode: March 20th - May 15th

ECTS: 120 ECTS (80ECTS modules, 10 ECTS Internship, 30ECTS Thesis)

Costs: 161 semester fees, 1.500€ study fees (only non-EU students!)




  • close interconnections between theory and concepts with case-studies and hands-on experience
  • interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research and strong involvement of students in projects
  • international and diverse backgrounds of students facilitating mutual learning


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Module details

1)    Forests and Global Change

    • Forests in the age of climate change
    • Deforestation and afforestation
    • Digitalization in forest management

2)    Environmental Statistics

    • introductory module beyond multiple regression
    • builds on and extends statistical knowledge and its application
    • standard machine-learning approaches in R or Python
    • joint module with students from other profile tracks

3)   Carbon Forestry

    • follow soon

4)    Forest Inventory and Information Systems

    • follow soon

5)    Forest Economics and Management

    • follow soon

6)    Plantation Forestry

    • follow soon

7)    Close-to-Nature Forest Management

    • follow soon

8)    Ecosystem Management

    • follow soon

9)   Integrated Land Use Systems

    • follow soon

10)  International Forest Governance

    • follow soon

11)   Forest Legality and Sustainability Regulation

    • follow soon

12)   Forests and Rural Developement

    • follow soon

13)   Forest Sciences: Professional and Research Approaches

    • Self-perception and external perception of the forestry profession
    • Change of forestry and forest sciences in history
    • Methods of research and knowledge transfer


IF4Target Group

  • Best suited to graduates of BSc programmes in Forest Sciences and closely related fields
  • Interest in work within international contexts
  • International students who seek to expand their competencies for working in their home country
  • Students interested in foreign countries and practices


Career Opportunities

 International job market, including but not limited to:

      • International organisations (UN level)
      • Governmental institutions,
      • (E)NGOs
      • Forestry and consultancy companies
      • Research institutions




* BSc Degree with grade point average of at least 2.5
* English C1
* At least 30 ECTS in natural sciences and ecology
* 10 ECTS in Statistics and Geomatics
* 30 ECTS in Forestry & Natural Resources Management


Application periode: March 20th - May 15th

Application portal: HISinOne

further information: see "Application"


Coordinator & Contact


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bauhus
Chair of Silviculture



Dr. Sabine Reinecke