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The programme can only be started in the winter semester


Since winter semester 20/21 only online applications with document upload are accepted!

All documents must be uploaded on time!

Documents cannot be submitted by post or in person!

If you have problems with the online application portal please contact the campus management team directly:




Application start:

March 20th



Non-EU-Citizen: May 15th

EU-Citizen: June 30th


 Online application portal



What are the requirements for admission?

  • Bachelor’s degree in a forestry or environmental science programme
  • Average grade of at least 2.9 (German grading)
  • Appropriate language certificate
  • General professional requirements:

50 ECTS from the areas of natural sciences and forestry sciences, social and economic sciences and quantitative methods

  • Additionally 25 ECTS with professional requirements  for the desired elective track

Which Elective Track suits me?

Each Elective Track conveys different focuses and therefore requires different prior knowledge. This is why you need to choose one favourite Elective Track (and one alternative) during the application procedure.

The German taught Elective Track "Forstwirtschaft" prepares students primarily for jobs in the classic German forestry sector.

The English taught Elective Track "International Forestry" is the best choice for students who would like to work in an international context or for students who want to expand their skills to work in their home country.

The English taught Elective Track "Wildlife and Biodiversity" focuses on the ecology and the protection of the biological diversity of flora and fauna with an emphasis on terrestrial ecosystems.

What are the requirements of the Elective Tracks?

25 ECTS of forest sciences and management of natural resources

25 ECTS of forestry sciences and management of natural resources

25 ECTS of ecological and population ecology basics

Which language certificates are required?

  • Native speaker are excempt from the obligation to provide evidence
  • If you chose the German Elective Track:

German Level C1 (or native speaker) and English Level B2

  • If you chose an English Elective Track:

No German skills needed, English Level C1

Here is an overview of accepted language certificates

!!!Language certificates/proof of language proficiency must be available at latest at the time of enrollment! But at the time of the application, it must be ovious, that the mandatory language level can be achieved (language test registration, proof of language course, experience abroad, studying with English as medium of instruction, ...)

How to apply?

Enter your application online into our Application portal , follow the step-by-step-instructions and upload the requested documents.

The uploaded documents are used for the assessment and form the basis for the decision about your application. The uploaded documents should therefore (largely) match the original.

!All documents must be submitted as original or as certified copy* during the enrollment!

* certified copy: Information about a correct official certified copy:  Merkblatt des Service Center Studium.


Note for BSc students of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg:

To make sure you can enroll in time, it is strongly recommended that you submit your bachelor's thesis until September 1st!

How does the application process work?

Please log into the application portal

  1. Enter your informations and upload the necessary documents
  2. Print out, sign and upload the confirmation form
  3. Submit the application online and print out the control data sheet
  4. After the deadline, the applications will be examined by the selection committee
  5. If you fullfill the technical requirements, the final check by the "International Admissions and Services" will follow
  6. Admission letters will be sent by the IAS to the adress stored in the application portal

Which application documents do I need?

The following documents are needed for a successful application:

(click here for a detailed checklist of the mandatory documents)

  • Signed Confirmation form
  • Letter of motivation (Guideline for Letter of Motivation)
  • Tabular CV
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Current transcript
  • Language certificate/proficiency
  • If applicable, evidence of work experience, trainee, internship, stays abroad
  • If applicable APS Certifikate (Applicants from China, Vietnam and Mongolia)

What happens after a successful application?

What happens after a successful application: Information for new students

Here you can find information about the university, the faculty, life in Freiburg and how to finance your studies, as well as other helpful links.


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The admission requirements and formal requirements are defined in the Auswahlsatzung MSc Forstwissenschaftenwell as in the Zulassungs- und Immatrikulationsordnung der Universität Freiburg.