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  1. Who is eligible to take part in the program?
  2. What is the program's basic structure?
  3. What is the deadline for admission into the Environmental Studies Certificate Program?
  4. I missed the deadline. Is it still possible to consider my application?
  5. When will I be informed whether I have been accepted into the program?
  6. Are there additional tuition fees for students participating in the program?
  7. Does the Environmental Studies Certificate Program offer grants or stipends for its students?
  8. How many courses do I need to take?
  9. Can I take more than just the required courses?
  10. How do I register for ESP courses?
  11. Can I repeat an exam?
  12. Do I need to register for the module "Final Project"?
  13. What are the language requirements for participating in the certificate program?
  14. What do I gain from participation in the Environmental Studies Certificate Program?
  15. How do I get the Certificate?
  16. How do I register if I am a LMU student?
  17. How do I register if I am not a LMU student?
  18. How do I register for the courses offered within the Environmental Studies Certificate Program?
  19. What are the requirements for international students?
  20. Can I get credit for courses from my stay abroad?
  21. What if I take more courses than are required to complete the program? Is it possible to get credit for them?
  22. What if I do not have the required documents for the application process yet?

Who is eligible to take part in the program?

The program is open to all Master students, Diplom students and those studying Lehramt and towards their Staatsexamen.

What is the program's basic structure?

The 33 ECTS-credits are studied alongside the student's major subject and is spread across four semesters. For additional information, please refer to the program's structure.

What is the deadline for admission into the Environmental Studies Certificate Program?

Acceptance to the program is only possible at the start of the winter semester. The application deadline is the 20th of September. For more information on how to apply, please refer to the application process.

I missed the deadline. Is it still possible to consider my application?

Unfortunately we are unable to consider any applications received after the deadline. Please apply again the following year.  For more information on how to apply, please consult the application process.

When will I be informed whether I have been accepted into the program?

Applicants will be informed about their acceptance within 14 days of the final deadline. The academic board collaboratively decides on the acceptance of new participants for the certificate program. The decision is based on the information provided in the application. Applicants are informed via e-mail as soon as a decision has been made. For more information on how to apply, please see the application process.

Are there additional tuition fees for students participating in the program?

Participants will not be charged any fees in addition to whatever tuition fees they may already be paying as part of their primary course of study.

Does the Environmental Studies Certificate Program offer grants or stipends for its students?

The certificate program does not offer any stipends for living expenses.to

How many courses do I need to take?

Participants in the certificate program should attend courses in the following modules:

Students need to complete the required module (P1) “Environment and Society: International Perspectives”. It consists of attending the Lunchtime Colloquium at the Rachel Carson Center for two semesters and a lecture course on the fundamental texts in environmental studies. Additionally, students need to choose one elective module (WP 1 to WP 13) in three of the four content areas: Environmental History and Society, Environmental Practice, Environmental Politics and Ethics, and Human Ecology and Natural Sciences. A total of six ECTS credits must be acquired in each elected content area. Each WP module in one content area may be counted only once. It is possible to use an applicable course from the student's primary course of study to meet one of these requirements. One elective content area may be replaced by an internship or a study abroad program of at least four weeks. This may be taken at any time during the program. In the fourth semester students must complete a final project. This may take the form of an exhibit or a publication. The project course is worth nine ECTS credits.

It is important to note that when students register for the exam for a module (6 ECTS) they must only do so when they have completed and been graded for the whole module. This means that a seminar worth 3 ECTS is insufficient to register for the module's exam and the student will need to obtain an additional 3 ECTS before becoming eligible to apply for the exam assigned to that module.

The number of mandatory and elective modules needed to complete the certificate program is a minimum of 33 ECTS credits (at least 14 semester hours).

For more information about the details of the program, please see the program structure.

Can I take more than just the required courses?

You can take more than just the required courses within the program. To document the additional courses and grades, the LMU's examination office (PAGS) has created a document that you can download. Please fill out the document and contact the program's academic coordinator.

How do I register for ESP courses?

You can only register for ESP courses if you are enrolled in the program.
You need to register within the LMU's main registration period. Since the ESP courses are offered from within various disciplines and departments, they require different forms of registration. For most courses, you can register via LSF (the LMU’s electronic portal). Some courses (e. g. law or political sciences) require registration via the lecturer (per email). Other courses require registration via the ESP academic coordinator (e.g. geography or geoscience). The mode of registration is described in the course description. Please find the list of courses offered on our website or go directly to LSF. In case you have any problems registering for courses on LSF, please follow these guidelines.

Can I repeat an exam?

It is possible to repeat a module (WP14 and WP15 excluded). Repeating a module is only possible if a student does this at the next possible date. The better result will then be considered.

Do I need to register for the module "Final Project"?

You have to register with your academic coordinator and during the exam registration period via LSF for the exam WP 14 or WP 15. For exact dates of the exam registration period, please take a look at the examinations office. During the course registration you cannot register for this module, seeing as there are no classes assigned to it.

What are the language requirements for participating in the certificate program?

In order to participate in the certificate program, applicants must have good knowledge of both German and English, equivalent to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. This is defined as the following: You are able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions. You interact with fluency and spontaneity needed in regular interaction with native speakers. You can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Evidence of good English skills is highly encouraged (for example, Abitur results, TOEFL exam, or similar).  For more information on how to apply, please see the application process.

What do I gain from participation in the Environmental Studies Certificate Program?

This new program opens up academic and intellectual horizons, new career possibilities, and new ideas about the environment. By bringing students into dialogue with different disciplines (humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences) the program offers new perspectives on our academic environments. For more information, see the program and its structure.

The additional qualification allows students to look beyond the confines of their discipline during their degree course and gives them a broader disciplinary base that is appreciated by employers both inside and outside of academia.

How do I get the Certificate?

After the successful completion of the program, a certificate and a diploma supplement will be issued along with a transcript of records. The certificate will be issued in German and English and attests that the program has been successfully completed."

The transcript of records includes:

  • the grade received (in words and numbers), as well as the number of credits in each of the tested areas for the mandatory course,
  • the grade received (in words and numbers), as well as the number of credits in each of the tested areas for the elective courses, as well as the cumulative grade in words and numbers.

The certificate will be marked with the seal of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich and signed by the head of the academic board.

The date on the certificate is the date on which all requirements of the certificate program have been fulfilled.

How do I register if I am a LMU student?

After receiving your acceptance letter via email, you can immediately enroll in the program. Take your acceptance letter, a passport or form of government ID, and your student ID to the student record office (Studentenkanzlei) of the LMU. To enroll, you will need to draw a number to speak to someone in "Sachgebiet 2: Umschreibung oder Fachwechsel". After your number has been called, go to the room assigned to your number.

How do I register if I am not a LMU student?

If you are not a student at LMU, you first need to fill out the online form called "Online-Immatrikulationsantrag" to register as an LMU student. Second, please read the PDF that lists the paperwork needed for your matriculation. The form points out that you have to pay fees for the student services and student ticket for Munich's public transport system.

  • Please note that students enrolled at another university in Munich do not have to pay these fees twice. So please bring a confirmation of payment during matriculation.
  • Students registered at another Bavarian university have to pay for the student ticket but not the student fees. Please bring a confirmation of your university to show that you have paid the student fees. You will receive instructions on how to pay during matriculation.
  • Students enrolled at a university located in another German federal state have to pay both fees (for the student services and student ticket). You will receive instructions on how to pay during matriculation.

The next step is going to the Studentenkanzlei in person. To get further information about possible dates for matriculation, please have a look at the Studentenwerk´s website. The Studentenkanzlei is in the LMU´s main building at Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1. Draw a number for the "Sachgebiet 1: Immatrikulation" and, when your number is called, go to the room assigned to you.

Please note that during the busy enrollment period the Studentenwerk sometimes has to use extra rooms to cope with the large numbers of students registering. In this case, please follow the signs "Immatrikulation" and wait in line for your turn. There are two lines, one for students who have never enrolled at a German university before, and one for students who either have been or are enrolled at another university. The second line is relevant for Certificate students. If you are not sure which line applies to you, please ask one of the on-site staff members.

How do I register for the courses offered within the Environmental Studies Certificate Program?

Please find the list of courses offered on our website.

What are the requirements for international students?

The ESP strongly encourages the participation of international students. Most of the ESP courses are held in English. To enrole in our program, international students need to contact the international office.

Can I get credit for courses from my stay abroad?

You can get credit for courses from abroad. Please fill out the form "Anerkennung von Prüfungsleistungen" and let it sign by the academic coordinator.

What if I take more courses than are required to complete the program? Is it possible to get credit for them?

Additional ESP courses can be recorded using the following form. This form must be filled out, signed by the program coordinator, and filed with LMU's examination office (PAGS) at the end of your studies. Instructions can be found on the PAGS homepage. You will receive an extra document along with your certificate to show that you have done the extra coursework. Only courses offered by the certificate program may be counted; courses taken as part of another program are not eligible.

What if I do not have the required documents for the application process yet?

It is possible that you are missing some of the required documents for the application process at the point of your application. In this case, please upload a temporary equivalent of the asked document (for example, if you have not received your degree yet, please upload your latest transcript of records or if you have not received your confirmation of university enrollment yet, please upload the acceptance letter into your master's program instead). Once you have received the asked document, please send a copy to the coordinator.

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