The IMLA programme provides high-quality training geared to labour market demands, thus honing skills for which there is likely to be an increased demand in the future. The IMLA programme has a strong practical focus. The Master's programme is concerned with a wide variety of European countries and cross-border issues. Projects are conducted in various European countries.
The international Master's programme in landscape architecture (known as the IMLA programme) is organised by two higher education institutions:
Nürtingen-Geislingen University, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences, Bavaria, Germany
The location of studies alternates for each intake of studies.
Semester one (summer semester):
Geographical Information Systems
Landscape Concepts/Landscape Democracy
Planning and Design Methods
Project Management in Spatial Planning
Main project I
Semester two (winter semester):
Visualisation and Digital Terrain Modelling
Strategic Project Management
Landscape Architecture Research
Monitoring and Assessment of Landscape Architecture Projects
International Approach to Planning and Design
Main project II
Semester three (summer semester):
Elective: International seminar or international studio project
Preparatory assessments: landscape architecture internship and international online seminar
IMLA provides high-quality training geared to labour market demands, thus honing skills for which there is likely to be an increased demand in the future.
The programme has a strong practical focus. Much of its teaching in the area of management, marketing and digital planning methods is provided by outside specialists, and experts are invited to act as guest critics on the projects. The faculty members are highly qualified in their areas of specialisation and also in didactics.
The third semester includes an internship in a design or planning office accompanied by online lectures (virtual classroom/virtual campus). Programme advisers will assist students in finding an appropriate internship. The internship is compulsory for students without previous studies in landscape architecture. Students completing the internship in the third semester will write their Master's theses in the following semester, which increases the overall duration of studies.
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Additional information on tuition fees
The tuition fee applies to all students regardless of the location of study (Nürtingen or Freising).
Costs of living
Around 800 EUR
Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university
Nürtingen-Geislingen University has an annual call for scholarships.
Academic admission requirements
Successful completion of a degree course in landscape architecture, landscape planning, landscape construction, landscape management, architecture, town planning or physical planning at a German higher education institution or a comparable Bachelor's degree course in any of the above subjects at a foreign university
Please visit our website for all details on requirements and the admission procedure.
English at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or equivalent
There is no German language requirement at the time of entry into the course, but German up to level A2 is taught as part of the programme in order to prepare for the professional internship. The respective certificate (A2/CEFR) needs to be submitted by the end of the second semester.
15 November for all applicants
Course starts in the following year in March
Attention: if you hold a foreign Bachelor's degree you need to verify your documents in advance. This takes three to four weeks additional time! Document verification is done by the Studienkolleg in Konstanz: https://t1p.de/zwy0b.
Possibility of finding part-time employment
The Stuttgart region has a very diversified economy and part-time jobs for students are generally available. However, students should be aware that there are many more options available if they speak at least a basic level of German.
Student halls of residence or private rooms
Career advisory service
Preparatory workshop "Applying for Jobs in Germany"
Support for international students and doctoral candidates
1:20 (seminars), 1:5 (design studios)
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