International Programmes 2021/2022

Energy and Environmental Management in Developing Countries (MEng) Energy and Environmental Management in Developing Countries

Europa-Universität Flensburg • Flensburg

Master of Engineering ("Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen" / Industrial Engineering)
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
More information on beginning of studies

The programme starts with an obligatory pre-semester in September.

Application deadline

Online application for admission and DAAD scholarship (only applicants from DAC countries): 31 July at Flensburg University; one year before the start of the programme
Application for admission without DAAD scholarship: 10 December at Flensburg University

Please note: Current deadlines can be found on the website

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Energy and Environmental Management (EEM) has two fields of specialisation: "industrialised countries" and "developing countries" (formerly SESAM).

The specialisation "developing countries" is made up of three subject areas:

  • Renewable energy and energy efficiency
  • Energy management and project management
  • Energy systems and energy planning

A preparation semester qualifies all EEM students in economics, and it adds competences in research methods and the German language.

The compulsory modules "Sustainable Energy Systems" and "Environmental Economics" are offered for students of both study branches. They deliver basic knowledge and understanding of the macroeconomic interrelation of environmental and energy-related problems. All other modules are tailor-made for the students of the two branches.
Basic skills in planning and overseeing of development projects are taught in two compulsory modules on "Project Management in International Development Cooperation" and "Diversity Management in International Development Cooperation". An optional module on "International Organisations and Development Strategies" allows students to specialise.

During the course of studies, students can choose between modules on "Sustainable Energy Systems", "Trading Energy", "External Costs of Energy" and "Energy and Environmental Policy" as electives.

In the subject area of engineering, students have to pass two compulsory modules on energy planning: "Sustainable Energy Planning in Rural Areas" and "Applied Informatics in Energy Planning".

Students have to select two further engineering modules from among the three modules "Renewable Energy I", "Renewable Energy II" and "Rational Use of Energy". These modules use problem-based learning as an educational model, which allows students to specialise according to their individual interests and the needs of their home countries.

After successful completion of all modules, students take part in an "international class", a five-week, project-oriented field research abroad. The "international class" allows students to work in a multidisciplinary team on a development-oriented problem of sustainable energy use. It allows students to apply their knowledge in engineering, economics and social sciences and thereby deepen their methodological skills in planning sustainable energy systems.

The "international class" also prepares students for the challenges of their three-month, individual field research, which provides the basis for their Master's theses. Finally, the Master's thesis can be based on and supplemented with an internship and is most often carried out in cooperation with a host institution in the students' home countries.

Course organisation

Organisation of the specialisation "Sustainable Energy Systems and Management in Developing Countries":

Pre-semester (autumn)

  • Economics
  • Scientific methods
  • German language course

First semester (spring)

Compulsory courses:

  • Applied Informatics in Energy Planning (5 CP)
  • Sustainable Energy Planning in Rural Areas (5 CP)
  • Sustainable Energy Systems A (5 CP)
  • Diversity Management I (5 CP)

Core elective courses:

  • Renewable Energy I
  • Renewable Energy II

Second semester (autumn)

Compulsory courses:

  • Environmental Economics (5 CP)
  • Project Management II (Core elective, 5 CP)
  • International class (10 CP)

Core elective courses:

  • Sustainable Energy Innovation-Implementation (5 CP)
  • Rational Use of Energy and Energy Auditing (5 CP)
  • International Organisations and Development Strategies (5 CP)
  • External Costs of Energy (5 CP)
  • Trading Energy (5 CP)
  • Sustainable Energy Systems B (5 CP)
  • Energy and Environmental Policy (5 CP)

Third semester (spring)

Field research / internship, Master's thesis and defence

Types of assessment

Most examinations are based on presentations and end of semester essays. They can be individual assignments and group assignments. The aim is to develop problem-solving and presentation skills along with self-confidence, while addressing the complex, multifaceted problems of implementing sustainable energy solutions.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International guest lecturers
  • Specialist literature in other languages
  • Language training provided
  • Training in intercultural skills
  • Study trips
Special promotion / funding of the programme
  • DAAD development-related postgraduate course
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

Students must pay a semester contribution of approx. 25 EUR for matriculation fees. They must also pay about 240 EUR per semester (semi-annually) to the Studentenwerk. This contribution covers the fees for the administration and the Studentenwerk as well as public transport within the state of Schleswig-Holstein and the city of Hamburg.

Costs of living

The cost of living is generally a bit lower than in major German cities. A budget of 700 to 850 EUR per month should cover the basic cost of living, including rent.

Concerning EEM
Cost of excursions: During the first two semesters, students will participate in several excursions. The total cost of these excursions is approx. 500 EUR. We will apply to receive funding for the excursions, but it can't be guaranteed that our application will be approved.

Cost of "International Class":
Participation in the compulsory five-week International Class costs about 1,200 to 1,400 EUR, depending on the location and size of the student group. This includes the entire cost of transport, accommodation, and food. While participating in the International Class, you don't need to find accommodation in Flensburg. For DAAD scholarship holders, we will apply for DAAD funding, but it can't be guaranteed that our application will be approved.

Funding opportunities within the university
Description of the above-mentioned funding opportunities within the university

The Europa-Universität Flensburg (EUF) participates in the "Deutschlandstipendienprogramm".

Academic admission requirements

Academic admission requirements include an above-average Bachelor's or equivalent university degree in Engineering after a minimum of four years of studies and proof of successful completion of the pre-semester.

Professional experience of at least two years in a field related to the course focus is required.

Applicants must successfully complete an online admission interview.

Language requirements

All students must provide proof of proficiency in the English language (TOEFL iBT score 80, TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition, IELTS Band 6 [in all categories], IELTS Indicator). Native speakers of English are exempted.

Application deadline

Online application for admission and DAAD scholarship (only applicants from DAC countries): 31 July at Flensburg University; one year before the start of the programme
Application for admission without DAAD scholarship: 10 December at Flensburg University

Please note: Current deadlines can be found on the website

Submit application to

Energy and Environmental Management in Developing Countries (EEM)
Munketoft 3 B
24937 Flensburg


The "Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein" offers accommodation in three halls of residence in Flensburg. The rent for a furnished single room in a student residence is in the range of 200-295 EUR per month. All halls of residence offer self-catering accommodation with shared kitchen and cooking facilities. Two of the student halls of residence provide free Internet access via Wi-Fi.

Apart from the student halls of residence, private landlords offer rooms and flats in town at rates lower than in many major cities. The rental market is increasingly under pressure.

Help with finding accommodation, jobs and a lot of other personal support for all phases of your studies can be found here:

Career advisory service

Faculty members offer guidance for career choices and are happy to discuss personal qualifications and motivations, while drawing on a large and active alumni base.

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Tutors
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Visa matters
  • Pick-up service
Support programmes for international students

In the Mentor Family Programme, Flensburg families "adopt" EEM students for the duration of the programme and sometime beyond. Mentor families make social life and cultural experiences easier, and they also provide other assistance.

Supervisor-student ratio
One faculty member for 2-3 students

Europa-Universität Flensburg

Situated in the German-Danish border region, Germany's northernmost university is a young university. Founded in 1946 by the British, it was awarded university status in 2000. Since 2014, it has been known as "Europa-Universität". In 2017, the EUF adapted its semester times to correspond with international semester times: In the spring semester, the lecture period runs from March to June; in the fall semester, it runs from September to December. With around 6,300 students, it is a comparatively small university. Young people from around 90 nations study on the Flensburg campus.

The main study programmes focus on educational science and interdisciplinary European studies as well as on environmental sciences / sustainable development.

The location in the border region is ideal for a university with a mission to live the European dream of intercultural encounters and explore its reality. For almost 30 years, Europa-Universität Flensburg and Danish Syddansk Universitet have been working closely together. Their double degree courses in economics offer students the opportunity to obtain degrees from both universities simultaneously.

The region is characterised by beaches, wind, and the sea. Situated directly on the fjord, with its impressive old buildings, low rent, a lively cultural scene, and close proximity to Scandinavia, Flensburg offers excellent living and studying conditions.

University location

The city of Flensburg is characterised by its waterside location and by the immediate proximity of its neighbouring country, Denmark. Located at the northernmost point in Germany, the city of Flensburg is the gateway to Scandinavia. It is only a few miles drive to the Danish border; the Kingdom of Denmark is located even closer to Flensburg than Husum or Kiel, and it can actually be seen from the beach at Wassersleben.

The campus is located about two kilometres from the city centre. Approximately one in ten residents of Flensburg is enrolled at Europa-Universität Flensburg or at the University of Applied Sciences. This is particularly noticeable during the summer months, when there is a lively atmosphere in this university town. As soon as the cold days are over and the last lectures have ended, students meet at the beach or at "the place to be" in the harbour, the "Hafenspitze".

Whether it's the reflecting water, the sail boats rocking gently in the waves, the sunset, or the fact that there is always someone you know - everyone likes the heart of Flensburg.

Away from the water, Flensburg's historical city centre and its identity, developed over many centuries, is one of the landmarks of the city. Spared attacks in times of war, Art Nouveau style houses and old villas can be found everywhere in the city. Its small streets are home to cafés, numerous courtyards, rum producers, a wide pedestrian zone, harbour pubs, and several beaches.