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Semester dates

The teaching periode and lecture free periode at our faculty can differ from the official university dates


Summer semester 2022

Semester periode: 01.04.2022 - 30.09.2022

Teaching periode: 25.04.2022 - 12.08.2022

May Day: 01.05.2021

Ascension: 26.05.2021

Pentecost break: 06. - 11.06.22

Corpus Christi: 16.06.2022

Lecture free periode (summer): 13.08.2022 - 16.10.2022


Winter semester 2021/22

Semester periode: 01.10.2021 - 31.03.2022

Teaching periode: 18.10.2021 - 04.03.2022

Christmas break: 23.12.2021- 06.01.2022

Lecture free periode (spring): 07.03.2022 - 17.04.2022

Registration (for new semester)

Summer semester: 15. January - 15. February

Winter semester: 01. June - 15. August

More Information about the registration

Current semester overviews

Overview of Core and Elective Track Modules Winter Semester 2021/22 (1stSemester)

Overview of Individual Electives Winter Semester 2021/22 (3rd Semester)

Overview of Core and Elective Track Modules Summerterm 2022 (2nd Semester)

Current module handbook

M.Sc. Environmental Sciences Winter semester 2022/23

M.Sc. Environmental Sciences Summer Semester 2022

M.Sc. Environmental Sciences Winter semester 2021/22

M.Sc. Environmental Sciences Summer semester 2021

M.Sc. Environmental Sciences Winter semester 2020/21

M.Sc. Environmental Sciences Summer semester 2020


The mandatory internship

  • should provide an insight into a future profession
  • has a duration of at least 7 weeks  -> 10 ECTS
  • can be planned at any time, the break between  2. and 3. Semester is recommended
  • should be agreed in advance to secure the potential recognition
  • is accepted by submitting the filled out Internship-Confirmation and -Evaluation


All information about the internship can be found here and in the internship guideline.

All forms concerning the internship can be found here.

Master Thesis

All information about the thesis can be found here and in the Master thesis guideline

All forms and guidelines

Overview about the chairs of the faculty (can be helpful to find a suitable supervisor)

Current Topic

 A Current Topic (CT)

  • offers the opportunity to write a scientific paper on a topic of your choice and thus replace a Individual Elective 
  • is agreed individually between students and teachers. The students contact the possible supervisor on their own.
  • is assessed like a "normal" module with 5 ECTS. The workload should correspond to a block-modul -> 150h workload.
  • is a flexible instrument and can be written at any time in all semesters and during the lecture free periode.
  • needs to registered via this Form before you start working on it . The form must be submitted at the examination office

Detailed information can be found in the guideline "Current Topic".

Going abroad/Erasmus

The third semster is the perfect time to go abroad, since the Individual Electives can be taken at other universities as long as there is a professional overlapping.

Sometimes not all external modules can be accepted and acknowledged, therefore please discuss your course-selection in advance with the programme coordinator.


Genreall rules:

* Language courses are not accepted

* unrelated courses are not accepted

* B.Sc. courses are not accepted


Further information about  ERASMUS-offers of the faculty

In additon, also the study advice at the Service Center Studium can provide further iformation.

"Studijobs" - Jobs for Students

The master program is a fulltime-program. The modular structure of the program many advantages for teaching, but the disadvantage that you don't have a fixed timetable that is valid throughout the semester and therefore is very timeconsuming. Every 3 weeks you get a new timetable. In general there are always lectures in the mornings, sometimes also in the afternoon or group work, self-study, laboratory, ... In addition some modules offer exkursions (1 day - 1 week). Except in the evenings and on the weekends, it is difficult to have a permanent job. Jobs as assistants at the faculty are most recommended, as they can usually be more flexible. Tenders for research assistants or "Hiwis" are often posted on the "Schwarze Brett" or sent via the mailing lists.

Students are allowed to work a maximum of 85 Stunden per month. We strongly recommmend not to work more than 30 or a maximum of 40 hours per month. 

More information can be given by the SWFR Studierendenwerk Freiburg.

Hint: For students who don't speak German or English (native) it can be very difficult to find a job on the faculty and outside of it.

Further information on financing your studies can be found here.

Additional offers from the university

For students, the university is more than a place of teaching. Many offers cannot be found at first glance. A selection of informative and useful links can be found here: