Natural Resource, Environmental, Toursim and Natural Heritage Management

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
May – June





The program explores through classroom activities, half-day field trips, full-day field trips and a 8-day international excursion exemplary natural resource, environmental, tourism and natural heritage sites in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria and Italy. Through interaction with professionals from the field (e.g. national park, environmental protection and sustainable tourism management), guided and independent studies, students analyze and compare German, Belgian, Swiss and US-American natural resource, environmental, toursim and natural heritage management techniques and processes. Through various field trips, classes and workshops, students will also gain insights into the history and culture of Germany. The program concludes with an eight-day excursion to national parks in Switzerland and southern Germany, as well as Salzburg and Munich.


REC 362-002/EVS 431-001/EVS 592-801:
Natural Resource, Environmental, Toursim and Natural Heritage Management in Germany, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland (3 credit hours)
Undergraduate and Graduate Student Course
REC 362-003/EVS 485-001/EVS 592-802
Natural Resource, Environmental, Toursim and Natural Heritage Management in Germany, Austria, Belgium and Switzerland (3 credit hours)
Undergraduate and Graduate Student Course


The Program will take place in Bonn at Akademie für Internationale Bildung (AIB), our host institution. Situated on the Rhine River, Bonn is the former capital of West Germany as well as the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven. The city and its surroundings are rich in castles, medieval towns and natural beauty. Students can play soccer in one of Bonn’s several parks, explore the gardens of Poppelsdorfer Castle or walk, run or bike along the Rhine river promenade. Due to its vicinity to national parks (such as the Eifel or the Hohes Venn in Belgium), natural protection areas (such as the Siebengebirge or the Wahner Heide), Bonn lends itself to the study of natural resource and environmental management issues. In addition, Bonn's many NGOs and foundations dealing with course-realted issues provide valuable resources for the study of these topics. Bonn is centrally located in Western Europe allowing easy train travel to cities such as Paris and Amsterdam. The Bonn-Cologne airport is served by many low-cost airlines allowing students access to cities such as Venice, Budapest, London, Rome, Prague and Barcelona, among others.
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Course-related activities include meetings with/visits to:

  • the United Nations
  • NGOs, such as Germanwatch
  • representatives from Bündnis 90/ Die Grünen
  • the Foundation for the History of Nature Protection

Course-related and cultural excursions include:
  • Eifel and Hohes Venn National Park
  • Seven Mountains Nature Reserve
  • Wahner Heide Nature Reserve
  • Emscher Park
  • Upper Middle Rhine Valley (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Cologne
  • Augustusburg Palace (UNESCO World Heritage)

The final excursion takes students to:
  • The Swiss National Park, Stelvio National Park (Italy) Berchtesgaden National Park, Salzburg, Munich
  • Salzburg
  • Munich


Students stay in the AIB dorm on a self-catering basis. Breakfast is provided throughout the final excursion.

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Students are eligible to apply for this program if they meet the following criteria:

  • degree-seeking student
  • at least sophomore standing at the time of participation
  • good judicial standing
  • 2.5. GPA at time of application
  • the program is open to all undergraduate and graduate majors


Funding is available in many forms. For information on fees & funding opportunities, please contact your study abroad office or the AIB program coordinator.


For any other program-related questions please feel free to contact your AIB program coordinator:

VCard Ture Petersenn Program Director, M.A.

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