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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Freiburg, Germany; Hamburg, Germany; L├╝beck, Germany; Pamplona, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Host Program Website: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor: Meredith Bryson Minimum GPA: 3.0
Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Program type: Faculty-Led
Language prerequisite: No Language of instruction: English
Program Description:
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UNC Burch Sustainability and Storytelling in Germany, Spain, and Denmark

This Burch Field Research Seminar is a six-week program that will take students to Germany, the Navarra region of Spain, and Copenhagen, Denmark. Through experiential learning, students will learn about climate change and examine the political, social, and economic factors facilitating the transition in those countries from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Through student-driven journalism projects, they will evaluate the costs and benefits of the transitions and consider potential lessons for North Carolina and the United States.


Students on the program will spend ten days in Spain (based in Pamplona), three weeks in Germany (based in Freiburg, Berlin, and Hamburg), and ten days in Copenhagen, Denmark. While based in these major cities, students will take day trips and excursions to surrounding towns and sites of interest.

Courses & Credits

ENEC 490H | Renewable Energy and Sustainable Community Design: Moving Toward a Lower Carbon Future (3 Credits)
This six-week course will provide students with an opportunity to study and compare three European countries–Denmark, Germany, and Spain–that have become world leaders in the production of energy from renewable sources and in reducing their carbon footprint. Students will learn first-hand from policymakers, planners, and producers in each country about the social, political, economic and technological changes that facilitated the growth in renewable energy and the move toward more sustainable development.

Major credit for students in Environmental Studies

MEJO 560H | Sustainability and Storytelling in Denmark, Germany, and Spain (3 Credits)
This six-week course in Denmark, Germany, and Spain will offer students the chance to study and document European communities that are taking strong action to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. Students will see firsthand how cities and rural communities in the three focus countries address the climate challenge. Drawing from their meetings and interviews with sources in the three countries, the students will create stories in multiple media, including audio, video, and text.

As they travel, students will consider which lessons might resonate with an American audience, and will produce news-style stories about what they learn. They will learn the basic skills of journalism: research, interviewing, writing short stories, and gathering photographs, videos, and/or audio. Students will interview university professors, city planners, ordinary citizens, and others about local approaches to carbon reduction.

Major credit for students in Environmental Studies and the School of Media and Journalism.

Courses in this program are UNC Graded Credit.
UNC Graded Credit Programs (often taught by UNC Faculty): No action required
  • These courses automatically show up on your Tar Heel Tracker and UNC Transcript.
  • You will receive a letter grade for those courses, and this does affect your GPA.


Housing for the program will be in hostels and hotels in Pamplona, Freiburg, Berlin, Hamburg, and Copenhagen. Students will share accommodation with their peers on the program.
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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the program are based on the cost of operating the program abroad and are subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Tuition and fees will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

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Application Process

Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application. Selected applicants may be required to interview with program faculty and staff. 

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More Information

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications