Trees and forests are globally distributed and are encountered in many different regions, characterized each by specific overall site conditions. Those forests may be very different both in terms of their structure and in terms of their environmental and ecological functions.

Type and intensity of the management of trees and forests, and the importance of the forest resource for local and national economies are likewise very different, as is the history of its utilization. In some regions, the overall relevance and/or the income from non-timber forest products (NTFPs like medicinal and aromatic plants, bushmeat, fruits, mushrooms ... ) may exceed the economic benefits of timber production. And in many regions, the livelihoods of rural communities depend crucially on forests and trees – in a way that is some times hardly understood by rich high tech societies.

It is extremely instructive for students of Forest Sciences to get direct insights into this diversity of forests and forested landscapes, and into the diversity of forest management and utilization approaches.

Forst International Namibia

Our Faculty, therefore, in the framework of the University´s strategy of „Internationalization“ supports study visits abroad by our students. For this purpose, the Faculty makes available Eur 10´000 every year. To apply for such support, a formal application is required. A maximum of Eur 1´000 can usually be granted to one proposal. Details and modalities of application are given in the information leaflet (for download see box to the right). The application is via an online portal.

The stays abroad are to be organized by the students themselves. The institutes´ directors and scientists are happy to establish first contacts; all groups in our Faculty have actually wide acdemic networks.

The "Internationalization Commissioner" of the Faculty, Prof. Dr. Christoph Kleinn (Mail:, is happy to accept suggestions and ideas for types of activities that should be supported; where the decision is with the Faculty.

An example list of institutions abroad which offer internships are in the internships data base of the Faculty. If you have questions in that respect, please contact the Faculty´s commissioner for internsips, Ms. Jutta Hohlstamm (Mail:; or contact directly the contact persons for these institutions (in all cases where there is a formalized partnership with an institution abroad – a Memorandum of Understanding - there is a specific contact person in the Faculty).