Loyola University Chicago

Study Abroad

Bonn, Germany

Faculty-Led Summer Program in Bonn, Germany

Communicating Climate Change

Program Description

Bonn, Germany is a city committed to comprehensive, sustainability goals and headquarters for NGO’s that respond globally to the effects of climate change. Hosting WHO, the United Nations and Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), Bonn provides a strong base for studying how climate change issues are communicated to politicians, scientists and global audiences. Students will study the tools and techniques for sustainable urban design and methods for communicating these plans to various audiences. Studies include a six day excursion to Berlin, examining sustainable water management, urban planning and architectural initiatives, and field trips in Bonn to solar plants, energy efficient buildings and NGOs.

To view the program flyer, click here.


Elizabeth Coffman, PhD, Associate Professor of Communication

Elizabeth Coffman is a documentary scholar and filmmaker who has produced films on environmental topics. She is currently co-producing a media project on sea level rise and the response from the city of Venice, Italy. She is also co-producing a documentary on U.S. writer Flannery O’Connor.   To view Dr. Coffman’s faculty profile, please click here.

Tania Schusler, PhD,Lecturer & STEP Coordinator in IES

Tania Schusler is a social scientist and faculty in Loyola’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability. Her scholarship focuses on understanding the dynamics of participation and learning in creating more sustainable, resilient, and just communities at a local/regional scale.

To view Dr. Schulser’s faculty profile, please click here.


Students on this program will take two courses for a total of 6 credits:

  • ENVS 398/COMM 371: Communicating Climate Change, Elizabeth Coffman (3 credits)

Students assess the different and convergent roles that print, photography, radio, film, television and new media play in helping to address the most pressing areas of global climate change. How much does depicting catastrophe help gain audience to address climate change issues? How can we visualize data to better persuade, inform and include general audiences? What is the role of communication for NGOs, non-profit, government and corporate entities? Students will build supporting documents for persuasive goals using cameras, print and the web.

  • ENVS 281G: Environmental Sustainability in Germany, Tania Schusler (3 credits)

This course examines processes of sustainable community development in Germany, highlighting projects such as car-free areas, renewable energy, urban agriculture, Brownfields re-development, place-making, and waste management. Students will come to understand the goals of contemporary urban sustainability projects, processes of planning and implementation, and their outcomes.


  • ENVS 137 or instructor permission  

ENVS 398/COMM 371 fulfills the following requirements:

  • Engaged Learning
  • Urban Studies minor


Students will stay in homestays with English-speaking German families, which includes 2 meals per day or in apartment-type accommodations.


May 18th – June 24th, 2016

Program Costs

Program Fee of $4,000 includes:

  • Home stay housing with 2 meals a day
  • 5 day excursion to Berlin
  • Day excursion and site visits
  • Use of AIB Bonn Center facilities
  • On-site support

Tuition Fee of $4,332 includes:

  • 6 credit hours of Loyola summer term

Total Program Cost: $8,332

Program does not include:

  • Round-trip airfare (Chicago-Germany)
  • Personal spending money/incidental expenses
  • Optional travel and baggage insurance/fees

Application Process

Space is limited—apply today!

As part of the online application you must upload a copy of your valid passport or passport application receipt and pay by credit card a $100 non-refundable Office for International Programs (OIP) study abroad fee.

For more information, contact Kelly Heath in the Office for International Programs at kheath2@luc.edu or 773.508.3307, or Dr. Coffman at ecoffma@luc.edu          

The application deadline is Tuesday, March 15, 2016.