Frequently Asked Questions

If your question is not answered below, you can contact us or attend our second Online Information Evening on March 15 at 5pm CET!


Who is organising this summer course?

The Sustainable Cities Summer Course is a cooperation between the Dieter Schwarz Foundation and United World College Robert Bosch College (UWC RBC). 

Promote education, share knowledge, venture future” is the guiding principle of the Dieter Schwarz Foundation, which supports with its commitment today what makes tomorrow’s society strong: a wide range of educational opportunities targeting people at different stages of their lives. Education lays the foundations not only for living an autonomous life but also for the prosperity of society.

UWC RBC is an international boarding school with 200 students from more than 100 countries, located in Freiburg, Germany. It is part of the United World College educational movement.


Who can apply?

Anyone who by 1st of August 2021 is between 16 and 18 years old can apply. Applicants should feel comfortable to have conversations in English language – and be curious about sustainable cities!
The camp is not limited to applicants currently residing in Europe but for sustainability reasons we do not want to encourage flying internationally – see below for more details on this.

For more details on applying, see here.

Can applicants from outside Europe apply? (added 10/2/2021)

While we aim for a high degree of diversity among our camp participants, we are also concerned about the environmental impact of the camp. This puts us into a difficult position when it comes to applicants taking long-distance flights just to attend our camp. We have decided that we will not limit the summer camp to applicants from Europe but that

  • we will only pay for (sustainable) travel inside Europe
  • we will make the environmental impact of travelling one of the criteria we consider in our selection – so among otherwise comparable candidates, we will select those who do not need to fly long distance to attend our course

 We understand that this may seem unfair to those of you outside Europe, but we believe that in face of the climate emergency we need to very carefully weigh the costs and benefits of our actions.

Will I need to pay anything during the two weeks?
If you are admitted to the summer course then all costs (accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner and transport during the two weeks) are covered. This project is supported and financed by the Dieter Schwarz Foundation. The only thing you will need to pay for yourself are (optional) personal expenses, e.g. going for an ice cream in the city.
For transport to and from Freiburg, see below.

Will I need to pay for my travel to and from Freiburg?

For participants travelling within Germany, transport costs to and from Freiburg will be fully covered.
For participants travelling from elsewhere in Europe, we aspire to also cover all travel expenses but we will need to assess this on a case-by-case basis. Our aim is that nobody will be excluded because they cannot afford travel!


Where will we stay?

The course will take place on the United World College Robert Bosch College (UWC RBC) campus in Freiburg, Germany. Course participants will be accommodated in student houses of this international boarding school.

Will I share a room?

Generally, course participants will live in shared rooms (two participants in a room that normally accommodates four students). However, in exceptional circumstances, we may be able to provide single rooms – please contact us to discuss this.

What food will be provided?

We are currently planning to provide vegetarian food and, if required, ensure that there are vegan options.
If you have additional dietary requirements then please feel free to contact us.
In addition to the food provided for the course, there are also various fast-food places (Wok, döner kebab, pizza etc) at a nearby shopping centre where you can buy your own food (e.g. if you cannot live for two weeks without meat!).