Welcome at infernum




The successful and scientific solution of the complex tasks in the fields of environment and sustainability requires an interdisciplinary approach in theory and practice.


The further-studies program “Interdisziplinäres Fernstudium Umweltwissenschaften” (interdisciplinary distance studies of environmental sciences) provides the necessary knowledge and enables you to understand the “languages” of the different disciplines. infernum is in its form unique in Germany’s education landscape as it features interdisciplinary study content, a wide range of topics and high flexibility in the organization. In the sense of education for sustainability (ESD) the sustainability dimensions of economic performance, social responsibility and ecologic compatibility are taken into consideration, so that a high quality further-education is offered.


This has been recognized by the German Commission for UNESCO by awarding infernum the status of an official project of the decade of education for sustainability in 2006/07, 2012/13 and 2014. In 2016, infernum was selected as "Honoured network of the UNESCO World Action Programme Education for Sustainable Development".


The infernum-program was found as cooperation project between FernUniversität in Hagen  and Fraunhofer-Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT in Oberhausen already in 2000. While the FernUni signs responsible for the humanities oriented modules in part one of the curriculum, UMSICHT provides its expertise in the engineering- and natural-sciences in part two. The third part looks at different subjects with an interdisciplinary angle, includes weekend seminars and is organized by both partners. Over the years additional partners joined in providing their specific skills. The experts of the Centre for Sustainability Management at the Leuphana University in Lüneburg joined for the more business related dimension in 2002. By 2005 the Wuppertal Institute GmbH joined the cooperation offering modules in the interdisciplinary part of the study program. Since 2006 is infernum part of the Fraunhofer-Academy in Munich, which represents all the further-education efforts of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and since 2013 the Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar & Marine Research contributes with their knowledge on climate change.


For more information, check out our English information flyer.


We intend to strengthen our international cooperation network and our offer of modules in English. Currently, we offer the European Virtual Seminar (EVS) as well as DAAD-funded cooperation modules in English. Moreover, we contributed to the European project Lived Experience of Climate Change (Lech-e) and intend to implement that concept in teaching and research.


For the admission at infernum proven German language skills are required. Further information about the admission of international students is provided by the international office of the FernUniversität Hagen. Further information about the admission to infernum in general can be found in German under Einschreibung.


Umweltwissenschaften | FernUniversität in Hagen | 58084 Hagen | Tel.: 02331 987-4927



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