Join our seminar and develop your own sustainability project at Kiel University

The University of the Students - A Student-led Sustainable Transformation of CAU

Seminar: The University of the Students - A Student-led Sustainable Transformation of CAU

New Seminar!

Summer semester 2020

Are you interested in making our university more sustainable?

Would you like to create your own little project on campus and contribute to the sustainable transformation of Kiel University?

These topics are being addressed in the seminar The University of the Students - A Student-Led Sustainable Transformation of Kiel University which was offered last winter semester and will be offered again in the summer semester 2020 at Christian-Albrechts-Universität. 


The class will be taught in an interactive online live format. Methods and approaches from transformative learning will be used to design an interesting online learning environment.

Online Sessions:

  • 22.04.2020

  • 29.04.2020

  • 06.05.2020

  • 20.05.2020

  • 27.05.2020

  • 24.06.2020

From 14h to 17h

Info Session

The Idea

The course aims at fostering a student-led sustainable transformation of CAU by implementing small collective projects at Kiel University. The small projects will be developed in the following focus areas: research and teaching for sustainability, sharing (e.g. knowledge, skills, objects), sustainability integration week, edible campus, sustainability art project, student community and networking.

Learning Exchange

Students will gain practical and theoretical knowledge of project planning and implementation.

They will develop a critical perspective on the role of universities in finding sustainable solutions, and their own role as students within universities and society.

Students will work in interdisciplinary and cross-level teams and as they will develop leadership skills through taking over many responsibilities in the project.


In the course, students will look at best practice examples of sustainable universities and use the expertise of these universities to plan and implement small sustainable projects at Kiel University. Students will, therefore, interview and consult local experts and guest speakers from other sustainable universities to get advice and guidance.

Following the idea of universities as living labs or mini-societies, the students will reflect on the impact of their project and, for example, how the projects could influence sustainable behaviour or how they can empower students.

How to Register

The seminar “geogr242-01a: The University of the Students - A Student-Led Sustainable Transformation of Kiel University (060898)” is offered as a ZfS and E-module (for School of Sustainability students) for 3 ECTS in the summer term 2020. The Seminar is held in English and is student-led.


Please register via OLAT, this is where you will find the link to access the online sessions. On OLAT, a recorded video explaining the outline of the seminar will be provided in the first week of the semester.

Impressions from last Semester

Seminar: The University of the Students - Building sustainable communities

Previous Seminar:

Summer semester 2019

The idea

The seminar addressed the question of how to build a sustainable community.  The seminar participants explored several sustainable University movements and communities through guest speakers and excursions. They used this knowledge to build a community adapted to the specific context and needs of CAU students.


Learning exchange

Students learned with and from each other while working as a group towards building a sustainable community at CAU. They learned through guest talks, and from speakers with various experiences and fields of expertise.

​Participants also took part in a sustainability tandem program to tackle their own routines and habits with the support of a community. Together with their tandem partner, they could learn how to make their own life more sustainable.



In the seminar, students studied and discuss relevant theoretical approaches to sustainable communities and sustainable lifestyle such as degrowth, transition theories, "bottom-up" processes, sufficiency, barriers to sustainable behaviour and the "Transition University" movement. Various guest speakers contributed their knowledge such as St Andrews Transition University, Klik and AG Abfallvermeidung Kiel, Leverage Points of Sustainability Research Group and many more.