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Career Prospects

There are few fields as diverse and complex as international cooperation. Working in international cooperation requires excellent specialist knowledge in several different areas, an ability to advise and work closely with people and organisations, and the patience and dedication to monitor and improve long-term processes.

All these abilities rely on a keen awareness of, and openness to, intercultural differences and interdisciplinarity. Studying at the SLE helps young graduate students find their way into this complex field. The SLE also has a very broad alumni network, which links former SLE students to a worldwide organisation.

Why the SLE? Five reasons to study at the SLE

Because an SLE STUDIES ...

  • ... brings success.

SLE graduates are highly prized as experts and leaders in international cooperation, both in Germany and on the international labour market. Participation in the SLE post-graduate programme can significantly enhance your career prospects: More than 90 per cent of graduates successfully enter the field within a year of achieving their qualification.

  • ... promotes personal development and team work.

The creative and results-driven environment at the SLE promotes both teamwork and the development of personal skills, talents and expertise.

  • ... provides a bridge between theory and practice.

We carry out applied research, teaching up-to-date specialist skills, with innovative concepts and insights into the latest key issues and debates. As a university institution, an essential part of the SLE's mission is to bridge the gap between research and practice, to apply theoretical knowledge to real problems and to bring practical experience back to the academic debates. We keep our finger on the pulse, and help raise awareness of the most urgent new issues.

  • ... teaches methods.

The key to success is the application of the right tools. Our methods are practical and user-oriented. We teach hands-on methods with direct, real applications, and promote experience-based knowledge. The SLE's teaching staff don't rely on typical textbook wisdom, but work on real problems and guide students to practical solutions.

  • ... brings with it strong ties to the field of development cooperation.

Students gain specialist skills and knowledge specifically tailored to the field of development cooperation. The real-world experience that the SLE offers through its practice-based case studies, especially during the overseas project, is an invaluable career advantage for its graduates, one that is complemented by personal career advice.


90 % of graduates of SLE within the last three years...

...are now working in International Cooperation.“

SLE Statistics 2010

81% of SLE participants within the last 50 years...

...have spent most of their working life in development cooperation“

2011 results of a survey of all SLE graduates since 1962




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