International Cooperation

The SLE trains its students for careers in the field of international cooperation, which is made up of many and diverse international institutions. Regular close contact to many different organisations and institutions allows the SLE to keep the content of its study programme constantly up to date with the latest topics and developments in the field. The SLE also specialises in methods and skills in rural development. A critical stance and an adherence to a non-discriminatory approach in all aspects of cooperation are vital parts of the learning process.

The SLE offers its graduates a wide range of career starter opportunities, at junior, trainee and internship levels. Employers taking on SLE alumni include the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), NGOs such as Welthungerhilfe or church-based charities, research institutes and think tanks, government ministries (BMZ, BMUB, BMEL), development banks such as the KfW Development Bank, consulting firms, political foundations or private companies. Careers at an international level, for example at the UN or the EU, are also a possibility. Approximately half of all SLE graduates begin their career abroad.