Overseas Projects

While carrying out an overseas project study, students put the skills, methods and tools that they have learned in earlier courses to practical use, in the process refining and extending their abilities. The fact that these studies are commissioned by development organisations gives the project a direct, practical purpose, and ensures a high level of engagement and interest in the results.

The study topics are at the cutting edge of the field and serve the current needs of the development community. Since its early days, the SLE has been involved in effectiveness studies for development policies, studies of rural development and of conflict prevention. The SLE has been offering consulting services on value chains, resource management and disaster prevention for many years. The SLE has not only kept up with emerging trends, but in some cases also been a trendsetter itself, for example in the field of participatory methods.

Since 1972, we have carried out more than 150 overseas projects in more than 60 different countries. The interdisciplinary teams of usually five students are accompanied and supported by a professional team leader. Increasingly frequently, the projects also involve local students and experts in the field work for the study, and capacity building is an important aspect of the overseas projects.

The SLE publishes its studies in its own publication series, which can be accessed for free via the document and publication server of the Humboldt Universität.

Summaries of overseas projects from 2001 onwards can be found here (in German).


Map of overseas projects