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Climate, Earth, Water, Sustainability | International Master

Graduates of our international top-class master's degree program Climate, Earth, Water, Sustainability (CLEWS) will be trained to become experts in the field of climate science research in order to address the consequences of global warming in a science-based manner with regard to research, politics, and the public. On this webpage, you will find all the important informations about our new master's program CLEWS, the application process and the frequently asked questions.

Basic informations about CLEWS

Program content CLEWS

Information about the Master's Program CLEWS by the University of Potsdam's Division of Student Affairs ...

CLEWS launched - press release

Press Release: CLEWS launched

The University of Potsdam offers for the first time this fall an interdisciplinary master's program that will directly address ...

The program at a glance

Content and credit points

Prerequisite for studying CLEWS


All CLEWS modules with descriptions here...

CLEWS lecture series - open to everyone!

Renowned scientists provide information on current and interdisciplinary aspects of climate change this winter semester. Join the interesting talks in presence or online via Zoom.

Application period winter term 2023/2024

The application for the 1st semester in CLEWS is possible for each winter term. You can apply for the coming winter semester from the 1st of April on. We recommend highly applying early to get all VISA permissions in time and the housing situation clarified. We expect again a lot of applications. Be aware that our response time might take a while due to the enormous interest in our program. 

More information and the link to apply you can find on this website: application-master

Stage of Processing of Applications

[bold = current phase]

  1. Application period ⇒ end-date: 15th of August, 2023
  2. Processing by uni-assist   |  Note: FAQ - uni-assist does not forward my application. What can I do?
  3. Processing at University of Potsdam & selection process
  4. Positive notifications of selected applicants sent
  5. Sending negativ notifications (till end of September)

María García, CLEWS student from Peru:

„Unlike other master programs, this is the one that captivated my attention because it delves into environmental-climate science, which underpins and support many important decisions. In addition, this master program highlights having courses taught by renowned professors, cooperation with research institutions and research opportunities, as well as a modern campus. Clews delivers everything and more I could have imagined. I'm very excited about this great opportunity.“

CLEWS FAQ for interested applicants

Frequently asked questions about the application and documents are listed at the webpage FAQ about master's degree application via uni-assist. Further administrative questions shall be addressed to the Office of Student Affairs with the particular contact: postgraduate admission.

Here you can find the frequently asked questions addressed to our study porgram CLEWS:

Which are the prerequisite for joining the CLEWS program?

Which are the prerequisite for studying CLEWS?

Knowledge of English > level B2 (CEFR) ! / German required ?

Are programming skills a prerequisite?

What hardware do I need for CLEWS?

About the application process...

Application deadline: When can I apply for CLEWS?

Where do I send my application documents?

Do you acknowledge my degree … from university of…?

Uni-Assist does not forward my application. What can I do?

After applying and before the start...

Are there bridging courses for preparing / catching up on content?

Is there particular advise for international Students? How can I get help with Visa application?

Until when do I have to enrol to Uni Potsdam?

When is the deadline for course registration? What happens if I am not registered when instruction period starts? ...or when I haven‘t reached Germany by then?

During studying CLEWS...

Is a semester abroad possible? Erasmus+...

What is the excursion in the module "PHY-CM02: Numerical methods (Programming) and Introduction: Climate, Earth, Water, Sustainability” about?

About living & costs in Potsdam...

Are there tuition fees?

How to connect with people in Potsdam?

How can I find housing in Potsdam?

How much does it cost to study in Potsdam?

How to finance my studies? Are there scholarships?

Contact the CLEWS team


If you still seek advice especially in respect to the subject specific field of the program, please write us to:

Contact the CLEWS team