Want to study heritage interpretation in Europe?


As an academic discipline, heritage interpretation is taught in many universities across the world. It is a blend of developmental psychology, learning theories, communication, cognitive and many other sciences.

In the following list you will find full programmes and modules that are offered by European universities under the term ‘(heritage) interpretation’.


Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg
Communication Strategies for Conservation:  Natural and Cultural Heritage Site Interpretation, course module in an undergraduate degree programme of Environmental Studies & Sustainability Department.
Focus of the module: The module presents the communication method called Heritage Interpretation. Students will first study the theoretical background, and read important articles and research in the field of interpretation, and present their findings. They will then discuss and evaluate best practices in the surroundings of Freiburg. Finally, students will create their own interpretive project, such as a personal interpretation, audiotour, or app, using a literature survey, expert interviews, and field work.
Course language: English
Mode of study: 3 Week Module
ECTS credit points: 3
Contact: Dr. Anna Chatel, anna.chatel.doz@gmail.com– website link



Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg
M.Sc. Geographie des Globalen Wandels ( Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources), course module Heritage Interpretation – ein Ansatz zur Vermittlung von Natur- und Kulturerbe
Focus of the module: The module introduces Heritage Interpretation as a communication method. Heritage Interpretation approach and its applications will be taught theoretically and practically.
Course language: German
Mode of study: 2 hours per week
ECTS credit points: 5
Contact: Monika Nethe, Dr. Anna Chatel, monika.nethe@geographie.uni-freiburg.de– website link



Hochschule für nachhaltige Entwicklung (HNE) Eberswalde
MSc Regional Development and Nature Protection (Faculty Landscape Management and Nature Protection), course module Non-formal Environmental Education in Leisure / Interpretation
Focus of the module: Introduction to theories and research findings on heritage interpretation, theory and practical exercises in personal interpretation (interpretive guiding, live interpretation), non-personal interpretation (panels, text, audio devices) and interpretive planning (interpretive centres and exhibitions, involvement of heritage communities)
Course language: German
Mode of study: six days residential (15 hrs lectures, 30 hrs exercises at natural and cultural heritage sites and collections) plus 15 hrs homework
ECTS credit points: 2
Contact: Prof Dr Heike Molitor, heike.molitor@hnee.de – website link