As the European Union continues to grow in size and influence, understanding it becomes key to understanding Europe and our world. Come and learn about the economic, political, social, and cultural issues that confront the European Union today.
Taught in English, the IES Abroad European Union Program gives you the chance to study Politics, Economics, Business, and International Relations like you never have before.
The program features an integrative seminar that incorporates approximately 21 days of field study to travel to numerous countries inside and outside of the EU. As you visit each new country, you develop your understanding of the European Union, its history, and its institutions.
Europe will be your classroom. Imagine visiting the European Parliament and discussing current social and political issues with EU officials, or meeting with leaders of multinational corporations to learn about international trade. Welcome to study abroad!
You also engage in a Model European Union, where you assume the role of an EU official or press corps member to analyze and debate issues of current concern to the European Union such as climate change, EU enlargement, foreign and local policies, and the Euro. The Model EU concludes the Integrative Seminar and is the capstone of the program.
We want you to feel at home in Freiburg, so we will do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Freiburg. From cultural events at our Center to tours of the city and local sites of interest, you will have numerous opportunities to get to know Germany.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
If participating in an internship.
Plan to arrive at the Center by 5 p.m.
Our mission is simple: to provide you with the highest quality academic and cultural experience abroad possible. We offer unparalleled courses that explore European Politics, Economics, Business, International Relations, and other topics through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Our world-class professors and field study opportunities enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
You take 16 credit hours per semester (five courses). You may earn up to 19 credits if you are placed in a post-program internship. All courses are taught in English, excluding German language courses and IR/PO355. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week.
You create your academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:
As the capstone experience of the IES Abroad European Union Program, you will participate in a Model European Union. Over a long weekend, you will assume the roles of:
In your role, you will debate issues of current concern to the European Union, such as:
The Model EU, which brings together classroom-based academic knowledge and first-hand experiences gained through field study excursions, concludes the EU Studies Integrative Seminar and the program.
This is a list of planned course offerings. After you are accepted, you will see a list of final course offerings in your MyIESabroad account.
To learn more about IES Abroad’s innovative theoretical and pedagogical approaches to teaching language abroad, refer to the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication.
While adding study abroad to your résumé is impressive enough, adding an international internship is even more powerful, and can help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today's competitive market.
Here are just some of the ways your internship will set you apart:
All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship. An internship in Brussels or Freiburg can also provide an invaluable cultural experience and give you an experiential opportunity to develop professional and personal skills.
Internships are conducted post-program and are approximately eight weeks in length. They are available to spring students only. Internships carry an additional fee.
Internship in Brussels
Internships are offered with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and with EU-related organizations. Internships are conducted in English, but if you are proficient in another language, you may receive a placement that lets you use your second language too. Previous placements have included:
Internship in Freiburg
Internships are conducted in English and in German. Placements have included:
As a major component of the European Union Program, you participate in extensive field study to prominent EU institutions and important cities across Europe. During these trips, you meet and talk with representatives of member states, leaders of multinational corporations and NGOs, EU officials, and advisors on EU issues. You take three field study trips totaling approximately 21 days. These trips are included in the program fee.
See the Field Trips tab for details about the trips.
We want to make sure that your greatest challenge is deciding which landmarks to see first or discovering the best café—not finding a place to live where you feel comfortable. We do our best to locate housing that is reflective of how the local students are living. Our goal is that when you leave Freiburg, it will feel like home.
Residence Hall -The IES Abroad EU program offers you the unique opportunity to live in a single or double room in a co-ed suite shared with German and international students. Suites have shared kitchens and baths.
Meals are not included in the program fee. Students typically prepare meals at their residences or dine in Freiburg’s affordable student cafeterias.
Part of making you feel at home in Freiburg is doing our best to help you feel safe and cared for. Whether it’s the orientation program that prepares you for what’s ahead, your housing that is well-located and comfortable, or the day trips that take you to places off the beaten path—we’re all about our student services. This is one of the things we’re known for.
The program begins with a mandatory orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad European Union staff, your fellow students, and the city of Freiburg. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered. Orientation also includes an excursion to the Black Forest.
Additionally, CORE™, IES Abroad’s Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Experience, begins during orientation and continues throughout the semester with activities focusing on cultural adjustment, goal achievement, and preparation for the return home.
Following orientation, you begin ten days of intensive German language classes and the Integrative Seminar.
As a major component of the European Union Program, you participate in extensive field study to prominent EU institutions and important cities across Europe. During these trips, you meet and talk with representatives of member states, leaders of multinational corporations and NGOs, EU officials, and advisors on EU issues. You take three field study trips totaling approximately 21 days. Previous destinations are listed. These trips are included in the program fee.
During the first trip, you visit the capital cities of Germany and the Czech Republic, Berlin and Prague.
On a second trip across Western Europe, you visit EU institutions in several important European cities, which may include:
For the final trip, you explore topics of current importance to the EU in one of three regions. Options have included:
The IES Abroad European Union Center is housed in a historic 19th-century building with a fully renovated interior. Located in the heart of Freiburg, the EU Center is only a short walk from the main campus of the AlbertLudwigs-Universität Freiburg, the shopping district, and the Freiburg Theater.
Ullrich Lohrmann holds a Ph.D. in History from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg. His academic interests include Africa, the United Nations, and the development of the European Union. His experience as a student in the U.S. and United Kingdom led him to seek a career in international education. He joined IES Abroad in 1993 and served in various administrative capacities, including Associate Director, before being promoted to Director of the European Union Program in 2007. He has also taught courses on the EU for the IES Abroad Freiburg Program.
IES Abroad Staff
Dr. Karin HunnField Study Manager
Almut Meyer zu SchwabedissenAcademic Dean
Merle PeitsmeyerProject Manager
Karin ThomasStudent Affairs Director
Diploma in economics
researcher at the Walter Eucken Institute
Head of Administration, Department of English Studies, University of Freiburg
Institute für Sprache und Wirtschaft,
University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt
Masters in Applied Environmental Studies
Lecturer at Landeszentrale fuer politische Bildung (Center for Political Education)
Schnellenbach, Dr. habil
researcher expert at the Walter Eucken Institute
PhD candidate; Business consultant for LMS; e-Learning expert
Wagschal, Prof. Dr.
Chair of Comparative Politics; University of Freiburg
German Language Instructor
Langues et Civilisations Etrangéres, Licence with distinction