Based in Freiburg, Germany, the European Union Summer Program takes you on extended field study trips to Turkey and the Western Balkan states for an intensive study of the European Union and its relationships with its neighbors to the east. This program challenges you with a unique Integrative Seminar and with a variety of elective course options.
The program deepens your understanding of the region and gives you first-hand experience with the cultural and political landscape of the European Union and its neighbors today.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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 enroll in the required Integrative Seminar IR/PO 360 From Marginalization to Inclusion?: The Balkans, Turkey, and the EU, which carries 4 credits, and an elective, which carries 3 credits. All courses are taught in English.
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.
In addition to two six-day field study trips to Bosnia-Herzegovina and Turkey, IES Abroad European Union staff organize field study trips that complement what you’re learning in the classroom, and contribute to your general knowledge of European culture and society.
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 Halls - The IES Abroad EU Summer 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.
Upon arrival in Freiburg, you participate in a comprehensive orientation that introduces you to the IES Abroad European Union staff and program objectives, your fellow students, and the city of Freiburg. During orientation, you:
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 preparing for the return home.
Field Study Trip
A highlight of the IES Abroad European Union Summer Program is two six-day field study trips, one to Bosnia-Herzegovina and the other to Turkey.
During these field study trips you will experience first-hand the cultural landscape of multiple EU accession state candidates and study in-depth the multi-faceted challenges of current and future European integration for the countries visited.
The field study trips are academic in nature. Site visits include lectures and discussions on the political, economic, social, cultural, and religious issues involved and is a unique opportunity to meet and talk with:
The cost of the field study trips is included in the program fee, but you should budget for some meals and spending money.
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