The EU Summer Program gives you the opportunity to intensively study the past, present, and future challenges of European integration. The program begins in the heart of Europe—Freiburg, Germany—where you’ll start a specialized curriculum that will take you on a 16-day experiential journey through Bosnia-Herzegovina and Turkey.
In Turkey, you’ll visit Izmir, an economic/business hub on the Aegean Sea, where you’ll stay on the campus of Izmir Economics University to spend time with Turkish students, including a day at one of the local pristine beaches. After Izmir, you and your peers will travel to Istanbul to study the politics, minorities, religion, and history of a city that spans two continents. The Turkey trip also includes a visit to Ephesus, to the house where the Virgin Mary allegedly spent her final years.
In Bosnia-Herzegovina, you will travel to Sarajevo, called the “Jerusalem of Europe” because of its once historic mix of Jews, Christians, and Muslims. After Sarajevo, you’ll have a two-day trip to Republika Srpska that includes a visit to the memorial site for victims of Srebrenica, and an overnight stay in Višegrad, immortalized in Ivo Andrié’s Nobel Prize-winning classic Bridge on the Drina.
After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.
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 course-related excursions enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.
You take two courses: the 4-credit Integrative Seminar: From Marginalization to Inclusion?: The Balkans, Turkey and the EU and a 3-credit elective course for a total of 7 credits, Disciplines taught in the past have included:
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.
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.
University Housing - The IES Abroad EU Summer Program offers you the unique opportunity to live in a single 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. A limited amount of private apartments are available for an additional fee.
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 1-day 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.
The IES Abroad European Union Summer Program features two course-related excursions, one to Bosnia-Herzegovina (7 days) and the other to Turkey (9 days).
During these course-related excursions, 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 course-related excursions 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 course-related excursions is included in the program fee, but you should budget for some meals and spending money.
About the Center
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 Albert Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, the shopping district, and the Freiburg Theater.
For a fun look at our EU center, check out Spring 2015 IES Abroad Blogger Kimberly Webber's video tour.
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.
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