A Day in the Life of an IES Abroad European Union Student

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With more than 20 days of travel on course-related trips, the European Union Program is one of our more unique offerings.
Based in Freiburg, Germany, this program focuses on economics, business, and international relations, and allows students to experience the culture and politics of more than 15 countries in Europe.

Currently, our EU students are on an intense, nine-day, multi-country trip. While traveling, students will be meeting with politicians, policy makers, journalists, and lecturers to discuss local issues that can impact the entire European Union.

Below is a glimpse of their upcoming itinerary in Athens, Greece:




Until 9:10 a.m.    


9:10 a.m.

Depart hotel for Institute of International Relations

9:30-11 a.m.

Mr. Matthaios Tsimitakis, Journalist (writer for the high-quality, liberal-conservative daily Kathimerini and in charge of the website for Avgi, SYRIZA’s official newspaper), The Current Political Situation in Greece with special regard to Greece-EU Relations

11-11:30 a.m.


11:30-1 p.m.

Dr. Ekavi Athanassopoulou, Lecturer of International Relations at the University of Athens & Senior Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), The Greek Perspective on EU-Turkey and Greece-Turkey Relations

1-2:20 p.m.


2:20 p.m.

Meet again at IIR

2:30-4 p.m.

Mr. Lefteris Papagiannakis, President of the Immigrant Integration Council of the City of Athens, Briefing on the Situation of Immigrants and Refugees in Greece/Athens

Rest of Day


Want to follow along as the students travel? Check out our EU student blogger Kimberly Webber and watch her video diary of a recent course-related excursion to Luxembourg, Brussels, and Paris.


You can follow Kimberly’s blog and watch all of her EU videos here.



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