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Why the European Union?

Why study abroad in one location when you can experience the politics and cultures of many European cities? Our European Union Program allows you to learn about European politics, economics, business, and international relations in a whole new way.

What You'll Study

Freiburg will be your home base. Nestled at the foot of the Black Forest, it’s in this beautiful, small university town that you’ll take English-taught courses in disciplines like Political Science, International Relations, Economics, and Business. As part of the program’s required Integrative Seminar, you travel for approximately 22 days to gain exposure to the European Union and beyond. Not only will these course-related trips give you better insight into the strengths and challenges of the European Union, they will also give you the experience you need to build your résumé, and to prepare you for an international career. As you visit each new country, you develop an 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.

You also engage in a Model European Union, where you assume the role of a head of state or foreign minister of an EU country to analyze and debate issues of current concern in Europe, such as migration and immigration, security and foreign affairs, U.S.-EU relations, relations with Russia, the euro currency’s troubled relationship with member countries, Brexit, and more. The Model EU concludes the Integrative Seminar, and is the capstone of the program. After the spring semester, you can also add international work experience to your résumé by participating in a for-credit internship placement in Freiburg or Brussels, with the accompanying internship seminar.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Freiburg. From housing to cultural events, tours of the city, and visits to local sites, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible

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Why the European Union?

Why study abroad in one location when you can experience the politics and cultures of many European cities? Our European Union Program allows you to learn about European politics, economics, business, and international relations in a whole new way.

What You'll Study

Freiburg will be your home base. Nestled at the foot of the Black Forest, it’s in this beautiful, small university town that you’ll take English-taught courses in disciplines like Political Science, International Relations, Economics, and Business. As part of the program’s required Integrative Seminar, you travel for approximately 22 days to gain exposure to the European Union and beyond. Not only will these course-related trips give you better insight into the strengths and challenges of the European Union, they will also give you the experience you need to build your résumé, and to prepare you for an international career. As you visit each new country, you develop an 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.

You also engage in a Model European Union, where you assume the role of a head of state or foreign minister of an EU country to analyze and debate issues of current concern in Europe, such as migration and immigration, security and foreign affairs, U.S.-EU relations, relations with Russia, the euro currency’s troubled relationship with member countries, Brexit, and more. The Model EU concludes the Integrative Seminar, and is the capstone of the program. After the spring semester, you can also add international work experience to your résumé by participating in a for-credit internship placement in Freiburg or Brussels, with the accompanying internship seminar.

Daily Life

We want you to feel at home, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in Freiburg. From housing to cultural events, tours of the city, and visits to local sites, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.

Academics

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 diverse professors and course-related trips enhance your academic experience and provide you with new perspectives each day in class.

You take 17 credits per semester (five courses). All courses are worth 3 credits except the Integrative Seminar and language courses. You may earn up to 20 credits if you are placed in a spring semester postprogram internship. All courses are taught in English, excluding German language courses and IR/PO355. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week.

Create your academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • EU Studies Integrative Seminar (PO250/350/450) (required, 4 credits; offered at the 200, 300, and 400 levels, with placement based on your academic background)
  • IES Abroad German Course (required, 3 credits) optional starting Fall 2018
  • English-taught IES Abroad Area Studies Courses (3 credits)
  • German-taught IES Abroad Area Studies Course (optional, 3 credits)
  • IR/IB393 Global Leadership course (optional, 3 credits; to develop your cross-cultural leadership skills)
  • IES Abroad Internship in Freiburg or Brussels (optional, 3 credits; spring only, post-program; includes seminar and internship placement, additional cost applies)

Model EU
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:

  • A foreign minister of an EU member state
  • A prime minister of an EU member state
  • A finance minister of an EU member state
  • A member of the press corps

In your role, you will debate issues of current concern to the European Union, such as:

  • EU reform treaties
  • Enlargement
  • Energy and the environment
  • Immigration
  • Humanitarian aid
  • The economy and the Euro

The Model EU, which brings together classroom-based academic knowledge and first-hand experiences gained through course-related excursions, concludes the EU Studies Integrative Seminar and the program.

Courses

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.

Cultural Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU/PO 243 - European Political Cultures Fall, Spring English 3
CU/PO 334 - Migration, Ethnic Minorities, and Multiculturalism in Europe Fall, Spring English 3
Economics
Course Name Term Language Credits
EC 353 - International Economic Relations of the EU Fall, Spring English 3
EC 358 - Transition to Market Economies in Central and Eastern Europe Fall, Spring English 3
EC/IB 342 - Finance and Banking in the European Union Fall, Spring English 3
PO/EC 246 - European Union Policies in Practice Fall, Spring English 3
Environmental Studies
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/ES 333 - EU Environmental Policies: On the Road to Sustainability Fall, Spring English 3
German Language
Course Name Term Language Credits
GR 101 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad I Fall, Spring German 3
GR 201 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad III Fall, Spring German 3
GR 301 - German Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I Fall, Spring German 3
GR 351 - German Language in Context: Independent Abroad I Fall, Spring German 3
GR 353 - German Language in Context: Independent Abroad III Fall, Spring German 3
GR 403 - German Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad III Fall, Spring German 3
History
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/HS 344 - Europe - The Dynamics of Integration Fall, Spring English 3
International Business
Course Name Term Language Credits
EC/IB 342 - Finance and Banking in the European Union Fall, Spring English 3
IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice Fall, Spring English 3
SO/IB 351 - Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in Europe Fall, Spring English 3
Internship Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Intercultural Management and Global Leadership Spring English 3
International Relations
Course Name Term Language Credits
IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice Fall, Spring English 3
IR/PO 332 - The European Union and the Muslim World Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IR 357 - Reshaping the International Order - Power, Conflict and Change in the Black Sea Region Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IR 370 - EU-U.S. Relations: A Multi-Dimensional Partnership Fall, Spring English 3
Law
Course Name Term Language Credits
PO/LW 481 - The Power and Fragility of Human Rights in Modern Society Fall, Spring English 3
Political Science
Course Name Term Language Credits
CU/PO 243 - European Political Cultures Fall, Spring English 3
CU/PO 334 - Migration, Ethnic Minorities, and Multiculturalism in Europe Fall, Spring English 3
IR/PO 332 - The European Union and the Muslim World Fall, Spring English 3
PO 250 - EU Studies Integrative Seminar Fall, Spring English 4
PO 280 - Scenario Planning as Instrument of European Policy-Making - The Case of West African Migration to Europe Fall, Spring English 3
PO 317 - Brexit: The United Kingdom and the European Union. A Troubled History Fall, Spring English 3
PO 350 - EU Studies Integrative Seminar Fall, Spring English 4
PO 450 - EU Studies Integrative Seminar Fall, Spring English 4
PO 458 - Transition to Market Economies in Central and Eastern Europe Fall, Spring English 3
PO/EC 246 - European Union Policies in Practice Fall, Spring English 3
PO/ES 333 - EU Environmental Policies: On the Road to Sustainability Fall, Spring English 3
PO/HS 344 - Europe - The Dynamics of Integration Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IR 357 - Reshaping the International Order - Power, Conflict and Change in the Black Sea Region Fall, Spring English 3
PO/IR 370 - EU-U.S. Relations: A Multi-Dimensional Partnership Fall, Spring English 3
PO/LW 481 - The Power and Fragility of Human Rights in Modern Society Fall, Spring English 3
Research Seminar
Course Name Term Language Credits
RE 499 - Introduction to Research Module Fall, Spring English 1
Sociology
Course Name Term Language Credits
SO/IB 351 - Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in Europe Fall, Spring English 3

Field Trips & Events

As a major component of the European Union Program, you participate in extensive course-related trips to prominent EU institutions and important cities across Europe. During these trips, you meet and talk with official representatives of member states, leaders of multinational corporations and NGOs, EU officials, and advisors on EU issues. You take three course-related excursions totaling approximately 22 days. These excursions are an integral part of your classes and academic program, and are included in the program fee.
During the first excursion, you focus on the history of EU integration by visiting the capital cities of Germany and the Czech Republic: Berlin and Prague.

On a second excursion across Western Europe, the focus is on the structure of the EU with visits to EU institutions in key European cities:

  • Brussels
  • Frankfurt
  • Luxembourg
  • Paris
  • Strasbourg

For the final trip, you explore economics, politics, and other topics of current importance to the EU in one of three regions. Options have included:

  • London, England; Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Riga, Latvia or Tallinn, Estonia – Euroscepticism, Brexit, and EU relations with Russia
  • Lisbon, Portugal; Madrid, Spain; and Rome, Italy – Regionalism, Environment, Migration, and Ethnic Minorities
  • Athens, Greece; Bucharest, Romania; and Budapest, Hungary – Immigration and refugees, the Greek euro crisis, stability, transition, andenergy security

Day Trips
Although your adventure begins in Freiburg, our day trips take you to other great destinations to provide contrast and context for what you are learning and experiencing in your new home. Examples of trips include excursions to the Swiss Alps and nearby castles. The cost of these trips is not included in the program cost. 

Course-Related Excursions

As a major component of the European Union Program, you participate in extensive course-related excursions 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 course-related excursions totaling approximately 22 days. These trips are included in the program fee.

See the Field Trips tab for details about the trips.

 

Daily Life

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.

Orientation

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. Orientation also includes a trip to the idyllic Black Forest, where you can hike and enjoy a typical German Kaffee und Kuchen—an afternoon ritual of having cake and coffee with  friends.

Our Comprehensive Orientation & Re-Entry Experience (CORE™), begins right when you arrive and continues through the semester with activities focusing on academic and cultural adjustment. Detailed information about housing, public transportation, culture, health and safety, and other important topics are also covered.

As part of your orientation, you will have 20-25 hours of intensive German language instruction, followed by a seminar that will prepare you for the first course-related trip.

Get to Know Your New City

Appreciate the Architecture

Freiburg’s architecture takes in German, Austrian, French, and Swiss influences, which all compete for attention in the city’s colorful buildings.

(Don't) Step in the Bächle

The narrow channels of water that run through the streets of old Freiburg are one of this city’s most characteristic and charming features.

Hike, Cycle, & Climb the Black Forest

Germany’s massive, mountainous, and densely-forested area is right in Freiburg’s back yard.

Pack a Picnic

Grab a Black Forest ham sandwich and a bottle of fresh apple juice from the Saturday market, find the perfect spot, and enjoy. Studying in the sunniest spot in Germany has its advantages!

Take in the Views from the Schauinsland

A rigorous hike or an easy cable car will take you to the top of this hill, offering glorious views of the city, the nearby Vosges Mountains, and the Black Forest.

Housing

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.

Apartment-style university housing – You live in a single or double room in a co-ed suite with a shared kitchen and bath. Suites are shared with German and international students, and have Internet access.

Single apartments in university housing – Single apartments are available at an extra cost. Apartments include a single bath and pantry kitchen. Internet access is provided

Shared apartments – Some students may live in apartments shared with other IES Abroad students and a German student. These apartments are single gender, and may have single or double bedrooms. Kitchens and bathrooms are shared. Internet access is provided.

Meals are not included in the program cost. Students usually prepare meals in their housing or dine in Freiburg’s affordable student cafeterias.

Program Cost

Consider these prices as a starting point. We encourage you to contact your study abroad office to determine the actual cost to you when factoring in financial aid, scholarships, your home school policies, and other factors.

Term: Spring 2018
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Spring 2018 $15,575 $3,565 $230 $19,370


Term: Fall 2017
Term Tuition Housing Insurance Total
Fall 2017 $15,270 $3,490 $230 $18,990


Use our budget worksheet to calculate your costs

$4 Million in Financial Aid

We firmly believe that financial limitations should not prevent a qualified student from participating in an IES Abroad Program. This is why we commit more then $4 million each year to our financial aid programs.