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 between 16-20 credits per semester (five courses). All courses are worth 3 credits except the Integrative Seminar and the optional semester German language course. 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 (optional, 4 credits)
- 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)
*Please note: Internships with the European Parliament in Brussels will not be available in 2019 due to Parliamentary elections.
As part of your overall program participation, you will take a required two-week intensive German course during orientation. You may continue strengthening your language skills by continuing in an optional, 4-credit semester-long German language course.
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
- Energy and the environment
- 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.