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, Greece and Cyprus.
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.
On your second trip you will visit Greece and Cyprus. In Greece you will be based in Athens, where you will meet with Greek academics, artists, NGO professionals, and political officials, to discuss topics such as the Greek perspective on East-West relations, the immigration and refugee crises, and Greek culture. In Cyprus you will visit the divided city of Nicosia to delve into the Cyprus conflict and peace negotiations from both the Turkish and Cypriot perspectives. In both places you will visit sites of historical significance, such as the Acropolis in Athens, the castle in Kyrenia, and the ancient cities of Salamis and Famagusta.
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? 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.
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 - A limited number of single apartments are available at an extra cost. Apartments include a single bath and pantry kitchen. Internet access is provided.
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 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 Greece and Cyprus (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.
Dr. Ullrich Lohrmann has been with IES Abroad since 1993. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, and has academic interests in Africa, the United Nations, and the development of the European Union. He has served in various capacities at IES Abroad and has been the Director of the EU program since 2007. He has also taught courses on the EU for IES Abroad.
IES Abroad Staff
Karin ThomasStudent Affairs Director
Dr. Karin HunnField Study Manager
Almut Meyer zu SchwabedissenAcademic Dean
Larissa MogkAssistant Academic Deam
Melanie WittAdministrative and Customized Programs Coordinator
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