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Overview

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.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad European Union
  • City: Freiburg
  • Country: European Union
  • Program Credits: 7 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Language Prerequisites: None

Program Dates

After you are admitted, refer to the Travel Dates section of the Predeparture Information in your MyIESabroad account before booking travel.

Summer 2018

  • May 29 - July 22

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 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:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Economics
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies

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.

Cultural Studies

RL/HS/CU 330 - Orient Meets Occident: Cultures, Religions, & Identities of Turkey and the Balkans (Summer)

Economics

IB/EC 320 - Economic Challenges and Potentials of Turkey and the Balkans (Summer)

History

RL/HS/CU 330 - Orient Meets Occident: Cultures, Religions, & Identities of Turkey and the Balkans (Summer)

International Business

IB/EC 320 - Economic Challenges and Potentials of Turkey and the Balkans (Summer)

International Relations

  • IR/PO 360 - Shattered dreams in Europe's troubled borderlands? Southeastern European cultures and societies between conflict and reconciliation (Summer)
  • PO/IR 340 - Regional Security Dynamics in Southeastern Europe (Summer)

Political Science

  • IR/PO 360 - Shattered dreams in Europe's troubled borderlands? Southeastern European cultures and societies between conflict and reconciliation (Summer)
  • PO/IR 340 - Regional Security Dynamics in Southeastern Europe (Summer)

Religious Studies

RL/HS/CU 330 - Orient Meets Occident: Cultures, Religions, & Identities of Turkey and the Balkans (Summer)

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 - 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.

Student Life

Orientation

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:

  • Attend a welcome reception, during which you will be able to meet and speak with IES Abroad faculty, staff, and fellow students
  • Settle into your housing and learn about student life in Freiburg, including transportation and health and safety
  • Receive an overview of the program, including its academic policies and goals
  • Finalize course registration
  • Tour Freiburg and take an excursion to the Black Forest
  • Participate in basic local language instruction

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale
  • No German language is required

Passport & Visa Requirements

A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required.

U.S. citizens in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter or study in Germany. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa prior to arrival.

Cost

Summer 2018

  • Tuition: $5,665
  • Housing: $1,895
  • Insurance: $135
  • Total: $7,695

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.

Program taught in:
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