European Union

IES Abroad

Program Description

European Union

IES Abroad

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Overview

Why study abroad in one location when you can experience the politics and culture of more than 15 European countries? Our European Union Program allows you to live and learn about European politics, economics, business, and international relations like never before. The centrally-located city of Freiburg, Germany, will be your home base. It’s here that you’ll take English-taught courses like Global Leadership, Political Science, and German.

As part of the program’s required Integrative Seminar, you will travel for 22 days to gain exposure to the European Union and beyond. Not only will these course-related excursions give you better insight into the strengths and challenges of the European Union, but they will also give you the experience you need to build your résumé and 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 a foreign minister of an EU country to analyze and debate issues of current concern in Europe, such as security and foreign affairs, EU enlargement, and the multi-annual financial framework. 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, and the accompanying internship seminar.

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 and tours of the city and local sites, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible and offer you numerous opportunities to get to know Germany.

Quick Facts

  • Center: IES Abroad European Union
  • City: Freiburg
  • Country: European Union
  • Program Credits: 16 credits
  • Language of Instruction: English, German
  • 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.

Fall 2018

  • August 28 - December 17

Spring 2019

  • Early January - Early May (IES Abroad Courses only)
  • Early January - Early July (Internship)

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

  • Spring 2019 - November 01, 2018

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 16 credit hours per semester (five courses). You may earn up to 19 credits in the spring semester if you are placed in a post-program internship. All courses are taught in English, excluding German language courses and IR/PO355. Academic programming is scheduled five days a week. You create your academic experience by selecting from the following required and optional program components:

  • EU Studies Integrative Seminar (required, offered at the 200, 300, and 400 levels, with placement based on your academic background, 4 credits)
  • IES Abroad German Course (required for beginning- & intermediate-level students, optional for advanced German language students, 3 credits)
  • English-taught IES Abroad Area Studies Courses (3 credits)
  • German-taught IES Abroad Political Science Course (optional for students with advanced German, 3 credits)
  • IR/IB393 Global Leadership course (optional, to develop your cross-cultural leadership skills, 3 credits)
  • IES Abroad Internship in Freburg or Brussels (spring only, limited placements, includes seminar and internship placement, 3 credits; additional fee 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.

IES Abroad Global Leadership Certificate

If you're interested in Global Leadership Studies, you can earn the IES Abroad Leadership Certificate by:

  1. Enrolling in the core Leadership course - IR/IB 393 Leading Across Cultures: Principles & Practice
  2. Engaging in an internship, or independent leadership project; and
  3. Submitting a final portfolio of your leadership work at the end of the term.

When you successfully complete all components, you will receive an official certificate from IES Abroad.

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

  • CU/PO 243 - European Political Cultures (Fall, Spring)
  • CU/PO 334 - Migration, Ethnic Minorities, and Multiculturalism in Europe (Fall, Spring)

Economics

  • EC 353 - International Economic Relations of the EU (Fall, Spring)
  • EC 358 - Transition to Market Economies in Central and Eastern Europe (Fall, Spring)
  • EC/IB 342 - Finance and Banking in the European Union (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/EC 246 - European Union Policies in Practice (Fall, Spring)

Environmental Studies

  • PO/ES 333 - EU Environmental Policies: On the Road to Sustainability (Fall, Spring)

German Language

  • GR 101 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 201 - German Language in Context: Novice Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 301 - German Language in Context: Emerging Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 351 - German Language in Context: Independent Abroad I (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 353 - German Language in Context: Independent Abroad III (Fall, Spring)
  • GR 403 - German Language in Context: Emerging Competent Abroad III (Fall, Spring)

History

  • PO/HS 344 - Europe - The Dynamics of Integration (Fall, Spring)

International Business

  • EC/IB 342 - Finance and Banking in the European Union (Fall, Spring)
  • IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice (Fall, Spring)
  • SO/IB 351 - Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in Europe (Fall, Spring)

Internship Seminar

  • IN 395 - Internship Seminar: Intercultural Management and Global Leadership (Spring)

International Relations

  • IR/IB 393 - Leading Across Cultures: Principles and Practice (Fall, Spring)
  • IR/PO 320 - Regions in the European Union (Fall, Spring)
  • IR/PO 332 - The European Union and the Muslim World (Fall, Spring)
  • IR/PO 355 - Shifting Paradigms from 'Domestic' to 'European' Politics: Germany in the European Union (Fall, Spring)
  • IR/PO 365 - European Foreign and Security Policy Analysis (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/IR 357 - Reshaping the International Order - Power, Conflict and Change in the Black Sea Region (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/IR 370 - EU-U.S. Relations: A Multi-Dimensional Partnership (Fall, Spring)

Law

  • PO/LW 481 - The Power and Fragility of Human Rights in Modern Society (Fall, Spring)

Political Science

  • CU/PO 243 - European Political Cultures (Fall, Spring)
  • CU/PO 334 - Migration, Ethnic Minorities, and Multiculturalism in Europe (Fall, Spring)
  • IR/PO 320 - Regions in the European Union (Fall, Spring)
  • IR/PO 332 - The European Union and the Muslim World (Fall, Spring)
  • IR/PO 355 - Shifting Paradigms from 'Domestic' to 'European' Politics: Germany in the European Union (Fall, Spring)
  • IR/PO 365 - European Foreign and Security Policy Analysis (Fall, Spring)
  • PO 250 - EU Studies Integrative Seminar (Fall, Spring)
  • PO 317 - Brexit: The United Kingdom and the European Union. A Troubled History (Fall, Spring)
  • PO 350 - EU Studies Integrative Seminar (Fall, Spring)
  • PO 450 - EU Studies Integrative Seminar (Fall, Spring)
  • PO 458 - Transition to Market Economies in Central and Eastern Europe (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/EC 246 - European Union Policies in Practice (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/ES 333 - EU Environmental Policies: On the Road to Sustainability (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/HS 344 - Europe - The Dynamics of Integration (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/IR 357 - Reshaping the International Order - Power, Conflict and Change in the Black Sea Region (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/IR 370 - EU-U.S. Relations: A Multi-Dimensional Partnership (Fall, Spring)
  • PO/LW 481 - The Power and Fragility of Human Rights in Modern Society (Fall, Spring)

Sociology

  • SO/IB 351 - Social Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation in Europe (Fall, Spring)

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.

Internships

Interning abroad as part of your study abroad experience will help distinguish your application for graduate school or a job opportunity in today’s competitive market. It’s an exhilarating challenge, and we’re here to help guide you in securing your placement and succeeding in your internship. Participating in an internship abroad helps you:

  1. Add international work experience to your résumé
  2. Gain real work experience and skills
  3. Build your confidence

All of our internships are supervised and earn IES Abroad credit. You participate in a seminar to complement the practical experience you gain during the internship. The European Union internship program is approximately eight weeks long, and occurs after the spring semester only. There are two parts to the internship: a 3-credit Internship Seminar, which is primarily conducted before and after the placement experience, and the internship itself, comprised of a four- to five-week placement in Brussels, or a four- to six-week placement in Freiburg. Internships carry an additional fee, which covers housing, the seminar, and insurance. During a Brussels internship you live in an apartment shared with other interns; during a Freiburg internship you continue to live in a residence hall. You can apply for an internship before arriving on the European Union program or early in the spring term. Placements are competitive.

Placement Examples in Brussels

Internships are offered with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and with EU-related organizations. Internships are conducted in English, but if you are proficient in another language, you may receive a placement that lets you use your second language too. Fields may include:

  • Parliamentary Internships
  • Political Organizations

Placement Examples in Freiburg

Internships are conducted in English and in German. Placements have included:

  • Business
  • Government & Politics
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Education
  • Research
  • Journalism

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 usually prepare meals in their housing or dine in Freiburg’s affordable student cafeterias.

Student Life

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. Topics such as academics, housing, transportation, and health and safety are covered. Orientation also includes an excursion to the Black Forest where you can hike and enjoy a typical German Kaffee und Kuchen. 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 preparation for the return home. Following orientation, you begin five days of intensive German language classes and Integrative Seminar classes.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • In good standing at your home school
  • 2.75 or better on a 4.0 scale (GPAs under 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • 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 predeparture to enter Germany. Upon admission, you will receive more information about obtaining the required residence permit on-site and any related fees. Non-U.S. citizens may be required to obtain a student visa before arrival.

Cost

Fall 2018

  • Tuition: $15,890
  • Housing: $3,635
  • Insurance: $230
  • Total: $19,755

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German
IES Abroad

Last updated August 21, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 2019
Duration
Duration
1 semester
Full time
Price
Price
19,755 USD
Program cost Fall 2018
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Locations
Germany - Freiburg, Baden-W├╝rttemberg
Start date : Jan. 2019
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End date May 31, 2019
Dates
Jan. 2019
Germany - Freiburg, Baden-W├╝rttemberg
Application deadline Request Info
End date May 31, 2019