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IES-European Union

Program Location Freiburg, Germany
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33010
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring 2020 01/13/20 to 05/13/20
Current Program Dates
Fall 2019 09/02/19 to 12/22/19

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IES-European Union
The one semester European Union program is designed primarily for economics, political science, international relations, and business majors.

The IES Center is located in the university area near the center of the city. Freiburg im Breisgau, located in southwestern Germany near the French and Swiss borders, is a picturesque cathedral and university city on the edge of the Black Forest. It is renowned for its hospitality, its distinctive medieval architecture, and the natural beauty of its countryside. Inside the 13th century city gates, the famous Gothic Freiburger Münster dominates the city center.

Freiburg exudes a friendly provincial charm with its many reminders of a rich past as a flourishing medieval city, but it is also a modern, cosmopolitan, future-oriented university city.

Surrounded by the beauty of the Black Forest and Upper Rhine Valley, Freiburg's location allows easy access to excellent hiking and skiing in the Swiss, German, and French Alps.

Internships are available; please see the IES website for more information.

Please note that 200-level courses run in parallel time slots with 400-level courses within each concentration (economics, politics, and business) and therefore cannot accommodate simultaneous registration.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IES.


IES-European Union
Field Study in Paris

Applications are open to students of all majors. Any Purdue University student is eligible if s/he has reached at least sophomore standing by the start of the program. Background courses in micro and macro economics, modern history, or comparative government are helpful, but not required.

GPA Requirement: 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][Krannert School of Management]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

Program Fee includes tuition, field trips, and on-site orientation. Please see the IES website for the additional fees for extending for the optional internship.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2019

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$16,130.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students- $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,030.00
Local Transportation$325.00
Books and Supplies$250.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$2,000.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Applicants for this program may be interested in scholarships offered by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). See the following website:

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Following payment of the deposit, the student will be given the IES application to complete. The Study Abroad Office will send the application to IES, along with the applicant's transcript, letters of recommendation, and essay from the study abroad application. The student will then be notified directly by IES upon acceptance into the program.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information
IES-European Union

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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