IES-European Union

Program Details

Program Location Freiburg, Germany
Sponsor IES
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 33010
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 05/26/24 to 07/20/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IES-European Union

The IES European Union Summer Program offers students in business, cultural studies, economics, international relations, and political science the opportunity for intensive study of the European Union and its relationship with Turkey, the Balkans, and other EU accession candidates in Southeast Europe.

Freiburg will be your home base. Nestled at the foot of the Black Forest, it’s in this beautiful, small university town that you’ll take English-taught courses in disciplines like Political Science, International Relations, and Economics.

As part of the program’s required Integrative Seminar, you'll travel for 14 days to gain exposure to the European Union and beyond. Not only will these course-related trips give you better insight into the strengths and challenges of the European Union, but they'll also give you the experience you need to build your résumé, and to prepare you for an international career.

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


IES-European Union

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business]

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.

Academic Program

You take two courses: the 4-credit Integrative Seminar and a 3-credit elective course for a total of 7 credits.

All students will also take a two-day, 0-credit "Survival German" class.

The topic of the integrative seminar varies year to year depending on relevant topics within the EU, and the elective courses may consist of courses usch as EU-US Relations or exploring the EU policies in practice. All classes relate to economics, international relations, or political science.


The program includes 14 days of travel to sites of interest within the EU. Destinations may vary, but students can expect destinations such as:

Strasbourg, France (1 day)

Brussels, Belgium & Paris, France (7 days)

Stockholm, Sweden (6 days)


The IES European Union program offers housing in a private single-occupancy room within a co-ed suite with a shared kitchen and bath. Suites are shared with German and international students and have Internet access. 

Meals are not included in the program fee. Students typically prepare meals at their residences or dine in Freiburg’s affordable student cafeterias.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

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.

The Program Fee includes: tuition for six credits, on-site orientation, and program-related field trips and excursions.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2023

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $6,242.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $2,084.00
Insurance $135.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,475.00
Local Transportation $100.00
Books and Supplies $100.00
Meals $1,275.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $800.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

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

Program Application Deadline
Most Summer Programs Mar 1

Returnees Information

IES-European Union

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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