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.

The program is based in Freiburg, Germany, a picturesque yet cosmopolitan university town with a rich educational, historical, and cultural heritage, located in the geographic heart of the European Union. It is ideal either alone or paired with the preceding Spring or following Fall term EU program, as well as with other IES programs.

The intensive 7-week program consists of a mandatory Integrative Seminar, a choice of elective courses, and academic field study:

  • The mandatory Integrative Seminar provides the context in which integrated field study is conducted, and offers a comprehensive overview of Southeast Europe with special regard to EU policies and practices towards the region and its EU accession candidates.
  • The elective courses in Politics and International Relations, International Economics and Business, and Cultural and Religious Studies, allow you to deepen your understanding of the issues that shape present-day European approaches and affairs.
  • Finally, through an extensive 16-day experiential journey through Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece and Cyprus, students will experience first-hand the cultural landscape of multiple EU accession state candidates.
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.


The IES European Union program offers housing that reflects typical Freiburg student accommodations. You will be placed in single or double rooms in co-ed student residence halls throughout the city, and may rely on bikes or public transportation to get to and from the IES Center.

You will be housed with German and other international students in a suite arrangement with a shared kitchen and bathroom. As is customary in Germany, the suites themselves are co-ed, while each student’s single or double room (same-sex) is considered private living space. Students rely on their own resources for meals, usually preparing some in their residences and taking others 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

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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