IES Abroad Freiburg Center
European Union Program
Fall / Spring Semester Program
Freiburg-im-Breisgau, located in southwestern Germany near the French and Swiss borders, is a historic university town renowned for its heritage of learning, distinctive medieval architecture, varied cultural life and magnificent countryside. The natural beauty of the Black Forest and the upper Rhine Valley offer the perfect backdrop for intellectual and spiritual growth. Although it is also a modern, cosmopolitan city, Freiburg exudes a friendly provincial charm with its many reminders of a rich past as a flourishing medieval social and cultural center.
This program is offered in association with the Institute for the International Education of Students, also known as IES Abroad. IES Abroad allows students to take classes in the American education style in a variety of locations around the world. You will be taking classes with fellow students from the U.S. spending their semester abroad in Freiburg. The Center offers a full range of facilities including classrooms, student lounge, computer lab, high-speed Internet and printer access, and a small library.
The European Union Program is a semester or full year study of the economic, political, and historic developments of the European Union. The IES Abroad EU Center is housed in the elegant Villa Gleichenstein, a historic 19th-century structure with a fully-renovated modern interior. Located in the heart of Freiburg, the EU Center is only a short walk from the main campus of the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, which includes university libraries, computer facilities, and Internet access. The Freiburg Theater, the main shopping district, and the train station are also within walking distance of the IES Center.
View the courses available through IES Abroad's European Union Program. Follow this link and select "Academics" from the column on the left. Then scroll down to select "Courses" in the grey bar at the bottom of the page.
View the Germany: Freiburg IES European Union Pre-Approved Course Listing to learn IES Abroad course equivalencies at USD.
NOTE: Core Curriculum designations on this list pertain to the OLD Core only
Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Alicia Pena.
All courses are instruced in English with the exception of the German language grammar courses. All students are required to take an EU Studies Integrative Seminar. Students are also required to take a German grammar course.
Courses emphasize the historical and institutional development of the EU, its internal policies, issues of culture and multiculturalism, and its relations with outside nations. Students have the unique opportunity to meet with EU and government representatives of member states, leaders in multi-national corporations and NGO's, official advisors on EU issues, leading academics and entrepreneurs.
Summer internships with government organizations are also available in Brussels and Freiburg for an additional cost. More information can be found on IES Abroad's website - please click here and select "Internships" from the column on the left.
Students are housed along with local German students, American study abroad students, and other international students in University residence halls which are located on the outskirts of town, a 12-minute trolley ride from the university. Housing arrangements are made by IES Abroad on behalf of the student. The residence halls are in a suite arrangement with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Meals are not included in the housing arrangement; students usually prepare some meals in the kitchen in their suite and eat other meals at the cafeteria or in local restaurants. Housing costs are included in the Program Fee assessed by IES Abroad.
USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. The Program Fee will be assessed by and paid directly to IES Abroad. Please see Program Cost above to review details of fees associated with this program.
Students will be responsible for paying any supplemental course fees charged by the IES Abroad. This includes but is not limited to art studio fees, lab fees, etc. This will be billed via IES Abroad and should be paid directly to IES Abroad.
Students wishing to upgrade their housing arrangements may be charged an additional fee as identified by IES Abroad.
A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, immigration information will be sent to students from their IES Abroad advisor. Currently United States citizens are not required to obtain a visa for semester-long study abroad program participation. Students will, however, need to register with the local German government upon arrival for a residency permit. The IES Abroad Center staff will assist students through this process during on-site orientation.
In addition to the on-campus academic curriculum, students participate in three one-week field study trips. Field study trips are included in the cost of the program and allow students the opportunity to experience many of the prominent cities in the European Union. Students also have the choice of participating in optional day trips at an extra cost, affording another great way to see their new neighborhood.
To learn more about the field programs for your term of study, click here and select "Field Trips" from the column on the left.