The IES European Union program is based in Freiburg, Germany. Students will participate in three field study trips with a focus on the European Union to places such as Berlin, Prague, Brussels, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Paris, Strasbourg, and others. These course-related excursions total approximately 22 days.  Participants also will take part in Model EU simulations and spring semester students will have the opportunity to intern after the program in either Freiburg or Brussels.

“Although I am a BBMB major, I was able to take classes in international politics, finance, and German, which provided me with a well-rounded and comprehensive educational experience. I was able to travel to Berlin, Prague, Paris, Luxembourg, Brussels, Athens, Budapest, and Bucharest as a part of this program and was given the invaluable opportunity to meet a wide range of prominent politicians, economists, and academics.” - Daniel C. '18

Student Blog:

Daniella Patch | Fall 2017

Fields of study:

German language, economics, history, international relations, and political science


Minimum cumulative GPA requirement 2.8 (Whitman requirement)

Language Prerequisite:



16 credits per semester (19 credits if placed in a spring post-program internship) - Required Courses:
EU Studies Integrative Seminar (4 credits)
IES Abroad German Language Course (3 credits)
IES Abroad area studies courses (3 courses, 3 credits each)

Credit Conversion:

1 IES credit = 1 Whitman credit


Available in the European Parliament, political organizations, business, NGOs, education, research, journalism.  Internships are in Brussels or Freiburg and are only available spring semester, occurring after the semester and lasting 4 to 6 weeks.


In apartment-style university housing with German and International students


Students prepare their own meals or purchase them at one of the many student cafeterias in the city.

Semesters Offered:

Fall, Spring


Late August-December, January-May (January-July if participating in an internship)


IES Abroad Scholarships

Program Link:

IES: European Union