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The European Union is not only an important political and economic institution, but a community of nearly 500 million citizens and one of the largest markets in the world. As the European Union continues to grow in size and influence, understanding it becomes key to understanding Europe and our world.

IES Abroad offers summer and semester-long European Union study abroad programs.

The IES Abroad European Union program is centrally located in Freiburg Germany, a picturesque university town and an ideal starting point for exploration of Europe and the institutions governing the European Union.


Area(s) of Study

  • Bridging Disciplines
  • European Studies
  • Government
  • International Relations And Gl
  • Communication Studies
  • Finance
  • History
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Geography
  • Humanities
  • Religious Studies
  • Economics
  • German
  • International Business
  • Sociology
  • Environmental Science
  • German, Scandinavian, And Dutc

Sponsored by IES - a UT Affiliate

Academic Information

SEMESTER: German language (required), EU seminar, English-courses, 22 days of field study throughout the EU, Global Leadership, with field study in 3 different regions of the EU. SUMMER: EU seminar and an elective course, with field study in Bosnia and Cyprus. INTERNSHIP: Optional, and must attend EU Spring term.


The structure of the semester is three-fold: 1) History of EU integration, 2) structure of the EU, 3) regional topics about the EU with field study tours. In the summer, focus is on EU marginalization and transition.

Language(s) of Instruction

English and German


Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - Yes


Participants will stay in suite-style residence halls shared with German and/or international students. Suites have shared kitchens and bathrooms, and meals are not included in the program fee.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

See link below for breakdown of IES program costs. Internship is optional and costs extra. All UT applicants receive $2000 Public University Grant. Additional awards available including possible $1000 Gilman match.

Program Dates:

- Spring
  • January 14, 2020 to May 13, 2020
  • Final Deadline: October 1, 2019
- Summer Whole
  • May 26, 2020 to July 19, 2020
  • Priority Deadline: February 15, 2020
  • Final Deadline: March 1, 2020
- Fall
  • September 2, 2020 to December 22, 2020
  • Priority Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Final Deadline: March 1, 2020

Application Code


Additional Resources

Program Website
Peer Evaluations
Peer Evaluations

Next Step

1) Attend an Explore regional session. Dates and locations listed on website. 2) Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss credit. 3) Attend a Ready to Apply group advising session with Colby Seay. Dates and times given at Explore session. 4) Complete Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation.

Program information above is subject to change