SPEA in Bavaria and Lombardia

Spend three weeks in Germany and Italy, while completing a course on Public and Private Sector Interaction

SPEA, the Global Business Management School at the University of Augsburg, and the University of Bergamo in Italy are offering a program designed to connect you with other students from around the world in a discussion of the various perspectives and solutions of policy concerns arising from an increasingly globalized world.

Learn more about the SPEA in Bavaria and Lombardia program

May 21 - June 14, 2019

This program takes place in two countries, beginning in Augsburg, Germany (two weeks) and ending in Bergamo, Italy (one week).

V482/V582 – Global Perspectives on Public and Private Sector Interaction (3cr.)

Program Director: Dr. David Audretsch

This three-credit multidisciplinary course explores theoretical and historical explanations for a range of policy issues in the international system. You will quickly observe that contemporary social and political problems often arise from a variety of sources and grievances, including access to health services, economic inequality, access to educational resources, minority group concerns with equality in the job market, issues of privacy and security in the face of terrorism, and environmental challenges in a quickly developing world. By addressing these concerns in an international academic environment, you will become better equipped with tools and strategies to manage policy problems, identify solutions, and effectively assist decision makers in the implementation of efficient, responsible, and sustainable policies. You will absorb this as you embrace the two European cultures of Germany and Italy and interact with local and international students from the University of Augsburg and the University of Bergamo

This class will be extremely open-ended as we allow you to pick your own research interests, your own research team, and your own research topic. You will be required to form an international research group consisting of one German, one Italian, and one American, to research a policy problem of your choice and to analyze it through a joint American, European perspective. Lastly, you will present your research and final paper to your peers, professors, and other European scholars at the end of the three weeks. You will be expected to attend the scheduled classes, excursions, and guest lectures, as well as set up group meetings. Professors and teaching assistants will be available most days for guidance throughout the research project. This course is designed to be a mostly self-led research project, with occasional supplemental lectures on current events and policy problems facing Europe.

Housing in Augsburg, Germany

While studying at the University of Augsburg, you will receive room and board at the centrally located SLEPS Hostel, which is situated in the center of Augsburg. The location is within easy walking distance of the central train station, as well as local tram and bus stops, which you will be using to travel to the campus. In addition, there are several theaters, shopping plazas, bookshops, restaurants, cafes, and a grocery store within close proximity to the hotel. You will live in fully equipped double-occupancy rooms in a modern building. The hotel is secure and frequently patrolled by local police officers on foot patrol. The entire campus is a Wi-Fi zone. In addition, you will have access to a large modern library, study halls, and computer labs in which to study and prepare assignments. 

Housing in Bergamo, Italy

While studying at the University of Bergamo, you will receive room and board at a bed and breakfast in downtown Bergamo. The location is within walking distance of trams and bus stops, which you can use to travel around town during your free time. In addition, there are several parks, shopping plazas, bookshops, restaurants, and cafes within close proximity to the university and housing accommodations. 


You will be provided breakfast everyday. Some additional meals will be provided as appropriate during excursions/field trips. Any remaining meals will be left to your discretion.

Note: Your IU Bloomington Bursar account will be charged two amounts for participation in this SPEA Abroad program:

  1. SPEA Abroad program fee (two payments)
  2. IU Bloomington Tuition

Please see below for additional details.

2019 SPEA in Bavaria and Lombardia Program Fee: $2,200*

The program fee will be charged to your Bursar account in two installments:

  1. A $500 non-refundable pre-payment shortly after you confirm your participation in the program
  2. The remaining program fee balance will be charged in April

The program fee for this program includes:

  • Lodging
  • Medical insurance
  • Breakfast each day
  • Several group dinners
  • Transportation from Augsburg to Bergamo
  • Cultural excursions

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IU Bloomington Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for this SPEA Abroad program is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The cost of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status. For more information on the cost of summer tuition, please contact IU Student Central.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to Germany/Italy, transportation to and from the airport, food that is not included in the program and other incidentals.


The SPEA Abroad Summer Scholarship/Fellowship is available to help SPEA students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

The program will be open to IU undergraduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, as well as graduate students in good standing. Students from across IU will be allowed to apply, however preference for acceptance will be given to SPEA students at IUB and IUPUI. The instructor will review student applications and make the final decision on admission to the program.

During the application period (November - January) an "Apply Now" button will be available at the top of this page. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. It is to your benefit to apply early as some programs will close before the deadline. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the priority deadline will be sent out in early December. Acceptance letters for those who apply by the final deadline will be sent out in early February.

Application Process

  • Meet With Your Academic Advisor
  • Submit Online Application
  • Submit Online Disciplinary Check

After Acceptance to the Program

  • Submit Signed Acceptance Letter*
  • Submit Signed Release Form*
  • Submit Photocopy of Your Passport*
  • Submit Online Medical History Form
  • Submit Flight Information, speaintl@indiana.edu
  • Attend All Program Specific Orientations
  • Attend Health & Safety Orientation

*IU Bloomington Students should submit all documents to SPEA 201. IUPUI students should submit all documents to BS 3025 B. Students from all other IU campuses should mail forms to: 1315 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405