SPEA in Berlin

Study water resource management in the epicenter of Germany

Spend three weeks in Berlin exploring the technological and management aspects of water treatment. You will benefit from the instruction of faculty from SPEA and TU-Berlin professors as well as officials from the Umweltbundesamt (UBA), the equivalent to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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July 10 - July 30, 2016

E482/E582 – Water Resource Management in the U.S. and Germany: A Technical and
Comparative Approach (3 credits)

Program Director: Flynn Picardal

In this three-credit course, you will focus on inter-country comparisons of the sources of drinking water, availability of drinking water supplies, the techniques used to treat drinking water and municipal wastewater (sewage), water-related policies and regulations, sustainability efforts, and future issues and challenges.

See your academic/faculty advisor to determine how this study abroad program will fulfill major requirements specific to your academic needs. The IUB SPEA Undergraduate Advising Office has preapproved this course to fulfill the following undergraduate academic programs:

    • Environmental Management
    • Environmental Science
    • Environmental Sustainability
    • Drinking water treatment plant
    • Wastewater treatments plant
    • Experimental water-research facility
    • Industrial water treatment facility at a large brewery

The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduates must have completed their sophomore year and have a minimum 2.7 GPA. Graduate students must be in good academic standing. Both undergraduate and graduate students are required to have completed at least one semester of chemistry, preferably with a laboratory, and have completed the equivalent of a college-level algebra course. There are no language prerequisites. The syllabus places more difficult assignments and research expectations on graduate students in comparison to undergraduate students.

You will stay at Hotel Gates, located in central Berlin and just a five-minute walk from TC-Berlin's campus. You will be provided with a single room with a private bathroom, cable TV, WiFi, in-room safe, and housekeeping service. You will also be provided with a complimentary breakfast everyday and will have 24-hour access to the hotel reception desk. 

Note: You will pay two amounts – the tuition, which is what Indiana University credits cost, and you will also pay the SPEA Abroad program fee.

SPEA in Berlin Program Fee: $2,300

SPEA graduate student program fee after fellowship: $1,800

SPEA undergraduate student program fee after scholarship: $1,150

The program fee includes lodging, medical insurance, some meals, and cultural excursions.

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances


Scholarships will be awarded to all SPEA students based on availability, however, if you apply by the priority application deadline, you will be guaranteed a scholarship as long as you meet the minimum eligibility requirements.

Graduate Fellowships are available to all SPEA graduate students based on availability in the amount of $500 USD.

Undergraduate scholarships will be in the amount of 50 percent of the program fees up to a maximum of $2,000 USD.

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis. 

IU Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in Berlin is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The amount of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status.

Additional Costs

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