Spend six weeks studying in Speyer, Germany, with excursions to other locations in Germany, Belgium, and France. Speyer is located in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate on the Rhine River near Heidelberg. Founded in 1947 by the French government, Speyer University has become Germany’s only university solely dedicated to the administrative sciences in the areas of post-graduate studies, research, and continuing education.
SPEA on the Rhine
Places you will visit during the SPEA on the Rhine program
Learn more about the SPEA on the Rhine program
- Program dates
May 6 - June 16, 2019
- Course information
V482/V582 – Public Policy and Administration in the E.U., Germany, and the U.S. (6cr.)
Program Director: Dr. Denvil Duncan
This six-credit program takes place at Germany’s elite National University of Administrative Sciences (Speyer University) as well as onsite classes at the European Union’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. You will take five seminars taught in English by faculty from SPEA and some of Europe’s top scholars in policy, law, and political science. You will also live and study with European students preparing for careers as top officials in EU, German, and other countries’ public institutions. The curriculum takes a comparative approach to understanding public administration in the European Union, Germany, and the United States; European economic integration; Local government and administrative modernization from a comparative perspective; Policy-making in the European Union and its effects on member states; and a special course on the accession of Turkey to the European Union.
- Group excursions
- On-site classes at EU institutions in Brussels, Belgium, which will include visits from parliamentarians, officials from various EU agencies, and lectures from some of Europe’s top political scientists and policy scholars.
- European Parliament in Strasbourg, France
- Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France
- Tour Historic Heidelberg, Germany
- European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany
- Frankfurt Stock Exchange in Frankfurt, Germany
Students stay in a new dormitory building located on campus with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen on each floor, laundry facilities, and access to the library and computer rooms. Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase at the cafeteria on campus. Some meals will be provided as appropriate during excursions/field trips.
For more information on food and housing visit the course website.
Note: Your IU Bloomington Bursar account will be charged two amounts for participation in this SPEA Abroad program:
- SPEA Abroad program fee (two payments)
- IU Bloomington Tuition
Please see below for additional details.
2019 SPEA on the Rhine Program Fee: $1,600*
The program fee will be charged to your Bursar account in two installments:
- A $500 non-refundable pre-payment shortly after you confirm your participation in the program
- The remaining program fee balance will be charged in April
The program fee for this program includes:
- Medical insurance
- Cultural excursions
* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances
IU Bloomington Tuition – 6 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.
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.
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.
- Who may apply
This program is open to advanced undergraduate students with minimum 3.4 GPA and master’s level students with minimum 3.3 GPA. While preference will be given to SPEA students, the course is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any IU department. The syllabus calls for more difficult assignments and higher research expectations placed on graduate students in comparison to undergraduate students.
- How to apply
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.
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
There is no other program that has such a unique and deep immersion into the local culture.—Dr. WIlliam Resh, Former SPEA on the Rhine program director
Hear from students who’ve participated in the SPEA on the Rhine program
For more information
IU Bloomington Students, SPEA 201
1315 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
IUPUI Students, BS 3025 B
801 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202