European Union

The European Union Get Set predeparture guide prepared by IES provides important information about the program, and you should read it with care. The following supplemental information pertains to Indiana University students only.

IES and IU

IES Abroad is a nonprofit organization that administers 140+ study abroad programs in more than 34 locations worldwide. More than 250 U.S. colleges and universities, including Indiana University, have formal agreements with IES, and their representatives work with the Institute to set academic policy and approve curricula. Through its office in Chicago, IES administers the European Union program.

IU has made special arrangements with IES to recruit and orient IU students for this summer program. A number of IU students will be enrolled in the European Union program. You will, however, have many classmates and flatmates who come individually from other U.S. universities.

Financial Arrangements

You pay all program fees directly to Indiana University. Any questions regarding finances for the program, including financial aid, should be addressed to the Office of Overseas Study at Indiana University. Students from other U.S. universities have different arrangements with IES regarding fees and housing deposits.


You will earn 7 IU credits for 2 courses. All participants are enrolled in the 4-credit integrative seminar, Shattered Dreams in Europe's Troubled Borderlands? Southeastern European Cultures and Societies Between Conflict and Reconciliation (REEI-R 300) and one additional 3-credit course from the list below:

IES CourseIU EquivalentCOLL

Security Dynamics in the EU's Eastern and Southeastern Borderlands

POLS-Y 430

Transition and Development in Southeastern and Eastern Europe

REEI-R 300

General Education Requirement: This program will satisfy the International Experience option of the World Languages & Cultures general education requirements.

Although you must indicate course preferences to IES after acceptance, final enrollment will not be confirmed until you arrive in Freiburg. IES is committed to placing every student in his/her first choice courses, but you should remain flexible about your alternative choice. If you have any questions about how EU program courses fit into your degree program, contact Overseas Study.

Courses cover a great deal of material rapidly. Do not let the excitement of the program sites distract you from your studies. Prepare your papers and reports far enough in advance to avoid the last-minute crunch.