Study Abroad

IES Freiburg: European Union

  • Location: Freiburg, Germany
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors


COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings

  • You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, then read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.
  • IES requires all study abroad students to be fully vaccinated before they can participate in any IES program. 

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Freiburg is a city of curving streets, medieval architecture, and beautiful cathedrals. With a young population and a small town feel, Frieburg offers many opportunities for cultural integration, making it the perfect place to study German. A center for progressive thinking on environmental issues, Freiburg is also known for taking the lead in the development for eco-friendly technologies and architecture. The city now attracts researchers and environmental organizations from around the world.  Located on the edge of the scenic Black Forest, an hour away from the towering Alpine mountains, France, Switzerland, and other interesting regions of Germany, Freiburg is a year round sports center and an ideal starting point for exploring Europe.

Steeped in rich history, Freiburg is also a modern bustling town and home to the renowned the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, one of Germany’s top universities and takes great pride in its traditions. Founded in the 15th century, the faculty and researchers have made history in numerous disciplines. Today the University is flourishing more than ever—it ranks among the top 8 universities in Germany and was recently awarded the Excellence Initiative by the German government for the promotion of science and research.


No previous German language study is required. Students are required to take one appropriate-level IES German language course and the EU Studies Integrative Seminar. This program does not fulfill Haverford’s language requirement.

Academic Credit

Students must carry 15 credit hours per semester. Students are not permitted to take less than 15 credits unless they have the permission of their dean and advisor in advance. Students must select at least one course in political science, one course in economics, and enroll in a semester-long German language course. In addition, the mandatory EU Integrative Seminar course, PO350, is the prerequisite for all other EU program course offerings. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


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 the EU and countries seeking membership, becomes key to understanding Europe and the world. With its central European location, Freiburg makes an ideal starting point for the exploration of Europe.  The program includes field studies and Model EU simulation. .  The IES Center is located in the newly renovated Villa Gleichenstein, a few minutes from the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

Post-program internships are available for credit for students proficient in German; previous placements have been with the Social Democratic Party, the State Institute for Political Education, the United Nations in Geneva, and NATO in Brussels. Volunteer opportunities with children, the elderly, persons with physical needs, and environmental organizations.

Course Highlights

Economics, International Business, History and Political Science

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

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Intensive German language orientation upon arrival. Introduction to Freiburg and German culture.

Number of Students

Approximately 40-60 students attend each semester.

Housing/Meal Plans

The IES Abroad program locates housing that reflects typical student accommodations.  Students live in a single or double room with German and international students in a suite arrangement with a shared kitchen and bath.  As is customary in Germany, the suites are co-ed. Single rooms are not co-ed and considered private study/living area.  Meals are not included in the program fee.  Students typically prepare meals at their residence or dine in Freiburg’s affordable student cafeterias. Haverford students may not opt for independent off-campus housing – that is, housing not arranged by the program.


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  • Semester I: Early September to late December
  • Semester II: Mid-January to mid-June

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: October 15

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