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  • Locations: Freiburg, Germany
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: IES 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English, German Housing options: Residence Hall
Areas of study: Culture, Economics, Environmental Studies, German, History, International Relations, Politics Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Stand alone GPA: 8.25
Program Description:
EU brochure

European Union

Program Overview

Why the European Union?
Why study abroad in one location when you can experience the politics and cultures of many European cities? Our European Union Program allows you to learn about European politics, economics, business, and international relations in a whole new way.

What You'll Study
Freiburg will be your home base. Nestled at the foot of the Black Forest, it’s in this beautiful, small university town that you’ll take English-taught courses in disciplines like Political Science, International Relations, Economics, and Business. As part of the program’s required Integrative Seminar, you travel for approximately 22 days to gain exposure to the European Union and beyond. Not only will these course-related trips give you better insight into the strengths and challenges of the European Union, they will also give you the experience you need to build your résumé, and to prepare you for an international career. As you visit each new country, you develop an understanding of the European Union, its history, and its institutions.

Europe will be your classroom. Imagine visiting the European Parliament and discussing current social and political issues with EU officials, or meeting with leaders of multinational corporations to learn about international trade.
You also engage in a Model European Union, where you assume the role of a head of state or foreign minister of an EU country to analyze and debate issues of current concern in Europe, such as migration and immigration, security and foreign affairs, U.S.-EU relations, relations with Russia, the euro currency’s troubled relationship with member countries, Brexit, and more. The Model EU concludes the Integrative Seminar, and is the capstone of the program. After the spring semester, you can also add international work experience to your résumé by participating in a for-credit internship placement in Freiburg or Brussels, with the accompanying internship seminar.
Daily Life
We want you to feel at home in Freiburg, so we do everything we can to help you integrate into life in the city. From housing to cultural events, our job is to make sure you have the most authentic study abroad experience possible.

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Academic Program
All participants are required to enroll in the EU Studies Integrative Seminar (1.0 Pomona credit) and a German language course (0.75 Pomona credits).  German courses are offered at the elementary, intermediate, and advanced level.  Students then select three IES courses (0.75 Pomona credit each) for a total of 4.0 Pomona credits or 16 semester credits.

Students may take only one course on a P/NC basis. Students may not take the core seminar on a P/NC basis.

Living Arrangements
Students live in apartment-style university housing throughout the city, usually with a mix of German and international students.

Number of Students
IES enrolls approximately 50 students, selected from a national pool. 

Host Institutions
Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

Faculty Liaison
Hans Jürg Rindisbacher

  • Completion of two college-level courses in the social sciences.
  • 8.25 GPA required.
Student Experiences

Read Sergio Rodriguez's (PO'16) reflection on his semester on the European Union program.

Read about more student experiences on the IES European Union program.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/22/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA