SPEA in Berlin

Study public policy towards contemporary European issues, with a particular focus on Berlin and Germany

Berlin provides a unique opportunity to study the policy approach in transforming both a city and the entire country from being what The Economist characterized as “The Sick Man of Europe” at the turn of the century, to one of the leading economic engines of today. Most notably, Berlin has emerged as the entrepreneurial and innovative hot spot of Europe. Policy has succeeded in transforming a stagnant economy into a global powerhouse.

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March 10 – 17, 2018

V482/V582 – Metropolitan Development: The Case of Berlin (1cr.)

Program Director: David Audretsch

The focus of the course will be on the policy approach of Berlin and Germany to generate economic resilience in a turbulent global economy. The course will examine seven particular policy aspects attributed to the economic success of Berlin and Germany. The course will be structured around The Seven Secrets of Germany: Economic Resilience in a Turbulent Global Economy, by David B. Audretsch and Erik E. Lehman (Oxford University Press, 2016). Each morning will consist of formal classroom instruction focusing on a particular aspect of Berlin and German public policy. This will be coupled with either a guest speaker or a site visit to a policy institution in the afternoon.

    • Spree River Boat Cruise
    • Parliament Building Tour
    • DIHK (Association of German Chambers and Commerce)
    • Checkpoint Charlie
    • Freie Universität Berlin
    • Topography of Terror Documentation Center

The program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students at IU Bloomington. Undergraduates must have a minimum 2.8 GPA. Graduate students must be in good academic standing.

You will be housed in a Berlin hotel and will share a double room. Breakfast will be provided each morning. You will be responsible for your own lunches and dinners, with the exception of two class dinners held on the first and final evening of the program.

2018 SPEA in Berlin Program Fee: $750*

This includes:

    • Lodging
    • Breakfast each day and a final dinner
    • Medical insurance
    • Site visits and guest speakers

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IU Tuition

If you are enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student during the spring semester and enroll in V482 as part of your block credits, there is no additional tuition cost to participate in SPEA in Berlin. Graduate students will pay for 1 credit hour of tuition.

Additional Costs

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


The SPEA Abroad Spring Break Scholarship is available to help SPEA students from IUB study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines.

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

2017 Course Syllabus