SPEA in Bavaria and Lombardia

Spend three weeks in Germany and Italy, while completing a course on Public and Private Sector Interaction

SPEA, the Global Business Management School at the University of Augsburg, and the University of Bergamo in Italy are offering a program designed to connect you with other students from around the world in a discussion of the various perspectives and solutions of policy concerns arising from an increasingly globalized world.

Learn more about the SPEA in Bavaria and Lombardia program

May 7 - May 30, 2018

This program takes place in two countries, beginning in Augsburg, Germany (two weeks) and ending in Bergamo, Italy (one week).

V482/V582 – Global Perspectives on Public and Private Sector Interaction (4cr.)

Program Director: Dr. David Audretsch

This four-credit multidisciplinary course explores theoretical and historical explanations for a range of policy issues in the international system. You will quickly observe that contemporary social and political problems often arise from a variety of sources and grievances, including access to health services, economic inequality, access to educational resources, minority group concerns with equality in the job market, issues of privacy and security in the face of terrorism, and environmental challenges in a quickly developing world. By addressing these concerns in an international academic environment, you will become better equipped with tools and strategies to manage policy problems, identify solutions, and effectively assist decision makers in the implementation of efficient, responsible, and sustainable policies. You will absorb this as you embrace the two European cultures of Germany and Italy and interact with local and international students from the University of Augsburg and the University of Bergamo

This class will be extremely open-ended as we allow you to pick your own research interests, your own research team, and your own research topic. You will be required to form an international research group consisting of one German, one Italian, and one American, to research a policy problem of your choice and to analyze it through a joint American, European perspective. Lastly, you will present your research and final paper to your peers, professors, and other European scholars at the end of the three weeks. You will be expected to attend the scheduled classes, excursions, and guest lectures, as well as set up group meetings. Professors and teaching assistants will be available most days for guidance throughout the research project. This course is designed to be a mostly self-led research project, with occasional supplemental lectures on current events and policy problems facing Europe.

The program will be open to IU undergraduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, as well as graduate students in good standing. Students from across IU will be allowed to apply, however preference for acceptance will be given to SPEA students at IUB and IUPUI. The instructor will review student applications and make the final decision on admission to the program.

Housing in Augsburg, Germany

While studying at the University of Augsburg, you will receive room and board at the centrally located IBIS Budget Hotel, which is situated in the center of Augsburg. The location is within easy walking distance of the central train station, as well as local tram and bus stops, which you will be using to travel to the campus. In addition, there are several theaters, shopping plazas, bookshops, restaurants, cafes, and a grocery store within close proximity to the hotel. You will live in fully equipped double-occupancy rooms in a modern building. The hotel is secure and frequently patrolled by local police officers on foot patrol. The entire campus is a Wi-Fi zone. In addition, you will have access to a large modern library, study halls, and computer labs in which to study and prepare assignments. Housing in Augsburg will be available for check-in on May 7th.

Housing in Bergamo, Italy

While studying at the University of Bergamo, you will receive room and board at a bed and breakfast in downtown Bergamo. The location is within walking distance of trams and bus stops, which you can use to travel around town during your free time. In addition, there are several parks, shopping plazas, bookshops, restaurants, and cafes within close proximity to the university and housing accommodations. Your housing in Bergamo will be available through the night of May 29th (you must check out on May 30th).


You will be provided breakfast everyday. Some additional meals will be provided as appropriate during excursions/field trips. Any remaining meals will be left to your discretion.

Note: You will pay two amounts – the tuition, which is what Indiana University credits cost, and you will also pay the SPEA Abroad program fee.

2018 SPEA in Bavaria and Lombardia Program Fee: $2,200*

The program fee includes lodging, medical insurance, some meals, and cultural excursions.

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IUB Tuition – 4 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA in Bavaria and Lombardia is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The amount of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to Germany/Italy, 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.