SPEA on the Rhine

Study along the Rhine River in the small town of Speyer, Germany

Spend five weeks studying in Speyer, Germany, with excursions to other locations in Germany,  Belgium, and France. Speyer is located in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate on the Rhine River near Heidelberg. Founded in 1947 by the French government, Speyer University has become Germany’s only university solely dedicated to the administrative sciences in the areas of post-graduate studies, research, and continuing education. 

Learn more about the SPEA on the Rhine program

May 14 - June 16, 2018

V482/V582 – Public Policy and Administration in the E.U., Germany, and the U.S. (6cr.)

Program Director: Dr. Denvil Duncan

This six-credit program takes place at Germany’s elite National University of Administrative Sciences (Speyer University) as well as onsite classes at the European Union’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. You will take five seminars taught in English by faculty from SPEA and some of Europe’s top scholars in policy, law, and political science. You will also live and study with European students preparing for careers as top officials in EU, German, and other countries’ public institutions. The curriculum takes a comparative approach to understanding public administration in the European Union, Germany, and the United States; European economic integration; Local government and administrative modernization from a comparative perspective; Policy-making in the European Union and its effects on member states; and a special course on the accession of Turkey to the European Union. For more information on these unique seminars visit the course website.

This program is open to advanced undergraduate students with minimum 3.4 GPA and master’s level students with minimum 3.3 GPA. While preference will be given to SPEA students, the course is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any IU department. The syllabus calls for more difficult assignments and higher research expectations placed on graduate students in comparison to undergraduate students.

Students stay in a new dormitory building located on campus with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen on each floor, laundry facilities, and access to the library and computer rooms. Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase at the cafeteria on campus. Some meals will be provided as appropriate during excursions/field trips. 

For more information on food and housing visit the course website.

Please 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 on the Rhine Program Fee: $1,600*

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

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforeseeable circumstances

IUB Tuition – 6 credits

The tuition cost for SPEA on the Rhine 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, 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.