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A typical SPEA in Berlin day includes morning classes, where top professors and researchers lecture on public policy issues in the European Union, Germany, and the United States.  Sample lectures from 2010 and 2011 include:

  • Regional Policy in Europe
  • EU Energy and Climate Policy: EU and Germany
  • Economic and Monetary Union and Financial Regulation
  • Introduction to the European Union and European Economic Policy
  • Energy Policy in Europe
  • Foreign Economic Policy, Trade, and Development Policy
  • The European Policy Response to Globalization

After morning lectures, students visit different policy institutions, government agencies, and other various institutions to gain real world experience in current European public policy.

Past European policy institutions included:

  • European Commission
  • German Chancellor's Office
  • Ministry of Finance
  • DIW (German Institute for Economic Research)
  • Ministry of Economics and Technology
  • Department for International Trade and Development (BDI)
  • Federal Chancellery

The 2011 SPEA in Berlin program included a two-day joint economic conference between Germany and the United States, titled "Meeting Global Challenges: Germany-U.S. Innovation Policy," which focused on better understanding of common challenges and opportunities between both countries in areas relating to innovation policy. This conference was organized by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Top officials from US and German politics, academics, non-profits, and private business discussed:

  • Current Trends in Innovation Policy
  • Competition and Cooperation in a Global Economy
  • Human Resources, Competition for Man Power and the Internationalization of Labor
  • Growing Universities for the 21st Century
  • Helping Small Business: Current Trends and Programs
  • New Initiatives in Early Stage Finance in Germany
  • Policies and Programs for CO2 Reduction
  • Building Electric Vehicle Industries
  • Medical/Biomedical Innovation for the 21st Century
  • Policies and Programs to Build Solar Industries 

Please see your academic advisor to determine how this study abroad program will fulfill major requirements specific to your academic needs. The undergraduate advisors office has preapproved this course to fulfill these specific academic programs:

Environmental Management
Law and Public Policy
Policy Analysis
Public Finaccial Management
Public & Nonprofit Management
Arts Management
Public Health
Environmental Science
IUPUI Criminal Justice
IUPUI Public Admin
Honors Credit
SPEA in Berlin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes

Graduate and Doctoral students, please see your faculty advisor to determine which concentrations this will apply to.

*Program still being reviewed for these majors.

Examples of Syllabus, Guest Expert Lecturers, and Site Visit Lectures


Adam Tilley

Chemain Nanney

Assistant Director of International Programs