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Public Policy and Administration in the EU, Germany, and the US

V482/V582 Topics in Public Affairs (6 cr.)

May 13th - June 13th, 2014


This exclusive 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.  Students take five seminars taught in English by faculty from SPEA and some of Europe’s top scholars in policy, law, and political science. American students 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 courses, click here.


  • Institutions of the European Union (Parliament, Commission, Council, Committee of the Regions and selected lobby groups) in Brussels, Belgium
  • European Parliament in Strasbourg, France
  • Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France
  • European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany
  • Frankfurt Stock Exchange
  • City of Heidelberg, Germany


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. Meals are available at the cafeteria on campus. More information on accommodations can be found here.


SPEA on the Rhine Flyer


Program Director for SPEA

William Resh