Based in the beautiful city of Freiburg, Germany, this program introduces you to European discussions on critical topics in history, politics, and science. Courses are offered at University College Freiburg, an English language liberal arts college at Albert-Ludwigs Universität, one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious research universities. Centrally located at the crossroads of Germany, France, and Switzerland, Freiburg is the ideal place to discover Europe.
The program begins with a week-long orientation, crafted to introduce you to Freiburg and the region through activities and excursions. All students enroll in a course taught by Program Director Sven Beckert, featuring a three-day excursion to Poland. You also choose one of three courses which you take alongside local students. Courses feature excursions and draw on local resources.The program also offers introductory and intermediate/advanced German language instruction (though not for credit).
This program delivers an intellectually challenging, cohesive study abroad experience that immerses you in European history, policy, and cultures. You will gain a deep appreciation for the region and engage with a wide variety of pressing global issues, including inequality, privacy, sustainability, urbanization, migration, and historical memory. Exploring these issues on the ground, you will discover the ways Europeans have engaged with these issues and be encouraged to make connections and comparisons, achieving a more varied, nuanced understanding of others and yourself.
Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of History, Harvard University and Visiting Professor, Harvard Business School
Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School
You must be at least 18 years old and have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student in good academic standing to apply.
The application materials, outlined below, are due January 28, 2016:
- A completed online application (available in early December) that includes:
- A $50 nonrefundable application fee
- A detailed statement of interest in the program, discussing your motivations for participating in the program and how you believe the program will contribute to your intellectual and personal development. Please include information on relevant coursework and travel experience abroad, as well as languages spoken and levels of proficiency (previous travel abroad and foreign languages are not prerequisites).
- Transcripts (student record accepted for Harvard students)
- One academic reference and one character reference. Please provide name, relationship to applicant, email address, and phone number.
Program directors may request interviews.
You will be notified of admission decisions by mid-February.
There is a nonrefundable $50 application fee. The program cost includes the following:
- Room and some meals
In addition to the program fee, you are responsible for:
- A health insurance fee (waived if you have US insurance that provides coverage outside the United States)
- Transportation to and from Freiburg, Germany
- Independent excursions
- The cost of passports and visas (if the latter is needed)
- Any immunizations
How to pay and funding options
See Payment and Funding for payment deadlines, deposit amounts, and more information, including funding options for Harvard College students.
To be announced.
Students with disabilities
Contact the disability services coordinator as soon as possible. See Students with Disabilities for more information.