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Location: Berlin

Language of instruction: English

Language requirements: English

Term: Spring semester

Duration: 90 days

Study Trips to: Brussels (Belgium), Trier (Germany), Luxembourg City (Luxembourg), Strasbourg (France), Poznan (Poland), Budapest (Hungary)

Credits: 15

Note: the programme does not take place in 2020



Intensive support by CIFE staff

Small class sizes

Daily stipend for groceries

Public transport passes

Hotel accommodation on all study trips

Group transfers to and from all study trip locations


Understanding Europe and the European Union is increasingly important for young leaders from all around the globe. The European Union has evolved into a major international player shaping the politics, economies and cultures of both its Member States and its neighbors. Therefore, we designed the "European Semester", a semester-long study abroad program that provides students with a solid knowledge base in European Union politics and history in a rich, multi-cultural environment.

Academic Outline

The program is tailored to the needs of political science or public policy majors at Texas A&M University, TX, USA, and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China. Upon completion of the European Semester, students will receive up to 15 transferable credits. Learn more...


The program enables its participants to acquire invaluable global skills through constant cross-cultural interaction with their peers and distinguished faculty from all over Europe. Learn more...

Living in Berlin

European Semester students live and study in Berlin, Germany's vibrant capital that is one of the political and cultural centers of the European Union and serves as a hub between Eastern, Central, and Western Europe. Learn more...

Study Trips

While the European Semester is based in Berlin, students explore other parts of Europe on faculty-led study trips to Brussels (Belgium), Trier (Germany), Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Strasbourg (France), Poznan (Poland), and Budapest (Hungary). Additionally, the students go on field trips to sights in and around Berlin, where they discover the history, politics, and culture of their host country. Learn more...


CIFE staff will be available to the European Semester students throughout the application process and the entire program. Please feel free to contact us. Learn more...

"The European Semester is an innovative and sound educational platform designed to deliver to Aggies a rich and robust cross-cultural European experience. It ensures a dynamic and rewarding social encounter through the interaction with European educators, policy makers and college-age youth, and a thorough and comprehensive introduction in the classroom and field to the history, culture, institutions and policies of the EU in particular, and the broader European governance system in general."
- Prof. John D. Robertson, Department of Political Science, Texas A&M University