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The Danube Summer Institute


Term: Summer II (4 weeks)

Locations: Berlin (Germany), Poznan (Poland), Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary), Prague (Czech Republic)

Credits: 6-9 hours

Price: 3,800 EUR

CIFE Services included in the price:
Pre-arranged accommodation in 4-star hotels
Coach transfers to all program destinations
Public transport passes for the entire duration of the program
Museum passes
Group meals

Upcoming program dates TBA (July 5th – August 3rd)


The Danube Summer Institute is a four week program that gives Texas A&M students a thorough understanding of the foundational concepts of the European Union through the perspectives of five different member states: Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Throughout the program, lectures from leading professionals and scholars provide a rounded understanding of the EU which emphasizes not only the political functions of the broader institution, but the unique history, culture, and role of nations within. Lectures on these topics will be coupled with tours of the various cities and some of their major decision-making institutions, such as the German Federal Parliament and the Austrian Chancellery. Students will exit the program with a broader professional network and develop skills required for travel such as adaptability, flexibility, and independence. 

The Day to Day

The program routine presents academic content and exploration in tandem. Engaging lectures at major political and economic institutions provide a thorough, contemporary look at the European Union and roles of the member states that will be visited. Still other days are filled with walking tours or free time for participants to seek out in each city what interests them most. Several times in each city, students will dine together at chosen locations to experience the local cuisine. Furthermore, accommodations are prearranged for the convenience and comfort of participants.



Study Locations




Berlin is a fast-paced cultural hub, exerting a magnetic pull on businesses and political organizations. DSI participants will spend the greatest amount of time in Berlin where they will visit major institutions including the German Parliament, the Germany Ministry of Defense, and be introduced to principles and current issues in the European Union. Students will explore Berlin on a city tour, in their free time, and on a dinner cruise along the Spree.



Poznan is a university city known for its quaint and well-preserved old town which will be explored through a city tour. Here, students will attend lectures at Adam Mickiewicz University, with which CIFE has long had a close academic relationship. Material will concern the history and culture of Poland, the city itself, and Poland’s perspective within the European Union.



The cities of Buda and Pest, divided by the Danube, make up Hungary’s capital. Participants will visit the Hungarian Parliament and sit for lectures at the Central European University concerning the Hungarian political system. In Budapest, they will also complete an interactive ‘field assignment’ allowing students to learn from the community and reconvene in the classroom.



The capital of Austria rightfully earns its nickname ‘The Imperial City.’ Opulent palace grounds, art museums, and sophisticated music culture are only part of what the city has to offer. Students will have the opportunity to hear from lecturers at important locations such as the Austrian Parliament and Economic Chambers. Ample free time and provided museum passes will allow participants to explore Viennese art and history on their own.



Prague’s most recognizable silhouette is that of the Charles Bridge over the Vltava River. The well-preserved city center is strewn with Gothic spires and buildings flaunting Baroque splendour. Once the center of the bygone Bohemian Kingdom, the Holy Roman Empire, and more recently a Soviet territory, the Czech Republic has a unique European perspective to offer participants.


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Contact our program coordinators:

Sarah Bremm, Project Manager


Phone: +49-308600840-16


Leonore Schäfer, Program Assistant


Phone: +49-308600840-16