Learn more about the Bavaria+ Lombardia program

May 14- June 4, 2024

Please Note: Dr. Audretsch is the professor of record for this program, however, the course is co-taught by faculty from three universities and also includes a variety of guest lectures. Dr. Audretsch will teach several lectures, but you should expect to hear from a variety of people.

V482/V582 – Strategic Management of Cities, States & Regions: Public Policy Perspectives (3cr.)

Students will learn the tools for devising and implementing policies to enhance the sustainable development of cities, states and regions. They learn both a tractable framework and application to two European cities – Augsburg in Germany and Bergamo in Italy. The tools and framework for the strategic management of place is applicable and useful across the globe. The course is integrated with comparable classes at the University of Augsburg and the University of Bergamo. Together with their student counterparts from Italy and Germany, students work in small groups to complete a written analysis and oral presentation of strategies for a selected city, state or region to attain its goals in the most positive and sustainable manner. To understand the cultural, political, social and economic contexts, a broad range of visits are made to local organizations, government agencies, companies and historical sites in both Bergamo and Augsburg. Check out the program feature in the University of Augsburg newsletter!  

IU Bloomington Undergrads: See how this course counts towards your major/minor at O'Neill here.

Bavaria + Lombardia (3 Week)

Bergamo Medieval City Walking Tour
Furggerei Social Settlement in Augsburg
Dachau Concentration Camp (optional)
Neuschwansetin Castle in the Alps
Visit "Mittelstand" companies
Augsburg City Walking Tour and City Hall-Golden Hall
Guided tour in Munich

Housing in Augsburg, Germany

While studying at the University of Augsburg, you will receive room and board at the centrally located SLEPS Hostel, which is situated in the center of Augsburg. The location is within easy walking distance of the central train station, as well as local tram and bus stops, which you will be using to travel to the campus. In addition, there are several theaters, shopping plazas, bookshops, restaurants, cafes, and a grocery store within close proximity to the hotel. You will live in fully equipped double-occupancy rooms in a modern building. The hotel is secure and frequently patrolled by local police officers on foot patrol. The entire campus is a Wi-Fi zone. In addition, you will have access to a large modern library, study halls, and computer labs in which to study and prepare assignments. 

Housing in Bergamo, Italy (Bavaria + Lombardia)

While studying at the University of Bergamo, you will receive room and board at a bed and breakfast in downtown Bergamo. The location is within walking distance of trams and bus stops, which you can use to travel around town during your free time. In addition, there are several parks, shopping plazas, bookshops, restaurants, and cafes within close proximity to the university and housing accommodations. 


You will be provided breakfast everyday. Some additional meals will be provided as appropriate during excursions/field trips. Any remaining meals will be left to your discretion.

Note: Your IU Bloomington Bursar account will be charged two amounts for participation in this O’Neill International program:

  1. O’Neill International program fee (two payments)
  2. IU Bloomington Tuition

For a full breakdown of estimated cost, see the Bavaria + Lombardia fee sheet.

2024 O’Neill in Bavaria + Lombardia Program Fee: $2200

The program fee will be charged to your Bursar account in two installments:

  1. A $550 non-refundable pre-payment shortly after you confirm your participation in the program
  2. The remaining program fee balance will be charged in March, due in April

The program fee for this program includes:

  • Lodging
  • Medical insurance
  • Breakfast each day
  • Several group dinners
  • Transportation from Augsburg to Bergamo
  • Cultural excursions

Flights are not included in the program fee

IU Bloomington Tuition – 3 credits

The tuition cost for this O’Neill International program is based on IU Bloomington tuition. The cost of tuition you pay will vary based on your student status. For more information on the cost of summer tuition, please contact IU Student Central.

Additional Costs

You will need to pay for your flight to Germany/Italy, transportation to and from the airport, food that is not included in the program and other incidentals.


The O’Neill Equal Opportunity Scholarship is available to help O’Neill students from IUB and IUPUI study abroad. Please visit our scholarship page for eligibility requirements and application deadlines. 

Other scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

The program will be open to IU undergraduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA, as well as graduate students in good standing. Students from across IU will be allowed to apply. The instructor will review student applications and make the final decision on admission to the program.

During the application period (December 1 - February 7) an "Apply Now" button will be available at the top of this page. You will need to submit the online application by 11:59 p.m. on February 7.

Detailed application instructions

If you have any issues throughout the application process, please do not hesitate to contact the O'Neill International Office, 812-855-7568, oio@indiana.edu.

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.

—Martin Buber, Austrian-born philosopher