Learn more about the Bavaria+ program

Please note, many of the details below are from summer 2019 and will be updated throughout the month of September.

Part A - Bavaria + Lombardia: May 16 - June 6, 2020

Part B - Bavaria + Berlin: June 6 - June 27, 2020

Part A + Part B: May 16 - June 27, 2020

V482/V582 – Global Perspectives on Public and Private Sector Interaction (3cr.)

Program Director: Dr. David Audretsch

This three-credit multidisciplinary course explores theoretical and historical explanations for a range of policy issues in the international system. You will quickly observe that contemporary social and political problems often arise from a variety of sources and grievances, including access to health services, economic inequality, access to educational resources, minority group concerns with equality in the job market, issues of privacy and security in the face of terrorism, and environmental challenges in a quickly developing world. By addressing these concerns in an international academic environment, you will become better equipped with tools and strategies to manage policy problems, identify solutions, and effectively assist decision makers in the implementation of efficient, responsible, and sustainable policies. You will absorb this as you embrace the two European cultures of Germany and Italy and interact with local and international students from the University of Augsburg and the University of Bergamo

This class will be extremely open-ended as we allow you to pick your own research interests, your own research team, and your own research topic. You will be required to form an international research group consisting of one German, one Italian, and one American, to research a policy problem of your choice and to analyze it through a joint American, European perspective. Lastly, you will present your research and final paper to your peers, professors, and other European scholars at the end of the three weeks. You will be expected to attend the scheduled classes, excursions, and guest lectures, as well as set up group meetings. Professors and teaching assistants will be available most days for guidance throughout the research project. This course is designed to be a mostly self-led research project, with occasional supplemental lectures on current events and policy problems facing Europe.

V482/V582 – Strategic Management in the International Context (3cr.)

Program Director: Dr. David Audretsch

This course will center on the strategic management of organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, with a focus on the international context. As internationalization and globalization continue to bring the people, nations and economies of the world closer and closer together, there are major implications for organizations across all three sectors. These implications manifest both internally and externally to the organization and are best handled through intentional strategic management and planning at all levels of the organization. Examples include digitalization and disruption, demographic change, political upheaval and economic upturns/downturns, among many others. While many tenets of strategic management are commonly known, their application in the international world and workplace are less clear. This course provides students with the opportunity to build foundational knowledge in strategic management and learn what it means for organizations in our global age that operate within and across the three sectors of the economy.

Both programs

Bavaria + Lombardia Only

Bavaria + Berlin Only

  • Guided Tour of the Mercedes-Benz Museum
  • Guided Tour of the Documentation Center: Nazi Party Rally Grounds
  • Guided Tour of the Berlin Inner City
  • Guided Tour of the Reichstag

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. 

Housing in Berlin, Germany (Bavaria + Berlin)

While staying in Berlin, you will stay in a centrally located hotel within walking distance of public transit, which you can use to travel around town during your free time. The hotel will have Wi-Fi.


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

Please see below for additional details.

2019 O’Neill in Bavaria + Lombardia Program Fee: $2,200*

* Program fee information is from summer 2019. Information for summer 2020, including the addition of Bavaria + Berlin and a 6 week option, will be available by the end of September.

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

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 International Summer Scholarship/Fellowship 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, however preference for acceptance will be given to O’Neill students at IUB and IUPUI. The instructor will review student applications and make the final decision on admission to the program.

Please Note: The new Bavaria + Berlin course (and Bavaria+ 6 week) is still under review for inclusion in specific IU Bloomington O'Neill majors/minors. As updates are available they will be posted here.

During the application period (October - December) 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 December 15. 

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