Learn more about the O’Neill on the Rhine program

May 10 - June 20, 2020

V482/V582 – Public Policy and Administration in the E.U., Germany, and the U.S. (6cr.)

Program Director: Dr. Denvil Duncan

This six-credit program takes place at Germany’s elite National University of Administrative Sciences (Speyer University) as well as onsite classes at the European Union’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. You will take five seminars taught in English by faculty from O’Neill and some of Europe’s top scholars in policy, law, and political science. You will also live and study with European students preparing for careers as top officials in EU, German, and other countries’ public institutions. The curriculum takes a comparative approach to understanding public administration in the European Union, Germany, and the United States; European economic integration; Local government and administrative modernization from a comparative perspective; Policy-making in the European Union and its effects on member states; and a special course on the accession of Turkey to the European Union. 

Students stay in a new dormitory building located on campus with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen on each floor, laundry facilities, and access to the library and computer rooms. Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase at the cafeteria on campus. Some meals will be provided as appropriate during excursions/field trips. 

For more information on food and housing visit the course website.

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 the Rhine Fee Schedule for additional details.

2020 O’Neill on the Rhine Program Fee: $1,600*

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
  • Cultural excursions

* Program fee is subject to change due to unforseeable circumstances.

IU Bloomington Tuition – 6 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, 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.

This program is open to advanced undergraduate students with minimum 3.4 GPA and master’s level students with minimum 3.3 GPA. The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any IU department. The syllabus calls for more difficult assignments and higher research expectations placed on graduate students in comparison to undergraduate students.

Applications for this program are being accepted on a rolling basis. The application will close when the program fills to capacity. Applications will not be accepted after January 26.

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.

There is no other program that has such a unique and deep immersion into the local culture.

—Dr. WIlliam Resh, Former O’Neill on the Rhine program director