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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Edinburgh, Scotland; Madrid, Spain
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017
06/04/2017 07/08/2017

** Some programs accept students on a rolling admission basis. Students may be notified prior to this date of acceptance into the program.

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Program Type:
Emory approved, Emory Faculty-Led
Program Advisor:
Kate Dawson
Program Description:
To learn more and ask questions about Summer Study abroad opportunities please attend the Summer Study Abroad Fair, in Cox Hall Ballroom, on November 14, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please be advised that the application process for Summer 2018 will open on December 15, 2017.

Hosted byDepartment of Political Science

Academic Focus: This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interests in Political Science and/or International Studies.

Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing; at least 18 years of age; completion of a full year of college; and currently enrolled in a college/university.

No language skills are required.

Program Dates: June 4 - July 8, 2017 (The official program dates are the arrival and departure dates for the program)
Madrid: June 4 - 25
Edinburgh: June 25 - 28
Berlin: June 28 - July 8

Application Deadlines: Applications will be accepted starting December 15.  The application deadline is March 1.  Emory College Study Abroad encourages students to submit their applications as early as possible because some programs fill up by the end of January.

Acceptance Process: This program is accepting applications on a rolling basis. Students will be notified with results within two weeks after submitting their completed application.

Program Information: The Department of Political Science offers a five-week summer program on European Politics. The courses offered will include both a rigorous theoretical component developed through lectures and class discussion, and an applied, practical component realized through guest lectures and site visits with European political institutions including the parliaments of Spain, Germany and Scotland. The program begins in Madrid. Students will travel to Barcelona, Edinburgh, and Berlin. Classes will be held in Madrid and Berlin. 

Participating in the program will offer students the opportunity to observe firsthand the operation of bodies such as the local, national and regional institutions. All of the courses offered are being developed for the program in order to take advantage of the unique opportunity to visit institutions and hear from policymakers, officials, and scholars.

Broadly, the program will consider the challenges of building and maintaining democratic states as well as a union of these states across a diverse continent. The program considers Europe's experience with authoritarianism, transitions to democracy, democratic governance and democratic backsliding. We will focus on the way that regional cleavages influence politics in Europe. Special attention will be given to economic policy, immigration, and the rule of law in Europe.

Students will take 3 courses for a total of 8 credit hours:

POLS 385: Comparative Political Institutions (3 credits)
Taught by Prof. Jeffrey Staton. This course will provide students with an introduction to comparative political institutions. We will focus on how the rules that organize political communities influence social cooperation, order, representation and rights. We will also introduce key institutions of the European Union and consider how they have influenced European politics. We will discuss the role of domestic and European institutions with policy-makers in Berlin, Madrid, and Budapest.

POLS 385: Dictatorship and Development (3 credits)
Taught by Prof. Jennifer Gandhi. This course offers a thematic introduction to the politics of economic development in dictatorships. The course begins with an introduction to growth models in preparation for understanding how politics is "introduced" (in the form of political regimes) into standard economic explanations. After evaluating theories and evidence comparing democracies and dictatorships, we move on to the primary focus of the course: understanding the institutional organization of dictatorships and its effects on countries' development trajectories. The course finishes with a look at regime dynamics and development, or whether growth has effects on the durability of authoritarian regimes.

POLS 385: The Political Economy of Economic Policymaking in Europe (2 credits)
Taught by Prof. Mark Hallerberg. This course provides an introduction to economic issues facing the European Union. The first goal is to increase your understanding of the current economic challenges facing European countries and the European Union more generally, including the impact of the global financial crisis that began in the US on the European Union as well as the continuing euro-zone crisis. The second goal is to understand possible solutions, both economic and political, to these challenges.

Living Arrangements: While in Madrid, students will be staying in double occupancy rooms in shared student apartments. Apartments may be co-ed with single-sex bedrooms and may be shared with other non-Emory international students on study abroad programs.  In Edinburgh and Berlin, students will be staying in double occupancy hotel rooms with participants of the Emory European Politics program.

Costs: A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is described in the budget sheets. Please click here for Budget Sheet.

Financial Aid/Scholarships: Emory undergraduate students who qualify are considered by the Office of Financial Aid for a summer aid award after registration in summer study abroad classes. The amount of the award depends on the number of credits and current financial aid package. Students currently receiving financial aid from Emory are typically eligible. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for information about specific awards. Emory Scholars are informed separately about the procedures for Scholars Summer Study Abroad awards. Emory University Employee Courtesy Scholarships may be applied to the academic fee portion of the summer study abroad program's cost. For more information, please see Summer Study Abroad Scholarships.

Application Process: This program is open to both Emory students and to visiting students from other institutions. For questions or assistance please contact Kate Dawson, Summer Study Abroad Advisor, to schedule a meeting or to inquire about the application process. Student must apply online to the program via the on-line application system. Click on the Apply Now link on this page. Emory students will need their Emory login ID and password. Visiting students from other institutions will create a username (current email address) and password through the online system.

Program Resources: Each summer study abroad program will have a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and/or other pre-departure activities for accepted program participants. The Program Director will contact program participants with details.  Emory College Study Abroad will also offer a general pre-departure orientation in mid-April.

Summer Study Abroad Refund Policy

Summer Study Abroad Information for Visiting Students

Jeffrey Staton, Program Director, Department of Political Science,

Kate Dawson, Summer Study Abroad Advisor, Emory College Study Abroad, 404-727-2240,

This program is currently not accepting applications.