Summer Studies "On the Rhine" (OTR)
15 May to 15 June 2017 in Speyer
Welcome to the "On the Rhine" program website!
On this page you will find information on:
- what the program is about,
- how you can register,
- what courses and excursions are offered (and when),
- what you need to know about Speyer University,
- and where to find our partner universities.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.
Speyer University, SPEA (School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Indiana, USA) and USC (University of Southern California, California, USA) offer a joint summer program on comparative public policy and administration in Germany, the European Union, and the United States.
Five seminars provide an overview of major topics of public management in comparative perspective, European economic integration, multilevel policy-making in the EU, German Federalism in the EU, and US and EU constitutional law.
The program provides German, US and international students with a unique opportunity to study issues of public policy and administration in an interdisciplinary and international environment and to share their experiences coming from different cultures.
Further highlights of the program are excursions to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, the picturesque city of Heidelberg, the European Parliament and ECHR in Strasbourg (France) and other EU institutions in Brussels (Belgium, 3-day-trip). Also, the program includes a 2-day-trip to Berlin. We will visit for example the Chancellery, the Deutsche Bundestag, and the German Historical Museum.
Would you like to know more? Have a look at our program flyer or listen to what former students have to say:
Graduate students and select undergraduates participate in the program as part of their regular program. SPEA and USC students receive six credit/units for the completion of the program. Other international students may choose between four or six credits.
Speyer University students are welcome to participate in the whole program or in one or more seminars as part of their regular curriculum. They have to meet the normal seminar requirements of Speyer University: Submission of a paper and an oral presentation of the paper, both in English.
Information on registration for Speyer University students requirements you can obtain from
If you wish to enroll in the whole OTR program and would like to know more about Speyer University requirements and excursion information, please consult this document
In case you are interested to participate in a single seminar of the program, please register online here.