Summer Studies "On the Rhine" (OTR)

About the program

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.

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.

You can register here and find detailed information about program requirements for Speyer University students.

Further information

Program flyerLeaflet: Useful things to knowSyllabusTimetable





Our partners

School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Denvil R. Duncan, Assistant Professor SPEA

The Sol Price School of Government at the University of Southern California (USC)

Program director


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Bauer
Lehrstuhl Bauer - Lehrstuhlinhaber

Telefon:   06232 / 654-266
Telefax:   06232 / 654-483

Program coordinator

Andrea Arendt
Lehrstuhl Bauer - Sekretariat

Telefon:   06232 / 654-321
Telefax:   06232 / 654-483

Deutsche Universität für Verwaltungswissenschaften Speyer

Postfach 14 09 - 67324 Speyer
Freiherr-vom-Stein-Straße 2
67346 Speyer