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Summer Studies "On the Rhine" (OTR)

18 May to 19 June 2020 in Speyer

Das OTR-Programm 2020 wurde abgesagt - The OTR Program 2020 has been cancelled

Welcome to the "On the Rhine" program website!

On this page you will find information on:

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.

About the program

Speyer University, The O'Neill 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 Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

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 Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Parliament in Strasbourg (France) and various EU institutions in Luxembourg and Brussels. 

Would you like to know more? Have a look at our program flyer or listen to what former students have to say:




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.

If you wish to enroll for a single seminar in the OTR program, please register online and also send an e-mail to the respective instructor of the seminar.

If you wish to enroll for the overall program (4 seminars), please apply by contacting Andrea Arendt (arendt@uni-speyer.de) by March 31, 2020 and you will get a link to our online registration form.

Graduate students and select undergraduates of  USC Price and SPEA 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. 

Summary: OTR registration for German students


Courses and excursions

Syllabus (2020)

Guidelines for Memos

Timetable (2020)

Excursion details Luxembourg and Brussels (4-days-trip)

Excursion prices and registration for students from Speyer University (in German language)


Useful things to know about Speyer University and Speyer

Leaflet: Useful things to know