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ODU Program: Destination Europe: Social, Economic & Political Impact of European Migration
Berlin, Germany; Brussels, Belgium
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
 Class Standing:
1 - Freshman, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior, 5 - Graduate Program Type: ODU Faculty Led Program
Maximum Credits Earned: 3
 Minimum GPA:
Language of Instruction: English
 Area(s) of Study:
International Business, International Studies, Political Science
 Faculty Leader:
Karp, R.
 Estimated Cost of Attendance:
Program Description:
Summer in

Berlin & Brussels

Social, Economic & Political Impacts of European Migration
 POLS 495/595
, IS 795/895, GERM 495/595

In recent years Europe has become the destination of choice for many people looking for better jobs and opportunities. Especially Europe’s North serves as a magnet for people from the economically weaker southern parts of the European Union with thousands of qualified Greeks, Spaniards and Portuguese seeking a better life outside their own countries. But from elsewhere, too the economic pull of Europe, with its generous social welfare systems, attracts many.

For the most part, this migration encounters a mixed reception. On the one hand, Europe is aging fast, its demographic development is dismal and new qualified labor is critical to sustain Europe’s growth and place in the global market. On the other hand, the diversity that comes with migration has created deep fissures in European societies. Governments struggle to develop integration policies that reduce social tensions between migrants and local populations; industry demands for human talent clash with traditional national identities; and fears of economic exploitation and cultural displacement lead to hostilities.

This Study Abroad program takes you to Berlin and Brussels. Berlin is Europe’s new melting-pot with the highest rate of migrants and the most challenging social environment. We will meet with industry, political, labor, and social leaders to learn about the challenges of attracting foreign talent and avoiding social tension.
In Brussels, we will meet with leaders in the European Parliament and the European Commission to learn about European-level initiatives to foster the influx of new human resources and the national preferences states bring to bear.

PREREQUISITES:  Undergraduates and graduates are welcome to apply, but all will require permission of the instructor. All students must be in good academic standing.

*Students must register and pay for three credits of POLS 495 (undergraduates) or POLS 595, IS 795/895 (graduate) during the Summer 2014 registration period in order to participate in this program.


Berlin City Tour

EU Parliament

EU Commission


Brussels City Tour

*The German portion of this program is sponsored by the
Adenaur Foundation.


13 May: Depart Norfolk

14 May: Arrive in Berlin; guided city tour

15 May: Meetings

16 May: Meetings

17 May: Free day

18 May: AM Train to Brussel; hotel check-in; guided city tour

19 May:  Meetings

20 May: Meetings

21 May: Train to Waterloo, Guided tour of the Battlefield

22 May: Free day

23 May: Return to Norfolk

*Subject to Change: The office of Study Abroad reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Dr. Regina Karp, Director of the Graduate Program in International Studies, holds a PhD in Political Science from Lancaster University in the U.K. Prior to joining GPIS in 1993, she worked for seven years as senior project leader at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.


Program Cost:

$3,150 with scholarship*

Cost Includes:

Roundtrip airfare from/to Norfolk, airport transfers, accommodations (double or triple rooms; single supplement extra, if available), breakfasts, most group meals in Berlin, tours, various admission fees and guides as indicated on itinerary, health insurance, study abroad fee.

Not Included:

ODU tuition for 3 credits (participants are required to register for credit), meals other than those indicated above, transportation other than indicated above, expenses of a personal nature.

Financial Aid:

Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.  Note:  to qualify for summer aid, undergraduate students must enroll in at least 3 additional credit hours; graduate students need only enroll for 3 credit hours to receive financial aid during the summer.

*ODU Scholarships:

Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 8 qualified students accepted for this program.  Eligibility: Full-time ODU student, 2.5 GPA (undergrad) 3.0 GPA (graduate) or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader. Deadline for scholarship application for this program is February 7, 2014.

Estimated cost without scholarship:

For some students, regular student financial aid support can be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad.  See the Office of Study Abroad for a program budget and referral to Student Financial Aid staff who assist study abroad students. 

Payment Schedule:

$300 deposit upon application; half of remaining total due on February 14, 2014, and the other half on March 21, 2014.

Dr. Regina Karp
Department of Political Science
7047 Batten Arts and Letters
Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.

This program is currently not accepting applications.