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  • Locations: Munich, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer I
  • 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: 2.0
Language of Instruction: English Area(s) of Study: Global Health, International Studies, Political Science
Faculty Leader: Akpinar, M, Karp, R.
Program Description:

Summer in
Munich, Germany

June 25-July 7, 2018

Europe's Migration Crisis (Service Learning Abroad)
POLS 495/595 or HLSC 405*
*Students interested in taking a graduate level course associated with this program should contact the program faculty leader

This  multi-disciplinary,  service-learning  study-abroad  course  examines  the  current  migration crisis  in Europe,  which  has fundamentally affected  and transformed  the European  continent.  In particular,  Germany   has  emerged   as  the  political  core  of  the  crisis.  This  study-abroad program  to southern Germany/Munich will engage students with the immediate  social complexity of the integration  of  migrants  in Germany. It will  also  introduce  students  of Global  Health  to issues involved  in prevention  and  health  promotion  in a temporary crisis setting.  The service-learning component  of  this  study-abroad  course  will  allow  students  to  actively   participate   in current integration  processes  in the field.  Global  Health  students  specifically will  be introduced  to the crisis'   public  health  problems. Students   will  assist  local  non-profit   groups/agencies  in  their efforts to guide  migrants  and refugees  through  the various stages of the integration  process. For Global  Health  students,  this  also  includes  the  focus  on  prevention  and  health  promotion   in a temporary  crisis  setting.  Additionally, students  will  attend  seminars  and  workshops to engage with local think tanks, state and non-state agencies to learn about the historical, political and philosophical  context  and framework, surrounding the current  crisis.  Additionally, students  will visit civic groups,  migrant  communities, engaging  with newly  incoming  migrants/refugees  and first generation  migrant  populations.

Service-Learning can be defined as the formal integration of community service into student instruction and learning.  This type of learning experience is also known as curriculum-based service. The goal is to connect students with communities in partnerships, allowing for a reciprocal transformation of perspectives about self, healing and global citizenship.

*Students must register and pay for one of the following courses: HLSC 405, HLSC graduate course, or POLS 495/595 during the Summer 2018 registration period.

about the social and political complexities related to immigrants settling in Germany and Europe as a whole. 

Participate by collaborating with German NGOs/agencies and with community projects.

Experience the European culture  through daily cultural immersion.

*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, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances

Muge Akpinar-Elci joined ODU as an associate professor in 2013. In October 2013 was appointed as director of the Center for Global Health. Dr. Akpinar-Elci has more than 15 years of experience in clinical and field research working in public health and global health. She completed her residency training in both Pulmonology and Occupational Medicine in Turkey. Dr. Akpinar-Elci also received a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, LA.

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 with $400 Dean's Award: $2,100

Cost includes: 
Munich metro pass, accommodations (double or triple rooms; single supplement extra, if available), breakfasts, select group meals, tours, various admission fees and guides as indicated on itinerary, health insurance, and study abroad fee.

Not included:
Round trip airfareODU tuition for 3 credits (participants are required to register for credit), meals other than those indicated above, transportation other than indicated above, travel and baggage fees, and expenses of a personal nature.

*ODU scholarships:  Dean’s Education Abroad Awards are available for the first 7 qualified students accepted for this program.  Eligibility: Full-time, degree-seeking, ODU student, 2.5 GPA or higher, approval of participation by the Office of Study Abroad and the program’s faculty leader. Completion of online application, advising and deposit payment holds your space for scholarship consideration; no additional scholarship application necessary.

If eligible, scholarship award will be credited to your student account sometime in late summer. The Office of Study Abroad handles these arrangements and will notify you via email. 

Estimated cost without scholarship:

Financial Aid: For some students, regular student financial aid support may be increased due to the additional cost of studying abroad. Students seeking financial aid should obtain a program budget from the Office of Study Abroad.

Payment Schedule: $300 deposit upon application; half of remaining total due on February 16, 2018 and the other half on March 16, 2018

Office of Study Abroad
2006 Dragas Hall
49th St. and Hampton Blvd.
Dr. Muge Akpinar -Elci                                 Director of Center for Global Health   
College of Health Sciences
3134 Health Sciences Bldg
Dr. Regina Karp
Department of Political Science
7047 Batten Arts & Letters

GPIS group #1


This program is currently not accepting applications.