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Summer and Intersession Programs

Development Policy

Bonn, Germany

SIS established an affiliation with The University of Bonn to provide graduate students the opportunity to participate in the Summer School of Development Policy. A former capital city, Bonn still serves as a Federal City with Berlin where the country's government excises its authority. Home to nearly 20 UN institutions and countless international organizations, Bonn is an ideal location for students to learn from a variety of "local" experts and compliment the academic course components with site visits within Bonn. Other excursions to locations, such as Brussels, may also be offered.

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Academic Details

In this intensive course, delivered by SIS partner the University of Bonn, students will engage with faculty members from the University of Bonn and a variety of practitioners through lectures, guided group discussions, site visits, and extracurricular events. This course will enable students to obtain an in depth understanding of the main areas of development policy while engaging with experts from various international institutions and organizations.

The course is comprised of thirteen modules which cover the main areas of development policy. These include:

  • Module 1 Introduction to Development Policy
  • Module 2 German Development Policy
  • Module 3 European Development Policy
  • Module 4 International Development Policy
  • Module 5 Financing of Development Policy
  • Module 6 Selected Fields of Development Policy- Good Governance and Human Rights
  • Module 7 Selected Fields of Development Policy- Environment Protection and Climate Change
  • Module 8 Selected Fields of Development Policy- Health
  • Module 9 Selected Fields of Development Policy- Education
  • Module 10 Selected Fields of Development Policy- Peacekeeping
  • Module 11 Selected Fields of Development Policy- Nutrition
  • Module 12 Selected Fields of Development Policy- Poverty Reduction
  • Module 13 Development Policy- A Critical Review

Further information about the modules, lecturers, and site visits will be made available soon and communicated to students through the SIS Office of International Programs.

Course Requirements and Credits

Students must attend all of the course sessions in Bonn and submit a final research paper that will be developed in consultation with a faculty advisor at the University of Bonn.

Upon successful completion of this SIS Summer Abroad program, students will receive three (3) credits towards their AU degree.

Students will earn these credits through a combination of the credit awarded by the University of Bonn and an additional SIS course section comprised of online group discussion and blogging.

2017 Program Schedule

Program dates: July 31 - August 11

Who Should Attend

The specific nature of the program is designed for graduate students with an interest or prior background in Development Policy. The course is designed to accommodate students from a variety of academic backgrounds. While some modules will offer an introduction into a specific topic, students can expect to gain a robust understanding of each topic and how it pertains to development policy.

Program Costs

Students are expected to arrange their own international travel to and from Bonn, Germany. There are no program fees associated with this course. However, student will be responsible for AU tuition, international airfare, accommodation and most meals.


The University of Bonn is not able to provide housing in Bonn. However, a list of accommodations and resources will be provided to accepted students.

Application and Deadlines

The priority deadline for application is February 22, 2017 -- applications submitted after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Once admitted to the Program by SIS, students receive notification via e-mail. At that time, students will be required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250 to SIS, through a check or money order made payable to American University, to secure their place in the Program.

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Application Deadline

Summer 2017: Priority Deadline is February 22, 2017 -- applications submitted after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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