Students Prepare For Inaugural Spring Academy In Germany

Students at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania are taking part in a new collaborative program with West Chester University and the European Academy in Otzenhausen, Germany. Ten ESU students will attend the inaugural “European Spring Academy: Transatlantic Relations” seminar at the European Academy in Otzenhausen March 9 -21.

The European Academy in Otzenhausen is a leading international center that organizes seminars on a variety of topics for universities from across the globe. “This new academic program is intended to further students’ understanding of international affairs, different cultures, global history, international economics, trade, and security,” said Leif Johan Eliasson, Ph. D., ESU professor of political science. “We want to provide ESU and WCU students an opportunity to learn first-hand from policy makers, academics, and business representatives about the world’s largest single market, the European Union, and its relations with the United States.”

The main seminar lectures and workshops will be conducted over 10 intense days at the academy in Otzenhausen, Germany. In addition, the seminar also includes visits to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France; NATO headquarters and the European Council in Brussels, Belgium; European Stability Mechanism, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, and presentations by policy makers. Dr. Eliasson will hold a half day workshop on transatlantic trade as part of the program.

ESU students attending the “European Spring Academy: Transatlantic Relations” seminar include William Evans, a senior from Mountain Top, majoring in history.