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Study Abroad in Germany this summer.


July 16 - July 23, 2020 (one week)

This is a summer 2020 course.  Travel dates are July 15 – July 23, 2020.  In addition, classes will be held on UR campus before and after travel to Germany.

Make a global comparison of K-12 education, nonprofit, and social welfare institutions and related organizational leadership issues. Study leadership across educational and nonprofit contexts with a heightened focus on how organizations respond to migration at the individual and community levels. Students will integrate the theory and practice of leadership, while making comparisons across American and German school systems, nonprofit sectors, and social welfare institutions. Develop the capacity to work effectively to enact a social justice and equity-minded agenda in organizations and communities that serve immigrant and refugee populations. 

Experience lectures and dialogue with faculty associated with the International Education Management (INEMA) Study Program, which is delivered through the Department of International Educational Leadership and Management at PH-Ludwigsburg University, Germany. Socialize and interact academically with the international students enrolled in INEMA, many of whom are leaders in education and education-related or social welfare nonprofit organizations in their respective countries.

Visit with education officials, policy makers, and education-related or social welfare nonprofit leaders in the Baden-Wurttëmberg state of Germany. Hear from these leaders directly and learn how their organizations are addressing challenges associated with migration, equity, and other education and community related issues.

This course will have several meetings on campus between May and August to interact with faculty from PH-Ludwigsburg University, as well as readings, assignments, and collaborative activities to prepare for the travel component of the course.  


Open to University of Richmond SPCS Graduate students only

EDUC 598U or NPS 598U
Comparative Leadership in a Global Context


$2,900 (approximate)
Costs do not include airfare and some meals and are subject to change without notice as a result of fluctuations in currency values and other factors.

Activities & Excursions

Excursion activities in and around Ludwigsburg and Stuttgart may include, but are not limited to:

• Walking tour of downtown Stuttgart and the Schlossplatz. Built in the 18th Century, the castle and its gardens remain the meeting for locals and visitors. It is surrounded by narrow walkways filled with cafés, shops, and stores.
• Tour of the Residential Palace in Ludwigsburg and the surrounding gardens. The Bluhendes Barock (gardens) are some of the most extensive in southern Germany.
• Visit to the Marketplatz in Ludwigsburg, which is the town center and has a baroque church, shops, beer garden, and other cultural and social opportunities.
• Tour Esslingen, a beautifully preserved city with a former monastery, castle, and medieval markets. Over 1,200 years old, Esslingen boasts excellent examples of classic German architecture, cobblestone streets, canals, and vineyards.
• Tour of the historic town and castle of Heidleberg.
• Visitation to the Mercedes-Benz or Porsche museums. (Stuttgart is home to headquarters for Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.)


Students will stay in a hotel in either Stuttgart or Ludwigsburg.

The deadline for applying is Friday, February 14, 2020

  • Kate Cassada, Faculty Leader

    Associate Professor of Education

  • Andrew Schoeneman, Faculty Leader

    Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Studies

  • Tom Shields, Faculty Leader

    Associate Professor of Education

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Application Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2020


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