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Study the integration of a united Europe in its dynamic heart - Brussels, Belgium. Gain a unique insight into EU policy-making and implementation from the inside-out. Co-sponsored by the University of Washington-Seattle and UW-Madison, the EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels is hosted at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium.
During this five-week program, you will take two courses plus an EU simulation for a total of six UW-Madison credits. The program features lectures and seminars by leading experts on the EU from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as site visits to major EU institutions and organizations involved in European integration in Brussels and Luxembourg.
This program is designed for undergraduate students interested in the politics of the European Union. In past years, classroom experiences have been supplemented by visits to the European Parliament, the EU Council, the European Commission, the European Court of Justice and NATO.
Belgium, a highly developed democratic nation, has rapidly grown into a political and economic hub for Europe. Brussels, its capital, hosts the headquarters to both NATO and the European Union.
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Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, is a bustling and historical city within Europe. Brussels' central location allows you to easily explore the area's rich history and culture at your own pace.
The city has a population of 1.1 million. Since the end of World War II, Brussels has been a center for international politics, garnering the title of de facto capital of the EU, and is host to numerous international organizations, such as NATO, as well as politicians and diplomats.
Known as one of Europe's most international cities, its diversity is reflected in its excellent restaurants, numerous cultural festivals, and various languages. It is legally bilingual, with French as the dominant language, and Dutch widely spoken. English is also commonly understood.
The city center is known for its Flemish town houses and its renowned artist scene with extensive collections in over 80 museums. For their gastronomic offering, try the local waffle and chocolate.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging round-trip transportation to Brussels, but are given guidelines for arrival dates and times.
A visa is not required for U.S. citizens for this program. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. If you are not a U.S. citizen, contact your Study Abroad Advisor for guidance.
OrientationIAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
You will also have an onsite orientation once you arrive in Belgium. The orientation on-site includes a walking tour of downtown Brussels as well as a tour of the Solbosch campus at ULB.
HousingDuring the first three or four days of the program you will be housed in downtown Brussels. For the remainder of the program, you will be accommodated in single-room student dorms in the "Residence Elio Conte" building on the ULB Solbosch campus in Brussels.
The Elio Conte dorms are located close to the Institute for European Studies (IEE), where the program seminars will be held. The residences provide internet access, private bathrooms and showers, plus a shared kitchen. You will be conveniently located near mass transit and are just a short walking distance from a local grocery store, numerous restaurants, and shops.
Excursions and Activities
The program is supplemented by visits to various EU institutions including the EU Commission, the Council, and the Parliament. It also includes cultural and social events in and around the city, as well as a three-day program excursion to Luxembourg. An introductory welcome week includes a reception, dinner, and a walking tour.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
The Program Director and Local Coordinator will be on-site to assist students.
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"If you are at all interested in the EU, there's really no better place to study it than in Brussels."
"If a student is interested in European politics or the EU, this program is a must. It was an absolute capstone to my undergraduate understanding of the EU."
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP. After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
Summer Program Forms
Brussels EU Application Form
Passport ID Page: 2 Photocopies
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final admissions decision.
|Summer - 2013-2014
The program includes two core courses for six UW-Madison credits:
- Current EU Policy Debates
- EU Institutions: Views from inside the Brussels Complex
The Current EU Policy debates course is generally taught by a UW-Madison or University of Washington faculty member. The EU Institutions course incorporates a series of guest speakers which makes for lively discussions and debates. In addition, you will participate in a European Union simulation with other program participants.
Courses will be taught at the Institut d'Etudes Européennes on the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) campus. You will have access to the ULB library and other campus facilities for the duration of the program.
Program Web Page(s)
University of Washington Brussels EU Studies
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