STUDY ABROAD IN BRUSSELS

Study Abroad in Brussels

Brussels

Brussels is the principle center of the European Parliament and the European Commission. It is also home to the political arm of NATO and the corporate headquarters of many multinational firms. Students have the chance to work at the very center of European decision-making.

Living in Brussels

The city has an efficient metro system that makes commuting easy, but many people prefer to walk — particularly in the well-preserved medieval center. Being a truly multicultural city, you’ll find every type of restaurant here, and what’s more, it’s a great base for traveling to all parts of Europe.

If a “big city” environment doesn’t sound like your thing, don’t worry. There are many spacious parks and quiet squares in its center and wide open spaces on its outskirts.

Language

Students take classes in English. Most internship placements can be done in English, but some placements such as health care do require French skills. If a student is fluent in another European language and would like to intern with a Member of European Parliament for that country, we can try to arrange that as well. Non-native speakers must have a B2 skill level or higher on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

Accommodation

Accommodation is secured for students by the Brussels program director before their arrival. Students live in shared studio apartments with combined bedroom and living quarters.

Contact with Local Students

EPA students are able to make use of the full campus facilities at Vesalius College. In addition, they can get to know their classmates by participating in  activities arranged for international students – or by joining one of the many student societies and clubs.

Passports

You must have a passport valid for the duration of your stay abroad.

To apply, go to the County Clerk’s Office in your area.
Call ahead to find out if there are any regulations or fees specific to your area.
The processing of a passport application can take 12 weeks or more. If you don’t already have one, apply now!

Visas

A visa is official permission, granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or visit, which allows you to enter and remain in that country for period of time. To study in the Belgium during the fall or spring terms, US students will need a visa.This visa cannot be applied for until 90 days before the start of the program. For more information visit: https://dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/EN/Application-guides/Pages/Higher_education_or_preparatory_year.aspx.

US citizens do not need a visa for the summer, but international students will need to apply for a Tourist Schengen Visa for the summer term. https://dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/EN/Application-guides/Pages/Short_stay_for_tourism_purposes.aspx

Educational Programmes Abroad has undergone a review for educational oversight by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).

Internships and Classes in Brussels

Orientation

The main orientation for all students takes place during the first few days the program. Orientation includes informational, cultural, and social activities to acquaint students with each other and with life and business culture in Brussels. All aspects of the program are covered in detail during these meetings. In addition, students will attend orientation sessions at Vesalius College as well. Internships and classes begin after orientation.

Internships

(Unpaid, Academic Work-Placements)
As the European Union continues to grow in power both economically and politically, there has never been a better time for students of politics, international relations, business and law to work and study in the “Capital of Europe”. EPA has developed a strong network of placements across many industries. All students work at their internships for at least 20 hours per week. Most internship placements can be done in English, but some placements such as health care do require French skills. If a student is fluent in another European language and would like to intern with a Member of European Parliament for that country, we can try to arrange that as well. Non-native speakers must have a B2 skill level or higher on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).

Semester Classes

Brussels students take courses at Vesalius College, the undergraduate English-language division of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB). The campus is located 20 minutes from the European Parliament. Students have access to all the facilities of the Vrije Universiteit including the library and computer resources. European Parliament interns also have access to the European Parliament library.

Summer Session

During the summer session, Brussels students work full-time at their internships and do not take any classes.

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Dates & Fees

The price of the program includes: tuition and housing, internship placement and oversight, pre-departure and visa application materials, comprehensive on-site orientation, welcome and farewell dinners, on-site student support, and on-site program management. Grade reports and supervisor evaluations are also sent to schools upon completion of the term. The fees listed are for students directly enrolled with EPA. These fees do not include academic credit. The school granting the credit will charge an additional fee.

Academic credit, air travel ($1000+),visa fees (Semester $500+), meals, and commuting cost are NOT INCLUDED in the program fees. Please budget $200-$300 per week for expenses depending on your lifestyle and the value of the US Dollar.

Arrival

Please plan to arrive before noon on the first day of the program. This means that you will likely make reservations to depart from the US the day before. Accommodation is only provided from the start date to the end date of the program. Students who wish to arrive early or stay late must find their own accommodations.

2017 Summer: Friday 19 May Until Saturday 8 July $7,750
2017 Fall: Monday 14 August Until Sunday 10 December $15,850
2018 Spring: Monday 8 January Until Sunday 13 May 2017 $16,800
Due to academic calendar changes and fluctuations in exchange rates, all dates and fees are subject to change, but will be set before the application deadline.

Brussels

Fall 2016: 15 August until 11 December $15,470
Spring 2017:  9 January until 14 May $16,790

Due to academic calendar changes and fluctuations in exchange rates, all dates and fees are subject to change, but will be set before the application deadline.

Scholarships and Aid

A variety of organizations and institutions provide scholarships and grants for study abroad from the United States. The following websites provide a good starting point for research on the many scholarship opportunities available.

Brussels Details

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