EU Study Abroad Program

“The EU as a Global Actor”
Brussels and Leuven
May 3-16, 2015
Application Deadline: January 19, 2015


Are you interested in the development and politics of the European Union? In the role Europe and the EU play in context of globalization? In how political decisions and strategies are made in the EU system? Then you should consider participating in the joint University of Michigan/University of Windsor 2015 EU Study Abroad Program, to be held May 3-16, 2015, in Brussels and Leuven, Belgium. The theme of this year's program is “The EU as a Global Actor.”

University of Michigan students who participate in the EU Study Abroad Program earn 3 credit hours for Political Science 389 and experience firsthand the EU in the heart of Europe. Attendance at all seminars and program activities is mandatory and all students will be required to submit a 15-page paper related to the theme of this year’s seminar, due June 15, 2015. The preliminary course outline can be accessed by clicking here. This intensive and highly concentrated program involves a combination of visits to offices of the EU, NATO, the OECD (the latter institution is in Paris and will be visited when the group does a day trip), and other international institutions and NGOs; seminars; and cultural excursions. Program participants stay at the Irish College in the centre of Leuven, one of Europe’s oldest university towns, renowned for its blend of medieval and contemporary architecture.

Program costs total roughly $2,000 (depending on the exchange rate) and cover accommodation and tuition fees. Expenses related to visits and activities that are part of the program, such as train fares within Belgium and admission costs, are relatively small and paid for by program participants as they are incurred. Students are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel between their home in the United States and Leuven (15 minutes by train from Brussels International Airport), all meals (excluding breakfast), and any personal spending. More information on anticipated costs and fees are available here.

This program involves a collaboration between the University of Michigan and the University of Windsor. The program is formally based at the University of Windsor, however, Michigan students usually make up most of each year's annual cohort. Eligibility for the program is the satisfactory completion of a course in either comparative or international politics. Background in history, business, or some other field related to the nature of this program may be accepted in lieu of political science.

The program director is Dr. Stephen Brooks, professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor and Director of Michigan's Ottawa Internship Program. You can contact Professor Brooks at srbrooks@umich.edu. Students interested in participating should complete the application form and return it to Professor Brooks as an email attachment by January 19, 2015.

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