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The EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels offers US students the opportunity to study the emergence of a united Europe in its dynamic heart. Running from July 7 to August 8, the program will consist of two courses plus an EU simulation for a total of 12 quarter credits (or 8 semester credits). The Program is administered by the European Commission-sponsored EU Center of Excellence at the University of Washington (Seattle), and is hosted by the Universite' Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This five-week 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 addition, the program is supplemented by cultural and social events in and around the city, as well as a field trip to Luxembourg. Brussels' central location allows students to easily explore the area's rich history and culture at their own pace. The city is famous for its excellent dining, and the program will include two special group dinners. Field trip costs are covered by program fees. Discover the new Europe through the EU Studies Program in Brussels!
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Courses & Program
The program includes two courses: "Current EU Policy Debates", taught by Dr. Arista Cirtautas (Jackson School of International Studies Lecturer, University of Washington), and "EU Institutions: Views from inside the Brussels Complex" taught by Dr. Peter Hobbing (former Principal Administrator, European Commission). In addition, students will participate in a European Union simulation. The two courses are 5 credits each and the EU simulation is 2 credits. Students will be awarded 12 UW credits upon successful completion of the program.
Facilities & Housing
Courses will be held at the Institute for European Studies on the ULB campus. Students will have access to the ULB library and other campus facilities. During the first three or four days of the program students will be housed in downtown Brussels. For the last 4 and 1/2 weeks of the program, students will be accommodated in single-room student dorms in the "Residence Elio Conte" building on the ULB Solbosch campus.
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. The dorms are conveniently located near mass transit and are just a short walking distance from numerous restaurants and shops.
ULB Solbosch campus map
Student's dorm accommodation costs are supported by funds from the European Commission through the Seattle EU Center of Excellence's grant.
The program is open to all upper level undergraduate students with an interest in the European Union enrolled in degree programs at US universities. Detailed application information will be available later this fall. It involves completing the program application form, a two-page statement of purpose, and 2 letters of recommendation to the International Programs and exchanges office (IPE). The application deadline is February 7th, 2014. At least one of the two letters of recommendation must be written by a faculty member at your institution. A second letter can be written by a TA, or supervisor, provided they can comment upon your academic abilities, and on how you can contribute to, and benefit from, a study abroad program. The center may conduct interviews as part of the selections process and will notify all candidates of the program's decisions in writing.
Please note: To be considered for this program students are also required to send copies of their transcripts, by the application deadline, to the EU Center of Excellence at the address listed below. University of Washington students can submit unofficial transcripts by uploading them to this Dropbox. Students from other institutions should submit official copies of their transcripts via mail.
Program Costs for 2013
The program fee for 2014 is $3,150. The program fee includes instructional costs, round trip train ticket to Luxembourg, program trips & events. The program fee does not include airfare, meals, textbooks, personal expenses or the fees charged by IPE: $300 for UW students or $500 for non-UW students.
Financial Aid & Grants
Grant funding is available on a competitive basis to students on this program. UW students are eligible to apply for the quarterly International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) scholarship. Non-UW students may also qualify for funding from their home institution.
|Payment Type||Payment amount||Payment due date|
Non-Refundable Program Deposit
|$350||Charged upon receipt of contract|
Non-Refundable IPE Fee
|$300||August 8, 2013|
|Program Fee Balance||$2,800||August 8, 2013|
|Non-Matriculated Fee||$200 (non-UW students only)||August 8, 2013|
|TOTAL FEES CHARGED||
UW students: $3,450
Non-UW students: $3,650
The EU Center of Excellence reserves the right to modify the program fee based upon dollar devaluation or severe cost inflation.
Click here to view detailed refund policies and emergency withdrawal forms and procedures. Students withdrawing from the program must submit a withdrawal form to both the EU Center and the International Programs and Exchanges (IPE).
Students withdrawing from the program before March 21 will be responsible solely for the non-refundable $350 deposit and the $300 IPE fee. Non-UW students will also be responsible for the additional $200 IPE non-UW student fee. Students withdrawing on or after March 21 will be responsible for the following percentages of the total program fee:
If withdrawal is submitted on or before April 18: 25% of total program fee.
If withdrawal is submitted on or before May 16th: 50% of total program fee.
If withdrawal is submitted on or before July 3th: 75% of total program fee.
No refunds will be given after the program starts. All fees are paid to the University of Washington's Student Fiscal Services office: http://f2.washington.edu/fm/sfs/
The EU Center of Excellence of Seattle organizes a mandatory pre-departure orientation for UW students. Non-UW students should participate in the UW online orientation organized by IPE, as well as any orientations/procedures required by their home institutions.
Students in this program will be concurrently enrolled at the UW and will maintain financial and scholarship eligibility. Student must enroll in all three courses in order to meet concurrent enrollment requirements. Credits will be recorded on students' UW transcripts and may be applicable to graduation requirements. All Seattle-area students must participate in IPE's online pre-departure orientation; non-Seattle students must email firstname.lastname@example.org for orientation information and materials.
Questions regarding the program can be directed to Mark Di Virgilio, Exchange Program Coordinator at email@example.com.
Applications and Program Correspondence should be addressed to:
Mark Di Virgilio
120 Thomson Hall, Box 353650
European Union Center of Excellence
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Seattle WA, 98195
Phone: (206) 616-2415
Fax: (206) 616-2462
Copies of the program brochure can be requested from the center of downloaded as a PDF file.
Click here to view a map of Brussels with placemarks indicating program related locations.
|Center for West European Studies|
|120 Thomson Hall|
|University of Washington|
|Seattle, WA 98195-3650|
|(206) 543-1675 office|
|(206) 616-2462 fax|