IFE: Field Study in Brussels

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Semester: Fall, Spring
Program Provider: Institute for Field Education (IFE)

Program Length: 18 weeks
Language of Instruction: French and Dutch (Flemish)

  • language pre-requisite of 5-6 semesters of college-level French, or equivalent fluency

Courses: ‚Äč 

  • weeks of intensive interdisciplinary courses, includes 15-20 hours of introductory Dutch (Flemish) language instruction
  • Three preparatory courses to examine contemporary Brussels and Belgium from a historical, cultural, political, and societal perspective.
    • Belgium: A European Cultural History
    • Brussels in Belgium and in Europe: A socio-urbanist approach
    • Belgium in Europe and the World: A historical approach
  • As available, IFE will work with students to identify appropriate graduate-level classes at local Belgian universities in lieu of the preparatory courses noted above.
  • Coursework (other than Dutch language class) will be in French.
  • 12-week full-time internship (can be used to meet Capstone requirement). It is during this period that student-interns, working with their IFE research advisor, also develop and complete an independent research project on a topic related to the work of their host organization.
    • internships can be with a wide variety of employers, depending on the interests and qualifications of the participant, but distinctive to Brussels will be NGOs, think-tanks, and policy advocacy groups connected to the work of the European Union and/or NATO.
    • primary language of the internship will be French, but depending on the employer some degree of work in English may be possible

Foreign Language Courses: Dutch (Flemish)
Housing: Homestay or student residences
Internship option: Yes; 12 weeks of full-time work at internship site, may count for Capstone credit


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