IR 491 - Brussels, Belgium: Contemporary Issues in European Foreign and Security Policy

The Brussels study abroad program focuses on European governance and security issues in the seat of the European Commission. Students will explore how the European Union is adapting to its new role as a security provider beyond its borders in places such as the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, Sub-Saharan Africa, China and Afghanistan.

Students will be assigned an internship in an IR-related organization (ex. Royal Institute for International Relations, Institute for European Studies, EU-Russia Centre) to compliment their coursework.  This program is open to IR and IR-Related majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA and Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing.

Application Deadline

Friday, February 8, 2013-Submit to Annie Lam in VKC 301

Program Dates

Monday, June 3, 2013-Friday, July 5, 2013

Estimated Fixed Costs

USC Tuition:

4 unit course at $1473/unit= $5892


Apartment Hotel in downtown Brussels.

Check in on Saturday, June 1- Check out Saturday, July 6 =+/-$1450 per person

(Shared occupancy.)


Roundtrip Airfare from Los Angeles to Brussels= +/- $1300

Application Checklist

  • Application Form
  • STARS Report (Available on OASIS)
  • Personal Statement (2pgs max) - stating why you are interested in participating in this program, how this program may benefit your academic interests and future career aspirations, why do you feel you are a good fit for this program, and any additional info you want to share.
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (Forms provided)
  • Resume


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