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


SIR Brussels Summer Internship Program 2016

IR 491x: Field Study

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.

**This program does not satisfy the IR 400-level requirement**

Application Deadline:

Application deadline is Monday, January 25 2016 - Submit to Annie Lam in VKC 301 or email to

Program Dates:

Monday, May 30, 2016-Friday, July 1, 2016

Estimated Fixed Costs:

USC Tuition: 4 unit course (IR 491) at $1,666/unit=$6,664

**This program does not qualify for SURF funding**


ADAGIO Brussels Centre Monnaie (Apartment Hotel in downtown Brussels - shared occupancy)

Check in at hotel: May 28, 2016

Check out of hotel: July 2, 2016

+/- $1600 per person


Roundtrip Airfare from Los Angeles to Brussels= +/- $1400

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

Contact Annie Lam with any questions.

  • School of International Relations
  • 3518 Trousdale Parkway
  • Von KleinSmid Center 330
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0043
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 2136