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.

Program dates: June 1-July 3, 2015


ADAGIO Hotel/Housing cost: $1800+/-

Check in at hotel: May 30, 2015

Check out of hotel: July 4, 2015


Application due: January 23, 2015


Estimated Fixed Costs

USC Tuition:

4 unit course at $1,536.00/unit= $6144

Reminder: This is a Summer 2014 tuition estimate. Summer 2015 tuition costs have not yet been posted.


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


download application Brussels_2015_Application.doc


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