IR 391x: Contemporary Issues in European Foreign and Security Policy

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IR Brussels Summer Internship Program

Dates: TBA

Suggested Arrival Date: May 2024

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Information Session Date: TBA



The Brussels study abroad program focuses on European governance and security issues in the seat of the European Union and NATO. 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, or Asia. Students will earn credit for one IR upper-division course towards their major/minor requirements.

Students will also be assigned an internship in an IR-related organization (ex. Institute for European Studies, Egmont Institute, Carnegie, The Security and Defense Agenda, New Europe, etc.) to complement their coursework. This program is open to IR and IR-Related majors and all class standings.

***This program does not qualify for SURF funding and does not satisfy the IR 400-level requirement***

Application Checklist (Application deadline: 11/25/2023)


Copy of STARS Report (available on myUSC-OASIS)

Updated Resume

Personal Statement (2 pages max, double-spaced) – stating why you are interested in participating in this program, how this program may benefit your academic interests and future career aspirations, why you feel you are a good fit for this program, and any additional info you want to share

1 letter of recommendation from USC Faculty can be emailed directly by the recommender to -OR- list two IR faculty references


Tuition (4 units) — $8,140

Airfare* — $1,200

Housing — $1,500

*Metro pass will be provided by USC and IES for the duration of program dates

For more information please contact Akeya Harmon at