University of Washington

EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels
July 6 - August 7, 2015


La Grande Place, Brussels, Belgium

Co-administered by:

The European Union Center of Excellence of the University of Washington (Seattle), The Institute for European Studies of the Free University of Brussels, and the European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin (Madison).


Applications closed for 2015

We encourage you to apply next year



About the EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels

The EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels is offered with the generous support of the European Union Delegation to the USA

The EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels offers US students the opportunity to study the emergence of a united Europe in its dynamic heart. Running from July 6 to August 7, the program will consist of two courses plus an EU simulation for a total of 12 quarter credits (or 8 semester credits). The Program is administered by the European Commission-sponsored EU Center of Excellence at the University of Washington (Seattle), and is hosted by the Universite' Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This five-week program features lectures and seminars by leading experts on the EU from both sides of the Atlantic, as well as site visits to major EU institutions and organizations involved in European integration. In addition, the program is supplemented by cultural and social events in and around the city, as well as a field trip to Luxembourg. Brussels' central location allows students to easily explore the area's rich history and culture at their own pace. The city is famous for its excellent dining, and the program will include two special group dinners. Field trip costs are covered by program fees. Discover the new Europe through the EU Studies Program in Brussels!

Class of 2014

Quotes from participating students:

"The EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels gives a unique insight into policy-making and implementation within the EU. I do not think any other program, at home or abroad, gives this kind of access to policymakers at the highest levels" - "Fun intensive and informative" - "The program was truly an incredible opportunity to learn more about the EU in depth" - "It was a great program, I learned a lot" - "Fantastic opportunity to come to Europe and learn about the EU from inside-out" - "Excellent" - "Walks on water" " I felt very honored to discuss with policy makers and parliament members about complex issues like integration" - "One of the most memorable experiences"  

"It was a pleasure speaking to you about the European external action service... I enjoyed talking to you and found your questions very thoughtful and stimulating. I wish you all the best in your future careers." Julio Arias, European External Action Service.

Program students were interviewed by HR Online, a German news website. Click here to hear the interview!

Courses & Program
The program includes two courses: "Current EU Policy Debates" taught by Dr. Joseph Jupille (Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder), and "EU Institutions: Views from inside the Brussels Complex" taught by Dr. Peter Hobbing (former Principal Administrator, European Commission). In addition, students will participate in a European Union simulation. The two courses are 5 credits each and the EU simulation is 2 credits. Students will be awarded 12 UW credits upon successful completion of the program.

Facilities & Housing
Courses will be held at the Institute for European Studies on the ULB campus. Students will have access to the ULB library and other campus facilities. During the first three or four days of the program students will be housed in downtown Brussels. For the last 4 and 1/2 weeks of the program, students will be accommodated in single-room student dorms in the "Residence Elio Conte" building on the ULB Solbosch campus.

The Elio Conte dorms are located close to the Institute for European Studies (IEE), where the program seminars will be held. The residences provide internet access, private bathrooms and showers, plus a shared kitchen. The dorms are conveniently located near mass transit and are just a short walking distance from numerous restaurants and shops.

Check out the ULB Solbosch campus map

Student's dorm accommodation costs are supported by funds from the European Commission through the Seattle EU Center of Excellence's grant.

The program is open to all upper level undergraduate students with an interest in the European Union enrolled in degree programs at US universities. Detailed application information will be available later this fall. It involves completing the program application form, a two-page statement of purpose, and 2 letters of recommendation to the International Programs and exchanges office (IPE). The application deadline is February 27th, 2015. At least one of the two letters of recommendation must be written by a faculty member at your institution. A second letter can be written by a TA, or supervisor, provided they can comment upon your academic abilities, and on how you can contribute to, and benefit from, a study abroad program. The center may conduct interviews as part of the selections process and will notify all candidates of the program's decisions in writing.

Please note: To be considered for this program students are also required to send copies of their transcripts, by the application deadline, to the EU Center of Excellence at the address listed below. University of Washington students can submit unofficial transcripts by uploading them to this Dropbox. Students from other institutions should submit official copies of their transcripts via mail at the University of Washington EUCE address listed below.

Program Costs for 2015
The program fee for 2015 is $3,500. The program fee includes instructional costs, round trip train ticket to Luxembourg, program trips & events. The program fee does not include airfare, meals, textbooks, personal expenses or the fees charged by IPE: $300 for UW students or $500 for non-UW students.

Financial Aid & Grants
Grant funding is available on a competitive basis to students on this program.
UW students are eligible to apply for the quarterly International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) scholarship. Non-UW students may also qualify for funding from their home institution.

Program Payment Schedule for 2015:

Payment  Type Payment amount Payment  due  date

Non-Refundable Program Deposit 

$350 Charged upon receipt of contract

Non-Refundable IPE Fee   

$300 August 7, 2015
Program Fee Balance $3,150 August 7, 2015
Non-Matriculated Fee $200 (non-UW students only) August 7, 2015

UW students: $3,800

Non-UW students: $4,000


The EU Center of Excellence reserves the right to modify the program fee based upon dollar devaluation or severe cost inflation.

**To apply for this program please click here.*

Withdrawal Policy
Click here to view detailed refund policies and emergency withdrawal forms and procedures. Students withdrawing from the program must submit a withdrawal form to both the EU Center and the International Programs and Exchanges (IPE).

Students withdrawing from the program before March 20 will be responsible solely for the non-refundable $350 deposit and the $300 IPE fee. Non-UW students will also be responsible for the additional $200 IPE non-UW student fee. Students withdrawing on or after March 20 will be responsible for the following percentages of the total program fee:

If withdrawal is submitted on or before April 17: 25% of total program fee.

If withdrawal is submitted on or before May 15th: 50% of total program fee.

If withdrawal is submitted on or before July 2th: 75% of total program fee.

No refunds will be given after the program starts. All fees are paid to the University of Washington's Student Fiscal Services office:

Pre-departure Orientation

The EU Center of Excellence of Seattle organizes a mandatory pre-departure orientation for UW students. Non-UW students should participate in the UW online orientation organized by IPE, as well as any orientations/procedures required by their home institutions. 

Program Enrollment
Students in this program will be concurrently enrolled at the UW and will maintain financial and scholarship eligibility. Student must enroll in all three courses in order to meet concurrent enrollment requirements. Credits will be recorded on students' UW transcripts and may be applicable to graduation requirements. All Seattle-area students must participate in IPE's online pre-departure orientation; non-Seattle students must email for orientation information and materials.


Program students at the European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)

For full policy details contact the IPE office at:
Phone: (206) 221-4404

Questions regarding the program can be directed to the European Union Center at

Applications and Program Correspondence should be addressed to:

The European Union Center of Excellence
120 Thomson Hall, Box 353650
European Union Center of Excellence
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Seattle WA, 98195

Phone: (206) 616-2415
Fax: (206) 616-2462

Copies of the program brochure can be requested from the center of downloaded as a PDF file.

Click here to view a map of Brussels with placemarks indicating program related locations.

Program students at the EU Parliament (Brussels)






Program students at the European Investment Bank (Luxembourg)


The EU Studies Summer Program in Brussels is Co-sponsored by:

The European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Michigan,The European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh, the European Union Center of California at The Claremont Colleges, the Tocqueville Initiative at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Brigham Young University.




European Union Center of Excellence
120 Thomson Hall
Box 353650
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
(206) 616-2415 office
(206) 616-2462 fax