Educator Resources

Educators in Brussels EU Visit Program


Waffles in Brussels, Belgium

Sunday, June 17 – Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Center for West European Studies is pleased to be able to offer grants allowing up to two high school or community college educators from the Pacific Northwest to participate in a visit program to learn about exciting new changes in today’s Europe.

Grants include:

  • Airfare to and from Brussels
  • Five nights in a hotel
  • Some meals (up to $2,600 USD)

Grantees are expected to create a curricular activity on the EU based on their experiences in Brussels.

The EU Visit Program in Brussels is coordinated by the Network of European Union Centers in the United States and includes the participation of centers from around the country. The five-day visit in Brussels for US high school and community college instructors, and university undergraduates, will include site visits to the EU Commission, European Parliament, and other Brussels-based institutions.

How to Apply:

The 2018 application is now closed. We will open the application for the summer of 2019 in February, 2019. 

  • Complete the general application form
  • Provide your CV
  • Explain, in 500 words or less, how and why you will use this visit to inform curriculum changes
  • Submit a letter of support from your dean/chair of department, stating intent to implement the curriculum developed as a result of this visit

Priority will be given to full-time high school or community college educators who have participated in a CWES workshop, and those who demonstrate the capacity and incentive to teach the importance of the EU in world affairs in their classroom.

Applications will be accepted until March 16th, 2018.


Why Brussels?

An eclectic mix of Flemish and French with the energy of a major international city, Brussels, Belgium, represents modern Europe. The world capital of chocolate is also, since 1957, the capital of the European Union and home to most of the EU institutions.

The EU, one of the most important trade partners to the US, currently has 28 member states and is a supranational entity that shares power between an non-nationally-affiliated commissioners, elected officials from member states, and directly elected European Parliamentarians. A visit to Brussels brings to life the accomplishments and challenges that Europe has faced in uniting 28 member countries through treaties, economic policies, and a common currency and where it is going in the 21st century.


Charlene Freyberg visited Brussels in summer 2018 as part of this program, and Dr. Allison Jansen visited in summer 2017. For more information on their experiences, click here and here.