Brussels — The Political Heart of Europe
Brussels is the principal center of the European Parliament and the European Commission. It is also home to the political arm of NATO and the corporate headquarters of many multinational firms. Students have the chance to work at the very center of European decision-making.
But Brussels isn't just about politics. Its museums and architecture are considered among the finest in Europe and EPA offers excellent internship opportunities in museums and galleries, media and publishing, law, NGOs, marketing and public relations, business and banking, and representations of foreign governments.
I couldn't help thinking that I wanted to stay there forever.
— Linda Dempah, Wesleyan University, Internship, Brussels
Live in Brussels
The city has an efficient metro system that makes commuting easy, but many people prefer to walk — particularly in the well-preserved medieval center. Being a truly multicultural city, you'll find every type of restaurant here, and what's more, it's a great base for traveling to all parts of Europe. Study abroad in Brussels as the city has exceptionally gifted academics offering interactive lessons and personal attention to those who are keen to learn.
In this international city EPA has developed a strong network of internship opportunities with Members of the European Parliament, lobby groups, international humanitarian and peace organizations as well as placements in business, health care or museums.
This study abroad adventure has undoubtedly been more rewarding and challenging than I ever could have anticipated. I navigated my way through European freedom, completed a Communications internship with an International Organization, attended meetings in the European Parliament, traveled to at least 7 different countries, and wrote articles for an NGO's global newsletter.
— Gillian Budd, Furman University, Brussels
Semester students take two classes offered through Vesalius College, an English-speaking institution, run by the Dutch-speaking university, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The summer students are allowed to intern full-time in Brussels and do not take any classes.
Accommodation is secured for students by the Brussels program director before their arrival. Students live in shared studio apartments with combined bedroom and living quarters.