Internships and Classes in Brussels
The main orientation for all students takes place during the first few days the program. Orientation includes informational, cultural, and social activities to acquaint students with each other and with life and business culture in Brussels. All aspects of the program are covered in detail during these meetings. In addition, students will attend orientation sessions at Vesalius College as well. Internships and classes begin after orientation.
(Unpaid, Academic Work-Placements)
As the European Union continues to grow in power both economically and politically, there has never been a better time for students of politics, international relations, business and law to work and study in the “Capital of Europe”. EPA has developed a strong network of placements across many industries. All students work at their internships for at least 20 hours per week.
Most internship placements can be done in English, but some placements such as health care do require French skills. If a student is fluent in another European language and would like to intern with a Member of European Parliament for that country, we can try to arrange that as well. Non-native speakers must have a B2 skill level or higher on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL).
Brussels students take courses at Vesalius College, the undergraduate English-language division of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB). The campus is located 20 minutes from the European Parliament. Students have access to all the facilities of the Vrije Universiteit including the library and computer resources. European Parliament interns also have access to the European Parliament library.
(Vesalius College, 2010)
During the summer session, Brussels students work full-time at their internships and do not take any classes.