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Brussels Field Study & Internship Program

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Sponsor: Internships in Francophone Europe (IFE)

Location: Brussels, Belgium


Brussels:  a space where multiple European cultures meet; a nation-state emblematic of and central to the great political and geopolitical constructs of the 19th century; emblematic also of the great European university tradition and of the tradition of humanism; an historically important European capital, and today the policy and decisional center of the European Union as well as home to a lively, multi-lingual, contemporary and urbanized European culture. 

This small, intense program gives independent-minded students with strong French language skills the opportunity to complete a 12-week internship and independent research experience. The program has two phases: (1) 5 weeks of introductory courses on Belgium and its role in contemporary Europe as well as 15-20 hours of Dutch language instruction, (2) a 12-week intensive internship.  The internship phase is coupled with an ongoing, weekly seminar course, culminating in a lengthy research paper written in French.


  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete an NU Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an IFE application by the program's deadline

Languages: French, Dutch

Language Requirements: 

2 years or the equivalent of college-level French

Recommended: The Northwestern Department of French and Italian recommends that students take at least two to three 200-level French courses at Northwestern before beginning the program.


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