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Brussels Field Study & Internship Program

Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Program sponsor: Institute for Field Education (IFE)

Grand Place and Town Hall, Brussels, Belgium
Grand Place and Town Hall, Brussels, Belgium

Complete a 12-week internship and independent research experience, culminating in a lengthy field-based research paper written in French. The program has two phases: (1) 5 weeks of introductory courses (in French) on Belgium and its role in contemporary Europe, as well as an introduction to the Dutch language and Flemish culture, and (2) a 12-week intensive internship along with a weekly seminar course on European-level identities, public opinion, and democratization.

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Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA.


Completion of at least French 121-3 or 125-3. Strongly recommended that students complete at two 200-level content courses. 


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

  • 4 to 6 Northwestern units
  • Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


Homestay or independent student residences. Some meals may be provided.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: approx. $20,684

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing: $3,200
  • Meals: $1,845
  • Airfare: $1,150
  • Local transportation: $500
  • Books & supplies: $100
  • Personal expenses: $1,900
  • Visa & fees: $420
  • GeoBlue: $215

Total: $9,330

*Note: Northwestern will send your tuition payment to IFE via wire transfer. The exact amount of tuition you are charged by Northwestern will depend on the exchange rate when the wire transfer is processed. All other estimates above are in U.S. Dollars.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated IFE programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to an IFE program, you may be required to pay a deposit directly to IFE to confirm your participation on the program. If required, it is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Student Visa Financial Certification

In order to obtain your student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter of financial support from Northwestern.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your IFE tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program's materials for the most current cost information.

As noted above, Northwestern will send your tuition payment to IFE via wire transfer. The exact U.S. Dollar amount of tuition you are charged through CAESAR will depend on the exchange rate when the wire transfer is processed.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans from Northwestern, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Other Program Charges

It is your responsibility to pay directly for all other charges abroad, including your housing. Contact IFE directly if you have any questions.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly.

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