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Brussels Field Study & Internship Program

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Sponsor: Institute for Field Education (IFE)

Location: Brussels, Belgium


Brussels, a city where multiple European cultures meet, is 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, culminating in a lengthy field-based research paper written in French. 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 on European-level identities, public opinion and democratization. Through individualized internship placements as well as a structured, individually-attentive academic program, the Brussels Field Study & Internship program suits the academic needs and personal interests of students from a wide variety of disciplines.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring


Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern 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
  • Highly recommend completion of at least two 200-level French courses at Northwestern prior to the program start.


  • Most students live in a popular student housing type specific to Belgium called a "kot", which consists of an apartment or small building where students have their own room and share kitchen and living areas
  • Note: Family housing is uncommon in Brussels and may not be available 
  • Meals may or may not be included in IFE housing options
  • Read IFE's Housing Overview for more details about housing and meals

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: approx. $20,000

Billed by Northwestern:

Estimated additional costs: $8,800

  • Room & board: $4,800
  • Airfare: $900
  • Local transportation: $500
  • Books & supplies: $100
  • Personal expenses: $1,900
  • Visa & fees: $420
  • GeoBlue: $180
*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.

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