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Belgium: International Cooperation: Brussels and The Hague (Faculty-Led) 15SS

The program will examine political, legal, economic, and security instances of international cooperation and will introduce students to key concepts and theories of international cooperation. By visiting NATO, the European Union institutions (the European Parliament, the Council, the European Commission), the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Court and the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia, students will learn about various instances of cooperation across social, economic, science and technology, political, and military issues. The research trip to Brussels and The Hague will provide the students with unique opportunities to conduct independent field research, interview officials at various international institutions, participate in various forums and discussions, and collect primary data on a topic of their interest related to international cooperation. Upon their return, students are required to complete a research project. POL 2087 and 6080 are open to students majoring Political Science and/ or International Affairs, as well as other majors who are interested on the topics of international institutions and cooperation, international law and justice, EU politics and transatlantic relations. Please, note that POL 2087 fulfills social science general education requirement, while 6080 can fulfill the capstone requirement. If interested to complete the capstone (with or without high honors requirement, students should discuss these options with the instructor).

Can I participate in this program?

Students at the following levels are eligible to participate in this program:

  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Graduate Students
  • Others

Where will I go?

  • Belgium (Brussels)
  • Netherlands (The Hague)

When can I go?

May 4-14, 2015

Students who participate in this program will be out of the country for less than 9 weeks.

Important Program Deadlines:

Application Deadline: October 31, 2014

Who is in charge of this program?

Are any foreign colleges or universities involved?

This program is associated with the following foreign college(s) / university(ies):

Is this program associated with my college or department?

This program is associated with the following UC college(s) and/or department(s):

  • McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

*You may still be able to participate in this program if you are not enrolled in any of the above college(s) or departments. For more information, please contact the person (or people) who are in charge of this program.

Can I earn course credit by participating in this program?

Participants in this program can earn UC credit for the following UC course(s):

  • 15POL6080
  • 15POL2087

What amenities are provided?

  • Housing / Accommodations
    Accommodation in Brussels: Teracota Apartments, Auberge d'Etterbeek/ Maison Du Soleil Rue Général Leman 37/116 1040 Bruxelles; Phone: 0032.484.50.64.13 E-mail :;
    Accommodation in the Hague: Stayokay Den Haag; Scheepmakersstraat 27 2515 VA Den Haag; Phone: +31 (0)70 315 78 78; Fax +31 (0)70 315 78 77; Email:;

  • Meals
    Breakfast at Stayokay Hostel, 2-3 group meals (lunches).

  • Transportation
    Public transit (bus, metro, tram) in Brussels and The Hague. Ground transportation to and from the airport (bus, train), inter city transportation between Brussels and the Hague and to Mons and Ottignies.

How much will it cost to participate?

  • Tuition
    3-4 credit hours Spring or Summer 2015 POL coursework. No additional cost.

  • Room & Board

  • Airfare

  • Other Costs

  • Total Costs