UA in Belgium: Political Science
July 8-July 31, 2018
Brussels, Belgium, is quickly becoming the capital of Europe. Founded in the 10th Century as a fortress town by Charlemagne’s grandson, Brussels has developed into the heart of European integration and hosts the major institutions of the European Union. The European Commission, the Council of the European Union, the European Council and a second seat of the European Parliament are all in Brussels proper, while the North Atlantic Treaty Organization maintains a suburban headquarters.
The University of Alabama Belgium Program takes advantage of this extraordinarily large concentration of international institutions by providing a set of courses that examines American-EU relations, the nature of federalism and sovereignty within the states of Europe, and the history and effects of conflict on the continent and the world. Indeed, the locale provides a rare opportunity for a decidedly “hands on” approach to studying international politics in action.
While known for its food—hand made chocolates, waffles, “french" fries, and handcrafted beers, of course—Brussels is also emerging as an important source of European fashion and arts and is home to several world-class museums. Several festivals and fairs will be taking place in Brussels during the month the program is there. The UA Belgium Program has also planned several excursions to visit the main Belgian museums, including the Royal Museum of Central Africa, which chronicles Belgium’s role as colonizer in Africa. These museum visits are actually planned activities for the courses in the program, and thus, students will be able to immediately apply what they are learning in their classes.
Brussels' location in central Europe provides an opportunity for program participants to visit many important nearby cities, monuments, and attractions. One planned activity is a day-long visit to the city of Bruges. Designated the “European Capital of Culture” in 2002, Bruges is an ancient town that has been left virtually untouched over the past centuries.
Also planned are two, weekend-long excursions to other European capitals. During the first weekend of the program, participants will be traveling to London, England, and on the third weekend, program participants will travel the short train ride to Paris, France. All transportation, lodging and activity expenses, including tours and museum fees, are covered by the program fee, while meal costs are the students’ responsibility.
Note: students are required to be enrolled in six hours of course work for this program.
PSC 413: American Foreign Policy (3 hours)
PSC 442: International Conflict (3 hours)
Dr. Doug Gibler
Well-appointed flats with fully equipped kitchen
Large screen television
Washer & Dryer
Walking distance to metro, parks, restaurants, and grocery stores
For the breakdown of the cost, including billable costs (paid to UA) and non-billable costs (paid elsewhere), click on the Budget Sheet
located at the top of the application.
Once accepted into the program, students need to make a deposit in order to secure their place in the program. For information on how to make a deposit and subsequent payments, please see the instructions in the application, as well as the Faculty-Led Payment Process page
Check out the "Financing Your Study Abroad"
page on the UA Education Abroad website for information regarding financial aid, scholarships and other financial matters.
**The University of Alabama reserves the right to modify the program or its costs as necessitated by changes in the international economic situation or to cancel the program if necessary.