A center of international politics for more than 60 years, Brussels remains the place to study the ongoing developments and challenges of the European Union. Students in the eight-week summer Brussels Internship Program enroll in one required course and one internship course, each carrying four Boston University credits. Students live in one-bedroom, double occupancy apartment-style accommodations at a residential hotel in downtown Brussels. Field trips to political, governmental, and non-governmental organizations complement the coursework.

Students enroll in one required course and one internship course. Each course carries four Boston University credits. Students must enroll for a total of eight credits. Note: Syllabi are for course approval and reference only. Students will receive up-to-date syllabi when their courses begin.

Students enroll in the following course:

  • CAS IR 415/GRS IR 709 The European Union in the 21st Century: Challenges and Prospects (4 credits)
    • Examines the European Union as the world’s most advanced experiment in supranational governance. Studies the EU’s origins, development, and contemporary issues and challenges, such as multiculturalism, immigration, security, and financial crisis. Includes field trips around Brussels and guest speakers.
    • Syllabus

The course number will depend on the area of specialization in which the student completes his or her internship. Internship areas include economics, international relations and international organizations, politics and comparative law.

  • CAS EC 497  Internship in Business/Economics
  • CAS PO 403 Internship in Comparative Law
  • CAS PO 405/IR 455/GRS PO/IR 645 Internship in International Organizations*

*Note: Cannot be taken for credit toward the MA or PhD in Political Science at BU without express permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.

Program Residence

  • Students stay in Les Citadines, a hotel which is a close walk to the metro and to class. Students are in double rooms with an ensuite bathroom, living area, small kitchen, and plenty of storage. Bedding is provided, and students can request fresh linen when needed. Rooms are cleaned once a week, but students are expected to take out their trash. There is 24-hour security, and students use swipe cards to get into their rooms.
  • Kitchen has dishwasher
  • Washer and dryer in basement
  • Safety and Security: BU Study Abroad Brussels
  • Summer Term: Late May to Late July
  • Summer Term: March 1