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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Housing: Homestay Language Pre-requisite: none
Language of Instruction: English Language Courses Offered: Yes
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
Yes Internship: Yes
Advisor: Kelly Jo Bahry Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Level Required for Admission: Sophomore standing
Program Type:
Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is This Program Right for You?

This program is designed for students seeking a unique summer internship program worth three credits. Students participate in full-time internships for six weeks with organizations connected to the European Union. Most internships are conducted in English. Some internships in French are available.  This program is open to students from all majors.  Most financial aid does not cover summer terms with American University.


Brussels is the home to several multilateral political institutions, most notably the European Union and NATO. These organizations, along with the collection of international businesses, cultural institutions, and news media agencies make internship possibilities in Brussels very attractive to students student next to flag from many disciplines.

This is a three-credit program consisting of an internship and a seminar class is open to undergraduate students. The first week student will have an orientation, internship interviews, and introductory sessions at the AU Brussels Center. Beginning the second week student will intern Monday through Thursday during normal working hours. A seminar taught by the Resident Director, Dr. Jerome Sheridan, one evening each week, is required. The curriculum for this program focuses on the European Union, particularly the process of government cooperation and the challenges such an undertaking entails. Here is an example of the Belgium Summer Internship Syllabus.

Student Life


Brussels students live with a family in a homestay.  The homestay experience offers insights into normal life for citizens living in one of the most powerful cities in the world.  The homestay also provides a daily connection with modern Belgian culture that might otherwise be missed in the hectic pace of this busy European capital.  The Homestay Coordinator makes sure students are placed with a family that provide a good match to each student.

A student receives three evening meals with the family each week and breakfast daily. For a student who wishes to integrate with Belgians and improve her or his French, it's the perfect opportunity. However, for a student who wants to live more independently, there is no obligation to spend time with the family. Most, if not all, homestay hosts speak English and/or French.

You will not know your homestay placements until your arrival in Brussels.

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This program staff organizes one weekend excursion within Belgium during the program, in addition to cultural and networking opportunities within Brussels.  As the internship takes place from Monday to Thursday, Fridays and weekends are free for exploring Brussels or personal travel.

Students need to make sure any independent travel they do will not keep them from their student responsibilities.

Visa Information

This program is very independent in nature.  Student visas are not required for this program.  Students are required to submit a resume during the application process.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017
Varies by program 05/10/2017 07/01/2017
NOTE: Students arrive in Brussels on Wednesday, May 10th. The program field trip around Belgium is the weekend of May 12th-14th. Students need to leave your homestays on Saturday 1 July.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.