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Drexel in Belgium: EPA Brussels
Brussels, Belgium (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
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Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
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Minimum Language Requirement:
FREN 103
Language of Instruction:
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior
Other Eligibility Requirements:
EPA Internship Approval, See Brochure for details
Eligible Majors:
French Minor, International Area Studies, International Area Studies Minors
Type of Program:
Free Standing
Housing Options:
Program Advisor:
Ahaji Schreffler
Supplemental Application:
Program Description:

The Program

Educational Programs Abroad (EPA) is a great opportunity for International Area Studies majors and minor, as well as language minors, to spend a term in Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, or Madrid. This program offers a unique combination of study and an academic internship in each location. While working, students take academic courses at a local university, directly immersed into the culture and working environment of their host country.
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The EPA program course offerings include: National Politics, European Politics and History, and the culture of the host country. Class generally involves meeting once a week with fellow students and a course tutor. Grades are based on essays, exams and sometimes oral presentations Students earn Drexel grades and credit for the courses taken through the EPA Program.

Students also participate simultaneously in an academic internship during their study term. Internships are available with the offices of members of national legislatures and in Brussels with members of the European Parliament. Internships are also available with multinational corporations, municipal governments, international law and service agencies and arts institutions. These internships are academic in nature and do not fulfill a co-op requirement.

EPA Brussels Course Equivalents.xlsx Students will need to get equivalents approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take in Brussels. For example, if you want to take a sociology course at NTU for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Sociology Department at Drexel.

EPA academic outline (total 15 credits):

* 2 courses: 4.5 credits each (total 9 credits)
* Academic Internship + Research independent study with Director of IAS: 6 credits IAS 399 syllabus


Program Calendar:

Start: Late August * 
Finish: Mid December

*Students should be prepared to leave summer term class/co-op several weeks early. Students should prepare to make adjustments and be flexible in fitting this program into their Drexel schedule. Due to the need for cycle adjustments, students should begin planning 12+ months in advance.

To advance their language skills more quickly before studying abroad, students should consider taking language courses during their freshman summer vacation term or on campus during their co-op terms. For more information please contact Modern Languages Department at 215-895-5816.

The Experience

Experiencing an entirely new culture is at the heart of EPA. There is an orientation program upon arrival, and an EPA Program Director will be on hand to help students settle in and get the maximum out of their stay. Depending on the location, students may either live in a student residence hall, an apartment or with a host family.

Since you will in a country where English is not the native language, you may be offered an intensive language course with special emphasis on verbal skills. The idea is to get you immersed in local life as soon as possible!

Students from the United States and Canada are not required to obtain a visa to enter Germany. However, all students staying in Germany longer than three months need to obtain a residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) from their local Immigration Office after their arrival.

Students studying in Belgium or Spain will be required to obtain a visa. Please visit the embassy website of host country to determine visa application process. 

Scholarship Information

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus all of your financial aid travels with you. If you are interested in seeking additional funding, you should considering applying for study abroad Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 02/01/2016 03/01/2016 TBA TBA
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