Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering
This program begins with five weeks of intensive preparation to provide you with an in-depth introduction to the local setting and culture in which you will be living, working, and studying. Your classes during this period are with other US students. At the end of the preparatory session, you will engage in a series of workshops on the intercultural workplace: what to expect, how to react, what the norms are, how to deal with situations that arise. After a week-long break, you will begin a 12-week internship. During your internship, you will develop and complete an independent research project under the guidance of a research advisor.
Unique study opportunities
- Take a look at Brussels in Belgium and in Europe from a socio-urbanist approach in the context of a European urban experience.
- Understand Belgium’s colonial past, the impact of two world wars, and the role of Belgium in the phenom of European integration.
- Explore Belgian literature from a historical, political, and ideological perspective to get at the heart of Belgian culture and identity.
LanguageLanguage of Instruction: French
Dutch Language Study: Required
An introductory-level conversational Dutch language course is integrated into the courses to help you immerse into local society.
Courses and credit
Requirements While Abroad
To successfully complete this program:
- Take a full-time course of study: 5 courses for a total of 27 quarter/18 semester UC units.
- Take up to a third of your units pass/no pass.
- All courses are upper division.
Current Program Courses
- Belgium: European Cultural History for 4.5 quarter/3 semester units
- Brussels in Belgium and Europe: A Socio-urbanist Approach for 4.5 quarter/3 semester units
- Belgium in Europe and the World: An Historical Approach for 4.5 quarter/3 semester units
During the internship, you’ll take these courses:
- What is Europe? Culture, Institutions, Society for 3 quarter/2 semester units
- Internship/Field Research for 10.5 quarter/7 semester units
Catalogs and resources
To see the classes available at this university, use the following resources:
- IFE Brussels Course Catalog
- UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses UC students have taken on this program.
- Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location. There are currently no listings for this program in the database.
You will be in classes with other highly motivated students who are invested in engaging in an intercultural education. Founded in 1987, the Institute for Field Education (IFE) is a non-profit French educational organization that exposes US students to modern French and European society. It is governed by a board of directors composed of faculty from the University of Paris and Sciences Po and professional practitioners as well as a representative of the American academic community. It draws on the French and Belgian university systems for teachers. IFE is in charge of the program structure, support, contact, and advising.
You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for the fall term are typically available in late February. Grades for the spring semester are typically available in July.