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European Union - Study Tour & Internship Program

POLI 326 | 3 credits

Apply by December 5, 2019

  1. Log in to the Gateway online application program
  2. Select “Search Experiences” and type "GSP" to explore Global Seminars programs
  3. Upload the application form for your selected Global Seminar – see Application documents below

Please note that you can apply for up to a maximum of 2 Global Seminars.

Students are encouraged to meet with the Program Director at an orientation session or one-on-one to learn more about the program.


About the course

This course is led by UBC faculty member Kurt Huebner 

The EU Study Tour & Internship Program (EUST&IP) is an academic activity with a difference.

The EUST & IP is an immersion inside the European Institutions. Through seminars and briefings, participants have ‘face to face’ contact with the leaders and policy-makers actively involved in the daily work of the European Union, other European institutions, diplomatic representations to the EU (including Canada) and significant civil society organizations.

There are briefings from the following institutions (partial list): European Commission, Council of Ministers, European Parliament, European Court of Justice, European Central Bank, Canadian Mission to the EU, Quebec General Delegation to the EU, delegations from Turkey and Russia, NATO, and many more.

Locations are key sites of European institutions and civil society organizations (please note that locations are subject to change): Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Antwerp and Hachenburg.

Participants come from universities across Canada (including Dalhousie, Toronto, York, Carleton, Montreal, Victoria, Bishops, and UBC).

The European Union Study Tour & Internship Program

After the Study Tour, if you are a successful applicant into the EU Study Tour, you may also consider the Internship Program that is an optional program. This substantial internship opportunity is with European institutions and can be for two to six months in duration. Most internship positions commence immediately following the completion of the Study Tour but longer internships may begin later.  However, the Internship is not coordinated through Go Global.

About the experience

A typical day might include:

  • Standard work week: Monday - Friday form 9am-4:30
  •  Formal business attire is often required.
  • Visits to institutional sites (such as the Plenary for the European Parliament).
  • Lectures and discussions by policy-makers or diplomats, followed by Q&A.
  • Workshops, simulations, other types of seminars.
  •  For the week spent outside of Brussels, students travel together on a tour bus.
  • There is some time for recreation and tourism, but the primary purpose is to learn about the EU and other institutions of European integration.

Note: this is an intensive academic experience, not a Contiki tour of Europe!

Notable environmental conditions:

  • Temperate climactic conditions in an urban setting.
  • It is occasionally cool and rainy in Brussels during that time of year.
  • Many of the facilities have air conditioning, but not all. Therefore, wearing light but formal attire (and comfortable shoes) is recommended. 
  • Bring an umbrella or water bottle, as needed.

General timeline

May 9 - May 30: Brussels‐Frankfurt‐Luxembourg‐Strasbourg

Jun-August: optional internship, Brussels*

Prior to your time in the field, you will be required to attend pre-departure sessions in Vancouver.  

Internship dates for 2020 - TBD  Some flexibility required, depending on the location and host organization.

ARA Funding

This is an Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded program. ARA is a funding body made of the Faculty of Arts – Dean’s Office, anonymous donors and Go Global that supports research intensive Global Seminars.

The ARA program offsets the cost to students for participation in an ARA course.  70% of the cost may be offset for academically qualified students;  and up to 100% of the cost may be offset for academically qualified students who demonstrate financial need (as determined by Enrolment Services).  The ARA program does not fund course development costs; faculty salaries; costs related to tuition, textbooks, course materials, visas, and vaccinations; or personal expenses incurred by students.

Students are automatically considered for the ARA funding.  Separate application not required.

For more details, please see the Eligibility and Fees and costs section.


To be accepted for this Global Seminar, you have to meet both program-specific requirements as well as ARA eligibility.

Program-specific requirements

No specific eligibility requirements.  Preference shown to fourth-year undergraduate students in political science and International Relations.  Third year students, and those in other disciplines (international studies, economics, commerce, journalism, etc.) are also encouraged to apply, particularly if student has completed coursework in the politics, economics and history of Europe.

ARA Eligibility

  • Be enrolled in UBC Vancouver’s Faculty of Arts.
  • Be in their third, fourth, or final year of study.
  • Be enrolled in at least 24 credits in the academic year before the program
  • Must be registered in 24 credits in the current academic year, or sufficient to graduate
  • Have a minimum GPA of 70% with no fails or incompletes.

Students can only be considered for one major International Learning Award throughout their degree e.g. ARA (Arts Research Abroad) funded Global Seminars, Undergraduate Research Conference. 

Fees and costs

CAD $5000 (Approximately) plus tuition and flight

Students will be required to pay approximately $1500 after the ARA award is applied.

Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program.


*UBC Tuition - Not included. Part of your costs

This amount will differ for domestic and international students. This amount will be assigned to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) according to normal UBC tuition timelines. Read about tuition fees.

This amount is not determined or applied by Go Global.

All students participating in a Global Seminar will have tuition applied to their SSC account.

*Flights - Not Included. Part of your costs

Travel to the destination  is a separate cost. However, 70 – 100% funding is provided for the flight at a budgeted cost of $1,000. You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book. All Global Seminars only run if there is a minimum number of students enrolled.

*Incidentals - Not Included. Part of your costs

Some examples include: personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the program fee, immunizations, Visas

Global Seminars refund policy

Adjustment on deposits

Students are eligible for an adjustment of their deposit under the following circumstances:

Withdrawal after you accept your spot in the program

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $93.25 (ie: you receive a $656.75 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit posted on SSC

  • You are eligible to have your Global Seminar deposit adjusted from $750 to $321.75 (ie: you receive a $428.25 credit)

Withdrawal after deposit due date

  • The deposit and all remaining program fees are completely non-refundable. Exceptions may be determined at the discretion of Go Global. 

Any funds allocated to students through the ARA program must be returned in their entirety.

Students who decide to withdraw their application must submit a request in writing by email to the Global Seminar Advisor at


If you are considering applying for a Go Global program and identify with having a disability or pre-existing health condition (mental or physical) which could impact your participation, or if you require academic accommodations, you can contact the following offices and meet with an Accessibility Advisor before the start of the program:

The Centre for Accessibility (Vancouver) 604 822-5844

Disability Resource Centre (Okanagan) 250 807-8053

Pre-Departure Policy

Safety Abroad

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences. In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

  • All UBC Student Safety Abroad requirements
  • Go Global Program-specific pre-departure requirements (includes both online and in-person components)

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.


Go Global Vancouver

When emailing us, please include:

  1. Your UBC student number in the subject line
  2. Your full name
  3. Which category of student are you:
    1. if you are a current UBC degree student interested in Go Global programs, include some relevant information like the type of program or region of the world you are interested in
    2. If you are an "outgoing UBC student" participating in a Go Global program, please mention the name of the program or host university you are matched to
    3. If you are an "incoming student" (from another university), please mention the name of your home university and which category of student you are (exchange, VIRS, Tec de Monterrey)

Go Global Vancouver

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