European Study Tour - Research Seminar

POLI 326 | 3 credits

About the program

This course is led by Kurt Huebner, Department of Political Science

Dates: May, 2022 - Exact dates tbd. Internship dates for 2022 are to be determined. Some flexibility is required, depending on the location and host organization.  

Topic: The EUST & IP is an immersion inside the European Institutions. Through seminars and briefings, you  have ‘face to face’ contact with the leaders and policy-makers actively involved in the daily work of the European Union,

Locations visited: Vancouver, Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Frankfurt and Hachenburg. 

Funding: All qualifying students will receive a $1,000 Go Global Award

About the course 

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, you 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. 

Experience in the field 

Schedule of activities 

  • Standard work week: Monday - Friday from 9am-4:30 
  • Active participation in pre-departure meetings starting in February 2022
  •  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! 

Eligibility requirements

General Global Seminar requirements

  • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent Winter Session of full-time studies prior to application 

  • You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g., not be under academic or non-academic discipline) to participate in a Global Seminar 

  • You should have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your Global Seminar 

  • You must maintain 70% average prior to your Global Seminar departure 

  • You must have completed or intend to complete the necessary (or equivalent) pre-requisite courses prior to Global Seminar start date 

  • Unclassified students will be considered on a case-by-case basis 

  • You will need to be accepted by the Program Director leading the Global Seminar 

  • You must be in your third, fourth, or final year of study. If you plan to complete your second-year requirements by the end of April 2022, you are eligible to apply.

Program-specific requirements

There are no specific eligibility requirements.  Preference is 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 the student has completed coursework in the politics, economics, and history of Europe.

How to apply

Application deadline 

January 27, 2022

  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*

Program fees and costs

Approximately CAD $5,200-$5,500 plus economy round trip flight

You may also cover some meals and extras

Students have to pay a registration fee of about $ 100 with the University of Victoria (administrator of the program)

Students are responsible for covering the cost of 3 credits of UBC tuition.

The final fee depends on the number of students in the program. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee ($415) is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program. 

Global Seminars refund policy

To withdraw from your program, you must contact Go Global by email to request a withdrawal.  You will not be charged until you officially accept your spot in the program.  Refunds cannot be issued after the program fee is charged to your SSC account. 

In the case of withdrawal, Go Global Award funding must be returned in full.

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at

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:

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


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:


Drop-in advising hours

Until Fri, Feb 4, Go Global is offering virtual drop-in advising through Zoom during the times below:

  • Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Virtual drop-in hours are available until Fri, Feb 4 from 9:30 to 11:30 am PST and from 1 to 3:30 pm PST through Zoom.