EU Study Tour and Internship Program 2018

The UBC Institute for European Studies is pleased to inform students about the 14th Annual European Union (EU) Study Tour & Internship Program, organized by the Network for European Studies (Canada). The Tour will take place from May 13 – June 2, 2018.

Introduction

The EU Study Tour and Internship Program is a unique opportunity for students in a variety of disciplines–business, economics, European politics, international relations, social policy, journalism and culture–to immerse themselves in the European Union institutions. The Study Tour provides you with the opportunity to have “face to face” contact and dialogue with presenters and seminar leaders from the ranks of those actively involved in the day to day work of the EU. Also, you will meet with representatives of other European institutions, diplomatic representations to the EU (including Canada), policy think tanks, and civil society organizations. This experience isn’t only “about the EU”—it’s “in the EU”! Each year great effort is made to highlight topics of current relevance to Europe and Canada as well as continue a core program of economic, political, social, and business themes. After the Study Tour, you have substantial internship opportunities with European institutions, for two to six months duration. Most internship positions commence immediately following the completion of the Study Tour but longer internships may begin later.

Who we are

The organizers of the EU Study Tour and Internship Program are a consortium of Canadian universities, operating as the Network for European Studies (Canada). Academics from Canada’s leading EU studies programs and centres have contributed to making the Study Tour and Internship Program positively recognized within the EU and respected by its European and Canadian partners. Members of the Network have ensured that the study tour and internship program deliver a high standard of content.

A unique approach to the study of the European Union

With the Study Tour, you will explore the history, institutions, and current issues of the EU through study visits to the major institutions of the European Union. You will travel to Brussels, Luxembourg, and Frankfurt as well as other EU locations. You will join up to 45 students from Canada for three weeks of seminars and presentations. This includes seminars and presentations at the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Central Bank and the European Court of Justice, to name some familiar EU institutions. Additionally, you will have the exceptional opportunity to receive briefings from and exchange views with representatives of other European organizations and participate in sessions with significant state and sub-state representatives engaged with the EU: the Canadian Mission to the EU, the Québec Delegation, the Turkish Mission to the EU, the Russian Federation Mission to the EU. You will meet with important non-government organizations and think tanks such as Bruegel and PAYOKE. The Study Tour is an excellent educational and career opportunity: it is less a “course” than a learning immersion in European institutions, a program which supports self-directed and independent study.

Language and program sessions

For practical and organizational reasons English is the language of the Study Tour, but knowledge of French is an asset. Furthermore, for a number of internships, excellent knowledge of French is essential.

What is the duration and what will it cost?

The study tour is three weeks, beginning May 13 and ending June 1 with check out on June 2. The fee for the whole Study Tour period–including transportation between and in European cities, plus all accommodation–will be finalized in November but will be approximately $3500. You are responsible for your own transatlantic travel arrangements. Although consumption and needs vary, you can expect to spend $25 per day on meals and incidentals (the Study Tour provides a few meals, and self-catering is possible).. Many universities provide financial aid to their student participants.

Academic credit

The sponsoring university must give academic credit for Study Tour participation—but the Network does not involve itself in the process of how the credit will be awarded or how the student is evaluated. You also qualify with a university “reading” or “independent study” course. At UBC, you must register for Poli 326 once you have been accepted and registered for the Tour. At the end of the Tour, your faculty sponsor is provided with an individual assessment of the participation of each of his or her students. Faculty use this summary at their sole discretion.

How to apply for the EU Study Tour

Step 1 Each institution is responsible for its own selection procedure. The Network requires each sponsoring university to have at least one faculty sponsor/ contact person. At UBC, Prof. Kurt Huebner is the person to contact (kurt.huebner@ubc.ca). Each approved applicant is a student selected by the local faculty sponsor, followed by submission of a completed application form to the Study Tour administration (the form is found on the web site).

Step 2 In February 2018, the approved students forward e-mails application to the business office of the Tour with a deposit of $1000. When received, the application form becomes the Tour registration form. From that point on students receive regular information bulletins on the program and operational aspects of the Tour.

Step 3 Students must pay the balance of the Tour fee by April 1, 2018. Students also make their personal travel arrangements, read all the bulletins issued by the Tour, and participate in the faculty sponsor’s preparation activities.

Documents

For more information please visit http://www.capilanou.ca/europa/

There is a new website being developed for the 2018 tour, it will be operational in January 2018. For the time being, you can consult the website above for general information on the EUST&IP.

Please send any questions or other communications to the Program Director:
Conrad King, Conrad.king@alumni.ubc.ca

 

The European Union Study Tour & Internship Program thanks its many partners and supporters for making the Study Tour a substantial success—with special thanks to the European Commission, the Mission of Canada to the EU, the European Parliament, the European Central Bank, the European Court of Justice, other EU institutions and representations, as well as diplomatic missions and non-government organizations.