The European Study Tour & Internship Program 2013


Get ready to apply for the upcoming ‘tour’. The Institute for European Studies and its director Kurt Huebner offer a presentation event for the upcoming European Study Tour on November 5, 2013, 11.30, in room 129 at the CK Choi Building.

The European Union Study Tour & Internship Program

10th Annual Study Tour- May 5 to May 25, 2013


The EU Study Tour and Internship Program provide 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.  You have 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, other European institutions, diplomatic representations to the EU (including Canada), policy think tanks, and civil society organizations.  You will experience the EU in action.  For example, you will attend a hearing at the European Court of Justice and sessions at the European Parliament. This experience isn’t only “about the EU”—it’s “in the EU”!   Each year great effort is made to include and highlight topics of growing relevance to Europe and Canada as well as continue a core program of economic, political, social, and business themes.

In addition to the Study Tour, following the Study Tour, substantial internship opportunities are available to selected students.  You may take up internships with European institutions from two to six months duration (see application process below).

Who we are

The EU Study Tour and Internship Program are organized by a consortium of Canadian universities through 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 meet high standards in 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, located in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, and Frankfurt. Building on nine years of successful tours, the Network has prepared a lively immersion in the life of the European Union.

You will join approximately 50 students from Canada for three weeks of seminars and presentations within the institutions of the European Union, as well as other significant European organizations. This includes seminars and presentations at the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Central Bank and the European Court of Justice, to name just a few.   Additionally, you will have the exceptional opportunity to receive briefings from and exchange views with representatives of other European organizations such as the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights.  You will meet with representatives of European offices of significant international organizations, such as the International Organization for Migration.  You will also 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 such as PAYOKE, a significant NGO in the international fight against human trafficking. 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

While for practical and organizational reasons English is the language of the Study Tour, knowledge of some 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 twenty-one days, beginning May 5th and ending May 25th with departure on May 26th.  The fee for the three weeks, including transportation between and in European cities, plus all accommodation will be finalized in November but will be approximately $2900 if you are a student from a university that is a member of the Network; otherwise the cost is an additional $300. You are responsible for your own transatlantic travel arrangements.  Although consumption and needs vary, you can expect to spend $30 per day on meals and incidentals although the Study Tour provides some meals and receptions. 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.  At the end of the Tour, the Directors provide each sponsoring faculty person an assessment of each individual’s participation—faculty use this summary at their sole discretion.

About the Internship Program

Prior to the commencement of the European Union Study Tour, approved applicants are assigned to various unpaid internships in Brussels and other European cities for a period of two to six months.  These positions are usually taken up immediately after the conclusion of the Study Tour.   A student taking up an internship position should arrange for academic credit at their home university as it is preferred that the internships receive academic recognition. There is a $500 internship program administration fee for successful internship candidates.   In the past, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) has provided a travel grant of up to $1000 each for successful internship applicants; this grant is not yet confirmed for 2013.

How you apply for the EU Study Tour?

Step 1) Each institution is responsible for its own selection procedure.  The Network requires each university to have at least one faculty sponsor/ contact person. The list of faculty contacts is on the web site.  If you do not see your institution on the web site, send an email to the Director (see below).  Each approved applicant is a student selected by the local faculty sponsor, followed by submission of a completed applicant/registration form to the Study Tour administration (forms found on the web site).

Step 2) Selected students forward the application to the business office of the Tour with a deposit of $1000.  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 approximately April 1, make their personal travel arrangements, read all the bulletins issued by the Tour, and participate in the faculty sponsor’s preparation activities.

How do you apply for an internship?

Step1Application for an Internship is made on condition that the student will participate in the EU Study Tour. There are a variety of internships and conditions attached to some. A list is provided on the web site in late November.


Step 2Students can only apply with the approval of a faculty sponsor. Students must apply for three internships indicating priority ranking of the three—this allows an applicant to be considered for alternatives if not successful in obtaining a first choice.  Application forms for the internships are supplied on the web site.


Step 3An internship application must be supported by a faculty reference form and submitted by your faculty sponsor. A letter of committal is also required (see web site).


The final selection and assignment is the responsibility of a sub-committee of the Academic Coordinating Committee (the governing body of the Network).


Some of the host institutions of the Internship Program in Europe (for a full list visit the web site)

Canadian Embassy to Belgium and Luxembourg

Canadian Embassy in The Hague

Canadian Mission to the European Union

Canadian Embassy to the Baltic States in Riga

Centre for European and Transition Studies (Jean Monet Centre of Excellence) University of Latvia

Centre for European Policy Studies

Council of Europe-Strasbourg


European Citizen  Action Service

European Commission (Brussels and Luxembourg)

European Economic and Social Committee


European Environmental Agency – Copenhagen

European Parliament

Bruegel Foundation, Brussels

Europolitics (Press Internship)

International Organization for Migration–Brussels

Payoke NGO contra trafficking -Antwerp

Québec Delegation in Brussels

Research Institute-European Trade Union Congress

European Liberal Forum

Centre for European Studies

Please send any questions or other communications to the Director:

Eduard M. Lavalle,

The organizers of the EU Study Tour and Internship Program are:

Ed Lavalle, Director (General)

Alexandre Berlin, Director (Program in Europe)

The Academic Coordinating Committee, the Network for European Studies (Canada)

Faculty at the 12 to 14 universities associated as sponsors

See web site–section “Contacts”– for communication connections.


Voices from two participants of the 2012 Tour:

Jeff Mitchell

This summer I completed the EU Study Tour/Internship Program organized by the Network for European Studies. It was an invaluable experience that I highly recommend to anyone with an interest in European politics. The amount of European institutions and professionals that we met was incredible, even overwhelming, at times. From the political perspective of European Commission and Parliament representatives, to the technical perspective of the Deutsche Bundesbank, to the social perspective of a reception at the Ambassador’s house in the Netherlands, the program tried to cover all the bases it could. After completing the study tour I took up an internship with the Canadian Mission to the EU in Brussels. This provided me with an opportunity to attend high-level meetings and presentations in Brussels, prepare reports for decision-makers in Europe, Ottawa and around the world, and experience the day-to-day life of a diplomat, all while still an undergraduate! The information learned and contacts gained in this position will undoubtedly be very advantageous for my post-UBC career. If nothing else, this experience showed a glimpse of what life in International Relations can be like after your degree, and has served as even more motivation to me to get involved in IR back at UBC. In conclusion, it is my sincere belief that the department should offer its support for this program so that more students can have access to this excellent opportunity.

Christopher Brodkin

Participating in the European Studies Program has been the highlight of my UBC career.  The study abroad tour in Europe provided me with a first hand look at European institutions, political players and culture. It gave me the great opportunity to meet likeminded students from different university institutes across Canada with whom I made long-lasting friendships. The is type of program gives students the chance to fully immerse themselves in the European life style while learning a great deal about purpose of European institutions. For me, it succeeded in completely changing my opinion on the functionality of the European Union project. This type of immersion and learning experience is unparalleled to any classroom education. I highly recommend funding for this type of program, as it is important to support future scholars.