All majors welcome, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Economics, History, Political Science
Faculty Director or Program Advisor:
David Spear - History
Applicable Financial Aid:
Federal Aid, Furman Institutional Aid, Furman Merit Based Scholarships, State Aid, Study Away Scholarship
Foreign Language Immersion:
Type of Course Credit:
Combination: Furman and Transfer
Credit Hours Per Term:
Brussels Internship Program
Spring Semester 2019
Brussels is a prime location for Furman students to experience politics, policy making, international business, and public relations through academically rigorous internships. Students will participate in an internship for 20-25 hours per week and will receive credit for an internship course, as well as a travel-study course taught by the Furman directors. Students will also take two courses from course offerings at Vesalius College.
The Brussels Internship Program is one of the most competitive study away programs at Furman.
To maximize your chance of acceptance, we encourage you to apply for both fall and spring term programs.
NOTE THAT THE SPRING TERM BRUSSELS PROGRAM WILL LAST UNTIL MID-MAY. THIS MEANS THAT YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ENROLL IN A 2019 MAY EXPERIENCE COURSE.
POL 408 The Brussels Experience or Relevant internship course in another academic department
Instructor: David Spear
Internship in an institution or organization with appropriate academic perspectives.
6 credits. OR
Alternate for POL 408: Relevant internship course in another academic department?
IDS 372 Survey of European Issues
Instructor(s): David Spear
Survey of history, politics, economics, and culture of the European continent.Content will include appropriate
readings, guest lectures by European experts, structured group travel to selected sites, and independent travel
assignments. Open only to students participating in the Brussels travel study program. 4 credits.
The remaining two courses (6 credits) are taken at Vesalius College in Brussels.
Students will pay 2018-2019 semester tuition, room, and board plus a $250 study away program fee. Federal, State and Furman financial aid that a student normally receives will apply. Questions about financial aid should be directed toward the Financial Aid Office.
To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit (which applies toward the study away program fee) is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.
Study Away Need-Based Scholarships
Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.
Study Away Program Fee Inclusions
Roundtrip airfare from a designated city to program location*
Lodging for the duration of the program
Meals for the duration of the program*
Transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)
International phone plan allowance for basic communication purposes*
*may be in the form of a program fee credit
Program Fee Exclusions
Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Optional Program Expenses
International cell phone charges above the provided allowance
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance
Personal expenses and souvenirs
Transportation, meals and lodging for independent travel
Students live in apartment-style housing in Brussels and will reside in hotels during weekend excursions.
Semester faculty-led programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the program. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. The program is open to all Furman students, provided they have the prerequisites for the internship course they plan to take. Preference is given to graduating seniors and to high academic achievers and individuals judged capable of handling the pressures of living, studying and traveling in Europe.
Health & Safety
The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA)to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance.