Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, & the Netherlands

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Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Brian Dille

Social Sciences: Political Science
P:  480-461-7065
Office: SC14 Room 74
brian.dille@mesacc.edu

 

A valid passport is required to travel abroad. Passport Info Here

Countryside

July 1-31, 2018

Offering students and life-long learners in the community a stimulating academic and cultural platform to enhance global competence in any career, exposing participants to a unique transnational perspective.

Based in Liège, Belgium, known as the “Cockpit of Europe” due to its central location and many military campaigns that have been fought on its territories between other European powers, the participant will walk through the cobble stones of time, sense the intrigue and lavishness of past kingdoms, meander through castles and museums, feel the vestiges of centuries of history intermingled with today’s society.

Did You Know?

  • Duffel bags and duffel coats get their name from the Belgian town of Duffel, where the thick wool cloth used to make them was historically manufactured.
  • World War II's famous Battle of the Bulge was fought in the Ardennes region of Belgium and Luxembourg.
  • There are more castles per square mile in Belgium than anywhere else in the world.
  • Belgium is famous for its chocolate and its beers, both of which Belgians claim are the best in the world!
  • Currency used is the Euro (sign: ; code: EUR).
  • Read more detailed cultural information on Belgium provided by CultureGrams™
    Belgium (2017). CultureGrams Online Edition.

Courses Offered (must take 6 credits)

  • Hybrid (online & face-to-face) courses are held from May 29-June 30, 2018 PRIOR to departure.
  •  COM263 Intercultural Communication (3 cr) [C, G, SB]
    • Instructor: Dr. Christine Beckman
    • Special Projects (3 cr); offered for students who have already taken COM263
  • POS120  World Politics (3 cr) [G, SB]
    • Instructor: Dr. Brian Dille
    • POS298AC  Special Projects (3 cr); offered for students who have already taken POS120

A Glimpse into the EU.

The focus of this program is to examine the interconnectedness amongst cultural values, globalization and its impact on the world economic systems. It will explore closely how the European Union functions and its impact not only in the world economic system at large but specifically how it affects the economic system in the USA.

The selected countries for this program (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands) have pivotal roles within the European Union. The European Council sits in Brussels and it offers the perfect setting for the program and its focus.

Cultural Excursions 

Cultural excursions may vary from year to year.

See what students said about the Liege Archeological Tour!
http://ashleynobis1.weebly.com/blog/archaeological-tour-of-liege-and-cathedral-treasures
http://tuu-daa-luu.weebly.com/belgium/day-1-archeological-tour-of-liege-and-cathedral-treasures

*UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Estimated Program Costs

Expense Type Estimated Cost Deadline

Program Fee
Includes lodging, academic facilities, cultural excursions, in-country ground transportation, and secondary medical insurance.

$TBA Program Fee Due: March 23, 2018

Refundable Lodging Deposit

Fully refundable as long as there is no damage to the lodging facilities.

$TBA Lodging Deposit Due: March 23, 2018

Registration Fee

Tuition: 6 credits
In-state: $86 per credit hour
Out-of-state: $206 per credit hour

$   15

$ 516

Tuition Due: 35 days prior to course start date Registration begins in March.
Airfare (estimated cost) $1,700

Your program director will provide you with instructions on purchasing airfare for your program. Only after you have received these instructions should you purchase airfare.

Meals

Meals are NOT included in program fee.
Estimated allowance for meals while abroad.

$ 900

Not needed until you land in Belgium!

TOTAL Estimated Costs $TBA

Includes program fee, tuition, airfare and meals.

Includes refundable lodging deposit of $TBA

 
ADDITIONAL COSTS    
Textbooks
Dependent upon chosen courses
$ 250 Prior to start of class
Passport
(new)
$ 135 Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing.

Passport Information Available Here

European Union Program Details

  • The POS 120 course examines how the world is organized, how it got that way, and what that organization means for individual states and citizens.
  • Students will visit local and multinational businesses and listen to business managers and directors share their expertise in EU economics while gaining intercultural competency.
  • Read detailed cultural information on Belgium provided by CultureGrams™.

    Dates to Remember

    Title Date(s) More Information

    General Information Sessions

    Southern & Dobson

    TUESDAYS: 1:30-2:15 pm

    September 12 & 26, 2017
    October 10 & 24, 2017
    November 7, 2017

    Location
    Enrollment Center EC115A (Building 39)

    WEDNESDAYS: 6-6:45 pm

    September 13 & 27, 2017
    October 11 & 25, 2017
    November 8, 2017

    Location
    Room 608 AB in Building 38 (Use Compliance Services entrance at the south side of Bldg 38.)

    Financial Aid Workshops from 2:15-3:15 pm following Tuesday Info Sessions.
    For financial aid information, contact Juan Carlos Sanchez at 480.461.7312.

    Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
    In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2018 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2017. For infomation, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative.  Space is limited so apply early!

    General Information Sessions

    Red Mountain

    MONDAYS 12:30-1:15 pm

    September 11 & 25, 2017
    October 9 & 23, 2017
    November 6, 2017

    Location
    Student Life Conference Room M214 (Mesquite Building)

    THURSDAYS 1:45-2:30 PM

    September 14 & 28, 2017
    October 12 & 26, 2017
    November 9, 2017

    Location
    Student Life Conference Room M214 (Mesquite Building)

    Financial Aid Workshops at Red Mountain from 1:15-2:15 pm following Monday Info Sessions.

    Fast Tracking the Dream to College Completion
    In order to qualify for the Fast Tracking the Dream IDA accounts for the 2018 study abroad programs, you must be enrolled by October 31, 2017. For infomation, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative.  Space is limited so apply early!

    Scholarship Deadline

    Friday, February 16, 2018
    11:59 pm MST

    Maximum Award: $1,000

    Get information on financial aid & grants, scholarships, and misc. resources for study abroad here.

    Student must be accepted into a program PRIOR to applying for a scholarship.

    Study Abroad Scholarship for Belgium (Scholarship applications will open in October.)

    Program Application Deadline

    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Complete online application. (Application will open in September.)

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

    Space is limited, so apply early to reserve your place! 

    Payment Deadlines

    Friday, March 23, 2018

    Program Fee Deadline: March 23, 2018

    Tuition Deadline: Listed in your Student Center

    Cashier Services

    Mandatory Orientation

    Saturday, April 7, 2018

    9 am - 2 pm

    Room LB145 in the Elsner Library at the Southern & Dobson campus.

    You must attend the mandatory study abroad orientation! There may be additional required meetings for your specific program. Contact the Program Director for details.