Belgium, France, & The Netherlands

Video by MCC student Bridget Beckman.

Program Brochure

Contact the Program Director

Dr. Christine Beckman

Communication, Theatre, & Film Arts Department
P:  480-461-7192
Office: AC 30 - Room: AC 13


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


Program Location

Liége is a university city with approximately 44,000 students.  The borders of Liège (population 200,000) commercially include the surrounding towns of Ans, Herstal, Seraign & Saint Nicolas, which with Liège reflect a population of 750,000.  This makes it Belgium’s third largest city after Brussels & Antwerp. It is located along the Meuse River in Belgium’s French speaking Wallonia region.  A blend of new & old, the area offers landmarks dating to the medieval era.  There is much to explore!

July 6-21, 2019

Broaden your political perspective of the European Union (EU) by exploring culture and communication at the local, national, and global levels.  Based in the university city of Liège, Belgium, this program offers a stimulating academic and cultural platform while exposing students to a unique transnational perspective.

Experience life in three EU countries: Belgium, France (Paris), and The Netherlands (Amsterdam).  Walk through the cobble stones of time, sense the intrigue and lavishness of past kingdoms, meander through museums and 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) coursework is required PRIOR to departure from May 28-July 5, 2019
  •  COM263 Intercultural Communication (3 cr) [C, G, SB]
    • Instructor: Dr. Christine Beckman
    • Special Project (3 cr); offered for students who have already taken COM263
  • POS120  World Politics (3 cr) [G, SB]
    • Instructor: Dr. Albert Celoza
    • POS298AC  Special Project (3 cr); offered for students who have already taken POS120

European Union Program Details

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, and the Netherlands) have pivotal roles within the European Union. The European Council sits in Brussels and it offers a valuable component to the program.

The verbal and nonverbal language of politics in the U.S. has been heavily influenced by EU countries.  For example, progressive politicians sat on the left in the French Parliament and conservatives sat on the right.  That’s where the terms left of center and right of center originated from.

  • POS 120 examines how the world is organized, how it got that way, and what that organization means for individual states and citizens.
  • COM263 covers personal and social cultural identity concepts, principles, and skills with the goal of improving communication between people from different cultural backgrounds. 
  • Read detailed cultural information on Belgium provided by CultureGrams™.

Cultural Excursions 

Cultural excursions may vary from year to year.

*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.

$1,688 Program Fee Due: March 22, 2019

Registration Fee

Tuition: 6 credits
In-state: $85 per credit hour
Out-of-state: $205 per credit hour

$   15

$ 510

Registration for Summer begins in March.  Register prior to March 22, 2019

Tuition Due: Upon registration for course.

For payment options, visit:

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 and Some Misc. Local Ground Transporation

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


Not needed until you land in Belgium!

TOTAL Estimated Costs $4,353

Includes program fee, tuition, airfare and meals.

Textbooks $ 40 Prior to start of class

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond the date of your return to the USA.

$ 145/110

Be sure to allow at least 6 weeks of processing time for first time applicants and renewals. Visit the U.S. Department of State Students Abroad website for current fees and processing times.

Passport Information Available Here

    Dates to Remember

    Title Date(s) More Information

    General Information Sessions

    Southern & Dobson

    TUESDAYS: 1:30-2:15  pm

    February 13, 2018

    Enrollment Center EC115A (Building 39)

    WEDNESDAYS: 6-6:45 pm

    February 14, 2018

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

    Financial Aid Workshops at Southern & Dobson
    2:15-3:15 pm following Tuesday Info Sessions
    12:45-1:45 following Wednesday Info Sessions

    Financial Aid FAQS
    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 information, 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

    February 12, 2018

    Student Life Conference Room M214 (Mesquite Building)

    THURSDAYS 1:45-2:30 PM

    February 15, 2018

    Student Life Conference Room M214 (Mesquite Building)

    Financial Aid Workshops at Red Mountain
    11:45 am-12:30 pm following Monday Info Sessions
    1:15 pm-2 pm following Thursday Info Sessions

    Financial Aid FAQS
    For financial aid information at Red Mountain, contact Tori Stanton at 480.654.7760.

    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 information, contact A New Leaf at 480.833.9200 and ask to speak with an IDA representative.  Space is limited so apply early!

    International Education

    Friday, February 15, 2019
    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.

    Belgium Study Abroad Scholarship Application

    Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

    Must be a Pell Grant recipient!

    Students apply through the college they are receiving financial aid from.

    Early Summer Application Deadline
    2nd Tues. in October
    (awards announced in February)
    11:59 PM CST

    Summer Application Deadline
    March 5, 2019 (awards announced in April)
    11:59 PM CST

    Maximum Award: $5,000

    MCC Honors Program
    Study Abroad Scholarship

    Friday, February 15, 2019

    Maximum Award: $500

    Must be in the Mesa Community College Honors Program.
    Awards announced in March.
    Applications are due by February 15, 2019 to the Honors Office.  For more information, call 480.461.7143.

    Program Application Deadline

    Friday, March 1, 2019

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

    Complete online application.

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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

    Payment Deadlines

    Friday, March 22, 2019

    Program Fee Deadline: March 22, 2019

    Tuition Deadline: Upon registration for courses
    (Registration begins in March.)

    Cashier Services

    Mandatory Orientation

    Saturday, April 6, 2019

    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.