Each year, the UNC Center for European Studies chooses a cohort of UNC undergraduate students, NC K-12 teachers, NC community college instructors, and NC HBCU/MSI faculty to join a study tour to Brussels, Belgium. This tour, organized by the University of Pittsburgh's European Study Center (and formerly by UNC-CH) is a five-day professional development opportunity to learn about the European Union in collaboration with university partners from across the nation. For those students and educators with a strong interest in European Studies, this study tour will provide you with the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge and experiences to further your understanding of Europe and the European Union.
The Brussels Study Tour is by no means a leisure tour. You will have high-level briefings with EU officials and make important networking connections, while having fun along the way. Most grantees choose to travel before or after the tour as a separate vacation, and many students use the tour as a springboard to further independent travel, study abroad, or an international internship.
These study tour grants provide reimbursement for one transatlantic flight up to $1000; group hotel arrangements for the duration of the tour and all programmatic costs are also covered by the grant. Meals, incidentals, and any additional travel costs remain the responsibility of the grantee.
Educator participants will be asked to create a lesson plan or course module, reflecting new content learned from the tour.
Save the Date for the 2018 Tour! Sunday, June 17 – Saturday, June 23, 2018
The application will go live by the end of December.
To get an idea of what the tour may possibly be like, please look at a sample itinerary from the 2017 tour. Please note that the 2018 tour will not be exactly the same cite visits or structure, but of a similar caliber and quality. Those who have been selected for the tour will be contact with more details as the 2018 tour plans are finalized.