Since 2005 this program has been a hit with Honors students eager for an enriching study abroad experience that combines formal study with opportunities to expand one’s cultural understanding.
The program includes two honors courses taught in English by Belgian professors. In HON H2020 (European Integration) students learn about the origins, development and contemporary role of the European Union. Interactions with European Union officials give students a first-hand understanding of the issues facing the 26-member EU. HON H2090 (Belgium: European Crossroads) examines the history and cultural traditions of Belgium, including its historic reputation as “Europe’s battlefield.”
Both courses count toward the Honors College General Honors requirement. HON H2020 can be used to fulfill the General Education Social Science requirement, while HON H2090 counts for Cross-Cultural Awareness.
The program features numerous excursions to historically significant cities and sites, including Bruges, known as the “Venice of Northern Europe,” and the great art cities of Ghent and Antwerp. A popular feature of the program is a bike tour through the World War I battlefields in western Belgium. One weekend is open for personal travel, with popular destinations being Paris, Amsterdam and London.
The estimated cost of $4700 includes tuition, housing, program-related tours, Metro and train passes, travel insurance and course materials. In addition, the Honors College covers $1000 of the cost of round-trip airfare. Not covered: meals, travel outside the program, personal expenses.
The 2016 program dates are May 5 - June 5. The application deadline is February 1. The program is limited to 15 students.