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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Spring Break
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: Approval from the School of Public Service prior to application
Liberal Studies Domain: None Study Abroad Contact: Erica Rideaux
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
Streets of Belgium

This graduate program allows students to broaden their perspective on public-policy analysis and public service management in an international context. The course explores how globalization is affecting national governments and traditional cultures while encouraging the creation of international non-profits and supra-national governing agencies. Students will learn how large agencies, such as the European Union and NATO, are strengthening relationships and working more closely with grassroots organizations throughout the world.

Joseph P. Schwieterman of the School of Public Service will teach MPS 575 in the Winter Quarter for which students will earn four credit hours. Dr. Schwieterman is a Professor in the School for Public Service, Department of Public Policy, and Sustainable Urban Development program. He is an expert in the fields of public policy, transportation and urban planning, and is the author of numerous books and peer-reviewed articles on the development of cities and transportation.

All students will be enrolled in the following course:
Course MPS 575: Understanding the Global Public Sector: Impact and the Influence of the EU and NATO
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Winter 2021
Taught by Professor Joseph Schwieterman
Course description Professor Joseph Schwieterman, faculty member in the School of Public Service, leads graduate students on a week-long learning experience in the "Capital of Europe," Brussels. Participants will learn firsthand about international public services through observing the European Union public policy process and the impact of its broad effects on the United States, including partnerships with non-profits and NGOs. Students will interact with officials from NATO and the EU and spend a day at the European Parliament. In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit a variety of non-profit and non-governmental organizations based in Brussels.

Students will stay at the historic Irish College in Leuven, about 20 minutes by train from Brussels. The College houses the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, which will host the group from DePaul and organize their stay. Facilities at the Institute include en-suite rooms, conference rooms, and a dining room.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the country's local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. As of this publication, students traveling with US passports on the Belgium program DO NOT need a visa. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Do your research about the destinations, current affairs and material.
  • You might want to buy international data for your cell phone- you'll need directions constantly and a means of communication with the group.
  • Try to branch outside the group and talk with locals not in the program.
  • If you have food restrictions or limitations, do a bit of research (especially learning in the language how to say you are allergic to specific items) about what to eat or what not to eat.
  • Bring warm and rain clothes, as it tends to get wet and chilly.
  • Carry lots of cash for food, snacks, and drinks.
  • Learn some basic French/Dutch/German to make communicating with locals easier.
  • Make sure to do all the recommended and required readings.
  • Keep in mind that the dress code is business casual.
  • Taking the direct flight from Chicago to Brussels makes traveling much easier.

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2021 11/01/2020 12/01/2020 TBA TBA