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  • Locations: Leuven, Belgium
  • Program Terms: Fall, Winter-Spring Terms
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Fall, Winter-Spring Terms
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Term-long Academic Level: Undergraduate
Required GPA: 3.0 Living Arrangements: Residence Hall
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: EL Study Abroad Contact: Cara Miller
Internship Available: Yes 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:

DePaul students can participate in engaging courses at the Leuven Institute in Belgium and gain professional experience in a five-week internship in Brussels. This program is designed for students who want to gain a practical understanding of modern Europe, particularly its political structures and processes. The courses allow for a comprehensive academic study program linked to practical exposure to the emergent trends and developments in the central EU policy spheres. Studies focus on the institutional framework of the EU and the resulting legislation from its development. As students examine the continuing formation of the European Community, they will also consider the foundations of economic integration, the movement towards an economic and monetary union, and the political systems of member states. This program is really beneficial for Political Science students, International Studies students and students who are interested in gaining international work experience.

For a similar program offering internships in government and politics, see our Dublin: Parliamentary Internship program.

Courses for the Leuven program can count in multiple ways. For example, students can request that the internship and corresponding internship course count either as an international studies course (INT) or as a political science course (PSC). This means that students must specify to their Study Abroad Advisor one specific course code for each course selected. Students should consult their Academic Advisor during course selection to determine which course code will be most beneficial in the degree progress report. Students participating in the Fall program will attend four of the five courses listed below and participate in a credit-bearing internship. Students attending the Winter/Spring program will attend all five courses as well as participate in the internship. Each course will count as 4.5 credits at DePaul. Students, therefore, will earn a minimum of 22.5 credit hours for the Fall program or 27 credit hours for the Winter/Spring program.
Fall Semester Spring Semester
ECO 363/INT 340/GEO 316 - Economics of European Integration ECO 363/INT 340/GEO 316 - Economics of European Integration
HST 398/GEO 316 - Development of the European Community HST 398/GEO 316 - Development of the European Community
HAA 397/ANT 397/SOC 397 - European Culture: Context and Focus HAA 397/ANT 397/SOC 397 - European Culture: Context and Focus
INT 340/PSC 369 - European Union Law INT 340/PSC 369 - European Union Law
PSC 395 - Comparative European Politics PSC 395 - Comparative European Politics
INT 382/PSC 392 - European Parliamentary Internship INT 382/PSC 392 - European Parliamentary Internship
CHOOSE 4 courses + Internship
Total: 22.5 credit hours
Must Take all 5 courses + Internship
Total: 27 credit hours

Students participating in this program during the Spring of their senior year should be aware that overseas grades may not be received for their degree conferral until August. While Study Abroad will do everything they can to expedite the process, transcripts are usually not received from overseas early enough for a June graduation conferral.

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

To understand how your courses in Leuven will be counted as DePaul courses, link to the course equivalency chart here. Check out Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.

There are no language prerequisites. Admission to this program is open to students who have completed their second year of undergraduate studies and graduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA. Part of your on-line application will require you to upload a biographic summary or current resume.


A highlight of this program is the opportunity to intern either with a member of the European Parliament or a nongovernmental organization (NGO) affiliated with the EU government. Local faculty and staff provide DePaul students with the preparation, training and support to succeed in this work. The coursework on European history, society, politics and literature also support the internship by providing a comprehensive overview of the European Union's emergence and development. The Leuven Institute will place students in internships according to academic and professional experience and interests. Internships with the European Parliament will take place for five weeks at the end of the program, which means that students will have the benefit of taking their coursework before the internships begin. Students will be scheduled to work with participating Ministers of Parliament on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Interns may also have an option to work on Fridays with agreement from Internship Supervisors. Prior to the internship, students will participate in “Brussels Briefings” to be oriented to key locations in Brussels that are significant to the European Union. Internship placements will be coordinated by the on-site Director at the Leuven Institute and students will have the opportunity to meet with placement staff after they arrive in Leuven. Final internship placements happen on-site after interview-style meetings.

Situated 20 minutes east of Brussels, the heart of the European Union's institutions, students in Leuven take courses and live at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. The institute itself is located in the Irish College, a seventeenth century building located near Leuven's picturesque main square, shopping district, and the university. Founded in 1425, KU Leuven is of Europe's oldest universities and boasts such names as Erasmus and Gerard Mercator as some of its scholars.

Students will be housed in large duplex rooms (4 students to a room) at the Institute. Each room has a shower and bathroom en-suite, and each occupant has a work station and wardrobe in the room.

Participants will also receive 16 meals per week while on the program. The meals include breakfast every day, lunches Monday through Friday (including bagged lunch to bring to your internship), and dinners Monday through Thursday. Students with strict dietary restrictions may not be able to be accommodated and should budget additional funds for meals.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the student's regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click for the Fall quarter program fee or the Winter-Spring quarter fee for your program. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. 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. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.


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 on the Leuven program DO NOT need a visa. The program itself is less than 90 days in length; however, if you plan to travel within the Schengen area before or after the program, resulting in your stay exceeding 90 days, then you DO need a visa. It is the student's responsibility to ensure you obtain your own visa, if necessary. To find out more information about the visa process for your select country(ies), visit our Visa Information Page. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

Contact program alumni to learn about the student experience:
Name Email Term Attended
Adibe Chichezum Fall 2019
Hayes Kennedy Fall 2019
Anna Roth Fall 2019

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:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.