European Politics in Brussels, Belgium

Ref: 10002732


Students  enrolled on International Relations and Politics degree programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 15. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


This #DMUglobal study trip to the European Union Institutions in Brussels will provide a fantastic opportunity to deepen your knowledge of the EU. You will visit the key EU institutions, including the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the European Union, as well as visiting important bodies such as the Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee. You will hear from the EU policymakers and gain a first-hand understanding of the EU, as well as experience what it is like to take part in the EU decision-making process.

The visits will provide the students a knowledge and understanding of the way that the EU operates, the role of the specific institutions, and an understanding of the linkage between the EU and the member states. Apart from the policy briefs that are provided to students in the talks, the very process of visiting the EU buildings and gaining an understanding of the way in which the buildings are set-up (i.e. the layout of the European Parliament and the European Council) will provide students with a critical level of understanding of the EU policy-making environment.

The students will also benefit from an immersive learning experience at the start of their studies which will assist their progression through the module, helping to build friendships and also knowledge about the EU. Visiting the EU and the context of booking travel will provide students with important personal learning skills that link to the global competences.

Students will report back on their experiences through a reflective diary and this will be worth 20% of their module mark.

Students on the Politics of the European Union module (POPP 2003) benefit from additional financial support £50 extra) provided by the European Commission through the Jean Monnet funding programme. Grant No.: 574790-EPP-1-2016-1-UK-EPPJMO-Module’.

Cultural activities

During your visit to Brussels you will have an opportunity to visit important landmarks and gain an understanding of the rich cultural history which shape the present day Belgium. This includes an understanding of Belgium’s historical legacy as a colonial power. You will visit the Grand Place, which is the central market square of Brussels and is surrounded by guild houses, the city’s Town Hall and the Broodhuis (Bread hall). You will also have the opportunity to visit the Manneken Pis, a historical landmark sculpture in Brussels, dating back to 1619. Brussels also has a rich variety of museums that are fascinating to explore at your own pace.

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Belgian immigration requirements.

EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country.

Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to Belgium and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 25 February 2019
  • Return date: Friday 1 March 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £300
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers, cultural visits, food and drink, visa costs (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150 + £50 for students on the Politics of the European Union module
  • Deadline for application: Monday 29 October 2018 9am