Brussels Study Tour

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Brussels Study Tour - June 21-27, 2020

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 dates have been rescheduled for June 20-26, 2021

Applications will open Monday, November 25, 2019

With the generous support of a Getting to Know Europe grant from the EU Delegation to the U.S., and in cooperation with the Center for Euroepan Studies at the University of North Carolina, each summer the University of Pittsburgh's European Studies Center plans a five-day trip to Brussels, Belgium to learn about the European Union.  With funding from GTKE as well as the Center's National Resource Centers grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the ESC will provide funds to support summer study tours of Brussels for K-12 educators, and faculty teaching at community colleges or minority serving institutions (Title III or Title V-eligible institutions).  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 2019 itinerary is available here (updated 6/17/19).

To see the 2018 Itinerary, click here

Selected participants are expected to attend all activities organized as a part of the tour.  In addition, all selected participants will be expected to participate in three videoconferences (one before and two after the study tour).  As a requirement of the grant, participants will submit a lesson plan or syllabus module in August that shows how they will incorporate what they learned into the classroom.  For an example of what previous participants have done, see our classroom resources page

All selected participants will receive grants providing up to $1,000 toward the cost of their airfare to Brussels and six (6) nights double (shared) occupancy in a four-star hotel located in the EU Quarter.  Hotel breakfasts are included, as is one group dinner.  Participants will be responsible for all other meal costs, additional expenses, and any transportation expenses over $1,000.  There will also be a $275 USD non-refundable adminsitrative fee charged to all participants.

The ESC encourages applications from K-16 educators in any discipline with ideas for how to incorporate the European Union into their curriculum in engaging and creative ways. Previous successful applicants have included social studies and language arts teachers, as well as educators in business, education, pre-law, and enviromental studies. Applicants are encouraged to explain in detail how the study tour will impact students in their classrooms, schools, and/or district. Applications that propose team taught courses are welcome (though both teachers/educators must apply individually; please make clear in the written portions of the application with whom you are applying). 

Funding is available for educators from anywhere in the United States, though a number of slots are set aside specifically for teachers and faculty members in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and eastern Ohio.  Educators in North Carolina are encouraged to apply through the Center for European Studies at UNC.

Participants from partnering universities from across the nation will also be attending the Brussels Study Tour this June. The ESC and UNC's CES are grateful to our partners for their continued support of this program.


Welcome our 2020 University of Pittsburgh-sponsored Brussels Study Tour participants!

Donald Benson, Secondary, Massachusetts

Jody Carver, Post-Secondary, Pennyslvania

Patrick Danley, Secondary, Montana

Abby Dupke, Secondary, Arizona

Jermaine Ellerbe, Middle School, Maryland

Emily Griggs, Middle School, Massachusetts

Wendy Harris, Secondary, Minnesota

Ken Hung, Secondary, Pennsylvania

Evan Marino, Pre-Service, Pennsylvania

Emily Schuckman Matthews, Post-Secondary, California


The Univerisity of Pittsburgh-sponsored pariticipants will be joined by 13 other nation-wide educators sponsored by University of Califonia, Berkeley, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Indiana University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


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Funding provided by the International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) office of the U.S. Department of Education and through a Getting to Know Europe Grant provided by the EU Delegation to the U.S. in partnership with the Center for European Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill.