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Brussels Study Tour - June 18-June 24, 2023

Due to the continually evolving situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, travel cannot be guaranteed at this time.  We will be closely monitoring international, national, state, local, and university policies to make final determinations.  Awards may be subject to additional requirements regarding health screenings and obtaining proper insurance.


Thank you for your interest in the European Studies Center’s Brussels Study Tour!

Each summer the University of Pittsburgh’s European Studies Center (ESC) plans a week-long trip to Brussels, Belgium, to learn about the European Union in collaboration with university partners from across the nation. Tour participants gain first-hand knowledge about several issues the EU currently faces—including Brexit, migration and diversity, and security—through a series of site visits to EU institutions, think tanks, NGOs, and the European School of Brussels.

Who can apply for a travel grant?
K-12 teachers and community college or minority-serving institution faculty may apply. The ESC runs both a regional and national search to award travel grants for both K-12 teachers and post-secondary faculty. Educators from the Western Pennsylvania region or from across the nation can apply for a University of Pittsburgh-sponsored travel grant. Through our partnership with the Center for European Studies (CES) at the University of North Carolina, educators from North Carolina can apply for UNC-sponsored travel grants.

What does a travel grant cover?

Grants will provide up to $1,300 toward the cost of airfare to Brussels, six (6) nights in our contracted four-star hotel located conveniently in Brussels' European Quarter, and breakfasts for six (6) days.  In addition, the ESC at Pitt and CES at UNC will host one group dinner during the tour.  Participants will be responsible for all additional meals, any additional costs for transportation, and all incidental expenses.  There will also be a non-refundable fee of $275 USD charged to all participants to cover administrative costs.  

Applications will open December 1, 2022


Application Tips
Learn more about the study tour and write the best application possible! Watch this slideshow, presented by the ESC's Associate Director, for key tips and information.

Application deadline will be Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 11:59p.m. ET

Sample Applications

Between application cycles, you can consult our sample applications to gain a better understanding of requirements:

Sample K-12 Application*

Sample Faculty Application*

*These are examples and are subject to changes.


K-12 Educators

Please click here to apply.

2 and 4-year College Educators

Please click here to apply.

Please direct questions to Samantha Moik, ESC Engagement Coordinator, at