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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

What You Need to Know
Eligibility and Requirements
Travel and Living

What You Need to Know

Some of the many reasons to choose Brussels:
  • It is where the headquarters of the European Union, NATO and a number of UN agencies are based.
  • It is truly the world’s top diplomatic city with more than 200 embassies, hundreds of think tanks, PR firms and consultancies, 1000 foreign correspondents, 3000 international organizations and more than 10,000 lobbyists.
  • It is the world’s capital of chocolate, beer and the hub of the world’s cheapest and Europe’s biggest airline (Ryanair)!
  • It is the city between London and Paris or Amsterdam and Cologne!
  • It is the capital of Belgium that hosts some of the most famous summer music festivals in the world
  • It is a city with more than half of its population coming from all over the world, that offers a wide variety of multicultural events and venues, while also being one of the safest capitals in Europe.
Students will pursue an internship in this European and global context in one of the organizations mentioned hereunder or another that would be discussed and agreed between the student and the director of the program.  In addition, students will participate in weekly seminars with guest lectures by key European and international officials.
Possible internships include:
  • European Commission: Media Hub
  • European Parliament
  • Council of Europe
  • International Crisis Group
  • Women Political Leaders Global Forum
  • Diplomatic Platform of the Brussels Press Club
  • European Peacebuilding Liaison Office
  • European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center
  • Security Europe
  • European Neighboring Council
  • Burson-Marsteller
  • Grayling
  • Institute for European Environmental Policy
  • WWF
  • Education International
  • Stenstrom consulting
  • World Organisation Against Torture
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Global Forum for Media Development
  • Cervantes Institute
  • MORE EUROPE - external cultural relations
  • New Europe (Pan-European Newspaper)
  • ICF Mostra Europe
  • Instinctif
  • Pappas & Associates, Attorneys at Law in Brussels
  • European Institute for Asian Studies
  • Carnegie Europe
Students might also apply directly to the following (please note that different deadlines apply):
  • Public Affairs section of the U.S. Mission
  • American Chamber of Commerce
  • United Nations agencies based in Brussels
  • NATO
*Please note that specific internship placements are not guaranteed.

Eligibility and Requirements

Both Syracuse University and visiting students are welcome to apply. Students must be a junior, senior, or graduate student. Students will be required to have a Skype interview with Professor George Terzis.

Public diplomacy, journalism, and public relations students are encouraged to apply.

Travel and Living

Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip transatlantic flight. They are strongly advised to look for the cheapest options flying to Amsterdam or Paris and then taking the train to Brussels.
Students will be housed in shared rooms in a hotel in a beautiful location in the heart of Brussels (Citadines Sainte Catherine). Graduate students can also find their own housing in Brussels.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change. Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.


Public Diplomacy Internships in Brussels
COM 470, IPA 470, IRP 370/670 (IR students only, after Department approval), PAI 670, PRL 530/635, 3 or 6 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate

All students interested in doing the program for 6 credits are required to do an independent study with the Faculty Director, Professor George Terzis.

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements. IR students must have their internship approved by the IR department in order to have it registered as IRP, and are only able to take the program for 3 IRP credits.

Brussels PicJamie Patrick Shea,  Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at NATO speaking to the SU students

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George Terzis is an associate professor, Vesalius College Department of Communication Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium.  He is also a Senior Associate Researcher for the Institute of European Studies.  Dr. Terzis has studied all over the world: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), City University (London, UK), the University of Memphis (USA), Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen (Netherlands), Katholieke Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), the University of Pennsylvania (USA), and University of Oxford (Oxford, UK). He has also taught at the Cyprus University of Technology, University  of Missouri and Saint Louis University as a visiting professor and adjunct lecturer.  As an associate professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, he has taught: Journalism Studies, International Journalism, Political Communication, Global Communication, European Communication Policies, and Public Diplomacy.



 Students Arrive in Brussels:   TBD
 Program Ends:  TBD
 Application Deadline:  February 20* 
*Applications received after February 20 will be considered if there is still space in the program.
**Please note that actual internships dates vary from student to student.


   UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $3,891 (2019 rate)
 Program Fee  $850 (estimate)
 Housing Fee   $2,400 (estimate)
 Total  $7,141 (estimate)
 Tuition  $7,782 (2019 rate)
 Program Fee  $850 (estimate)
 Housing Fee  $2,400 (estimate)
 Total  $11,032 (estimate)
       GRADUATE (3 credits)
 Tuition  $4,860 (2019 rate)
 Program Fee  $850 (estimate)
 Housing Fee  $2,400 (estimate)
 Total  $8,110 (estimate)
GRADUATE (6 credits) 
 Tuition  $9,720
 Program Fee  $850 (estimate)
 Housing Fee  $2,400 (estimate)
 Total  $12,970 (estimate)

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $750 - $1,300
Personal: $500
Meals: $1000

*Please note that there may be additional fees associated with this program if a visa is required.

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.


For questions on the application, please contact:
Stephanie Ramin, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.