Brussels, Belgium

World Government

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Information for term World Government

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jun 14 – Jul 4, 2020 (3 weeks)

Application Deadline

Rolling Admissions

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 12 – Aug 1, 2020 (3 weeks)


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Chocolate. Waffles. Fries and more fries. Although the Belgian capital is well known for its fabulous street food, savvy students also know it as the epicenter of international relations.

For budding diplomats, all roads lead to Brussels. The seat of the European Union (EU) and NATO is an international hub for foreign dignitaries, diplomats, expats… and IR students. Unlike other major cities of its stature, Brussels is small and quiet with a charming, old-world feel. Streets are easy to navigate. While the most common language is French (followed by Dutch and German), most Belgians also speak or at least understand English.

Here you’ll be busy soaking up the culture and studying up on current events. Your schedule includes 15 hours a week in World Government class, engaging in lively discussions and learning about the culture, history, people and pressing issues of the country you’ll represent. Over the course of 3 weeks you’ll develop and accelerate your skills in debate, diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, and more.

As part of your cultural education you’ll also tour historic and contemporary landmarks in Brussels, from the Royal Palace of the King and Queen of Belgium, to the multimedia Parlamentarium at the European Union (EU) visitors center. Once or twice a week you’ll gather with local high school students for cooking activities, pickup sports games, or visits to cultural exhibits and landmarks.  

You’ll start and end your days gathered around meals with your new friends, and grab lunch on campus. Enjoy French style breakfast (pastries, bread with jam or marmalade) along with traditional Dutch fare, like chocolate sprinkles on toast! Typical Belgian dinner dishes include Waterzooi (chicken and vegetables cooked in cream) and Flemish beef stew (slow cooked marinated beef with fries). Summer is mussel season in Belgium so now is the time to dig in. With fries, of course! 


The Take-Aways

  • Education

    Get familiar with the concepts and workings of the United Nations

  • Skills

    Hone your skills of research, analysis, public speaking, and debate

  • Certificate

    A Certificate of Learning in World Government

Location & Culture

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The capital of the EU is also home to fine museums, free concerts, and the world’s best chocolate shops.

Since World War II, Brussels has become the headquarters of several international organizations, including the European Union (EU), the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the World Customs Organization and EUROCONTROL. According to one count, Brussels now has more ambassadors and journalists than in Washington D.C. Brussels is one of the most international cities in the world, with more than a quarter of the population made up of foreigners.

The center of modern European politics, Brussels also has a rich history that dates back to the 11th century. On group tours you’ll have the chance to learn about the famous buildings, museums and rich cultural heritage that surrounds you. On your own time, visit cafes with friends and check out the Jeu de Balle, a daily flea market where you’ll find vintage clothing, funky knick knacks and who knows what! Other fun destinations include the Musical Instruments Museum and Comic Book Walk. Start at the Belgian Comic Strip Center or print out a map online of comic book murals throughout the city. You’ll see over 50 cartoons of Tintin and other beloved Belgian comic book characters. Along the way, stop in a chocolate shop. There are over 2,000 chocolate shops in Brussels alone!

Daily Life

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Daily Life

"After my trip with CIEE I have definitely grown in ways I never could if I had stayed in the US."

Learn more about daily life on a high school study abroad program by reading our blog posts above.

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  • Local Support

    24/7 Support from your CIEE program leader and in-country CIEE staff members

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Sample Activities

  • Take a mouth-watering tour of a Belgian chocolate factory.
  • Discover the multidisciplinary works of famous surrealist painter René Magritte at the royal museum named in his honor.
  • Interact with digital displays at the Parlementarium, the state-of-the-art museum that illuminates everything you need to know about the EU — in 23 languages.
  • Tour the Royal Palace, grand headquarters of the King and Queen of Belgium – open only in July and August
  • Munch on fries dipped in mayonnaise while hanging out in the city’s many parks and green spaces.
  • Visit the Atomium and its 9 spheres which correspond to 9 iron atoms magnified 165 billion times!


  • Take a bike or boat tourand see the canals, cobblestone streets, and fairytale scenery of medieval Bruges.
  • Explore historic Belgium on a multi-day trip to Ardennes.
    ​​Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when revising itineraries is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Dates & Fees

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Dates & Fees


  • Program open to all current high school students: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. 
  • For scholarship eligibility requirements, please check our Scholarship page.



Program scholarships and tuition include iNext Travel Insurance, but do not cover the cost of flights. More details about tuition inclusions can be found here.


Application Due

Start Date

End Date


Summer Session I 2020 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jun 14, 2020 Jul 4, 2020


Summer Session II 2020 3 weeks Rolling Admissions Jul 12, 2020 Aug 1, 2020


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