EU Study Tour

European parliament. Photo credit: Sarah Broitman, 2017 EU Study Tour participant, from UVic.

This information is intended for anyone interested in the EU Study Tour regardless of their home institution.

The European Study Tour addresses the institutions, evolution, and current issues of the EU through visits to the major institutions of the European Union, located in Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg and Frankfurt. Building on fourteen years of successful tours, the tour is a lively immersion in the European Union and we are grateful for the continued assistance of the European Commission and the Canadian Mission to the EU.

The Study Tour is not just about the EU, it takes place inside the EU, involving representatives of its administrative and political leadership. Additionally, participants have the exceptional opportunity to receive briefings from and exchange views with representatives of other European organizations such as NATO and the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU. As well, participants will meet with representatives of European offices of significant international organizations, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. For students, the Tour is an excellent study opportunity: it is less a "course" than an immersion in European institutions, a program for self-directed and independent study.

In addition to the Study Tour, a number of qualified participants are offered internship opportunites with EU institutions and other organizations following completion of the Tour. The 2018 internships are for two or three months in duration, and are completed by the end of August at the latest.

The EU Study Tour and Internship Program is organized by UVic and a network of Canadian universities, Network for European studies (Canada). The participating students are either undergraduate or graduate students. Interested students must first be pre-selected by their home university before they can proceed to registration through Uvic. (Most universities complete the pre-selections by early January of the year of the Study Tour.) After students have been approved by their home university, they register for the Study Tour through UVic.

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2018 EU Study Tour

Participants on the 2018 study tour will arrive in Brussels by May 13th at the latest, and will be ready to depart on June 2nd (unless they stay on for the intership). The cost of the tour is between $3250 and $3750 CDN. This fee includes accommodations, internal travel within the EU and occasional meals. However, it does not include the cost of airfare to and from Europe, or most meals. There is an additional $600 if you are opting to stay on for the internship.

Finally, undergraduate students must register in the UVic course EUS 390, which involves tuition. Graduate students must become visiting students at UVic, but this does not involve a fee or tuition. 

2018 Tour application and registration:

I have been pre-approved for the EU Study Tour by my home university and I would like to register for the Tour (deadline: Friday, Feb. 16, 2018)

I am a UVic student. I would like to learn more about the tour or apply to UVic to be pre-selected (deadline: Dec 15, 2017)

I am not a UVic student. I would like to learn more about the tour or apply to my home institution. (deadline set by home institution, likely Fall 2017)

Some more information about the tour:

Study materials are articles and other materials that all participants  are expected to read before  the Study Tour. Study materials are also used in preparing for several internal seminars held during the Tour. Furthermore, students from some institutions are expected to participate in common thematic assignments in order to receive academic credit for the Tour.

The students on the Study Tour have diverse backgrounds. Some are pursuing graduate level work in European studies and the European Union. Undergraduates vary considerably in the number of relevant courses focusing on the European Union which they have completed. We expect all students to be familiar with the scope of subjects covered in the textbooks and other readings in the Study Materials attachment. If you haven’t accomplished this in course work we strongly suggest you acquire a textbook on European Integration and read it before departure. 

You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements for travel from Canada to Brussels and from Brussels to Canada.

CAUTION: Do not make travel arrangements until your application for participation in the Tour has been accepted and you have been asked to complete the Tour Registration package. If you are applying for an internship do not make RETURN travel arrangements until the internship is confirmed and you are advised of the period of the internship and the location.

Participants are required to have basic insurance.

Hotels of the Tour

Please see program itinerary for detailed information (next tab).

Room policy

All standard accommodations are included in the Tour fee. Accommodations are diverse: for most of the Tour, you will be asked to share a room with other tour participant(s) of the same gender. You will have an opportunity to choose a person to share the accommodation. If you wish a single room and are willing to pay the additional cost please contact us immediately after your application has been accepted. We will provide you with information on the single room supplement (based on previous years, the single room supplement could be approximately CDN $1250 for the duration of the Tour, but prices vary).

This is a DRAFT document and will be updated periodically to reflect the current status of the itinerary.

2018 Program Itinerary (updated May 7)