Spotlight on EU Study Abroad Program 2019

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The EU Study Abroad Program has just recently hit its halfway point. The ten-week study program organized by Dr. Vicki Birchfield, Co-Director of the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies and Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia Tech Lorraine is designed to give students an in-depth and dynamic introduction to the history of European integration, the institutions and decision making processes of the EU, current issues and debates as well as the EU’s developing role as a global actor and its relationship with the United States.

Highlights from the program thus far include:

  • A visit to the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, France during the elections allowed students to observe the election returns live in the town hall of Metz, France. The following day students got to mingle with the mayor and other politicians, one of whom will welcome them next month at the French National Assembly when the program concludes in Paris. 
  • On June 13th, students spent the day at NATO headquarters where they had the opportunity to meet with several high ranking officers and advisors, sit in on panel discussions, and hear the perspective of working as a member of an international staff. Below is a picture of the students during their day at NATO HQ.
  • Participants of the program were honored to welcome Dean Royster to Brussels, Belgium where she visited the program for several days.  Celebrating Belgian-American friendship, the families who hosted Georgia Tech students for their month-long stay in Brussels were invited to meet Dean Royster and former Belgian Consul General to Atlanta, Benoit Standaert. They also joined the group for a private guided tour of the recently re-opened, world renowned Royal Museum for Central Africa. Part of the museum’s collection was brought to the Carter Center in 2014 through the collaborative efforts of Dean Royster and Consul General Standaert.
  • This year marks the centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and thanks to Dr. Monique Seefried, Commissioner on the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, students participating in the program will have the opportunity to participate in a symposium and ceremony commemorating the event at the Palace of Versailles on June 28th.  

To keep up with the rest of the EU Study Abroad Program, make sure to check out their blog here http://blogs.iac.gatech.edu/gtintheeu/!

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