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Study Abroad

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Study Abroad

​​At DePaul, students and faculty learn together all over the world.

Bring the world into focus with study abroad. Studying abroad provides an opportunity to gain deeper perspectives and understanding with an international lens. All graduate students in the School of Public Service are encouraged to study abroad. In fact, we offer more opportunities for international study than any other equivalent program in a private university because we are confident that international study benefits our students.

Students who study abroad:

  • Gain cross-cultural experiences
  • Learn about international nonprofit organizations
  • Develop lifelong relationships with people from other countries
  • Make international professional contacts
  • Experience new cultures, languages, and traditions

The intense, one-week study abroad courses create strong, personal and professional experiences that build networks among our students and faculty. Study abroad courses typically begin on Sunday evenings and conclude on Friday afternoons in the host country with pre- and post-trip meetings held on campus.

Explore the study abroad programs currently available in the tabs below. You will find links to the programs' brochure and application.

Brussels, Belgium, Offered annually during Spring Break (March 23-29, 2019)


Application Deadline: Tentatively scheduled for November 2018; check back in September 2018 for specific application deadline.

The Brussels, Belgium​ program allows students to broaden their perspective on public-policy analysis and public service management in an international context. The course explores how globalization is affecting national governments and traditional cultures while encouraging the creation of international non-profits and supra-national governing agencies. Students will learn how large agencies, such as the European Union and NATO, are strengthening relationships and working more closely with grassroots prganizations throughout the world.

The purpose of this course is to expand student understanding of influence and impact of institutions that both comprise and interact with the European Union (EU). The course focuses on the “international public sector,” including the relationship of governments with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the nonprofit/voluntary sector).  It considers the role of the EU and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as agents of change throughout the world.  The course provides an opportunity for both experiential learning as well as intellectual enrichment through an exploration of the strategies used to affect policy in international settings.  Students spend seven days in Belgium, primarily on Brussels visiting the EU and organizations affiliated with the EU. 

Students can register as either MPS 575 or Independent Study. Plus, you can register for this either as a Winter or Spring course. This trip includes high-level visits with European policymakers and a day-trip into Germany to a NATO air base.


Accomodations: Students will stay at the historic Irish College in Leuven, about 20 minutes by train from Brussels.  The College houses the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, which will host the group from DePaul and organize their stay.  Facilities at the Institute include en-suite rooms, conference rooms, and a dining room.

Expenses:  To view the current DePaul Study Abroad fees please view the Office of Study Abroad's page.

Students Admitted: 18-20

Application Deadline: Tentatively scheduled for fall quarter 2018. To be put on the "interest list" and be notified of the information session, email Program Director, Professor Joe Schwieterman.​



For Further Information: If you have viewed all available information but still have questions, please contact Program Director, Professor Joe Schwieterman.​