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Advocating in the European Union (PSAD 6200.DE)
Brussels, Belgium (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall Short Term
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Program Description:
Program Description:
Advocating in the European Union -- APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JUNE 16
Course Number: PSAD 6200.DE (3 credits)
Professor: TBD

Blackboard-Based Course Dates: October 30-November 30, 2017; Global Perspective Residency Dates: December 2-9, 2017
Estimated Total on GW Bill: $6,540 (tuition-inclusive)
Additional information can be found on the GSPM Website and in our FAQs.

Is This Program for Me?
Are you . . .
  • seeking to advance commerce or a cause?
  • looking to effect change?
  • interested in operating in international markets, overcoming the complexities of differing political and societal environments?
  • curious about what advocacy tools really influence governments, parliaments, politicians, and legislators -- in the U.S. and around the world?
If so, we invite you to join us.

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Students who successfully complete these courses gain a first-hand understanding of how to effectively engage, communicate, and advocate in diverse cultures. The focus is on advocacy as an organization (a business or an NGO).

Why study the European Union?
Advocating in the European Union will explore the challenges of advocacy and communications as an organization in countries throughout Europe. Despite the familiarity many Americans feel they have with European traditions, the labyrinth of cultures and decision-making structures within Europe makes advocacy and communications a surprisingly challenging task. Increasingly, organizations as diverse as Exxon and Greenpeace need to advocate not only with political, regulatory, media, and advocacy groups in their own countries, but also in every corner of the world.

Why visit Brussels?
With Brussels as the home to most of the important European Union institutions, it forms the perfect backdrop to our study. The complexity of engaging society in the multifaceted area requires careful study.

During our travel period in Brussels, students will gain insights into successfully Advocating in the European Union from the exchange of ideas with business leaders, American diplomats, European political leaders, and other key influencers in the region.

What will my days be like in Brussels?
Following is a sample itinerary for one day abroad:

7:00-9:00am: Breakfast at Hotel (included in room rate, booked by GSPM) 
9:00-9:30am: Transfer to European Commission
9:30am-12:00pm: Insights at the European Commission: How to Advocate within a Commission
12:00-12:30pm: Transfer to the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU
12:30-2:00pm: Lunch and Briefing at the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU
2:00-2:30pm: Transfer to the European Council
2:30-4:00pm: Regional Insights from Political Leaders at the European Council
4:00-4:30pm: Transfer to APCO Worldwide
4:30-6:00pm: Panel Discussion at APCO: Insights from Advocacy Professionals
6:00-6:30pm: Transfer to Hotel
Evening: Dinner and activities on students' own

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What Dates Are the Class and the Travel to Brussels?
Blackboard-Based Classes: Monday,October 30 - Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Lectures, associated comprehension questions, and assignments will be made available on Blackboard. Due dates will be listed on the syllabus.
Global Perspective Residency in Brussels: Saturday, December 2 - Saturday, December 9, 2017.

When Do I Apply, and When Will I Be Notified of My Acceptance?
Application Deadline: Friday, June 16
Acceptance Decisions: Beginning Monday, June 19

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How Much Will This Cost?
Tuition: $4965($1,655/credit)
Health and Safety Insurance: $25
Lodging/Hotel: $750 ($107 x 7 nights [double-occupancy] in the Aloft Hotel in Brussels, including daily breakfast)
Group Transport: $400 (For bus rental, taxi, subway, and/or other daily transportation needs throughout the week)
Group Meals: $400 (GSPM dinner reception, lunches, and Farewell Dinner-Reception)
Estimated Total on GW Bill: $6,540

NOTE: The listed fees are subject to change. The "Estimated Total on GW Bill" comprises the costs that will appear on the GW Student Accounts bill. All other expenses -- including airfare, non-group meals, non-group transportation, passport and visa fees, etc. -- will be sought out and paid by students directly and will not be billed through the university. GSPM reserves the right to change this program at any time without notice.

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