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The Institute for Field Education (IFE) is a European non profit educational institute which runs semester-long study/intern abroad programs for advanced French language learners. IFE programs turn the European professional workplace into an effective learning space, a broad interface with another culture whereby students become fluent in French, deeply familiar with contemporary European societies, and more knowledgeable in their chosen field of study or work, gaining both know-how and comparative knowledge. The Brussels Field Study and Internship program allows students to immerse in a vibrant and truly international setting: the capital of the European Union. The heart of European political and economic affairs, Brussels is also known for its trendy neighborhoods and beautiful architecture, making it an exciting destination for students.


Area(s) of Study

  • Art History
  • European Studies
  • Journalism
  • Public Health
  • Biology
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Public Relations
  • Business Administration
  • French
  • Marketing
  • Radio-Television-Film
  • Communication
  • French Civilization
  • Mathematics
  • Religious Studies
  • Communication And Leadership
  • Geography
  • Natural Sciences
  • Science
  • Communication Studies
  • Government
  • Nutrition
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Dutch
  • International Business
  • Public Affairs
  • Women's And Gender Studies
  • Economics
  • International Relations And Gl

Sponsored by IFE - a UT Affiliate

Academic Information

All courses and coursework are completed in French. The program is open to a broad range of academic majors. Program has three components: (1) 5 weeks of classroom teaching on European society and work environment, (2) 12-week full-time internship & field research in your academic area, and (3) a culminating research paper.


Students can expect small lectures and group workshops for discussion, debate, press review, oral presentation, and site visits during the 5-week preparatory session. At the beginning of the internship period, each student is assigned a qualified research advisor with whom the student meets biweekly to choose and develop a research topic.

Language(s) of Instruction



Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - Yes


There is no housing plan integral to the IFE program. However, IFE will help students 1)arrange a homestay, 2)reserve a place in an independent student residence or foyer, or 3)rent a private studio or apartment by providing resources for the search and possibly contacting landlords on students' behalf.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

Fall students must apply through UT portal by 03/15 and directly to IFE by 04/01. Budgets below are samples, but include everything a student will need except money for extensive personal travel. The IFE program fee may vary depending on the Dollar/Euro conversation rate.


- Spring
  • Program: January 20, 2023 to May 26, 2023
  • Instructional: January 20, 2023 to May 26, 2023
  • Priority Deadline: September 23, 2022
  • Final Deadline: October 1, 2022
- Fall
  • Program: August 18, 2023 to December 20, 2023
  • Instructional: August 18, 2023 to December 20, 2023
  • Final Deadline: March 15, 2023

Application Code


Program Coordinator

Ellen Birch

Additional Resources

Program Website
Frequently Asked Questions

Next Step

1) View mandatory advising videos Explore: Education Abroad 101 and Explore: France & Belgium. Attend a live Q&A if you have questions. 2) View Ready to Apply video. 3) Self-authorize your application via the Get Started link below and apply! Videos and Q&A events found here:

Program information above is subject to change