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

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

Priority deadlines listed below are UT study abroad app deadlines; final deadlines are IFE app deadlines. Students must apply in that order. 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.

Program Dates:

- Spring
  • January 18, 2021 to May 21, 2021
  • Priority Deadline: October 1, 2020
  • Final Deadline: October 10, 2020
- Fall
  • August 17, 2020 to December 18, 2020
  • Priority Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Final Deadline: April 30, 2020

Application Code


Additional Resources

Program Website
Frequently Asked Questions

Next Step

1) Attend an "Explore: France & Belgium" info session. Dates and locations listed on website. 2) See an academic advisor to discuss needed credit while abroad. 3) Attend a "Ready to Apply: France & Belgium" session. Dates and locations given at Explore session. 4) Attend Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation.

Program information above is subject to change