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Study Abroad: SUNY Model EU Simulation and Study Mission
Brussels, Belgium (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Intersession
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SUNY Model European Union Simulation and Study Mission

The oldest continuously running transatlantic collegiate simulation of the
European Union in the US!


This page and application pertain to the Model EU Simulation and optional Study Mission.
Students participating in the Model EU Simulation only will receive registration information seperately. 



Study Abroad Advisor: Catherine Collado
Faculty Advisor: Prof. Kathleen Dowley

Program DatesEU

January 6 - 19, 2018

Program Costs

Intersession 2018 Budget Sheet

Registration Information

To register for BOTH the SUNY Model EU Simulation and Study Mission, click the "Apply Now" box in the top right-hand corner of this page. 

Note: If you are not interested in the Study Mission but would like to attend the simulation, you are on the wrong page. You will register first on the SUNY Model EU website and will then be prompted to complete your registration.

The 2018 SUNY Model EU Simulation and Study Mission

The SUNY Model EU Study Mission in Brussels, Belgium is a 12 day, 3-credit Study Abroad experience that includes:
  • Participation in the transatlantic Model EU simulation
  • Extended and intensive week of scholarly inquiry into the policymaking process of the European Union.

Over 140 students, drawn from all over the SUNY system and our European partner institutions will participate in the simulation at Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium in January 2018.  Around 25 students will then stay on and continue with the Study Mission in Brussels.

In addition to preparing their country and alter ego’s position on the simulation’s agenda items (see the description of the Model EU below), Study Mission participants will do some additional readings prior to departure on the EU policy process, in the two “case study” areas selected for investigation:
  • Immigration and External Action
  • Policymaking


Students will stay at a hotel in Brussels.  Breakfast is included in the cost of the hotel.

Vesalius College

Vesalius College was founded in 1987 by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Boston University to offer undergraduate education in English. As an American-style college, Vesalius takes a humanistic approach to intellectual inquiry, encouraging students to not only learn skills and knowledge important to their chosen careers, but to think critically and develop themselves personally and as citizens of an increasingly multicultural and globalized world.Vesalius College with people

Situated in Brussels and home to a thriving international community, Vesalius College offers students a truly unique educational experience. The College’s teaching methods are characterized by small, interactive classes, flexibility in course selection and continuous assessment. As a small college with a student body of approximately 300 and a low student-to-professor ratio, the faculty is accessible and able to take a personal interest in the success of students to help them achieve their potential. Close working relationships form the cornerstone of the Vesalius educational philosophy.

For more information on the College and how to reach us, visit the Vesalius College website.

About the SUNY Model EU

SUNY Model EU is a project funded by the Institute of European Union Studies at SUNY (IEUSS), through the Office of Global Affairs, SUNY System Administration. Like many international simulations, students and universities represent country delegations in preparing to attend a European Council Summit. Usually, these delegations are comprised of four person teams, with each student playing an actual political figure from that country’s government. These roles are generally the Head of Government (Prime Minister or President), the Foreign Minister, the country’s ambassador to the EU (COREPER II), and a Finance Minister. Larger teams can also bring an additional deputy minister for Europe or deputy Prime Minister. Host teams will generally Chair the Head of Government and Foreign Minister meetings, playing the roles of Council President and High Representative for Foreign Affairs. Additional delegation assignments also play the role of the European Commission and Secretariat, as well as the SUNY Model EU Press corps.
Model EU conclusion
Once assigned “roles” country teams work to prepare a single page proposal for an item to be discussed at the summit, and submit it to the presidency team a little over a month prior to the simulation and the presidency team works with the secretariat to generate an initial agenda of items to be debated in each functional group setting. We try to debate the most important and timely issues confronting Europe, from the crisis in the Eurozone, to the military action in Libya, and problems integrating recent immigrants into European society. Students debate the issues and come to common positions on items before them, working first in small groups (of just their partner ministers) before putting the final conclusions of the presidency to a vote of the whole.modeleuexetergroup

Model EU has proven to be an enormously rewarding experience for our past participants, and a visit to our SUNY Model EU Facebook page will confirm this. Students from all over the SUNY system and Northeast have an opportunity to meet and work with students from all over Europe, to learn about one of the most complex and important actors in the international arena today, and to develop their social capital in learning how to present their views before both a small group and plenary setting. Smaller than most Model UN simulations, it is a more participatory experience for all those that do come, and there are fewer “spectators” given the small size and the importance of each country in EU Council decision-making.


New Paltz students participating in this program will receive 3 credits on their Winter interession transcript.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Intersession 2019 10/01/2018 10/10/2018 TBA TBA