Understanding the EU: Brussels, Berlin & Beyond™


Explore the culture, history and politics of four major cities that helped to shape the European Union as we know it today.
  • Enter into the political center of the European Union and visit the E.U. Parliament
  • Mark the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and other iconic Parisian monuments off your bucket list
  • Learn about Berlin through its famous street art and an interactive art workshop
  • Meet with local politicians, E.U. representatives and local leaders to discuss key issues and policies
  • Contribute to a meaningful service project and lend a hand to a local community

On This Program you will...

Travel to the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Germany. Explore each of these five core countries that founded and shaped the European Union. Arrive in Amsterdam, one of the world’s leaders in environmental conservation, and then spend a day in Volendam for the true “Holland” experience. From there, head to Belgium, where you will stop in Brussels and Bruges. Then, enjoy bustling Paris, as well as small yet influential Luxembourg. Finally, explore Germany from ancient Cologne to Berlin, where you’ll dive into the history of the city from World War II to the modern day.

Program Type:

Global Seminar


Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!

Community Service

On this program your primary focus will be on travel, learning and immersion. However, at the heart of every GLA program is always some kind of meaningful service project. You will participate in community service that supports a local community or organization in-need. As we get closer to the start of the program, we’ll be able to share more specifics about the service project with you, as we’re designing it to be timely and relevant. It can take the form of assisting a food kitchen or pantry, partnering with a local organization or community initiative, or even lending a hand on an environmental project.

Immersive Learning

Meet an official form Luxembourg and discuss this small but influential country’s role in shaping the development of the E.U. Discuss the importance of social welfare in European lawmaking with a delegate from an E.U. organization. Meet a local farmer for a cheese and clog farm visit and participate in a debate about E.U. agricultural policies. Visit Paris’ Immigration Museum anddive deep into one of the biggest challenges facing the European Union, and the world, today.


Discover the largest city in the Netherlands on an excursion through Amsterdam’s picturesque city center via a cruise on its famous canals. Make stops in Brussels and Bruges while in Belgium, and create your own Belgian chocolate in a confectionary workshop. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris and enjoy the views from what was once the tallest building in the world. Then, mark the Louvre and other iconic Parisian landmarks off your bucket list. Cap it all off with stops in Luxembourg and Germany.


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Program Type

Looking to experience Europe this summer? You might get a whole lot more.

Where our service-learning programs go deep, Europe Discovery programs go broad. These experiences deliver on our exploratory travel methodology to immerse students in a country or theme through a series of locations deliberately selected for their impact and significance–iconic monuments, historical sites, and cultural exploration are all on the agenda. This program type is ideal for students who are curious about or have a strong interest in history, culture, the arts, contemporary issues, and the role of each city or region on the global stage.

Dates & Tuition

Multi-Country Europe

Understanding the EU: Brussels, Berlin & Beyond™

14-Day Program
2021 Dates
 July 21 – August 3, 2021
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $5,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 7 to 1
Community Service Hours: 10
Language Hours: N/A
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Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:

  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support

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Custom Group Travel Option

Global Leadership Adventures offers open enrollment on this program to any high school student who wishes to join any of the summer session dates listed above. Students will meet other teens from around the country and the world who sign up for the same program dates and destination.

Alternatively, this program is also available as an option for custom group travel any time of the year for those looking to put together their own group trip.

GLA Custom Group Travel works with educators, group leaders, or self-led students to create a tailored experience for their specific group of 12 or more students.  Select a pre-designed itinerary or select your own countries, themes, and learning objectives; regardless, GLA provides a safe environment for participants to learn, grow and challenge themselves with their fellow travel mates. Our local partners help bring foreign cultures to life, providing the critical context only a local resident could provide, and granting our students locals-only access to off-the-beaten-path experiences.

Leadership and personal growth are the core components of all of our programs, regardless of duration, destination or theme type and can be woven throughout every aspect of the experience as desired by the group leader. Our programs aim to ignite participants to become inspired to be the change.

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