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Professional Visits, Lectures & Excursions

Many wonderful opportunities to learn more about Europe and the European Union beyond books and the classroom are included in the program.

Although we will do our best to include most of the excursions and visits listed below, we can not guarantee that they will be available each semester.

Please visit the Academic Calendar page to see which activities are currently planned or included in your program.

FRANCE

The Council of Europe

The Council of Europe is the oldest international organisation working towards European integration. It focuses on legal standards, human rights, democratic development, the rule of law and cultural co-operation.

The European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights with its 47 member states monitors respect for the human rights of 800 million Europeans. It deals with new challenges and consulidating the rule of law and democracy in Europe.

The European Parliament

The European Parliament is the parliamentary institution of the European Union. Together with the Council of Europe it is one of the most powerful legislatures in the world. It plays an active role in drafting legislation which has an impact on daily lives of all European citizens.

The Euro-Institute

The German-French Euro-Institute was foundet in 1993 and is a structure specialized in continuing education and consulting on cross-border cooperation.

GERMANY

The German Federal Bank

The German Federal Bank or "Deutsche Bundesbank" which is located in Frankfurt, is the central bank of Germany. Due to its strength and size the Federal Bank is the most influential member of the European System of Central Banks.

The German Stock Exchange

The German Stock Exchange is one of the world's leading exchange organizations and the largest in Europe. The entire organization consits of eight stock exchanges situated in different parts of Germany. The most famous is located in Frankfurt.

The European Central Bank

The European Central Bank in Frankfurt is the central bank for Europe's single currency, the euro. The ECB's main task is to maintain the euro's purchasing power and thus price stability in the the 16 EU countries of the euro area.

The Federal Constitutional Court

The Federal Constitutional Court's main task is juridical review. Additionally, it has to ensure that all German institutions obey the German constitution and the basic law.

BELGIUM

The European Commission

The European Commission is the EU's executive body. It represents and upholds the interests of Europe as a whole. It drafts for new European laws, manages the day-to-day business of implementing EU policies and spending EU funds. The Commission also makes sure that everybody abides by the European treaties and laws.

The US Mission to the EU

Founded 50 year ago, the US Mission to the European Union is a imoprtant institution, maintainig diplomatic relations between the USA and the EU. In Brussles there are representatives from different US departments, e.g. Justice, Trade, Agriculture, Public Affairs... Additionally the US Mission provides information for the USA or the EU.

SHAPE

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) is the Headquarters of Allied Command Operations (ACO), one of NATO's two strategic military commands. It is located in Casteau, north of the Belgian city of Mons. ACO is commanded by the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) and is responsible for all Alliance military operations.

The Council of the European Union

The Council of the European Union defines the general political direction and the priorities of the European Union. The European Council provides the Union with the necessary inputs for its developement. It does not exercise legislative functions.

World Bank Group

The World Bank Group is not a bank in common sense. It provides financial and technical assistance to developing countries. The mission of the bank is to fight poverty for lasting results and to help people to help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and foreign partnerships.