Student Life 2017-02-02T17:42:50+00:00

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Student Life

Brussels and Washington D.C. offer practical opportunities for students to deepen and apply their theoretical knowledge of politics, by seeking internships in think-tanks or government institutions, attending hearings, meetings and seminars in their areas of interest, and seeking after-school jobs.

IN BRUSSELS

Brussels is the location for the headquarters of the European Union (EU), and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Students have opportunities to seek internships, attend public meetings, seminars and conferences, and network. Distances are short relative to the United States, and a student can visit Luxembourg, Paris, or London in a day trip, on public transportation.

IN WASHINGTON DC

Washington DC is the center of American political power. The Congress of the United States with its two chambers, the House of Representatives, and the Senate, the White House, and the Supreme Court are located in downtown DC. The Pentagon, the headquarters of the Department of Defense, is a short car ride away in Northern Virginia. Students have opportunities to seek internships, attend public meetings, public hearings in Congress or the Supreme Court, and visit any of these institutions. Public transportation consists of metro and buses; and the routes and schedule of operations are available on the internet.

Arriving in the U. S.

The closest international airports to Washington D.C. are Dulles International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Public transportation consists of buses, taxi cabs, or shuttles that can take the students to their destination.
If students do not have any contacts in the U.S., contact program director (georgeta@vt.edu) before arriving, to see what kind of arrangements can be made to make the first day manageable.

Finding a place to live

The Virginia Tech National Capital Region (VT-NCR) is located at 1021 Prince Street in Alexandria, just a few miles south of Washington D.C. Students can arrive at VT-NCR by metro (King street stop) + trolley (or a brief 15-minute walk from the metro station); bus (there are several bus lines, schedule and routes are available on the internet); or personal car.
Students who wish a place to live close to the campus will need to research available rentals in Old Town Alexandria. These rentals tend to be expensive due to location.

Students who plan to take the metro to class can find more affordable rentals in the town of Arlington, in Washington D.C., or outside Old Town of Alexandria.

Contact program director for initial assistance, georgeta@vt.edu.

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