Our Master in European Affairs students in Brussels
- Our MAE students in Brussels © Sciences Po
During second semester, students leave for a study trip to Brussels and Luxembourg, in continuity with the workshop "Métiers de l'Europe", but in situ. In fact, students meet the main actors of European affairs within their professional environment. This one week trip enables a full immersion of a group of students of the Master.
Recently returned from Bruxelles, Catarina Falcao shared with us her experience and her point of view:
Studying European Affairs allows us to understand how the European institutions function, the reasons behind the creation of the European Union and how it benefits or hinders Member states. But for us, students, it is all hypothetical. In order to grasp reality, a group of 40 students of the Master in European Affairs from Sciences Po went to Brussels to meet and interact with decision makers, institutions, diplomats, lobbies, academics and journalists.
This visit, organised by students for students, included meetings with Michel Barnier, the Head Negotiator for Brexit at the Commission, Commissioner Julian King, in charge of the Security Union, and Fabien Dell, member of the cabinet of Commissioner Pierre Moscovici. It also included visits to the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament. But it was also an opportunity to meet with consultancy firms such as Acumen, Burson-Marsteller, Harwood Levitt Consulting and other players such as The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) and Spirits Europe. We also met with think tanks like Fondation Robert Schuman, visited POLITICO and we were kindly received by the permanent representations of Russia and Turkey.
It was also a chance to network. We met with Sciences Po alumni working in Brussels and we would like to thank Euralia for hosting the cocktail party and the Sciences Po alumni organisation in Brussels for giving us personal insight into our possible career paths. We also had time for fun and to get to know each other better!
This visit did not only allow us to be at the center of decision making in Europe, but also to set out goals for our own future. Would we like to work for the European institutions? Do we want to deepen our knowledge about the role of the European Union in the world? Can we make a difference as Europeans? The four days in Brussels gave us a lot of questions, but one clear answer: we are committed to contribute to a better common future, now with a better grasp of reality and the challenges ahead.