AGS Students Get Inside Scoop on Belgium Parliament

By Purnell T. Cropper | December 7, 2010

By Corentine Chaillet

In Novemeber Arcadia students at the American Graduate School for International Relations and Diplomacy (AGS) traveled to Brussels, Belgium, as part of their out-of-the-classroom study of the European Union.

Along with AGS staff members Jennifer Wright and Matthew Delabre, students visited the European Parliament where they met with Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Kartika Liotard who spoke about the inner workings of the Parliament and her personal experience as an MEP. They also were given a guided insider’s tour including parts that are usually not accessible to public visitors.

Afterwards, students explored the streets of Brussels, shopped in the Place du Jeu de Balle and the Marolles district, and viewed the famous Manneken-pis and its female equivalent Janneken-pis. They also had a chance to enjoy a typical Belgian meal in an Art Nouveau brasserie from the early 1900s, and tasted the world-famous French Fries, a Belgian invention, from Chez Antoine.