If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Gender in the World-Belgium and Paris

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Brussels, Belgium and Paris, France, Multiple Countries (Belgium, France)
Course # SA 19999
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2024 03/09/24 to 03/16/24

Program Leader

Name Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer
Email zurnbirk@purdue.edu
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Applications closed for summer 2024.

Program Description

Thank you for your interest in the Gender in the World: Belgium & Paris spring break 2024 study abroad. This 2-credit course provides undergraduate students the opportunity to understand the impact of gender in a worldview, and to start thinking about how they can become change-makers with regard to inclusivity. There will be 3 pre-trip class meetings where faculty will lead discussions around gender dynamics (the relationship and interactions between and among people, based on gender) in the STEM fields. Students will read pertinent literature and become aware of and discuss solutions for internal and external barriers that prevent women from reaching their greatest potential in the workforce and start their own path toward understanding and implementing inclusivity.

This spring break study abroad will allow students to better understand gender dynamics in the world by exploring and immersing in the culture of other countries. They will also visit international engineering feats to gain a broader view of engineering outside of the U.S.

We will spend the first part of the week based in Brussels, Belgium where we will visit various sites and meet with Purdue alums. We will also spend one day touring the town of Bruges, Belgium including visiting the world’s longest beer pipeline to understand the engineering behind this structure. The second half of the week will be spent in Paris. We will be visiting local attractions including the the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, meeting with Purdue alums, and touring the Catacombs. There will be free time in both cities to practice cultural immersion. Please note that the itinerary is still tentative.

For more information, please contact Dr. Suzanne Zurn-Birkhimer at zurnbirk@purdue.edu

Tentative Itinerary

Saturday, March 9 - travel to Brussels, Belgium

Sunday, March 10 - arrive in Brussels - afternoon walking tour of Brussels - Welcome Dinner & class discussion

Monday, March 11 - train to Bruges, Belgium - morning walking tour of Bruges - afternoon visit to Halve Maan Brewery and the worlds longest beer pipeline - train back to Brussels

Tuesday, March 12 - morning meeting with Purdue alum - afternoon free to explore Brussels - evening train to Paris, France

Wednesday, March 13 - morning meeting with Purdue alum - afternoon free to explore Paris - evening visit to Eiffel Tower & Dinner on 2nd level

Thursday, March 14 - morning tour of The Louvre Museum - afternoon and evening free to explore Paris

Friday, March 15 - morning tour of The Catacombs - afternoon walking tour of "Women of Paris" - Farewell Dinner & class discussion

Saturday, March 16 - travel back to Indiana


Academic Credit

Earn 2 credits for ENGR 29600. This class will meet 3 times prior to the study abroad experience. These are mandatory class meetings and you must attend in person:

Discussion 1: Tuesday, January 9, 2024 from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Discussion 2: Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Discussion 3: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Students in Engineering schools must check with their academic advisors to see how this can be used in their plans of study. 


All engineering majors are eligible.  Students in other STEM majors are also welcome.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

Estimated cost is $3,000 This includes housing, most meals, all ground transportation, all activities and excursions on the itinerary with entrance fees, academic credits, and international health insurance. 

Additional Costs:  Round trip airfare, passport, some meals, personal excursions, and personal spending money. 

**Purdue Moves Scholarships are available.  Please see the "Financial Resources" tab for information on qualifying and applying. 

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full. Up to 20 spots are available. 

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.