Vive la révolution! | AEGEE Summer Universities 2013
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Vive la révolution!
AEGEE-Brussel-Bruxelles | AEGEE-Paris
Type Summer Course (SC)
Thematic category History
Theme Revolutionary exploration of culture and history of Paris and Brussels
In cooperation with Culture Working Group
Cities visited Brussels, Paris, Versailles, Bruges
Dates
From Wednesday, July 3rd
To Monday, July 15th
Event fee 145€
Participants 20
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Optional fee 40€
Optional fee used for Day trip to Bruges and evening at the Opera Garnier in Paris
Alternative programme to the optional fee Visit of the Army museum Brussels, tour Paris by night
Confirmation Pay 100% of the fee in advance
Lodging Gym, private lodging (mattrass and sleeping bag needed)
Provided meals Breakfast, dinner
Course level Beginner
Teachers members working in the cultural sector members working on EU related issues
Course workshops language lessons
Timetable 14h/week 24h in total
Equipment pens and paper
Contact email vivelarevolution2013gmail.com
Coordinator phone +32492317925
University support Yes
Suitable for disabled participants No
Languages used English, French
Activities
• Bike tour to Versailles
• French and Dutch language classes
• Revolutionary tour of Paris
• Day trip to Bruges
• Visit of the European Parliament
• Visit of the Parlamentarium (the fancy EU museum)
• Eating French fries in Belgium
• Brussels city tour
• Visit of the museum of folklore in Brussels
• Workshops on history and culture
• Visit of our symbols: the Eiffel Tower and the Atomium
• French National Day and fireworks at the Eiffel Tower
• Eating ‘crèpes’ in Paris
• Tour on the ‘Bateaux-mouches’ (boat tour)
• Wine tasting
• Evening at the Opera Garnier in Paris
Ideal participant
The ideal participant is open for new experiences, interested in culture and history, really wants to discover new cities, can sustain with a low amount of sleep, likes to dance the night away, wants to meet new people and make new friends and is open to explore the French and Belgian cuisine.

Event description
This summer we will start a revolution. AEGEE-Paris and AEGEE-Brussel/Bruxelles organise their first Summer University together and will offer you 12 days full of culture, history, discovery, fun, sight-seeing, workshops and friendship.

Wake up, there's a light at the window,
I can hear someone knocking on the door,
There are voices in the street,
And the sound of running feet,
And they whisper the word --
"Revolution!"

As usual for revolutions, days will be busy and filled with activities and nights will be short and sleepless. You will discover the capital of Europe, Brussels and the capital of love and revolutions (two things closely linked), Paris. You will discover why people started revolutions, how the French Revolution still influences European and AEGEEan values, how music can start a revolution and you will discuss why we might need new revolutions.

We will offer you 12 amazing days during which you will discover the capitals of Belgium and France, their culture and history, understand how they are connected and you will for sure also come across the differences. There will be a legendary European night introducing the culture and food of our participants and you will see how we dance the night away in the heart of Europe. During two amazing daytrips you will see more of our countries and visit the picturesque city of Bruges and beautiful Versailles with it famous castle. You will discover Paris and Brussels via really revolutionary city tours, explore the most interesting museums and get a glance into the heart of Europe when you visit the European Parliament. All this will end with a great firework in front of the Eiffel Tower for the celebrations of the French National Day and the of course the French Revolution!

So, if you are ready for a true cultural experience, if you are willing to discover two cities, two countries and their history, if you are full of energy, if you are convinced that there is no such thing as bad weather only inappropriate clothing, if you want to meet new friends and have the best time of your life: apply for the ultimate summer university experience in Brussels and Paris. Let’s experience the revolution together!

Places to be visited
Brussels:
The capital of Europe is at the same time the largest city and capital of Belgium. It is famous for its historical buildings, its beautiful parks and of course for being the home to the European institutions. The international and polyglot city is an amazing place for experiencing the AEGEE spirit.

Paris:
Paris is one of the most-visited cities of the world and everyone has heard already about its famous museums, great buildings and of course everybody knows the Eiffel tower. The French capital is a real metropolis and the river Seine invites to spent nice evenings at the waterside.

Bruges:
The picturesque city close to the Belgian coast is often compared to a museum. The city features many original medieval buildings and just waits to be discovered by AEGEE. The whole historic centre has been classified as world heritage by the UNESCO. If you want to prepare for ‘the Venice of the North’, start watching ‘In Bruges’ and be aware that in reality it is even more beautiful!

Versailles:
When Louis XIV of France decided to build his famous castle in Versailles, the small village suddenly became the centre of Europe. The royal family resided here and lived a truly decadent live until they were forced to return to Paris during the French revolution. The castle survived all revolutions and still is a must-see in France.
The amazing park landscape around it and the urban structure of the palaces, churches and markets even became the model for cities as Washington.
Pictures (click to view)