The education abroad group stands for a picture with the professor who leads the program in their formal attire

One of the great things about study abroad trips is they have a “serious” side and a “fun” side. 19 Spartans are in Belgium this summer experiencing plenty of both!

On the serious side, our MSU group visited the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg this past week. The EIB provides funding for projects that often cannot get loans from other institutions, and at a low cost. But what banks might perceive as an unacceptable risk, the EIB sees as an opportunity to add value to society rather than just a financial statement. Our Study Abroad group got to see first-hand the European Union’s commitment to Socially Responsible Investing. How many banks can say they offer high risk, low-cost loans and have a 0% failure rate? The EIB can!

The education abroad group poses in front of the Hergé Museum


Then it was on to the fun side of things, as our Spartans in Belgium toured the Hergé Museum in Louvain-La-Neuve. The Adventures of Tintin was one of the world’s most popular comics series of the 20th century, and the lead character (Tintin, of course!) is said to represent the true Belgian characteristics: curious, adventurous and smart (obviously Tintin must be an MSU alum!). Who needs Comic-Con?!

Stay tuned for more from Belgium as well as a report from the Broad College’s first-ever study abroad trip to Greece!