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Brussels European Forum Simulation

The Brussels European Forum Simulation will give you the opportunity to analyze and explore complex global challenges as you collaborate to address the world’s most pressing and enduring issues.

Program Overview

Program Type

Short-term, faculty-led program administered by Gonzaga University


March 11-17, 2018


ORGL 577: Methods of Inquiry and Strategy for Contemporary Global Issues


Courses will be taught in English.


 La Foresta European Center for one week and two nights stay in Brussels.

Estimated Cost

Estimated cost $1,564 + airfare and tuition

Financial Aid

Gonzaga and federal financial aid can be applied towards this program.

Application Deadline

To apply, visit the main Study Abroad page here.


Graduate or doctoral students


NOTE: This course is open ORGL and COML students however priority is given to students who have declared the Global Leadership Concentration.

Course Description

ORGL 577

Acquire the fundamentals of leading in volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous global contexts while practicing strategic leadership integrating multinational perspectives. Develop the leadership capacity to examine contemporary global issues, comprehensively analyze policies, negotiate towards bilateral agreement, and work in multinational contexts to create viable and sustainable solutions. Competencies are gained from class instruction, mentorship, and coaching from an international simulation at the epicenter of the European Community, NATO, and the home of various multinational institutions in Brussels, Belgium.

ORGL 577 Methods of Inquiry and Strategy for Contemporary Global Issues meets the elective requirement study abroad requirement for the Global Leadership Concentration.


Adrian B. Popa, Ph.D., M.P.A.
Associate Professor, Department Chair
Get to know me better

Dr. Adrian B. Popa joined the esteemed faculty at Gonzaga University in 2005. He is an Associate Professor and serves as Chair for the Department of Organizational Leadership. Dr. Popa holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from University of California at Irvine, a Master Degree in Social Work from California State University of Long Beach, a Master Degree in Public Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from University of Utah. Before Dr. Popa came to Gonzaga University he worked as a research analyst at University of Utah consulting with federal, state, and community organizations. This work also provided foundational opportunities to work in grassroots leadership at the state and community level. Prior to research, Dr. Popa worked as a family counselor in the hospital and medical setting at Loma Linda University Medical Center, CA. At Gonzaga University, Dr. Popa teaches in the areas of Organizational Ethics, Research & Evaluation Methods, Leadership and Hardiness/Resilience, and Leadership Seminar.

His research interests focus on the impact of leadership practices on job attitudes, personal and organizational resilience, the role of psychological hardiness in post-conflict societies, and moral imagination. Dr. Popa sits on the board of international organizations, presents at international conference, and serves as editor of AUDEM: The International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy.

Dr. Popa served as Editor of an international academic journal, and currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Leadership Education.

Dr. Popa was born and raised in Romania, where he continues to visit, serve and partner with colleagues on academic projects and endeavors.

In his spare time, Dr. Popa enjoys traveling, mountaineering, sea kayaking, and camping – but most of all – spending time with his precious family.

Course Syllabus

Download the ORGL 577 course syllabus.

15th Brussels European Forum Final Report

This report captures the work completed by participants in the March 2016 Brussels Simulation. This document will give you insight into each simulation, participant testimonials, and the outcome of each simulation.

Contact Student Services

Available: 7 days a week
M-F 6am-8pm PST
Sat-Sun 7am-4pm PST
Call or Text: (509) 313-3573
Toll Free: (866) 380-5323
Fax: (509) 313-6232

La Foresta is located in the green garden of Leuven, amidst the restful natural surroundings of the Meerdaal-Forest, the Mollendaal-Forest and the Heverlee-Wood: nevertheless, we are easily accessible at a stone’s thrown from the E40 motorway, and just 25 kilometers from Brussels.

La Foresta has respectfully reshaped an ancient monastery into a centre that disposes of some twenty halls for groups of 10 to 200 people. La Foresta’s has is own restaurant – a modernized genuine monastery refectory – and over a hundred basic guest rooms complete our suitable service and infrastructure. A serene atmosphere, as stress disappears within the walls of the original Franciscan monastery. Time stands still, you again have space to think, or work with concentration.

No frills, just true to life.

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