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09/08/2014 - 01/24/2015
Deadlines:
Extended to: 05/15/2014
Credit:
15 semester / 22.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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01/27/2014 - 06/29/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 11/15/2013
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15 semester / 22.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Eligibility:
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Program Overview

Program Overview

You’ll feel like you’ve landed in the center of everything in the beautiful city of Brussels, considered to be the heart of Europe. At the prestigious Université Libre de Bruxelles, you’ll improve your French or Dutch language skills while absorbing everything you can about Belgium’s culture and politics. With peer language mentors, internship opportunities, and exciting cultural activities and excursions, the Advanced Liberal Arts program gives you an absorbing international experience.

In Brussels you will:

  • Enroll in French-taught courses in humanities, take classes with Belgian and other European students, and join a university club
  • Integrate into the university environment with the help of student mentors
  • Participate in field trips to European Union institutions and excursions in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Germany
  • Visit The Hague, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, NATO, and the Museum of Fine Arts
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Gain full access to the curriculum at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). You’ll take a core course on Belgian history and culture that’s supplemented with fun site visits with the CIEE resident director. At ULB You can study anything from anthropology and art history to language, film, economics, and political science. Want to improve your language skills to better follow your regular university courses at ULB? Courses in advanced grammar and composition are waiting.

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Excursions and Cultural Activities

There’s so much to see as you explore Belgium and neighboring countries. Exciting day trips take you to places like Bruges, Liège or Tournai, The Hague, Aachen, Luxembourg, and more. Experience the traditional Mardi Gras parade in Binche or the graffiti tour in Brussels, and immerse yourself in European culture and history during a three-day trip to Normandy or Alsace. And don’t forget about the sports facilities and student clubs available on campus. You’ll have fun and get to know your peers.

Internships

Make the most of a great opportunity. You’ll have a choice of for-credit internships in subjects ranging from communications to business to international affairs. Just one of the possibilities: helping to prepare a new permanent exhibit at the Royal Museum for Central Africa.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card, which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Costs
Fall 2014 (20 wks)
Extended to: 05/15/2014
09/08/2014
01/24/2015
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,348
Housing
$3,100
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,600
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$500
Books & Supplies
$275
Visa Fees
$234
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,650

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2014 (22 wks)
Extended to: 11/15/2013
01/27/2014
06/29/2014
$17,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$14,348
Housing
$3,100
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$2,600
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$500
Books & Supplies
$275
Visa Fees
$234
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$2,650

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015
10/15/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015
Extended to: 05/15/2014
09/08/2014
TBA
$33,900

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$27,298
Housing
$6,200
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students; including $300 non-refundable Participation Confirmation Fee

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$5,200
International Airfare *
$1,450
Local Transportation
$1,000
Books & Supplies
$550
Visa Fees
$234
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$5,300

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 6 semesters college-level French or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for a semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours. Total recommended credit for the academic year is 30 semester/45 quarter hours.

Course contact hours vary, but average 24 contact hours for ULB courses. The CIEE/ULB core course is 40 hours each semester. Recommended credit is 3 U.S. credits for the CIEE courses and 1 U.S. credit per 2 ECTS credits earned.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students take at least six courses, including the CIEE/ULB core course. At least three courses should be chosen from the courses offered within one Faculty of specialization (either the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters or Political and Social Sciences, or the Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management). Two other courses can be chosen from the course offering of that same Faculty or from one of the other two Faculties.

ULB uses the ECTS grading scale, a framework designed by the European Commission to streamline the transfer of credits between European countries with different credit scales. All CIEE students are required to enroll in the equivalent of 15 U.S. credits, or 30 ECTS. The number of ULB courses that each student takes may vary. ULB courses can range from three to 10 ECTS each. A typical course load consists of six courses of five ECTS each.

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About the City

About The City

Beautiful, historic Brussels has become one of Europe’s must-see destinations because of its charm, trendy restaurants and nightclubs, shopping, museums, festivals, and more. The capital and largest city of Belgium is a mecca of fashion, art, design, and culture. Brussels has emerged as the “Capital of Europe” in political and economic terms. As the headquarters of the European Union, it is at the forefront of European integration and EU policy. Brussels is very international. Its diversity is reflected in its neighborhoods, restaurants, and languages. While French is the dominant language, Dutch (Flemish) and English are widely spoken.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Michelangelo vanMeerten

Resident Director

Michelangelo vanMeerten holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He joined CIEE in 2001 as a professor of European Integration for the CIEE Study Center and became the resident director in the fall of 2002. Michelangelo has researched and lectured in the field of economics and economic history in Groningen, the Netherlands; Leuven, Louvain-la-Neuve; Brussels, Belgium; Krakow, Poland; and Barcelona and Madrid, Spain. Michelangelo speaks six Western European languages fluently and has traveled extensively in Europe. His interests and research areas include the history and development of the European continent, transport and communications, European integration, politics, film, and culture.

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Bruxelles est une ville que j’adore. C’est l’endroit où l’Europe du nord rencontre l’Europe du sud, où les cultures latines se mélangent avec les traditions anglo-saxonnes et germaniques. Bruxelles s’affirme chaque jour davantage comme capitale de l’Europe. On y trouve différentes institutions européennes, mais aussi l’OTAN et beaucoup de ngo’s et entreprises internationales. Mais la ville accueille également des communautés du bassin méditerranéen, de l’Europe de l’Est, de l’Afrique, et de l’Amérique latine. Cette présence multiculturelle se reflète dans le foisonnement de langues, restaurants, festivals, et activités culturelles qui animent les différents quartiers de la ville. C’est une ville idéale pour connaître l’Europe!

— Michelangelo van Meerten, Resident Director

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Chloe Peebles

Resident Coordinator

Chloe Peebles has an M.A. in international relations from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels. She has been working for CIEE in Brussels since August 2012, but has lived in Brussels since 2006. She grew up in an expat family and lived in different countries (Bulgaria, Haiti, France, USA and Spain) but fell in love with Brussels. She speaks French, English and Spanish fluently. She studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and loves to share her experience in discovering new cultures.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

The French-language Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) was founded in 1834 as an alternative to the Catholic or state universities in Leuven, Gent, and Liège. It now has a student population of over 24,000 and is the largest university in Brussels. ULB has several campuses in different areas of the city. The main campus, where the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters and Political and Social Sciences, Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management, library, and university administration are located, is known as the Solbosch campus and is located in southeast Brussels.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

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Shared housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Students stay in a combination of individual rooms, with or without other students, and shared common spaces with landlords. Housing is mainly located in the southeast of central Brussels. An excellent public transportation system makes it easy to commute. All housing placements are made on site at the beginning of the semester.

Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students have access to cooking facilities to prepare their own meals and may also eat meals in university cafeterias or area restaurants.

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Orientations

Orientations

Online Pre-Departure and On-Site Orientations

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Brussels even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. The resident director meets with students online and shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help you understand more about the program and identify your goals.

Prior to the start of each semester, there is a mandatory three-day orientation organized and conducted by CIEE at a hostel in downtown Brussels. The orientation will introduce you to Belgium and Brussels, provide practical information about the host country, daily life, academic program, housing, and cultural and educational differences, and enable you and the staff to get to know one another by participating in structured and informal activities that may include visits to museums, tours, and group meals. Ongoing support by CIEE staff is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. Wireless connections in the home are as common in Brussels as in the U.S. so you can expect to have Internet connections at your housing. However, you may find the availability of bandwidth to be more restricted than in the U.S. You will have access to an on- campus computer laboratory as well as computers in the ULB library. To access a number of online forums, it's recommended you open an email account at the ULB. You should expect to use the computer labs or one of the numerous cyber cafés in Brussels.

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Culture

Culture

Cultural Activities and Field Trips

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Extracurricular activities and occasional group excursions are organized throughout the semester. Day trips may include Bruges, Luxembourg, Ypres, Bastogne, and Aachen and weekend excursions may include sites in France and Germany. Day trips to the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, European Parliament and Commission in Brussels, European Investment Bank, or European Court of Justice in Luxembourg may also occur. Visits to the Brussels Museum of Fine Arts, and regular visits to see French and European films complete program activities. You'll also have access to sports facilities at the ULB and may participate in student clubs and activities.

Mentoring Program

CIEE and the ULB collaborate on a mentoring program for study abroad students. Mentors are available to help you integrate into the university environment and serve as contacts in your classes. The ULB has a very highly developed student network in the classroom as well as online. Mentors serve as a bridge to this network as well as to all aspects of student life.

Internship

CIEE offers a limited number of for-credit and unpaid internship opportunities to juniors and seniors and you may apply for available slots. However, because internships are competitive, there is no guarantee that you will be assigned an internship. If you're interested, you must submit a résumé and cover letter to CIEE. All internships require an interview with the sponsor of the internship once on site.

You should be prepared for a workload of 150 hours over the course of the semester. There will be a mid- term meeting with, and report given to, the academic advisor and/or resident director. You must receive approval from your home institution to enroll in an internship. Registration for internships takes place only after arrival in Brussels and after you have been accepted by the institution, organization, or company offering the internship.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Study Center in Brussels, Belgium, was established in 1994 and began its pilot program at the ULB in 2006. The CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts program opened its doors in spring 2009. The Advanced Liberal Arts program is specifically designed for students with upper-level French language skills who want the challenge of direct matriculation within a European university. The program is particularly well-suited for those with an interest in communications, language, literature, philosophy, history, political science, and business and economics.

Academic Culture

ULB, like other European universities, offers three-year undergraduate degrees, organized into different faculties. The CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts program is located in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters.

The academic culture of ULB courses follows a traditional European model. Students attend lectures for a semester or year and usually take a single oral exam at the end of the course to determine their grade. Papers are usually not required for these courses, making the final exam that much more important. Some courses may also include presentations or written assignments.

Class size at ULB varies, but is generally much larger than typical U.S. courses. The teaching method at ULB is primarily lecture-style. Students are advised that due to possible changes in the courses offered each term they should be flexible in course selection. Fall semester ULB courses extend into January, and spring semester courses extend into June. Professors may be willing to administer the final exam earlier than the officially scheduled date, allowing fall students to depart mid- to late December and spring students to depart in late May or early June, but CIEE cannot be responsible for arranging or guaranteeing early exams.

Nature of Classes

Students take regular university courses with Belgian students and a limited number of other international students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking French at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that will contribute to both French language proficiency and understanding of Belgian society. Study abroad students are also encouraged to participate in bi- weekly conversation tables, organized by CIEE, with ULB students at a local café.

Grading System

Grades are based on a numerical system of one to 20, with a 10 considered a passing grade. Course grades are usually based on a single, oral final exam.

Language

ULB offers a limited number of upper intermediate and advanced French language classes designed for study abroad students. Students who wish to take a French language class should indicate this well before the start program. Placement in the appropriate language level is based on language exams administered at the beginning of the program by ULB.

Students who wish to take a Dutch language course can do so at the VUB campus and should indicate their interest in doing so well before the start program. Placement in the appropriate language level is based on language exams administered at the beginning of the program by CVO.

Students are strongly encouraged to take part in the tandem program developed by ULB. The tandem is a language-learning program where students are paired with local students, participate in social activities, maintain a logbook, and complete a final assessment. The tandem program can be taken for credit. See the ULB website for the tandem requirements: http://tandems.ulb.ac.be/en/index.html

Language of Instruction

French

Faculty

The core course is taught by a member of the ULB faculty in conjunction with the CIEE resident director. Regular university courses are taught by faculty from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

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Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

Required Core Course

Students must take the semester core course below. The core courses are regular ULB courses focusing on Belgian history supplemented by seminars and site visits led by the CIEE resident director.

HIST 3001 BULB

History of the Contemporary Period
This course is intended to provide a better understanding of the culture, economy, politics, and history of Belgium as well as the different identities of its inhabitants. It supplies a fuller appreciation of the relations Belgium has with the rest of the world and, in particular, with its neighboring countries. By the end of the course, students will grasp the complex evolution of the different cultures that coexist on the Belgian territory and gain a better understanding of the process of European integration at large. In addition to regular course hours, supplemental lectures and additional written assignments are required. Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.

CIEE Elective Course—Fall and Spring

INSH 3003 BULB

Internship
With permission from their home institution, qualified students may apply for an internship for credit while in Brussels. After acceptance to the program, interested students must submit a résumé and cover letter to apply for a limited number of internship placements. Once on site, students will interview with sponsoring organizations or companies and if selected, students should be prepared for a workload of 150 hours over the course of the semester. There will be a mid-term meeting with the academic advisor and/or CIEE resident director and students will submit a final research paper, using their internship experience to make inferences about relevant issues in the field. Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.

ULB French Language Courses
For students who wish to improve their language skills to better follow their regular university courses at the ULB, courses are offered in advanced grammar and composition. Please visit the website for information http://www.ulb.ac.be/enseignements/cours-francais/index-6.html .

ULB Courses at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, and Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management
Following are examples of course areas offered at ULB. Additional courses in the social sciences may be added. The ULB course areas listed are representative of courses available each year, but CIEE cannot guarantee specific courses are offered each semester. Go to the webpages of the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters at www.ulb.ac.be/facs/philo, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at www.soco-ulb.be, and Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management at www.solvay.edu for additional course information.

Ancient Languages and Literature, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Belgian Studies, Business, Communications, Economics, Film Studies, French Language and Literature, Germanic Language and Literature, History, Information Science, Labor Relations, Management, Modern Languages and Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion Studies, Romance Languages, and Literature, Sociology

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