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08/17/2014 - 12/13/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/15/2014
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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01/12/2014 - 05/18/2014
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Extended to: 11/01/2013
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Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

With its central location and position in Europe, and as capital of the European Union, there’s no better spot than Brussels to examine international relations, European integration, business, politics, and the rapidly changing face of new media and communications. You’ll be in the center of international finance and politics, deepening not only your understanding of communications, but also enjoying stunning architecture, a vibrant arts scene, and a vast cross section of cultures.

Study abroad in Brussels and you'll:

  • Enroll in English-taught courses in communications, international relations, and Belgian culture
  • Do a for-credit internship with a local organization
  • Advance language skills in a French-taught course at the Université Libre de Bruxelles or a Dutch- taught course at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels
  • Participate in field trips to EU institutions and go on excursions in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Germany
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Scholarships & Grants

Scholarships & Grants

We want as many students as possible to benefit from studying abroad. That’s why CIEE awards more than $3 million every year – more than any other international educational organization – to make study abroad affordable.

Applicants to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship
  • Robert B. Bailey Scholarship

    The Bailey Scholarship is awarded to students who self-identify as a member of a group that has traditionally been underrepresented in study abroad, especially ethnic minority students. Award amounts are $1,500 for semester or yearlong programs and $1000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee’s CIEE program fee.

  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships
  • CIEE International Study Programs (CIEE-ISP) Scholarships

    In an effort to make study abroad opportunities available to the widest possible audience, CIEE-ISP Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate both academic excellence and financial need. $2,000 for semester or yearlong programs and $1,000 for summer programs, applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

  • GAIN
  • GAIN

    CIEE created the Global Access Initiative (GAIN) to help students overcome the major barriers to studying abroad, namely costs and curriculum requirements. GAIN aids in the diversification of study abroad by providing overseas opportunities for students who are economically challenged. The award is $1500 towards an airline ticket with any remaining funds distributed to the student in the form of a check.

  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship
  • Kathleen McDermott Scholarship

    The McDermott Scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need, and who are either a Public Health or Nursing major, and/or are participating in a CIEE Community Public Health study abroad program. Awards range from $1000-$2500, depending on duration of study and financial need, and are applied toward the awardee's CIEE program fee.

To be considered, simply check the “Scholarships and Grants” box on your program application.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

In addition to enrolling in a course on the culture, economy, and politics of Belgium, take advantage of your host institute’s robust communications course selection including marketing and advertising, intercultural communication, scriptwriting for radio and television, international reporting in Brussels, and corporate communications and public relations.

Internships

You’ll have a chance to choose from an extensive list of for-credit internships – from communications to business to international affairs. Just a few of the possibilities: researching and writing stories for “New Europe,” a weekly European magazine; monitoring news and analyzing European Union Court of Justice cases for Laffineur Law Firm; or attending European Union meetings as part of the European Parliament. Vesalius College offers a number of very competitive internships with local institutions and organizations. While foreign language skills may be an asset, a lack of foreign language skills is not an impediment to obtaining an internship in Brussels.

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Excursions

Explore the history in and around Belgium through exciting day trips. You could see Bastogne or Ypres, Bruges, The Hague, Aachen, Ypres, Waterloo, Bastogne, Aachen, Luxembourg, a traditional Mardi Gras parade in Binche, and the Brussels Comic Book Route. A three-day trip is included, too, to places like Normandy or Alsace.

Student to student

Study with students from the local liberal arts college, Vesalius College, or, if your French language skills are advanced, study with students from the local French-speaking university. You’ll meet to visit sites of historical or cultural importance and attend fun events in Brussels – all with the goal of practicing your French or Dutch.

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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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Fall 2014 (17 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
08/17/2014
12/13/2014
$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; students who elect to take ART 361, European Studies, at Vesalius College will be billed a supplemental tuition fee of approximately $1,200 for required overnight field trips, 4-6 weeks after the program starts.

*** Most students are housed in apartments; however, some homestays will be available. Homestay students will be billed an additional fee for weekday breakfast and evening meals, approximately $1,350 per semester, 4-6 weeks after the program starts.

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.

* For students housed in apartments; homestay student will be billed approximately $1,350 for homestay meal fees 4-6 weeks after the program start date.

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

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Spring 2014 (18 wks)
Extended to: 11/01/2013
01/12/2014
05/18/2014
$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; students who elect to take ART 361, European Studies, at Vesalius College will be billed a supplemental tuition fee of approximately $1,200 for required overnight field trips, 4-6 weeks after the program starts.

*** Most students are housed in apartments; however, some homestays will be available. Homestay students will be billed an additional fee for weekday breakfast and evening meals, approximately $1,350 per semester, 4-6 weeks after the program starts.

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.

* For students housed in apartments; homestay student will be billed approximately $1,350 for homestay meal fees 4-6 weeks after the program start date. These students should budget $1,500 for additional meals during the semester.

** 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: 04/15/2014
08/17/2014
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; students who elect to take ART 361, European Studies, at Vesalius College will be billed a supplemental tuition fee of approximately $1,200 for required overnight field trips, 4-6 weeks after the program starts.

*** Most students are housed in apartments; however, some homestays will be available. Homestay students will be billed an additional fee for weekday breakfast and evening meals, approximately $1,350 per semester, 4-6 weeks after the program starts.

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.

* For students housed in apartments; homestay student will be billed approximately $1,350 for homestay meal fees 4-6 weeks after the program start date.

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

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
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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 are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise indicated.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students take five courses including the CIEE core course, Contemporary Europe: The Belgian Experience, one required French or Dutch language course, and three Vesalius courses taught in English. Students with adequate French or Dutch language skills may replace Vesalius courses with regular ULB or VUB courses for a maximum of two regular university courses per semester. Students with advanced language skills may replace the required language course with a regular university course taken for credit. Students chosen for the Vesalius internship may replace one Vesalius course with the internship.

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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. Because of this, Brussels does not necessarily provide the language immersion one might get in another, less multilingual location. For the same reason, students feel quickly at home.

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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

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Vesalius College, the international English-language college in Brussels, is a small, independent, academic institution with a student body of approximately 300. Vesalius is located southeast of central Brussels, next to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), a partner of Vesalius College. Students with the necessary French or Dutch skills may also take courses at VUB or Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) which is considered the premier French-speaking university in Belgium.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. There are a limited number of homestays available with families from a variety of linguistic backgrounds. The non-homestay option, shared housing, includes 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 who opt for a homestay usually share weekday breakfast and evening meals with their hosts. Students will be billed approximately four to six weeks after the program start date for the host family meal fee. Students in non- homestay shared housing have access to cooking facilities in order to prepare their own meals, and may also eat meals in university cafeterias or area restaurants.

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Orientations

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 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. “Survival French” will prepare you to live in a primarily French-speaking environment. Some “Survival Dutch” is introduced as well. Vesalius also offers a three-day program of academic orientation and social activities prior to the start of semester. You'll participate in both orientation programs. Ongoing support by CIEE staff is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the study abroad 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 may hook your laptop up to the Internet at Vesalius College and use the wireless network at VUB. You will be expected to open an email account upon receipt of your VUB student card. You will also have access to a small computer lab with limited computers and hours at VC. At ULB you will have access to the computer lab and computers in the library. You should expect to use the computer labs or one of the numerous cyber cafés in Brussels.

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Culture

Culture

study abroad in Belgium

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 VUB and may participate in student clubs and activities at Vesalius as well as ULB and VUB.

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Academics

Academics

The CIEE Study Center in Brussels, Belgium, was established in 1994 and moved to its current host institution, Vesalius College, in 2002. Vesalius College is unique among academic institutions in Brussels in that it is the only institution that offers a selection of courses taught in English at the undergraduate level. Through its association with the French-speaking ULB and Dutch-speaking VUB, study abroad students with adequate French or Dutch skills may take or audit one course at either of these institutions. The CIEE resident director facilitates registration for regular university courses.

Academic Culture

Vesalius College, like other European universities, offers three-year undergraduate degrees. These fall into three main areas: business, communications, and international affairs.

Vesalius College differs from most Belgian universities in the freedom its students have to take elective courses. Typically, Belgian students follow a set curriculum in their area of specialization and have few elective choices. Classes at Vesalius meet three hours a week for 15 weeks. Classes are often small, with fewer than 20 students on average. While Vesalius aspires to a similar teaching approach as found in the U.S., in practice it can be quite different because most of the professors and students are products of a European educational system. So while there may be more student-teacher interaction at Vesalius than at a regular Belgian educational institution, there will likely be less than U.S. students are accustomed.

Class size at ULB and VUB varies but is generally much larger than at Vesalius. The teaching method at ULB and VUB 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. Please note that ULB and VUB fall semester courses extend into January and spring semester courses extend into June. While CIEE students may request permission for early exams, CIEE does not guarantee approval of such requests.

Nature of Classes

The CIEE core course is with other CIEE study abroad students only. French and Dutch language courses are with CIEE and other international students. Regular university courses are with CIEE, Belgian, and other international students.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in French or Dutch, resident staff encourages them to use their language skills in everyday settings. The more students participate, the more a community that contributes to French or Dutch language proficiency and understanding of Belgian society develops. Students are also encouraged to participate in conversation tables, organized by CIEE, with local students in an informal setting.

Grading System

Final grades given by Vesalius professors follow the U.S. system of letter grades and are based on a four- point scale, i.e., A = 4.0, A- = 3.7, etc. Course grades are based on a combination of factors and assignments including attendance and participation, research papers, presentations, and mid-term and final examinations. Final exams at ULB and VUB are usually oral, and the final course grade may be based on a single 15-minute oral exam. Grades are based on a numerical system of one to 20 with 10 considered a passing grade.

Internship

Vesalius College offers for-credit, unpaid internship opportunities to juniors and seniors, who are awarded a letter grade upon completion. CIEE participants may apply for available slots. However, because internships are competitive, there is no guarantee that students will be assigned an internship. Interested students should submit a résumé and cover letter with their course registration form. All internships require interviews with the sponsor of the internship. Foreign language skills may be an asset; however, a lack of foreign language skills is not an impediment to obtaining an internship in Brussels.

Study abroad students 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 supervising professor. Participants should verify whether their home institution will grant credit for the internship. Students who wish to apply for an internship should send a résumé and cover letter to the resident director before the start of the program. Internship interviews usually take place the week of orientation. Registration for internships takes place only after arrival in Brussels and only after the student has been accepted by the institution, organization, or company offering the internship.

Language of Instruction

Dutch
English
French

Faculty

The CIEE core course is taught by the resident director. Regular college and university courses are taught by faculty from Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, and Université Libre de Bruxelles.

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Course Description

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 CIEE Core Course

BELG 3002 BRUX

HIST 3001 BRUX

INRE 3001 BRUX

Contemporary Europe: The Belgian Experience
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 an appreciation of Belgium’s relations 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. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

Vesalius College French and Dutch Language Courses

Placement in the appropriate language level (elementary, intermediate, or advanced) is based on language exams administered at the beginning of the program by Vesalius College.

Elementary French

Elementary French I
Elementary French is designed specifically for American study abroad students who find themselves living for the first time in a French-speaking society. Its objective is to develop basic oral competence in French for students who either have had no French whatsoever or who may have completed the first and/or second course of elementary French at their home university. In either case, the course targets the immediate need of students to use the foreign language as they deal with everyday life in Belgium. Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.

Elementary French II
This course is designed for students who have taken elementary or intermediate French and who want to focus on developing their communicative skills in French. It explores more complex aspects of the language and students acquire confidence in speaking. Emphasis is placed on communicative interaction and on using the language in more complex daily life situations in a French-speaking environment. Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.

Regular French Language Courses

Intermediate French I and II
This course is a survey of French grammar and concentrates on the development of vocabulary and the ability to speak and understand French. Journalistic and literary texts are also studied. Students at Level II read and attend plays in French. Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.

Advanced French—Culture and Society
This course is designed for students with a sound, previous knowledge of French. Emphasis is placed on advanced grammatical structures, syntax, writing skills, oral competence, and comprehension of complex and longer texts. Attention is given to French culture, especially through theater evenings in Brussels. Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.

Regular Dutch Language Courses

Elementary Dutch
This course consists of Dutch for beginners. Emphasis is placed on learning elementary grammar, basic vocabulary, and correct pronunciation. The course materials refer to real life situations that students can immediately put into practice. Some typical aspects of life in Flanders and the Netherlands are illustrated and discussed. Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.

Intermediate Dutch I and II
This course elaborates on the basic skills learned in Elementary Dutch. Major points of Dutch grammar are systematically reviewed. A variety of texts are used to improve listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills, and increase lexical knowledge. Most of the texts discussed shed light on one or several aspects of Dutch culture and life in the Netherlands in general. Students participating in the spring semester program with a higher level of Dutch may enroll in a Dutch course at the appropriate level at VUB. (Dutch I is offered only in the fall and Dutch II only in the spring.) Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.

Vesalius College Courses

Following are examples of Vesalius College courses, taught in English, grouped by discipline. Other courses in these areas may occasionally be added. The Vesalius courses listed are representative of courses available each year, but CIEE cannot guarantee specific courses will be offered each semester. For additional course information and syllabi, visit www.vesalius.edu/studyabroad.

Business
Business Law
Corporate Governance
Development Economics
Digital Business Strategy
Environmental and Ecological Economics
The European Economy
Finance
Financial Accounting
History of Economic Thought
Human Resource Management
Information Systems
Intermediate Statistics
International Business
International Business Negotiations
International Finance
International Trade
Internship
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Economics
Introduction to Statistics
Macroeconomics
Management of Innovation and Technical Change
Managerial Accounting
Marketing
Mathematics for Business and Economics
Mergers, Acquisitions, and Related Transactions
Microeconomics
Organizational Leadership
Project Management

Communications
Communication Theories
Corporate Communications and Public Relations
Cultural Studies and Cross-Cultural Capability
Film: History, Theories, Narration, and Scriptwriting
ICT’s, Media, and Society
Intercultural Communication
International Journalism
International Reporting in Brussels
Introduction to Human Communication
Introduction to Mass Communication
Introduction to Organizational Communications
Introduction to Psychology
Language and Communication
Marketing Communicating and Advertising
Political Communication
Print Journalism
Scriptwriting for Radio and Television

International Affairs
Chinese Forteign Policy and external relations Dilemmas of European Integration
European Peace and Security Studies—A Brussels Perspective
The European Union’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) in Theory and Practice
The European Union as an Internationam Actor: Civilian Approaches to Promoting Security and Development
Evolution of the International System, 1815 to 1914
Germany Under National Socilaism
History of Political thought from Machiavelli to Marx
History of Western Philosophy
History: Methods and Problems
Inquiry in International Affairs
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European Peace and Security Studies (EPSS)

Students may take courses in the European Peace and Security Studies program that Vesalius College has developed with the Conflict Studies Department of the Belgian Royal Military Academy, Institute of European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, and University of Kent. Courses in this area are:

European Peace and Security Studies—A Brussels Perspective, The European Security and Defense Policy (ESDP) in Theory and Practice, The European Union as an International Actor, Military Approaches to Promoting Security, Non-Military Approaches to Promoting Security and Development, Understanding Contemporary Conflicts: Europe and Beyond

Université Libre de Bruxelles and Vrije Universiteit Brussels Courses
Students with a very high French (or Dutch) language level may take one or possibly two courses at the Université Libre de Bruxelles or the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. Students in the past have taken French literature courses or area studies courses in political science, geography, or history. A specific meeting is organized by the resident director at the beginning of the semester where students are informed about the differences in the academic system, examinations, and administration at traditional European universities. Students also review course offerings at that time.

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