Brussels, Belgium

Advanced Liberal Arts

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Information for term Advanced Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

May 1, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2018
  • Dates: Sep 10, 2018 – Jan 27, 2019 (20 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.7 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 29 – Jun 24, 2018 (21 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.7 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 11, 2017 – Jun 24, 2018 (41 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.7 Overall GPA

Overview

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In international Brussels – the heart of Europe – you’re perfectly positioned to embrace university life like European students do. Take your advanced French skills even further, get a front row seat to explore Belgian politics and culture, and take advantage of full access to the curriculum at prestigious Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

See more of the region with day trips to Bruges, Tournai or Liège, and Luxembourg. Take a three-day excursion to France to explore coastal Normandy or Alsace on the Swiss border. Get involved on campus by joining a student club or taking advantage of sports facilities. Explore favorites like Brussels Museum of Fine Arts and one of Belgium’s celebrated chocolate factories.

Unique Experiences

  • Challenge yourself

    with coursework taught in French, in topics ranging from film to political science.

  • Learn beyond the classroom

    With visits to Bruges, Tournai or Liège, Normandy and Luxembourg.

  • Jump into campus life

    with the help of ULB student mentors.

  • students

    22K
  • European Union entities

    20
  • embassies and consulates

    200+

Location & Culture

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Charming and trendy restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, museums, and architecture make beautiful Brussels a must-see European destination. Headquarters of the European Union, Belgium’s capital is also recognized as the political and economic capital of Europe. You’ll see the city’s international character in its neighborhoods, restaurants, and languages. French is the dominant language, though Dutch (Flemish) and English are widely spoken.

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The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • See more of the region with day trips to Bruges, Liège, Tournai, and  Luxembourg.
  • Check out urban graffiti with a special tour, or experience a Belgian-style Mardi Gras parade.
  • Take a three-day excursion to France to explore coastal Normandy or Alsace on the German border.
  • Get involved on campus by joining a student club or taking advantage of sports facilities.
  • Explore favorites like Brussels Museum of Fine Arts and one of Belgium’s celebrated chocolate factories.

PROJECTS

Internships. Get credit and on-the-job experience in communications, business, or international affairs. Possibilities include helping a member of the European Parliament, promoting citizen’s rights, or preparing an exhibit for the Royal Museum. 

Mentoring. ULB has a well-designed student network. CIEE students can tap in, connect in classes, and ease into campus life with mentoring established between CIEE and the university.

Café conversations. Bi-weekly, students can meet with ULB students at a local café to practice conversing in French.  

Tandem learning. ULB’s program pairs students with Belgian students to foster language learning and participation in social activities. Students earn get credit for this.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Students stay in individual rooms, and share facilities with other students, young professionals or  landlords, mostly southeast of central Brussels. First-rate public transportation makes it easy to commute.

  • MEALS

    Meals are not provided. Students have access to cooking facilities, or can dine at university cafeterias or local restaurants.

Brussels, Belgium

Where You'll Study

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    UNIVERSITÉ LIBRE DE BRUXELLE

    Solbosch, main campus.

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    Getting Around

    Reliable, efficient public transportation make commuting easy.

What People are Saying

  • When I was able to understand a two-hour lecture, all in French, about a 18th century French philosopher (also being able to read the philosopher's books in french)

    Eugenia, George Washington University, Spring 17

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What you need to know

The program details

Established in 1994, CIEE Brussels launched an Advanced Liberal Arts pilot program in 2006, and formalized it in 2009. The program is designed for students with upper-level French language skills who want the challenge of studying in French at a European university. The program is particularly well-suited for those with an interest in communications, language, literature, philosophy, history, political science, socials sciences, and business and economics. Students have full access to the curriculum at Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) hosts 24,200 students, 32% of whom come from abroad, and offers three-year undergraduate degrees, organized by faculty. The CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts program is associated with the Faculty of Letters, Translation and Communication, the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, and the Solvay Brussels School for Management and Economics. The main campus – Solbosch, in southeast Brussels – includes the Faculties of Letters, Translation and Communication and Philosophy, Political and Social Sciences, and the Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management.

Students agree to speak only French during the program to encourage language and cultural acquisition. All courses on this program are taught in French.

The CIEE core course is taught by experienced CIEE faculty. University courses are taught by faculty from ULB.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    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. Students take university courses with Belgian students and a limited number of other international students. CIEE courses are open to only CIEE students.

  • GRADING

    Grades are based on a numerical system of one to 20; 10 is a passing grade.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    ULB courses follow a traditional European model. Students attend lectures for a semester or year, and take a single oral final exam to determine their grade. Papers are typically not required for these courses, making the final exam that much more important. Some courses may include presentations or written assignments.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.7.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    6 semesters of college-level French (or equivalent)

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit, semester: 15-18 semester/22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Total credit, academic year; 30-36 semester/45-54 quarter hours
  • Contact hours of CIEE core course: 45; credit – 3 per semester

CIEE students take 15-18 semester credits[LVV1] .  A typical course load consists of the required CIEE core course, Contemporary Europe: The Belgian Experience, and four to five ULB elective courses (at least two courses must be taken at one Faculté), adding up to 25 ECTS. One ULB elective course can be replaced by the CIEE Internship for 3 semester credits. Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) uses the ECTS grading scale, designed to streamline transfer of credits between European countries with different credit scales. A typical ULB course is worth 5 ECTS which converts into 3 semester credits. All courses on the Advanced Liberal Arts program are taught in French.

Students enroll in at least five classes per semester:

  • CIEE core course, Contemporary Europe: The Belgian Experience, taught in French (3 semester credits)
  • 4-5 ULB elective courses (at least 2 courses must be taken at one “Faculté”, i.e. within one Faculty of specialization - Faculty of Letters, Translation and Communications; Philosophy and Social Sciences; or Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management)
  • Students can replace one ULB elective course by a CIEE internship for 3 semester credits.

 

Spring 2018 Courses

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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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

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 experienced CIEE faculty.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSE—FALL AND SPRING

  • INSH 3003 BULB: Internship

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

Academic Year 2017-2018 Courses

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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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

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 a CIEE professor.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSE—FALL AND SPRING

  • INSH 3003 BULB: Internship

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

Fall 2017 Courses

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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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

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 3003 BULB: Contemporary Europe: The Belgian Experience (In French)

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSE—FALL AND SPRING

  • INSH 3003 BULB: Internship

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

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

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Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to Belgian culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

No Hidden Fees

Program

Spring 2018 21 weeks Academic year 2017-2018 41 weeks Fall 2018 20 weeks

Application Due

May 1, 2018

Start Date

Jan 29, 2018 Sep 11, 2017 Sep 10, 2018

End Date

Jun 24, 2018 Jun 24, 2018 Jan 27, 2019

Fees & Housing

$18,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,533 **

Housing = $3,850

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,600

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $500

Books & Supplies = $275

Visa Fees = $420

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,650

Total Estimated Costs = $8,095

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

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

$35,800
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $27,633 **

Housing = $7,700

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $35,800

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $5,200

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $1,000

Books & Supplies = $550

Visa Fees = $420

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $5,300

Expenses during break = $100 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $14,220

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 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

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

†† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

$18,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $14,533 **

Housing = $3,850

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $18,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $2,600

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $500

Books & Supplies = $275

Visa Fees = $420

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $2,650

Total Estimated Costs = $8,095

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

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

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