Brussels, Belgium

Advanced Liberal Arts

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Information for term Advanced Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Sep 7, 2020 – Jan 29, 2021 (21 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.7 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

October 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 25 – Jun 27, 2021 (22 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

  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.7 Overall GPA


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Bring your advanced French skills to the heart of Europe for studies at CIEE’s prestigious partner school, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Students have full access to the curriculum at ULB. Classes are taught in French across academic areas including communications, language, literature, philosophy, history, political science, social sciences, business, and economics. Students agree to speak only French during the program to encourage language and cultural acquisition. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

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, Liège or Leuven, and one of Belgium neighboring countries.

  • Jump into campus life

    with the help of ULB student mentors.

  • students

  • European Union entities

  • embassies and consulates


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.

The Culture


  • See more of the region with day trips to Leuven, Bruges, Liège, Ghent, or Antwerp. Take an overnight excursion to the Netherlands, France or Germany. Go on an urban graffiti tour, participate in a yoga class, make your own waffles, and see a soccer match
  • 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


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

Talking café conversations.  CIEE 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 credit for this.

Daily Life

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    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 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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    Solbosch, main campus.

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    Getting Around

    Reliable, efficient public transportation make commuting easy.

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

CIEE’s Advanced Liberal Arts program is designed for students with upper-level French language skills who want the challenge of studying in French at an established university in the epicenter of the European Union. The program is particularly well-suited for those with an interest in communications, language, literature, philosophy, history, political science, social sciences, business, and economics. Students agree to speak only French during the program to encourage language and cultural acquisition. The majority of courses on this program are taught in French although some are taught in English at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management. Students need approval from their home school and study abroad advisor before enrolling in these courses. 

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is a French-speaking private research university which hosts 24,000 students, 32% of whom come from abroad. 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 – is located in southeast Brussels and includes the Faculties of Letters, Translation and Communication, the Faculty of Philosophy, Political and Social Sciences, and the Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management.


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    Class size at ULB varies but is generally much larger than typical U.S. courses. The teaching method at ULB is primarily lecture-style. Due to possible changes in the courses offered each term, students 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.


    Final grades are converted into recommended U.S. grade equivalents. Students taking direct enrollment classes at ULB usually take a final oral exam, and final course grades are often based on a single oral exam. Grades are based on a numerical system of one to 20; with a 10 being considered a passing grade.


    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.



    Students must have a GPA of at least 2.7.


    6 semesters of college-level French (or equivalent)


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credit
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) courses: typically, 2-5 U.S. semester/3-7.5 quarter credits; 24-60 contact hours

Language of Instruction


  • Students typically take 5-6 courses in order to comply with the credit enrollment requirement.
  • At least 3 courses have to be taken at the Faculté/major with which students are required to register at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). The other 2-3 courses can be electives in other Faculté/majors (including language courses).

Course Notes

  • All courses on the Advanced Liberal Arts program are taught in French.
    • N.B.: the ULB Solvay School of Business and Management offers some of their courses in English. In order to take a course taught in English, home school study abroad advisor’s approval is required.
  • Credits at ULB are expressed in ECTS, European credit equivalents. CIEE converts these into U.S. semester credit equivalents, typically following a 2 ECTS = 1 U.S. semester credit philosophy, though CIEE counts both 5 ECTS and 6 ECTS credit classes as 3 U.S. credits. Most classes at ULB are worth 5 ECTS, or 3 U.S. credits.
  • Course registration happens on-site and CIEE Center staff assist students with the process.

Host Institution Courses

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Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) French Language Courses
For students who wish to improve their language skills for participation in regular university courses at the ULB, courses are offered in advanced grammar and composition.

ULB Courses at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, and Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management 
The 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 which courses are offered each semester. Visit the webpages of the Faculty of Letters, Translation and Communication at, Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences at, and Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management at 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,
  • Literature
  • Sociology

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.


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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

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
  • MSI 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 & Fees

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Dates & 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.


  • 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
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


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Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 21 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 7, 2020 Jan 29, 2021
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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 = $15,533 **

Housing = $3,850

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $19,850

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 = $1,700

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $70

Books & Supplies = $275

Visa Fees = $420 ††

Personal expenses = $1,650

Total Estimated Costs = $5,265

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global 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

†† Insert this note: "***There might be an additional cost of 500USD depending on whether travel is necessary to the Belgium consulate.

Academic year 2020-2021 21 weeks Deadline Passed Sep 7, 2020 TBD
Spring 2021 22 weeks Oct 1, 2020 Jan 25, 2021* Jun 27, 2021*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of their 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.

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