Brussels, Belgium

Business, Communications + Culture

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Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 15, 2018
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 15, 2018
  • Dates: Aug 20 – Dec 16, 2018 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.7 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

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

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The application deadline has passed.

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 20, 2017 – May 20, 2018 (39 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.7 Overall GPA

Overview

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As the European Union capital, Brussels draws an impressive number of diplomats and international institutions – and an ever-deeper range of diverse cultures. Grab your front row seat to examine the political and economic issues of the day, and learn about the latest trends in new media and communications, in a lively and beautiful city.

  • Take classes in English

    and opt for one in Dutch or French if your skills match up.

  • Learn on the go

    with visits to European Union institutions, as well as France, the Netherlands, and Germany.

  • Boost your knowledge

    with strong communications offerings, like intercultural communication, script writing for radio and television, international reporting in Brussels, and more.

  • 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, Luxembourg,  Aachen, or Bastogne.

  • 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.

PROJECTS

Internships.Get credit and on-the-job experience in communications, business, or international affairs. Write for a weekly European magazine, monitor cases at the UE Court of Justice, or experience working at an accounting firm  – so many possibilities! Internships are formalized in Brussels, following interviews and final word from sponsors. Proficiency in a second language is not required.

Peer support. Team up with Belgian students for a mix of social events and site visits that’s sure to improve your Dutch or French.   

Café conversation and tandem learning. Practice conversing with students at local cafés, or work with a Belgian student to improve your language skills and share some fun.

Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestays. With a limited number of homestays, some students can live with Brussels families, who have a variety of linguistic backgrounds.

    Shared housing. Students have individual rooms, and share facilities withother students, young professionals or landlords,mostly southeast of central Brussels.

    First-rate public transportation makes it easy to commute.

  • MEALS

    Meals are not included in program fees. Homestay: Host families serve weekday breakfast and evening meals; students are billed for these. Shared housing: 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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    CIEE STUDY CENTER

    Brussels

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    Universities

    UNIVERSITÉ LIBRE DE BRUXELLE. Solbosch campus. VESALIUS COLLEGE. VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL.

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    Getting Around

    Reliable, efficient public transportation make commuting easy.

What People are Saying

  • The program and its staff made great efforts to incorporate everyone like a community. It definitely felt like we were a big family through the whole thing. The small size of the program definitely emphasized this, and was an important aspect.

    Jackson, Santa Clara University,Fall 16
  • Its a life changing experience with so many opportunities provided by the program. The advisors are focused and are on top of their work. Our trips are amazing; would've never done anything like that on my own

    Anna, Susquehanna University,Fall 16

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What you need to know

The program details

Established in 1994, the CIEE Study Center moved to Vesalius College in 2002. As the only Brussels institution with a selection of courses taught in English, Vesalius allows students to further their studies, with an option for students with strong French or Dutch skills to enroll in or audit one course at French-speaking ULB or Dutch-speaking VUB (the CIEE resident director facilitates registration for these courses).

Vesalius College. This international English-language college hosts about 300 students, southeast of central Brussels, next to its partner, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Students with appropriate French or Dutch skills can also take courses at VUB or Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Vesalius College offers three-year undergraduate degrees in three areas: business, communications, and international affairs.

Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB ULB hosts 24,200 students, 32% of whom come from abroad, and offering three-year undergraduate degrees, organized by faculty. The CIEE 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.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

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

  • GRADING

    Final grades follow the U.S. system and are based on a four- point scale, i.e., A = 4.0, A- = 3.7, etc. Course grades are based on attendance and participation, research papers, presentations, and mid-term and final exams. Students taking one direct enrollment class at ULB or VUB usually take an oral final exam, and final course grades are often based on a single 15-minute oral exam. Grades are assigned on a numerical system of one to 20; 10 is passing.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Vesalius: Unlike most Belgian universities, Vesalius College allows more freedom for students to take electives. Class size is 20 max. Classes meet three hours a week for 15 weeks. Students can expect more student-teacher interaction here than at other Belgian schools, but less than they are used to in the States. Students taking one direct enrollment course at ULB and VUB should expect lecture-style classes are much larger than at Vesalius. Shifts in course selection from term to term mean students need to be flexible with their choices. Fall semester courses extend into January; spring semester courses extend into June. CIEE students can request early exams, but we cannot guarantee this arrangement.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.7.

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: 45; credit – 3 per semester/4.5 quarter hours, unless otherwise noted

Students take five classes per semester:​

  • 1 Dutch or French language course
  • 4 courses at Vesalius College taught in English. Students can replace up to two Vesalius courses by CIEE elective courses or may opt to take Vesalius College internship in lieu of one course. Additionally, students with advanced French language skills may replace one or two Vesalius courses with regular Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) courses, taught in French.

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 CIEE CORE COURSE

  • BELG 3002 BRUX/ HIST 3001 BRUX / INRE 3001 BRUX: Contemporary Europe: The Belgian Experience

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSE

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 I
  • Elementary French II
  • Intermediate French I and II
  • Advanced French—Culture and Society
  • Elementary Dutch

VESALIUS COLLEGE ELECTIVE COURSES

Business

  • Art in Europe
  • Introduction to Business
  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Human Resources Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Management of Innovation and Technical Change
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Strategic Management
  • Business in China
  • Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Marketing
  • Social Marketing
  • Sociology and Psychology of Marketing
  • E-commerce
  • International Business
  • Operations Management
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Related Transactions
  • Project Management
  • Financial Markets and Investments
  • International Finance
  • Business Information Systems
  • Ethics for Economics and Business
  • Capstone: Entrepreneurship
  • International Marketing
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • The European Economy
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • History of Economic Thought
  • The International Banking System
  • International Trade
  • Microeconomics
  • International Political Economy
  • Internship

 International Affairs

  • Global History since 1945
  • Evolution of the International System, 1815-1914
  • Regional History of International Relations: Africa
  • Regional History of International Relations: Asia
  • History: Methods and Problems
  • History of Genocide History of Western Philosophy
  • Global Politics
  • Introduction to Political Concepts and Theory
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics and Regional Studies
  • Comparative Political Systems
  • Theories of International Relations
  • European energy security strategies in global perspective
  • The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
  • Understanding Contemporary Conflicts in Europe
  • The EU’s Approach to Democratization and Human Rights
  • Economics and Politics of the European Union
  • International Organizations and Global Governance
  • The United Nations and Global Governance
  • An Introduction to the Modern Middle East
  • U.S. Foreign Policy to the Middle East
  • Russian Foreign Politics
  • Contemporary Political Debates
  • Political Theory for International Affairs
  • Advanced Theories of International Relations
  • NATO and Transatlantic Approaches to Security
  • The EU and Military Approaches to Security
  • International Approaches to State-Building, Reform and Good Governance
  • European and Global Governance of Migration
  • Global Economic Governance International Affairs
  • Research Methods Capstone: Global Governance
  • Introduction to Psychology

Law

  • Introduction to International and European Law
  • Introduction to Legal Principles and Theories
  • Business Law
  • Humanitarian Law
  • Legal Aspects of Migration
  • Criminal Law
  • Advanced Business Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • European Organizations
  • European Union Constitutional Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Methods: Legal Analysis, Research and Writing
  • Environmental Law
  • Human Rights
  • Competition Law
  • International Banking Law and Financial Regulation
  • Law of the EU Internal Market
  • International and EU Law

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:

The European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, Understanding Contemporary Conflicts in Europe and Beyond, NATO and Transatlantic Approaches to Security, Military Approaches to Promoting Security. In addition, students are required to attend the guest lecture.

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 Center 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.

Fall 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.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

  • BELG 3002 BRUX / HIST 3001 BRUX / INRE 3001 BRUX: Contemporary Europe: The Belgian Experience
  • COMM 3301 BRUX: Intercultural Communication and Leadership

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. 

Business
Art in Europe
Introduction to Business
Financial Accounting
Managerial Accounting
Human Resources Management
Corporate Governance
Management of Innovation and Technical Change
Organizational Leadership
Strategic Management
Business in China
Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
Corporate Finance
Financial Mathematics
Marketing
Social Marketing
Sociology and Psychology of Marketing
E-commerce
International Business
Operations Management
Mergers, Acquisitions and Related Transactions
Project Management
Financial Markets and Investments
International Finance
Business Information Systems
Ethics for Economics and Business
Capstone: Entrepreneurship
International Marketing
Intermediate Macroeconomics
The European Economy
Macroeconomic Policy
History of Economic Thought
The International Banking System
International Trade
Microeconomics
International Political Economy

International Affairs
Global History since 1945
Evolution of the International System, 1815-1914
Regional History of International Relations: Africa
Regional History of International Relations: Asia
History: Methods and Problems
History of Genocide History of Western Philosophy
Global Politics
Introduction to Political Concepts and Theory
Introduction to Comparative Politics and Regional Studies
Comparative Political Systems
Theories of International Relations
European Energy Security Strategies in Global Perspective
The EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
Understanding Contemporary Conflicts in Europe
The EU’s Approach to Democratization and Human Rights
Economics and Politics of the European Union
International Organizations and Global Governance
The United Nations and Global Governance
An Introduction to the Modern Middle East
U.S. Foreign Policy to the Middle East
Russian Foreign Politics
Contemporary Political Debates
Political Theory for International Affairs
Advanced Theories of International Relations
NATO and Transatlantic Approaches to Security
The EU and Military Approaches to Security
International Approaches to State-Building, Reform and Good Governance
European and Global Governance of Migration
Global Economic Governance International Affairs
Research Methods Capstone: Global Governance
Introduction to Psychology

Law
Introduction to International and European Law
Introduction to Legal Principles and Theories
Business Law
Humanitarian Law
Legal Aspects of Migration
Criminal Law
Advanced Business Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Intellectual Property Law
European Organizations
European Union Constitutional Law
Comparative Constitutional Law
Methods: Legal Analysis, Research and Writing
Environmental Law
Human Rights
Competition Law
International Banking Law and Financial Regulation
Law of the EU Internal Market
International and EU Law

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:

The European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, Understanding Contemporary Conflicts in Europe and Beyond, NATO and Transatlantic Approaches to Security, Military Approaches to Promoting Security. In addition, students are required to attend the guest lecture.

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 Center 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.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

In 2016, we awarded over 1,000 scholarships totaling more than $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization. This year's no different. In fact, every year we give this unrivaled amount of funding, because we’re on a mission to help YOU go abroad, too! Explore your options today.

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 18 weeks Academic year 2017-2018 39 weeks Fall 2018 17 weeks

Application Due

Apr 15, 2018

Start Date

Jan 15, 2018 Aug 20, 2017 Aug 20, 2018

End Date

May 20, 2018 May 20, 2018 Dec 16, 2018

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; 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.

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

$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 = $1,200 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $15,320

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; 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.

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

†† 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; 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.

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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