Brussels, Belgium

Business + International Relations

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Information for term Business + International Relations

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Aug 19 – Dec 15, 2019 (17 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.7 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

May 1, 2020
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Aug 17 – Dec 13, 2020 (17 weeks)*
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.7 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Dates: Jan 13 – May 15, 2020 (18 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: Aug 19, 2019 – May 15, 2020 (39 weeks)
  • Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.7 Overall GPA

Overview

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Get a firsthand look at current political and economic issues by taking classes alongside Belgian students in the capital of the European Union. CIEE’s partner school, Vesalius College is your host for coursework in English on global affairs, human rights, international business and entrepreneurship, and communications and journalism. Centrally located in the heart of the city, students can immerse themselves in the melting pot of cultures and languages with an optional internship at a local business. For students with strong French language skills, classes are available at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique Experiences

  • 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.

The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • See more of the region with day trips to Bruges, Luxembourg, Aachen, or Bastogne
  • Take an overnight excursion to France to explore coastal Normandy or Alsace on the Swiss border
  • Go on an urban graffiti tour, experience a Belgian-style Mardi Gras parade, see a soccer match, watch a concert
  • 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 EU Court of Justice, or experience working at an accounting firm – so many possibilities! Internships are formalized in Brussels with Vesalius College, 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 during CIEE’s Tandem program in which you are paired with a student that speaks French and wants to learn English, or participate in CIEE’s Talking Cafés where both CIEE and French students are invited to socialize in French.

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Daily Life

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  • HOUSING

    Homestay. With a limited number of homestays, some students can live with families in Brussels who have a variety of linguistic backgrounds. Includes daily breakfast and four dinners per week. First-rate public transportation makes it easy to commute.

    Shared housing. Students have individual rooms, and share facilities with other (CIEE) students, young professionals, or landlords, mostly southeast of central Brussels. First-rate public transportation makes it easy to commute.

  • MEALS

    Homestay: Host families serve breakfast daily and four dinners per week.

    Shared housing: Meals are not provided, but 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

    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.

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What you need to know

The program details

In CIEE’s Business + International Relations program, students take five classes per semester, choosing from coursework at Vesalius College and CIEE Brussels. Students with advanced French language skills may replace up to two Vesalius courses with regular Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) courses taught in French.

Vesalius College is an international, English-language college which hosts about 300 international students yearly of 50+ different nationalities. The college  offers undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs in English. The three-year undergraduate degree is offered in four fields: Global Business and Entrepreneurship, Global Communication, International Affairs, and International & European Law.

Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) hosts 24,000 students, 32% of whom come from abroad. Students with a strong command of French can potentially take a course through ULB, which offers 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, all located at the main campus -Solbosch, situated in southeast Brussels.

CIEE Brussels is conveniently located near the Vesalius College and ULB campus.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Students take courses at Vesalius College with Belgian students and a number of other international students. CIEE courses are open only to CIEE students.

  • GRADING

    Final grades are converted into recommended U.S. grade equivalents. Course grades at Vesalius College are based on attendance and participation, research papers, presentations, and mid-term and final exams. Vesalius grades are assigned with a letter grade based on A-F according to a 1-100 scale. Students taking a direct enrollment class at ULB usually take a final oral exam, and final course grades are often based on a single oral exam. ULB grades are assigned according to a numerical system of 1 to 20; with a 10 considered to be a passing grade.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    CIEE students will take most of their classes through Vesalius College. Class size is 25 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 U.S. Students can take one direct enrollment course at ULB (Université libre de Bruxelles), but should expect that lecture-style classes are much larger than at Vesalius. Shifts in course selection from term to term means students need to be flexible with their choices. At ULB the 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:​

  • CIEE students take 15-18 semester credits. Students take a minimum of five courses at Vesalius College taught in English. Students can replace up to two Vesalius courses with CIEE elective courses or opt to take a 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 

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.

Fall 2019 Courses

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CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

VESALIUS COLLEGE FRENCH AND DUTCH LANGUAGE COURSES

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

Elementary French I and II
Intermediate French I and II
Advanced French (sufficient enrollment is necessary for the course to run)
Elementary Dutch

VESALIUS COLLEGE ELECTIVE 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.

Business
Introduction to Global Business
Financial Accounting

Political and Financial Risk Analysis

Social Marketing

Business Information Systems

Digitalization and Business Transformation
Social Entrepreneurship

Mergers and Acquisitions
Scenario Thinking
 

Communications
Human Communication
Intercultural Communication

Writing Across the Media
Rhetoric
Gamification in Politics, Business and Communications: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Political Communication and Public Diplomacy
Lobbying in the EU
Communication Audiences and Effects

International Journalism
Communication Law and Policy

Economics
Introduction to Economics
Intermediate Macroeconomics

Environmental and Ecological Economics

Economic Growth and Development

History
International Relations Between the Wars

Humanities
Introduction to Academic Writing & Critical Thinking
Global Ethics
Global Ethics, Leadership and Personal Development (GELPD)

Internship
Internship

Law
Introduction to International and European Law
Introduction to Legal Principles and Theory
Criminal Law

Law and Technology
Advanced Business Law
European Organizations
Methods: Legal Analysis, Research and Writing
Human Rights

Language
Elementary Arabic
Elementary Dutch
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Intermediate French

Advanced French

Politics
Global Politics
Introduction to Comparative Regional Studies

Understanding Contemporary Conflicts in the Euro-Mediterranean Region
Security, Migration & Cultural Diversity in Europe
 International Organizations and Global Governance

Advanced Theories of International Relations
International Political Economy
NATO and Transatlantic Approaches to Security
Military Approaches to Security

 

Other
Intermediate Qualitative Research Methods
Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods
Introduction to Statistics

EUROPEAN PEACE AND SECURITY STUDIES (EPSS)

In the fall semester, 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 program are:

Understanding Contemporary Conflicts in the Euro-Mediterranean Region, Security, Migration & Cultural Diversity in Europe, NATO and Transatlantic Approaches to Security, Military Approaches to Promoting Security. In addition, students are required to attend a guest lecture.

Université libre de Bruxelles Courses

Students with a very high French language level may take one or possibly two courses at the Université libre de Bruxelles. 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.

Spring 2019 Courses

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CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

VESALIUS COLLEGE FRENCH AND DUTCH LANGUAGE COURSES

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

Elementary French I and II
Intermediate French I and II
Advanced French (only runs if enough students)
Elementary Dutch

VESALIUS COLLEGE ELECTIVE 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.

Business
International Marketing
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Strategic Management
International Business Management
Corporate Financial Management
Big Data
Project Management
Financial Markets and Investments
Capstone in Business Studies

Communications
Mass Communication
Global Communication
Global Practice of Corporate Communication and Public Relation
Media Organizations & Economics
Global Advocacy
Communication Effects Across Cultures

Marketing Communication and Advertising in a Global Context
Comparative Media Systems
Advanced Quantitative & Qualitative Communication Research Methods
Capstone in Communication Studies

Economics
Introduction to Economics
Intermediate Microeconomics
The European Economy
International Trade
 

History
Global History Since 1945
Regional History of International Relations: Asia

Humanities
Introduction to Academic Writing & Critical Thinking
Global Ethics
Global Ethics, Leadership and Personal Development (GELPD)

Internship
Internship

Law
Business Law
Humanitarian Law
Legal Aspects of Migration
EU Constitutional Law
Environmental Law
Competition Law
EU Law of the Internal Market
Capstone in International & European Law

Language
Elementary Chinese
Elementary Dutch I
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Intermediate French I
Advanced French

Mathematics
Mathematics for Business and Economics

Politics
Global Politics
Introduction to Comparative Regional Studies
Comparative Political Systems
European Union Politics
International Approaches to State-building, Reform & Good Governance
Emerging Powers in the Global Order
Capstone in International Affairs

Psychology
Introduction to Psychology

Other
Intermediate Qualitative Research Methods
Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods
Introduction to Statistics

Université libre de Bruxelles Courses
Students with a very high French language level may take one or possibly two courses at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. 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.

SPRING 2020 COURSES

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CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

VESALIUS COLLEGE FRENCH AND DUTCH LANGUAGE COURSES

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

Elementary French I and II
Intermediate French I and II
Advanced French (only runs when enough students)
Elementary Dutch

VESALIUS COLLEGE ELECTIVE 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.

Business
International Marketing
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Strategic Management
International Business Management
Corporate Financial Management
Big Data
Project Management
Financial Markets and Investments
Capstone in Business Studies

Communications
Mass Communication
Global Communication
Global Practice of Corporate Communication and Public Relation
Media Organizations & Economics
Global Advocacy
Communication Effects Across Cultures
International Journalism
Marketing Communication and Advertising in a Global Context
Comparative Media Systems
Advanced Quantitative & Qualitative Communication Research Methods
Capstone in Communication Studies

Economics
Introduction to Economics
Intermediate Microeconomics
The European Economy
International Trade
Economic Growth and Development

History
Global History Since 1945
Regional History of International Relations: Asia

Humanities
Introduction to Academic Writing & Critical Thinking
Global Ethics
Global Ethics, Leadership and Personal Development (GELPD)

Internship
Internship

Law
Business Law
Humanitarian Law
Legal Aspects of Migration
EU Constitutional Law
Environmental Law
Competition Law
EU Law of the Internal Market
Capstone in International & European Law

Language
Elementary Chinese
Elementary Dutch I
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II

Mathematics
Mathematics for Business and Economics

Politics
Global Politics
Introduction to Comparative Regional Studies
Comparative Political Systems
European Union Politics
International Approaches to State-building, Reform & Good Governance
Emerging Powers in the Global Order
Capstone in International Affairs

Psychology
Introduction to Psychology

Other
Intermediate Qualitative Research Methods
Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods
Introduction to Statistics

Université libre de Bruxelles Courses
Students with a very high French language level may take one or possibly two courses at the Université libre de Bruxelles. 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

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

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.

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
  • 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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Program

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Fees & Housing

Fall 2019 17 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 19, 2019 Dec 15, 2019
Academic year 2019-2020 39 weeks Deadline Passed Aug 19, 2019 May 15, 2020
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Estimated Costs

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

Expenses during break = $1,200

Total Estimated Costs = $1,200

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.

Spring 2020 18 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Jan 13, 2020 May 15, 2020
$19,850
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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 = $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 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,650

Total Estimated Costs = $5,765

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; 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.

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

†† There might be an additional cost of 500USD depending on whether travel is necessary to the Belgium consulate.

Fall 2020 17 weeks May 1, 2020 Aug 17, 2020* Dec 13, 2020*
$19,850
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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 = $15,533 **

Housing = $3,850

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $19,850

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.

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.

*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 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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