Information for term Business + International Relations
Application deadline, and cost information.
Application DeadlineMay 1, 2020
Program Deadlines and Pricing Info
- Deadline: May 1, 2020
- Dates: Aug 17 – Dec 13, 2020 (17 weeks)
- Credit: 15-18 semester hours / 22.5-27 quarter hours
- Eligibility: 2.7 Overall GPA
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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.
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 other Belgian cities and one of Belgium neighboring countries.
BOOST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
with strong communications offerings, like intercultural communication, script writing for radio and television, international reporting in Brussels, and more.
European Union entities20
embassies and consulates200+
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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.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
- 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
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 local French speaking student who wants to learn English, or participate in CIEE’s Talking Cafés where both CIEE and local students are invited to socialize in any language they like!
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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 common areas including the kitchen and bathroom with other CIEE students, young professionals, or landlords. Most students commute to the university by tram or bus up to 45 minutes. First-rate public transportation makes it easy to commute.
Studios. Students have a fully furnished room with a private bathroom and a small kitchenette in a residence where other CIEE students and international students live. The university is within walking distance.
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.
Studios: Meals are not provided, but students have their own kitchenette or can dine at university cafeterias or local restaurants.
Where You'll Study
UNIVERSITÉ LIBRE DE BRUXELLE. Solbosch campus. VESALIUS COLLEGE. VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL.
Reliable, efficient public transportation make commuting easy.
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What you need to knowThe 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 onthe main campus, Solbosch, situated in southeast Brussels.
CIEE Brussels is conveniently located near the Vesalius College and ULB Solbosch campus.
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Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.7.
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- 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 in French.
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Communication, Journalism, and Media
Languages and Cultural Studies
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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)
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.
- 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
- Human Communication
- Intercultural Communication
- Writing Across the Media
- 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
- Introduction to Economics
- Intermediate Macroeconomics
- Environmental and Ecological Economics
- Economic Growth and Development
- International Relations Between the Wars
- Introduction to Academic Writing & Critical Thinking
- Global Ethics
- Global Ethics, Leadership and Personal Development (GELPD)
- 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
- Elementary Arabic
- Elementary Dutch
- Elementary French I
- Elementary French II
- Intermediate French
- Advanced French
- 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
- 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.
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.See more scholarship info
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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:
- 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
Fees & Housing
|Fall 2020 17 weeks||May 1, 2020||Aug 17, 2020||Dec 13, 2020||
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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 = $167Total Fees = $19,850
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 = $1,650Total Estimated Costs = $5,265
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.
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.
** 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
†† Insert this note: "***There might be an additional cost of 500USD depending on whether travel is necessary to the Belgium consulate.
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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