Brussels, Belgium

Summer Business, Communications + Culture

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Information for term Summer Business, Communications + Culture

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

April 1, 2018

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2018
  • Dates: May 30 – Jul 22, 2018 (8 weeks)
  • Credit: 6 semester hours / 9 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.7 Overall GPA


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As the European Union capital, Brussels draws an impressive number of diplomats and international institutions – and a deepening array of cultures. This summer, grab a front row seat to examine the political and economic issues of the day, in one of the region’s most lively and beautiful cities.

Unique Experiences

  • Choose from courses taught in English

    in business, communications, and international relations, and a for-credit internship.

  • Learn on the go

    with day trips to Bruges or Ghent, Namur or Liège, and the Ardennes area.

  • Live in a remarkably diverse city

    where English is widely spoken.

  • students

  • European Union entities

  • embassies and consulates


Location & Culture

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Charming, trendy restaurants and 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 capital of Europe in political and economic terms. 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, Dinant, or Namur.

Explore favorites like Brussels Museum of Fine Arts and one of Belgium’s celebrated chocolate factories.


Internships. Get credit and on-the-job experience with an unpaid internship through Vesalius College. Internships are competitive and proficiency in a second language is not required. Details are finalized upon acceptance into the program and a consequential interview with the internship provider.

Daily Life

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    Homestays. With a limited number of homestays, some students can live with Brussels families, for a supplementary fee of about $560.

    Shared housing: Students have individual rooms, and share facilities with other students, young professionals, or landlords, mostly southeast of central Brussels. First-rate public transportation makes commuting easy.


    Meals are not included in program fees.

    Homestay: Host families serve weekday breakfast and evening meals on Monday through Thursday. Students are responsible for other meals.

    Shared housing: Students can prepare meals at home, or dine at university cafeterias or local restaurants.

Brussels, Belgium

Where You'll Study

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    Located at Vesalius College

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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

CIEE Brussels moved to Vesalius College in 2002. As the only Brussels institution with a selection of undergraduate courses taught in English, Vesalius allows students to continue their studies in the “capital of Europe” without proficiency in other languages. Topics covered range from the Belgian brewing industry, women, and leadership, ethnic conflict, to economics of the European Union, European film history, and more.

Vesalius College. This international English-language college hosts about 300 students, southeast of central Brussels, next to its partner, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Vesalius offers degrees in business, communications, and international relations.

Summer courses are taught by faculty from Vesalius College and VUB.


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    Students take classes with Belgian and other international students.


    Final grades are based on a four-point scale (A = 4.0, A- = 3.7, etc.). Students are graded on the basis of class attendance, participation, research papers, presentations, and mid-term and final examinations. Internship performance is assessed with letter grades. CIEE will convert grades to a U.S. letter-based scale.


    Unlike most Belgian universities, Vesalius allows more freedom for students to take electives. Class size is limited to 20 students maximum. Summer classes are intensive, meeting for eight hours a week for six weeks. Internships require 150 hours of work and a report for the supervising professor. Vesalius professors provide more student-teacher interaction than you'd find at a typical Belgian educational institution, but less than a typical U.S. student's experience.



    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.7.


Program Credit

  • Total credit: 6 semester/9 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: Most courses: 45; credit – 3 per semester/4.5 quarter hours; Internship: 150 working hours; credit – 3 per semester/4.5 quarter hours

Students take two courses, or one course plus an internship.


Summer 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.

Vesalius College Courses

Below are examples of Vesalius College courses. Actual course listings are available in the CIEE enrollment materials.

Art in Belgium
The Business of Beer: Economics, Marketing and Innovation
Business in China
Women and Leadership: A Global Context
Writing Across the Media
"Gamification in Politics, Business and Communications: An Interdisciplinary Approach"
Branding Politics: Political Marketing in the 21st Century
European Film, Culture and Contemporary Visions
"Human Rights and International Criminal Law: The Case of the International Criminal Court"
The Global Crisis of Democracy and the Rise of Populism
Ethnic Conflict, Transitional Justice and Post-conflict Reconstruction
Global Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and De-radicalisation
Economics and Politics of the European Union
The European Union in the World


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Scholarships & Grants

Last year, we awarded more than 1,000 scholarships per term for a total of $5 million, helping more students get on planes and live their dreams in faraway places than any other organization.

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.


  • 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


Summer 2018 8 weeks

Application Due

Apr 1, 2018

Start Date

May 30, 2018

End Date

Jul 22, 2018

Fees & Housing

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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 = $4,933 **

Housing = $1,450 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $6,850

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 = $1,250

International Airfare = $1,400 ††

Local Transportation = $240

Books & Supplies = $150

Personal expenses = $750

Total Estimated Costs = $3,790

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

*** Most students are housed in apartments; however, a limited number of homestays will be available. No meals are included in the program fee for either housing option. After the program starts, homestay students will be billed approximately $560 for breakfast and evening weekday meals, in addition to the program housing costs.

amount for students in apartments; homestay students should budget $900 for meals not included in billed fees

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

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