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, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: April 1, 2020
  • Dates: May 28 – Jul 19, 2020 (7 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 in one of the region’s most lively and beautiful cities. CIEE’s partner school, Vesalius College, is your host for coursework, in English, on art, business, communications, criminal law, film, history, management, sustainability, and more. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

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 Li├Ęge, 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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    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.


    Meals are not included in program fees.

    Shared housing and studios: 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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    Located at Vesalius College

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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

Spend eight weeks in the European Union capital on coursework ranging from the Belgian brewing industry, global ethics, global politics and leadership, ethnic conflict, to economics of the European Union, European film history, international marketing, and more. Summer courses are taught by international professors and practitioners including political advisors, former Ambassadors, lawyers, business owners, journalists, and filmmakers. In-class work is augmented with co-curricular visits to the city’s rich variety of cultural institutions and organizations relevant to the course offerings.

Vesalius College is an international, English-language college located near higher education institutions offering undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs in English to students from over 60 nationalities. CIEE Brussels is located near the Vesalius College and ULB campus.


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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 midterm 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.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 6 U.S. semester/9 quarter credits

Course Credit

  • Vesalius College courses: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • Vesalius College Internship: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 150 internship placement hours (usually 3/15/100-120)

Language of Instruction

All students take two courses during this program.

Course Notes
Students may replace one Vesalius College elective course with a 3-credit, unpaid Vesalius College internship that will receive a letter grade.

The Vesalius courses listed below are representative of courses available each year; the final course list may vary.and the final course list may differ.

Host Institution Courses

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Vesalius College

Not all courses listed are offered every summer; the final list of courses is made available during the course enrollment process. The following list of courses constitutes a representative sample of course offerings through Vesalius College.

Art in Belgium
The Business of Beer: Economics, Marketing and Innovation
Principles of Organizational Management
Management Control Systems
Business Models and Leadership in Times of Transition
Global Sustainability and Society
Gamification in Politics, Business and Communications: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Introduction to Photojournalism
European Film, Culture and Contemporary Visions
Human Rights and International Criminal Law: The Case of the International Criminal Court
International Trade Law
Ethnic Conflict, Transitional Justice and Post-conflict Reconstruction
Global Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and De-radicalization
Economics and Politics of the European Union
History and Politics of the Modern Middle East
The European Union in the World

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

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


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Summer 2020 7 weeks Apr 1, 2020 May 28, 2020 Jul 19, 2020
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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 = $5,333 **

Housing = $1,450 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $7,250

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 = $850

International Airfare = $1,150

Local Transportation = $70

Books & Supplies = $150

Personal expenses = $1,300

Total Estimated Costs = $3,520

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

*** 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.

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

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