Study, serve & intern in the Capital of Europe!
Known as the Capital of Europe, Brussels is the ideal place for students to enrich their academic experience. There is so much to do and relish in this very relaxed and livable capital city. Brussels offers many opportunities to explore Belgian culture, art, history, and food. The city is famous for its cuisine, and visitors and residents enjoy trying different Frites (mussels and French fries) beer and chocolate. Students interested in world affairs will find that Brussels is a hub for international activity, hosting a hundred European summits and meetings each year.
Study at Vesalius College, an American-style institution with students from around the world. You’ll enroll in courses in a variety of subjects, including communication, economics, history, management, political science and psychology while living in proximity to the major institutions of the European Union. Live with a host family, which is an ideal way to be immersed in the Belgian culture.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Language of Instruction: English
Language Requirement: None
GPA Requirement: 2.7 or higher
Lodging: Host Family
Flight: To Brussels, direct from many U.S. cities
Additional Requirements: Visa
Key Themes: Cultural Heritage & Traditions, Peace & Reconciliation, Human Rights, Law, International Affairs
Experience the diversity of Brussels, known as the de facto capital of the European Union, and its citizens through your coursework and homestay with a local family.
As a BCA Brussels student, you will enroll in courses at the Vesalius College, which offers a variety of courses in the areas of business, communications, international and European law, and international affairs. Vesalius College is a small school with a large population of international students representing more than 50 nationalities. Small class sizes and interactive learning environments allow faculty to challenge students not only to develop skills and knowledge important for their future careers but also to think critically and develop themselves personally as citizens of an increasingly multicultural and globalized world.
BCA Brussels students live with host families. This is an ideal way to immerse yourself in the Belgian culture. You will have breakfast Monday through Friday and dinner Monday through Thursday with your host family. All other meals are the responsibility of the student. There are a number of restaurants and snack bars available on the campus that are open throughout the day and evening, cater to a variety of tastes, and offer good value and choice. You can also go to the Gare du Midi on Sundays for the Sunday Market. There you’ll find fresh, inexpensive produce.
Live (and eat!) like a local with the help of your Brussels Resident Director. INdulge in uniquely Belgian dishes such as mussels and frites and, of course, Belgian waffles and chocolate while learning about their cultural significance. You can also volunteer via Vesalius College’s partnership with Serve the City. You can also engage with your campus community by writing for the student newspaper, working for the student government, and joining clubs and athletic teams. Meanwhile, your host family will provide you with yet another perspective of Belgian life and culture.
Venture outside of Brussels with your Resident Director as your guide as you explore other historically and culturally significant locations in Belgium. Excursions vary by semester, but in the past, students have visited the North Sea and Ypres to learn about the impact of WWI on the region and reflect on the way that the war is still being remembered today.
Possible excursions include:
The Magritte Museum
The Tintin Museum
Chateau de Modave
VESALIUS COLLEGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Gain professional experience with an international internship! Apply to Vesalius College’s Internship Program to work with one of more than 40 local and international organizations with offices in Brussels including Human Rights Watch, Mission to Macedonia, Oxfam International, UPS, MasterCard, and more.
SERVE THE CITY
Vesalius College is partnered with Serve The City-- an organization that assists community members in need through sports, music, arts, meals, and friendship.
DATES & FEES
Full-time Tuition & Fees
Breakfast and dinner with host family
Medical and emergency insurance
On-site resident director
Volunteer and internship opportunities
On-site group activities
Seminars and guest lectures
BCA courses taught by host institution’s professors and/or resident directors
Cultural and university orientation
Intensive language training
University official transcript
On-campus internet access