CIEE Summer Business, Communications, and Culture in Brussels, Belgium
As a center of international finance and politics and the home to stunning architecture, a vibrant arts scene, and vast cross-section of cultures, Brussels is as fascinating a city as it is beautiful. And given its resources, it’s also the perfect site to spend your summer, examining the relationship between business, politics and the rapidly changing face of new media and communication.
Through language study, cultural excursions and internships with local and international organizations, you’ll deepen your understanding not only of the field of communications, but its European society and culture.
Study abroad in Brussels and you will
- Choose from courses in business, communications, and international relations taught in English; undertake a for-credit internship
- Immerse yourself in Belgian and European culture and society through day excursions to places such as Bruges and the caves of Han; educational activities such as attending French films and visiting local museums; and an excursion to another country, such as France, the Netherlands, or Germany
Academics & Curriculum
Like other European universities, Vesalius College has been restructured to offer three-year undergraduate degrees. These degrees fall into three main areas—business, communications, and international relations. Students have the option of enrolling in two courses or one course in addition to an internship. Classes are often small, averaging fewer than 20 students. Summer classes at Vesalius are intensive, meeting eight hours a week for six weeks. Classes meet either for two hours a day, four days per week or four hours a day, twice a week.
Vesalius College offers for-credit, unpaid, 150-hour internship opportunities to juniors and seniors, with participants being awarded a letter grade upon completion. CIEE participants may apply for available slots. However, internships are competitive so there is no guarantee that students will receive a placement. Interested students should submit a résumé and cover letter with their course registration form after admission to the program. All internships require interviews with the sponsor of the internship. While foreign language skills may be an asset, lack of such skills is not an impediment to obtaining an internship in Brussels.
Accommodations & Meals
Participants studying abroad in Belgium have two housing options. The first option is to live in a homestay. There are a number of homestays available with families from a variety of linguistic backgrounds. The non-homestay option, shared housing, includes a combination of individual rooms, with or without other students, and shared common spaces with landlords. Housing is mainly located in the southeast of central Brussels. An excellent public transportation system makes it easy to commute to Vesalius College.
For shared housing students, meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students have access to cooking facilities in order to prepare their own meals, and may eat meals in Vesalius College cafeterias or area restaurants.