BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

OVERVIEW

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.

WHY BRUSSELS
  • Brussels is one of Europe’s greenest cities, boasting many gardens and parks.
  • Food! Belgium is renowned for its fine gastronomy, ranging from prize-winning haute cuisine to the tastiest mussels and fries in the world.
  • 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.
  • Enjoy full access to the athletic facilities (including playing on recreational teams) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and can choose from more than 20 athletic activities including judo, rock climbing, rugby and yoga.
  • Choose from a large number of internships (link to internship page) through Vesalius College
Language of Instruction: English
GPA Requirement: 2.7
Housing: Host Familiy
Internships: Opportunities Available

ACCOMMODATIONS

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.

EXCURSIONS

Designed to enrich your understanding of local life and culture, BCA excursions are unique to each program and offer you exciting learning experiences you couldn’t get on your own. All costs are included in the program fee. Excursion destinations are likely to change from year to year, however, students typically visit a combination of the following: 

MAGRITTE MUSEUM

MAGRITTE MUSEUM

The Magritte Museum is a museum in Brussels, Belgium dedicated to the work of the Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte.

ANTWERP

ANTWERP

Antwerp is a port city on Belgium’s River Scheldt. In its center, the centuries-old Diamond District houses thousands of diamond traders, cutters and polishers.

TINTIN MUSEUM

TINTIN MUSEUM

The Tintin Museum in Louvain La Neuve, is a museum dedicated to the life and work of the Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, who was the creator of the series of comic albums, The Adventures of Tintin.

BASTOGNE

BASTOGNE

Visit Bastogne, Belgium and the WWII Monument du Mardasson, which honors the memory of American soldiers wounded or killed during the Battle of the Bulge.

ARDENNES

ARDENNES

Hike in the Ardennes, a region in southeast Belgium. Once the setting for battles in both World Wars, Ardennes is known for its rolling valleys, wandering rivers and dense forests.

CHATEAU DE MODAVE

CHATEAU DE MODAVE

The Château of Modave  is a château near the village of Modave in the province of Liège, Belgium. The ancient fortified castle was built high above the river Hoyoux.

ACADEMICS

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.

Course Listing

The link below will take you to a list of courses taught at Vesalius and their course descriptions and syllabi. Not all courses are offered each semester, so as you search for courses please remember that you will need to be flexible when registering for courses.

The University

BCA Brussels students attend Vesalius College located in Brussels, Belgium, the “Capital of Europe.” The College’s teaching methods are characterized by small, interactive classes, flexibility in course selection, and continuous assessment. All classes at Vesalius College are taught in English. As a small college with a student body of approximately 300 (including 50+ nationalities) and a low student-to-teacher ratio, the faculty is accessible and able to take a personal interest in the success of students to help them achieve their potential. These close working relationships form the cornerstone of the Vesalius educational philosophy.

Click the Academics button above to learn more about: Popular Departments, Terminology, Pre-Requisites, Credits, and Internships

European Peace & Security Studies Certificate

The European Peace and Security Studies (EPSS) certificate program is a semester-long program that provides in-depth and unique insights into the changing nature and fundamental challenges of contemporary security issues from a distinctly Brussels perspective. Learn more from a student who did this program!

Fast Facts

  • Acquire an extensive knowledge of the institutional, theoretical and practical dimensions of contemporary issues and of the core actors in the field of European peace and security.
  • The program examines the complex roots and causes of contemporary conflicts in Europe’s periphery and beyond.
  • Students are taught by prominent specialists in the field of civilian and military security issues, in both theory and practice.

INTERNSHIPS

Many of the opportunities are service driven and are especially good for students in:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • International Affairs

Click the internships button for more information!

BCA students have the opportunity to participate in the Vesalius Internship Program while studying in Brussels. The program enables students to gain professional experience while earning academic credit at one of Vesalius College’s prestigious partner organizations in Brussels. Vesalius Colleges works with more than 40 companies to provide internship opportunities to students in various areas of study.  During your internship, you will either tackle a single, independent project or complete a portion of a larger organizational project. Whether having full responsibility for a project or working as a team player in a bigger enterprise, you will reap many benefits from this amazing real world experience.

RESIDENT DIRECTOR

BRUSSELS RESIDENT DIRECTOR: STEPHANIE GARDNER

Welcome to the land of lace and chocolates, “frites,” over 800 different varieties of local beer, the Antwerp fashion designers, Flemish masters of paintings and tapestries, famous battlefields of WWI & WWII, home to NATO, the European Commission, and of course … the Belgian waffle! I’m an American citizen who has lived in Belgium for more than 20 years. Like you, I was also an exchange student during my college years. If you open your eyes, ears and heart, you’ll leave Belgium a far different person than the one who arrived. I encourage you to keep a little log book or diary documenting your experiences. Believe me, you’ll enjoy referring to it in years to come!

STEPHANIE GARDNER

On-site support staff help you adjust to life in your new community and will be your cultural guide through the program.

Ask an Advisor

Our program advisors will answer your questions, provide guidance on courses and scholarships and guide you step-by-step through the enrollment process.

Ask a Peer

Want to discuss the program with a fellow student? Meet your peer advisor for a virtual chat, email or phone call. All questions are worth asking!

Apply for a Scholarship

Don’t let the finances fool you, study abroad is in reach! Apply for a BCA scholarship and learn about the many ways that students are making their dreams come true!

Get Started Today!

Dive into an application and learn more about program requirements and the steps involved in getting to the finish line.

DATES & FEES

BCA Study Abroad offers a wide variety of services and activities as part of our comprehensive fee, including:

  • Full-time Tuition & Fees
  • Host family
  • Breakfast and dinner with host family
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Educational excursions
  • On-site resident director
  • Volunteer and internship opportunities
  • On-site group activities
  • Seminars and guest lectures
  • University services
  • BCA courses taught by host institution’s professors and/or resident directors
  • Cultural and university orientation
  • Intensive language training
  • Academic advising
  • University official transcript
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • On-campus internet access

The comprehensive fees for the academic year are listed below. Please keep in mind that every school has a different financial policy for study abroad. Your university may pay BCA for all fees listed below, they may only pay for tuition while you pay BCA directly for housing, or they may require you to pay BCA directly for tuition and housing. It’s important that you talk to your study abroad advisor and financial aid office to learn your school’s approach to financing BCA’s program and what your financial responsibility will be.

BCA offers a number of scholarships for students with financial need. See if you are eligible!

Application Dates

Fall Semester April 1
Spring Semester October 15

Program Dates

Fall Semester Mid-August to Mid-December
Spring Semester Mid-January to Mid-May

Pricing

BCA strives to make studying abroad transparent and affordable for all students. The following budget sheet outlines program costs, as well as estimated additional expenses associated with your participation.

All independent travel expenses are incurred by the student and are not included in estimated personal expenses. Prices subject to change without notice.