Brussels is the largest city in Belgium and is home to approximately 178,000 people. 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 types of entrees, beer and chocolate. Students interested in world affairs will find that Brussels is a hub for international activity- the city is host to close to a hundred European summits and meetings each year.
Housing and Meals
BCA Brussels students live with host families. This is an ideal way to immerse yourself in the Belgian culture. You will have breakfast and dinner with your host family, and BCA will provide a stipend for lunch. BCA students use the lunch stipend to purchase groceries at a nearby grocery store and eat at restaurants on campus. 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.
You can use the computer lab at Vesalius College Monday to Friday during business hours. Most host families have Internet access in their homes and will allow you to use the computer or your laptop there; however, this depends on the actual family with whom you are living. You may need to be sensitive as to any “house rules” regarding Internet usage. WiFi is also widely available at many commercial establishments.
Brussels’ modern and efficient public transportation system includes the metro, trams, premetro (trams that go underground for part of their journey) and buses. They are all run by the Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles (STIB in French, MIVB in Flemish). Note: Costs related to local public transportation are the responsibility of the student.