Vesalius College, located in Brussels, the "Capital of Europe," offers a unique program, which combines both educational and professional experience through coursework, including an internship option. Internship partners range from multi-national corporations and media houses to international government organizations and NGOs. Gain first-hand knowledge of the European Union and the Belgium perspective, while exploring the city and beyond.
Participants in the Focus on Europe program at Vesalius College can choose from a selection of 3-credit courses (listed below) in the following disciplines: Art, Business, Communications, Politics, International Affairs, International & European Law, and Psychology. For those students looking to gain professional experience and insight, there is an internship option, which also counts as a 3-credit course. Students can choose to enroll in one or two courses during the 6-week program.
For full course descriptions and sample syllabi, please refer to the Vesalius website.
- ART101G – Art in Belgium
- BUS 102G, The Belgian Brewery Industry in a Global Context: Business, Economics, Culture and Innovation
- BUS2113G – Principles of Organizational Management
- BUS243G – Management Control Systems
- BUS 316G – Business models and Leadership in times of Transition
- BUS 363G – Global Sustainability and Society
- CMM 214G, Gamification in Politics, Business and Communications: An Interdisciplinary Approach
- CMM233G – Introduction to Photojournalism
- CMM 262G, European Film, Culture and Contemporary Visions
- INT 381G, Internship
- LAW 204G, Human Rights and International Criminal Law: The Case of the International Criminal Court
- POL 223G, Ethnic Conflict, Reconciliation and Reconstruction
- POL 225G, Global Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and (De-)Radicalisation
- POL234G, Economics and Politics of the EU
- POL 261G, History and Politics of the Modern Middle East
- POL 334G, The European Union in the World
Program participants may choose to live with a host family, stay in independent student apartments, or live in international student housing. Vesalius College has a housing office to assist students with the selection and placement process. Housing costs are included in the cost of the program. However, if you make a housing choice that is expensive, you may need to pay an additional cost for housing.
Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a major center for international politics and has become the home of numerous international organizations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants. Brussels is the de facto capital of the European Union as it hosts a number of principal EU institutions. Today the majority language is French, and the Brussels-Capital Region is an officially bilingual enclave within the Flemish Region. All road signs, street names, and many advertisements and services are shown in both languages. Brussels is increasingly becoming multilingual with increasing numbers of migrants, expatriates and minority groups speaking their own languages.
Brussels contains over 80 museums and is known for its local waffle, its chocolate, its French fries and its numerous types of beers. With the art scene, the food, and the dynamic sports calendar, there is always something to experience in this political hub!
Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors with a 2.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale. There are no foreign language requirements; all courses are offered in English.
Dates & Costs
Below you will find the current dates and costs for all terms available. Please note all dates and costs are subject to change. Non-CUNY & CUNY Non-NYS Residents contact program for cost. This rate may not apply.
|Summer 2019: 3 credits
||arrive June 1-2 - depart July 20-21
|Summer 2019: 6 credits
||arrive June 1-2 - depart July 20-21
Summer Program Cost Includes: tuition & fees, Vesalius College application fee, orientation in US and Brussels, basic housing option (though the price could change should you make a more expensive housing choice) and health and accident insurance
Summer Program Cost Does Not Include: Airfare: $1,100 approx., Meals: $800 approx. (unless you select homestay in which breakfast and dinner are included), Personal Expenses: $650 approx.
Application deadlines are as follows:
Summer: March 15
Please see below for application cycles currently open, and any applicable deadline extensions.