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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Russell Davis Advisor Email:
Minimum GPA: 2.7 Class Standing: 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior, 6 Non-Matriculated
Min Required Number of College Credits Completed in Order to Apply: 12 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Option: Apartment, Dorm, Homestay Program Open to: CSI Students, Non-CUNY Students, Other CUNY Students
Program Description:

Overview | Studying | Living | Exploring | Eligibility | Dates & Costs


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.
  • 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
For full course descriptions and sample syllabi, please refer to the Vesalius website.


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 2020: 3 credits APPROX. arrive June 1 - APPROX. depart July 18 $4,990 2019;   2020 TBD
Summer 2020: 6 credits APPROX. arrive June 1 - APPROX. depart July 18 $6,490 2019;   2020 TBD

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 deadline:
Summer: March 15

Please see below for application cycles currently open, and any applicable deadline extensions.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates a rolling admission application cycle where applicants will be accepted into the program within two to three weeks after application is received and do not have to wait for the application deadline for notification.