CIEE: Brussels - Business, Communications and Culture

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Get a firsthand look at current political and economic issues by taking classes alongside Belgian students in the capital of the European Union. CIEE’s partner school, Vesalius College is your host for coursework in English on global affairs, huma... read more

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I learned how to be independent and live completely on my own. Being in Europe was worthwhile. However, being in Belgium was not. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I loved studying abroad here. I learned so much and really grew as a person. - Winona State University View Entire Review
Past Review Beers In Belgium
America is not as great as it may seem - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I gained new insights into other cultures, became comfortable with travelling on my own, and made lifelong friends. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
New found sense of confidence in myself- meeting new people, out of my comfort zone, traveling alone/with friends, not understanding the languages, trying new foods/drinks, keeping contact with family and friends. - George Washington University View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent and self-sufficient in my living abilities. Living in Brussels forced me to learn to shop/cook for myself, manage my expenses, and get myself from point A to point B using local transportation. There are parts of my experience I loved, the traveling and the few good friends that I made, but overal... - Trinity University View Entire Review
first-hand look at European culture. Definitely worth every second - Fordham University View Entire Review
Gained the experience of being submerged into another culture that I would of never got to experience by just traveling for a short time...it was so worthwhile! - Bryant University View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. The best experience of my life. No question. View Entire Review
I could live somewhere else and be more open. Because a problem a lot of american students had when we arrived was comparing everything to America and if it wasn't like what we were used to, then it wasn't right. So we had to change the way we looked at things. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review Good!
it helped me grow a lot by being alone and not knowing anyone prior to getting in the program. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I learned so much during my time abroad! I made infinite amounts of experiences, TBTs, and memories! I improved in my French, learned about the complexities of the country, and visited places that I will always remember. I learned about Belgium's history, politics, culture, the arts, social life, food, language, and importance i... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CIEE: Brussels - Buisness, Communications and Culture
I learned a lot about the culture, adapting to new environments, living in the moment, and trusting myself. It was amazing and worthwhile and I would do it again! - Brandeis University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CIEE: Brussels - Buisness, Communications and Culture
I learned to be more independent and confident in myself than I thought possible. I realized that there is such a big world out there waiting to be further explored. I met people from all walks of life and all over the world. I came to realize that meeting new people is so beneficial to oneself and it's easy to find something in... - Vesalius College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and the country. I made a lot of great friends but all Americans. Worth it for the travel and culture. Academically screwed me up for the rest of my time at college. - Vesalius College View Entire Review
lots of new American friends, an international perspective, lots of cultural knowledge, a huge obsession with all types of beer. it was so worthwhile. - Villanova University View Entire Review
The knowledge that if I can survive going to Europe for a semester without knowing anyone and thrive than I can survive anything. It was definitely worthwhile - Villanova University View Entire Review
• Flexibility and adaptability across cultural and language barriers, open-mindedness • Problem solving and stress management • Independence, assertiveness, self reliance, and self knowledge - Bryant University View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. The best experience of my life. No question. - Providence College View Entire Review

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Get a firsthand look at current political and economic issues by taking classes alongside Belgian students in the capital of the European Union. CIEE’s partner school, Vesalius College is your host for coursework in English on global affairs, human rights, international business and entrepreneurship, and communications and journalism. Centrally located in the heart of the city, students can immerse themselves in the melting pot of cultures and languages with an optional internship at a local business. For students with strong French language skills, classes are available at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). 

All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
  • Dutch
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Russian, Central and East European Studies
  • European Studies
  • Dutch/Flemish Language, Literature
  • French Language, Literature
Minimum GPA:
2.7
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Qualifying programs: all summer, semester or year-long CIEE programs

$2,500 toward semester program costs, or $750 toward summer program costs

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To increase access to study abroad by more students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), CIEE will cover 100% of program fees and travel costs for 10 students from 10 different MSIs to participate in an intensive 4-week, 3-credit summer study abroad program. To become a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow, students must be nominated and receive letters of recommendation.

100% of program fee and travel costs

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$2,000 for semester, $1,000 for internship, $500 for summer

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Qualifying programs: CIEE summer, semester, or year-long programs that offer research opportunities. Please check the home page of your program of interest to see what awards are offered for that program.

$2,500 toward semester program costs, or $750 toward summer program costs

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Open to all CIEE alum and participants from high school and college study abroad, teach abroad, and tefl certifcations.

$200

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Earn a cash reward for each person you refer who travels on a CIEE program

Travel costs to and from study abroad or internship program. Pell-eligible; first-come, first-served.

$1,000

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Qualifying programs: CIEE’s Sustainability and the Environment, or Tropical Ecology and Conservation summer, semester or year-long programs.

$2,500 toward semester program costs, or $750 toward summer program costs

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Students who enroll in more than one four-week session receive a 20% discount off each additional session.

20% discount

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Deduction off of non‑consecutive in‑person terms for CIEE alumni or sibling of alumni.

10% discount

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Qualifying programs: CIEE summer, semester, or year-long programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Please check the home page of your program of interest to see what awards are offered for that program.

$2,500 toward semester program costs, or $750 toward summer program costs

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Qualifying programs: CIEE’s Community and Public Health summer, semester or year-long programs.

$2,500 toward semester program costs, or $750 toward summer program costs

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Enroll in more than one four-week summer session

20%

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Federal Pell Grant-eligible students can receive a GAIN Travel Grant up to $1,000 when they complete their CIEE Scholarships and Grants application by our published deadlines. Gilman Scholarship applicants can receive a CIEE Go Global Grant AND a GAIN Travel Grant totally up to $4,000!

Up to $1,000 per student

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CIEE offers substantial grants for students who choose our innovative Open Campus Block program. Available at 13 CIEE Global Institutes around the globe, Open Campus invites students across majors to study in up to three international locations in one semester.

Up to $3,000 per student

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Qualified applicants not chosen for a full fellowship are guaranteed a $1,500 program grant and possible university match, $3,000***

$1,500 per student

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