ISA Study Abroad in Brussels, Belgium

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The international business capital of Western Europe, Brussels' history of Roman, French, German and Dutch influence makes it a unique yet charming cosmopolitan city. Home to the European Union, the UN, the European Parliament and NATO, students i... read more

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Going abroad was so worth it. I wish I was back there almost every day. It opens your eyes and so many doors. I think traveling makes you a better more rounded person. - Lasell College View Entire Review
I feel a lot more able and confident after my experience abroad. Tasks that were once challenging for me are now easy. - Austin College View Entire Review
Seeing new places, making the best of situations, more about Belgium. Overall, definitely worth while. - Trinity University View Entire Review
I grew a lot as a person. I certainly had a lot of independence and improved on my time management and responsibility. - Austin College View Entire Review
YES! - Vanderbilt University View Entire Review
I gained work experience, travel experience, made a ton of great friends, and grew as a person tremendously. I have already received several jobs as a result and I have an interest in working abroad in the future. My experience abroad was one of the highlights of my college career and it will stay with me for the rest of my lif... - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
Obviously it was worthwhile. - Bethany Lutheran College View Entire Review
I definitely want to go back to Europe, maybe not to live but for leisure, and now have a broader understanding of the EU and its complexity - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Brussels - Liberal Arts, International Relations, Communications & Political Science
It most definitely was! I have so much understanding on how Europe views America and also got so much different prespective on topics such as WWI and WWII. Belgium is such a historical country and so beautifully done, the architecture of the city which very old but has that amazing charm to it and makes the country so special. I... - Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts View Entire Review
Absolutely. I am a completely different in the sense that I am open to new ideas and know that my point of view is not the only point of view. - Trinity University View Entire Review
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a - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
I learned all about the world - University of Denver View Entire Review
I learned about a different lifestyle than America. It opened my horizons and I gained insight on European business through my internship and about European culture. It was the most beneficial experience ever, and I can not stop recommending it. - University of Oklahoma View Entire Review
Past Review The Belgian Life
I learned about my own capabilities and abilities to overcome stressful situations. I would not trade my study abroad experience for anything. - Austin College View Entire Review
I had an amazing time and made some lifelong friends. I will never forget my time abroad and how it caused me to grow as a person. - Trinity University View Entire Review
This was the best summer of my life. I learned a lot about myself, about other people. Experienced several different cultures that I didn't think I would get to do at this point in my life. - Trinity University View Entire Review
- University of Tampa View Entire Review
Yes. I learned how the European political system operates, as well as a good understanding of European culture. I visited sites that were important, yet that not other students were rearing to visit (like a replica of Rodin's "The Thinker"). Overall, it has helped my ability to engage with people of other cultures. - Salve Regina University View Entire Review
Every experience is worthwhile. I learned self-reliance, independence, and self-confidence. If I had to do it over again, I would research the program options more thoroughly before committing. - Capital University View Entire Review
Absolutely! Studying abroad gave me more confidence in my abilities to navigate around a strange city. I was exposed to new types of food and ways of thinking that have made me a better, more rounded person. I now feel more comfortable about being able to travel in the future. - University of Tampa View Entire Review

About

The international business capital of Western Europe, Brussels' history of Roman, French, German and Dutch influence makes it a unique yet charming cosmopolitan city. Home to the European Union, the UN, the European Parliament and NATO, students in Brussels are at the heart of international affairs. Multicultural and multilingual, Brussels is the perfect example of a global society that has managed to retain its own distinct personality.

Known as "The Heart of Europe," Brussels is bilingual in French and Dutch but English is widely spoken due to so many international influences. Brussels is smaller than most European capitals, holding its unique culture and traditions while accommodating foreigners and adapting to life as the center of European politics and global business, making it an ideal location to get your international internship experience.

Visit historical landmarks around the city like the Royal Palace, St. Michael's Cathedral and the famous Mannequin Pis. Downtown you will find quaint alleys lined with picturesque restaurants, delicious sweets shops, cute boutiques and cafés galore. Sample some of the best seafood around from a stand on the sidewalk, taste incredible waffles world famous chocolate at the sweets shops, or sit at a cafe on the Grand Place and people watch as you sip a rich and flavorful coffee.

While studying abroad in Brussels you will have the opportunity to apply for an internship abroad, take a number of courses with locals taught in English or study French language. Vesalius College is an English speaking university in Belgium and makes for a great choice for study abroad in Europe.

ISA Programs in Brussels include:


  • Academic Year: Political Science, International Affairs, Business, Communications & Internships

  • Semester / Trimester: Political Science, International Affairs, Business, Communications & Internships

  • Summer: Political Science, International Affairs, Business, Communications & Internships

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Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • French
  • Dutch
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Business
  • European Studies
  • French Language, Literature
  • History
  • Legal Professions and Studies
  • Political Science and Government
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.

2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.

12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs

Deadlines:
Fall (and Fall-start): April 30th Winter/Spring (and Winter-start): October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. See our list of Affiliated Universities for more information. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.) • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees

8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA Summer study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. Courses must appear on official transcript. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

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