Choosing the right study abroad program is quite the task. I struggled for months deciding what location was best for me, and I was never able to fully make up my mind until I learned about the European Peace & Security Studies (EPSS) certificate program offered through BCA Brussels at Vesalius College. ... I spent four months sitting through lectures by some of the greatest academics in the field, and I created a network of officials and fellow colleagues. I finished the semester not only with a certificate, but also with a greater capacity of knowledge of international security that could become highly beneficial in a future position as a professional in international affairs.
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Emily West: Brussels, Belgium 2016
Why BCA Brussels?
- Gain professional experience and differentiate yourself in the eyes of future employers with an international internship! Apply to Vesalius College’s Internship Program to work with one of more than 40 local and international organizations with offices in Brussels, including Human Rights Watch, Mission to Macedonia, Oxfam International, UPS, MasterCard and ING Belgium.
- Delve into the European Union’s perspectives on current world topics, and learn from experts in the field, by completing the college’s European Peace & Security Studies Certificate Program or join the Model European Union Program.
- Live with a host family that speaks Dutch, French and/or Flemish in addition to English. It’s a quick way to learn a new language or hone your existing skills!
Vesalius College is a small school with a large population of international students representing more than 50 nationalities. Small class sizes and interactive learning environments allow faculty to challenge students to not only learn skills and knowledge important to their chosen careers, but also to think critically and develop themselves personally and as citizens of an increasingly multicultural and globalized world. Exciting internship opportunities allow you to set yourself apart and show future employers that you have experience working in a foreign country, have a global network and can balance academics as well as professional commitments.
Do your part and consider volunteering during your time in Brussels! Vesalius College works with Serve the City – an organization that assists community members in need through sports, music, arts, meals and friendship. Develop your expertise in European affairs by taking advantage of Brussels’ role as the “Capital of Europe” and attend lectures from important local and international leaders. You can also engage with the campus community by writing for the student newspaper, working for the student government and joining other clubs and athletic teams. Meanwhile, your host family will provide you with yet another prospective of Belgian life and culture.
Cultural Activities & Excursions
Live (and eat) like a local with the help of the BCA Brussels Resident Director, who takes you on a culinary tour of Belgium! Indulge in uniquely Belgian dishes such as mussels and frites, and of course waffles and chocolate, and learn about their cultural significance. Venture outside of Brussels with our RD as your guide as you explore other historically and culturally significant places in Belgium. Excursions outside of the city vary by semester, but in the past have included Ypres and the North Sea.
As the Capital of Europe, Brussels is the ideal place for students of varying interests and major areas of study to enrich their academic experience. There is so much to do and relish in this very relaxed and livable capital city that is fashionable, creative and fun! The city hosts a wide variety of clubs and pubs as well as an excellent music scene with numerous rock, jazz, world music, techno and even folk festivals. Brussels is also the bilingual Capital of Belgium, with French and Dutch (Flemish) as official languages. It is a cosmopolitan city in which many different cultures live together and where different languages can be heard on each street.
Program Quick Facts
Fall Semester: April 1
Spring Semester: October15
Language of Instruction:
Fall Semester: Mid-August – Mid-December
Other Program Opportunities:
Spring Semester: Mid-January – Mid-May
Internship opportunities available
European Peace & Security Studies Certificate Program