Program SnapshotBrussels plays a very important role in Europe as it is home to both NATO and the European Union. Students will receive individualized attention at this small private college, which offers courses taught entirely in English. Vesalius is ideal for undergraduate students interested in international affairs, business, communications and European studies. Students will also have an opportunity to participate in prestigious internships as a part of their course curriculum. Graduate level students can also take classes in the new one-year Master’s in European Policy program.
Brussels’ relatively central location offers an ideal starting point for international travel. Brussels is only 162 miles from Paris, 198 miles from London, 194 miles from Frankfurt and 108 miles from Amsterdam. Public transportation within Brussels as well as to and from Brussels is plentiful, well-designed and economical. For longer trips, students can find attractive fares on high-speed trains or discount airlines.
ISEP Direct: undergraduate and graduate programs available for an academic year, semester, or summer
ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Summer program available.
Semester 1: late August to mid-December
Semester 2: mid-January to mid-May.
The ISEP-Direct program fee includes the benefit package for: Tuition and Housing
ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Summer 2013: $6,450
Full Year 13-14: $18,200
Semester 1 13-14: $10,750
Semester 2 13-14: $10,750
For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: April 1, 2013
See summer program information
Student Enrollment: 350
Courses in English
The Vesalius Internship Program
Master’s program in European Studies. Study abroad students may follow Master’s courses and pursue a part-time internship during the fall term only.
Students can expect their transcripts at the end of January and the end of June. Transcripts are sent to ISEP and and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.
The language of instruction at Vesalius College is English. French and Dutch are offered as foreign languages.
REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS TAKING COURSES IN ENGLISH
ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be subsituted for official score: No
TOEFL: 90 iBT/577 pBT
Certain Vesalius College free elective courses are offered by academic partners such as the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the Royal Military Academy, the Royal Music Conservatory and others. Students should note that some of these courses follow the Belgian academic grading system and the Belgian academic calendar, i.e. they start and end later than regular Vesalius College courses. Not all free electives have different dates, only the one or two offered by Brussels partner schools. ISEP Direct students can take these courses at no additional cost other than the extended housing cost. Partner courses with extended calendar dates are not open to ISEP exchange students.
Students wishing to take a foreign language (French or Dutch) that is above the introductory (101) level must take a placement test (offered in the fall and spring during orientation week) in order to determine their true proficiency level and the best corresponding course level.
Students wishing to take a 300-level (advanced) political science course on the European Union will be required to take a European Union aptitude test during orientation week (fall and spring). Those that fail the test will not be allowed to register for the 300-level EU courses until they have participated in the EU crash course, which will be organized, free of charge for the student, in the first week of classes.
ISEP Exchange: Students placed on exchange will be required to live with a Belgian host family. Host family stays include 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners (12 meals) per week, plus internet access, sheets, towels and access to the kitchen on 2 nights per week. An additional stipend is provided for additional meals. Host families are committed to enriching the study abroad experience for students. All families are able to communicate effectively with students who have no knowledge of French or Dutch.
ISEP Direct: While housing and meals are not included in the ISEP Direct program fee, students will be assisted in finding housing either with a host family or in apartment. A host family provides an opportunity to experience Belgian family life and is strongly recommended by ISEP. The fee for staying with a host family includes 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners (12 meals) per week, plus internet access, sheets, towels and access to the kitchen on 2 nights per week. Students who choose not to live with a host family will be responsible for arranging their own housing and meal options; Vesalius College may provide suggestions for reasonable apartment or student hostel facilities in the area.
ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES
You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: optional fees (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: 300-400 euros.
Airport pickup is available for an additional fee if the host coordinator is notified sufficiently in advance.
Chapman University maintains a record of the courses that previous Study Abroad students have taken, and the equivalent Chapman credit that was granted for each course. To view the course equivalencies for this program, click “View Sample” under Pre-Approved Courses at the top of this brochure page. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all courses available at the institution. You may view the entire course catalog this program on the Vesalius University website. Students are encouraged to propose additional or revised equivalencies during the application process, which will be evaluated by the appropriate academic units on campus.
Credit and Grading Transfer
Credits are articulated based on U.S. credit equivalencies and credit hours earned.
Courses are graded according to the US grading scale.
Students must enroll in the equivalent of 12-18 Chapman credits.
All courses must be taken for a letter grade. Classes taken as ‘Pass/Fail’ will not be accepted, with the exception of internships. Internships must be approved by the Center for Global Education.