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CIEE: Brussels, Belgium (Third Party) (Summer)

The Program

Study Business, Communications, and Culture in Brussels! As a center of international finance and politics and the home to stunning architecture, a vibrant arts scene, and vast cross-section of cultures, Brussels is as fascinating a city as it is beautiful. And given its resources, it’s also the perfect site to spend your summer examining the relationship between business, politics, and the rapidly changing face of new media and communication.

Through language study, cultural excursions, and internships with local and international organizations, you’ll deepen your understanding not only of the field of communications, but also its European society and culture.

Study abroad in Brussels and you will:

  • Choose from courses in business, communications, and international relations taught in English; undertake a for-credit internship
  • Immerse yourself in Belgian and European culture and society through day excursions to places such as Bruges and the caves of Han; educational activities such as attending French films and visiting local museums; and an excursion to another country such as France, the Netherlands, or Germany

The Academics

Enroll in classes at the only university in Belgium which offers undergraduate level courses taught in English. With a variety of topics ranging from ‘e-commerce’, ‘EU governance and lobbying’, and ‘management of art and culture’ to ‘ethic conflict: reconciliation and reconstruction’ and ‘European film history,’ you’ll build the perfect program to suit your interests.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

To receive credit for an internship, the internship experience has to be part of a graded course listed on the transcript from the foreign institution; and before you leave UConn, you must have approval for that internship credit from an academic department faculty evaluator.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below, go to the horizontal navigation bar on the Education Abroad homepage; click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
COMM 4993 Foreign Study CMM 346 Lobbying in the EU 3 6/30/2017
HIST 3993 Foreign Study BELG3002BRUX Contemporary Europe: The Belgian Experience 3 6/30/2019
POLS 3993 Foreign Study POL289E Introduction to the European Union 3 6/30/2019
POLS 3993 Foreign Study POL351E Military Approaches to Security 3 6/30/2019

The Experience

Extracurricular activities and group excursions are organized throughout the study abroad program. Day trips may include visits to Bruges and the caves of Han, Waterloo, and Namur, and will introduce students to some of the cultural and historical highlights of their host country. Viewings of French and European films and visits to cultural events like the famous Ommegang in Brussels complete the program’s activities.

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. There are a number of homestays available with families from a variety of linguistic backgrounds. Students participating in a homestay pay a supplementary fee (approximately $560; see estimated additional expenses) to be are provided with some meals with the families including breakfast every day of the week and, typically, dinners from Monday to Thursday, depending on the family’s weekly schedule.

The non-homestay option, shared housing, includes a combination of individual rooms, with or without other students, and shared common spaces with landlords. Housing is mainly located in the southeast of central Brussels. An excellent public transportation system makes it easy to commute to Vesalius College. All housing placements are made on site at the beginning of the semester. For shared housing students, meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student. Students have access to cooking facilities in order to prepare their own meals, and may eat meals in Vesalius College cafeterias or area restaurants.


Fully immerse yourself in Belgian and European culture and society through day excursions to such places as Bruges and the caves of Han; educational activities, such as attending French films and visiting local museums; and an excursion to another country, such as France, the Netherlands, or Germany.


Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.5