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 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.
- Examine 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.
- Experience the diversity of Brussels, known as the de facto capital of the European Union, and its citizens through your coursework and homestay with a local family.
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 not only to develop skills and knowledge important for their future careers, but also to think critically and develop themselves personally 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.
Volunteer during your time in Brussels through Vesalius College’s partnership 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 locations in Belgium. BCA’s signature excursion may vary each semester but in the past students have visited the North Sea and Ypres to learn about the impact of WWI on the region and reflect on the way that the war is still being remembered today.
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: October 15
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