Lasting seven weeks, the Vesalius College Summer Program “Focus on Europe” is situated in Brussels, the capital of Europe, and offers students a unique summer experience and the opportunity to earn the equivalent of 6 U.S. credits. 

The Vesalius College Summer Program consists of courses in the fields of business, communications and international affairs, with a strong focus on Europe. In addition, there are a number of internship opportunities available in high-profile public and private organizations in Brussels. Students may enroll in two courses, or combine enrollment in one course with a for-credit internship. 

History buffs and international relations enthusiasts will feel at home in Brussels, which hosts the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organization headquarters. Deepen your knowledge of international affairs and business through Vesalius College’s small classes (taught in English) and a variety internship options. 

Based on its location in Brussels, the heart of the European community, Vesalius College has targeted the three disciplines most relevant to the expertise available in the local academic and professional sectors. The Business program thrives on the knowledge of professors and guest lecturers with experience in the headquarters of large multinational corporations. The Communications program has its fingers on the pulse of the latest in international communication by virtue of Brussels being the home of the world’s largest press corps. As the home of NATO and heart of the European Union, Brussels feeds the International Affairs curriculum with the most knowledgeable experts in the field of public policy and European studies. Students can confirm and apply the theory they acquire in class by participating in prestigious internships in the public and private sectors in such organizations as NATO, the United Nations, Ernst & Young, MasterCard and many more.


Please note that housing and meals are not included in the ISEP Direct program fee. Students will apply for housing and pay accommodation fees directly to Vesalius College.  At Vesalius College, a number of different housing types are available for incoming ISEP students. Detailed information about housing options and pricing can be found hereISEP students must choose one of the three official housing options for study abroad students at Vesalius College and are not allowed to seek independent housing while in Brussels. 

Homestay: Homestays enable students to immerse themselves in the everyday life of a Belgian family and the Belgian culture, and are the recommended housing option for ISEP students at Vesalius. Vesalius College works with host families who for years have welcomed international students into their homes and are committed to enriching the study abroad experience of these students. All families have a good command of the English language and can communicate with students who have no knowledge of French or Dutch. Eleven meals per week (breakfast seven days per week and dinner on weeknights) are included in the cost of the homestay program.

Shared Student Flat: The Vesalius College Housing Coordinator offers personalized assistance to students in locating and leasing a student flat or a room. The service includes the placement in housing and personal assistance to help students understand the specific aspects (both culturally and legally) that they may encounter prior arrival or during their stay. All apartments on offer are personally visited, evaluated and approved by the Vesalius Housing Coordinator. 

Student Residence: Students looking for a dorm-style feel can stay at Vesalius’ partner’s residence 365 Rooms, located a 10-minute walk from campus. At 365 students can have their own room while being surrounded by other Belgian and international students. 

Students will be able to use their own funds for groceries and meals. See here for information regarding estimated expenses and budgeting while in Brussels. 

Program Website

Course Description

Summer Session students enroll in a maximum of 12 ECTS (6 U.S. credits). Students may enroll in two courses (6 ECTS per course), or combine enrollment in one 6 ECTS course with a for-credit internship that grants 6 ECTS. 


Students can view sample courses by visiting the Summer Course Offerings page on the Vesalius College website. Please note that due to COVID-19 a limited number of courses were offered in Summer 2020.

A full list of Summer 2021 course offerings will be available in December 2020. 


Students participating in an internship are required to keep a daily log and to write a 3,000-word paper at the end of the term. The internship is evaluated with a letter grade and is worth 1 academic course, or 6 ECTS (equivalent to 3 U.S. academic credits).

Applying for an internship is a separate process at Vesalius College. To fast track this process, students interested in applying for an internship should upload to the "additional documents" section of their ISEP application a copy of their resume or CV and a general cover letter that outlines internship objectives, preferred job responsibilities and qualifications. Find more information about the internship program, application procedures and deadlines on the Vesalius College website.

Internship Program Syllabus 

Website for Course Availability

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Fields of Study

  • Area Studies Recommended!

  • Business Recommended!

  • History Recommended!

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Visual and Performing Arts Recommended!

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 90
  • IELTS Score: 6.5

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions


All politics courses have a prerequisite of at least one course in politics.

All business courses have a prerequisite of Business 101 or the equivalent


Students must have junior-level standing at their home university in order to apply for an internship. 

Students can apply for the internship program only if they have obtained prior approval from their home university for transferring the internship grade and credits back to their home university transcripts. 

Once students have accepted an internship, they may not withdraw from it except under extraordinary circumstances, and then only with permission of Vesalius College’s External Relations Officer and Study Abroad Coordinator.

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