The Brussels School of Governance (BSoG) is an alliance between the Institute for European Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Vesalius College. This Undergraduate Summer Program is organised by Vesalius College.

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. All courses are taught in English. 

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. 

Course Description

Students may register for a maximum of 2 courses, earning a total of 12 ECTS (6 U.S. credits) over the 7 weeks of the program. Any combination is possible! You can also choose a for-credit internship as one of your two selected courses, gaining valuable work experience with one of Vesalius’ prestigious internship partners.


Summer 2021 Courses:

Course ID  Course Title 
ART 101 Art in Belgium
BUS102 The Belgian Brewery Industry in Global Context: Business, Economics, Culture and Innovation
BUS315 Women and Leadership: A Global Context
CMM262 European Cinema: Present, Past and Future Trends
ECN204 Economics of Human Capital
INT381 Internship
LAW204 Human Rights and International Criminal Law: The Case of the International Criminal Court
LAW209 Transnational Sports Law and Governance
POL261 History and Politics of the Modern Middle East
POL233 The EU’s Approach to Democratisation and Human Rights
POL325 Introduction to Humanitarian Operations in Crisis Contexts

Students can view full Summer 2021 course descriptions and prerequisites at the Course Availability link below.


Internship Program Syllabus

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 BSoG website.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT ADVISOR Jolene Bechtel 703-504-9993 | Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Advisor and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in English)

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


Prerequisites may be waived for students who demonstrate enrollment in equivalent coursework at their home institution. 


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 BSoG’s Internships and Study Abroad Coordinators.

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