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. 

The Vesalius Internship Program provides students with an excellent opportunity to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to the real world. Students pursuing an internship with Vesalius College gain international experience in a professional environment in Brussels, the ‘Capital of Europe’. Students have the opportunity to test career options, gain useful practical experience, and build relationships with professionals and organizations in their areas of interest. Students 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.

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. 

Many extracurricular activities are sponsored by the Vesalius Student Government and the associated Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The VSG organizes regular student parties, outings and other activities. Sports include soccer, basketball, swimming, athletics and fitness at a world-class fitness center. ISEP students can also participate in student-driven academic activities such as college publications, forums and assemblies.

HOUSING AND MEALS

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 here. ISEP 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

INTERNSHIP

There are 2 types of internships available to Study Abroad students. Students will also enroll in courses at Vesalius College to complement their part-time internship. 

The ‘single’ internship involves 150–180 hours of work over the course of the semester (roughly 12–15 hours per week). Students are also required to keep a daily log and to write a 3,000-word paper at the end of the term. The single internship is evaluated with a letter grade and is worth 1 academic course, or 6 ECTS (equivalent to 3 U.S. academic credits).

Motivated Study Abroad students are also allowed to apply for the ‘double’ internship, which is offered by a selection of Vesalius' internship partners. The ‘double’ internship is worth 2 academic courses or 12 ECTS (6 U.S. academic credits). With the ‘double’ internship, students are expected to work 280 hours per semester (approximately 25 hours per week) and, in addition to the 3,000-word paper and daily log, are required to conduct an academic research project over the course of the term. 

2020 Internship Catalog

Internship Program Syllabus 

COURSEWORK

In addition to the single or double internship, students will enroll in additional regular university courses for a total semester credit-load of 24 to 30 ECTS. You can build your own program by choosing courses from a variety of fields. 

A final semester course schedule will only be available after the program application deadline. Course flexibility is necessary. 

When you are selecting your courses, please keep in mind that, although they may not be identical, spring courses offered tend to resemble each other from year to year, as do fall courses. As such, even if the courses offered for the semester of your choice are not yet posted, you can look at the schedule for the corresponding term from the preceding academic year and have a good idea of what will be offered. Fall semester students should review the fall semester schedule and spring semester students the spring semester schedule, as different courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters.

Example: Fall 2019 Course Schedule

Example: Spring 2020 Course Schedule

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT ADVISOR Jolene Bechtel 703-504-9993 | jbechtel@isep.org 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.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Business Management E-Commerce Economics Entrepreneurship Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Communication: Recommended!

    Advertising Intercultural Communication Journalism Mass Communication/Media Studies Photojournalism Public Relations Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Arabic Language and Literature Chinese Language and Literature Dutch/Flemish Language and Literature French Language and Literature

  • History:

    Asian History European History

  • International/Global Studies: Recommended!

    International Relations and Affairs Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

  • Law/Criminal Justice: Recommended!

    Business Law International Business, Trade, and Tax Law International Law Legal Studies Pre-Law Studies

  • Mathematics

    Statistics

  • Social Sciences

    Political Science and Government

  • Visual and Performing Arts

    Art History

Academic Requirements

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

Special Application Instructions

There is an additional internal application for the Vesalius Internship Program. Students should follow the explicit instructions at this link, and submit all required materials to Vesalius College by their stated deadline. 

Non-native English speakers must submit language scores to determine their level of language proficiency. 

Special Needs Support

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

Other Academic Conditions

- There is an additional internal application for the Vesalius Internship Program. Students should follow the explicit instructions at this link and submit all required materials to Vesalius College by the stated deadline. 

- Study Abroad 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.

- Certain Vesalius College elective courses are offered by academic partners such as the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Royal Military Academy 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 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.

- 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. ISEP 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. 

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