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Vesalius College (Belgium)

Brussels, Belgium

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Fall 2020
Aug 16, 2020
Dec 12, 2020
Mar 01, 2020
Academic Year 2020
Aug 16, 2020
May 15, 2021
Mar 01, 2020
Spring 2021
Jan 10, 2021
May 15, 2021
Oct 01, 2020
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Yes
Yes
No
Class Standing
Junior
Senior
2.7 | 3.3 for 1st Semester Sophomores
Restrictions

None

Program Type
Internship
Credits

12-15

Program Advisor

The Program

In Brussels, you’ll have access to some of Europe’s premier institutions as a Vesalius student.

Take a break from the large lecture halls of New Jersey and take a seat in small seminar classrooms. Vesalius College, commonly known as VeCo, is located in the heart of Brussels and has more than 300 international students representing forty-plus countries. VeCo has a broad curriculum, but is particularly strong in European Studies, Political Science, Business, Communication, and International Relations. You will have the opportunity to intern and earn credit with high-profile government organizations like  NATO, the European Parliament, BBC Europe, MasterCard, or one of several other distinguished organizations.

 

Vesalius College

Program Location

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Picture of City Brussels

Brussels

Brussels is the headquarters of NATO and the European Union, and home to the world’s largest press corps. The city’s arts scene is one of the liveliest in Europe.  To see the works of the great Flemish painters, including Brueghel and van Dyck, head for the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. A more contemporary painter, the surrealist René Magritte, has his own museum too. And Belgium’s contribution to the world of comic books can be seen on walls and in Metro stations all over the city, as well as at the Belgian Comics Museum. Live music, especially jazz (the saxophone was invented in Belgium), is another highlight of the city. And, for all its diplomatic hustle and bustle, Brussels is a relaxed place to live, with an abundance of parks and outdoor cafés.

 

Academics

In order to have an idea of what courses are available, you should visit the Vesalius College website. Course offerings for 2019-2020 can be found here

Classes at Vesalius College are small (5-6 or as high as 25-35 students per class) and are held in English, although students are encouraged to take a Dutch or French language course. If you are interested in taking an advanced level French or Dutch class, you must complete a placement exam (oral and written) one week prior to the first week of classes. Students will complete a pre-registration form that allows you to list your top eight choices for classes, in order of preference as not all classes can be guaranteed. All students wishing to register for a 300-level political science course on the EU will be required to take the EU Aptitude test during orientation.

*Please note that, due to differences between European and American educational systems, the level (course number) at which you are placed in the Vesalius Language Program may not correspond exactly with the course level achieved at Rutgers or your home university; it may be lower.  You should inform your academic advisor of this potential discrepancy and you should request that your language department grant you language credit, even if the language “course number” you take at Vesalius is lower than what you would take at Rutgers.

Internship Opportunities
The Vesalius Internship Program (VIP) gives students an opportunity to work first hand with one of 50 organizations residing in Brussels.  This is a graded internship that is offered during the fall and spring semesters. The internship is worth 6 - 12 ECTS credits (3 - 6 RU credits). Students are expected to work 150-180 hours over the course of the semester. The program is very competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed.  Therefore, you should not assume your acceptance and still plan to take four-five other classes at Vesalius College. For more information on the program and a complete list of internship program partners visit the Vesalius College website.

You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to the Vesalius College and Rutgers University. Vesalius College will allow you to take a maximum of five classes. That means you will need to take at least 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 RU credits) each semester. Thus, most students take four to five classes a term at the Vesalius College. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.

For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

 

Academic Calendar

*All dates are subject to change.  Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.  

 

Fall Semester

Late August

Mid-December

Spring Semester

Late January

Mid-May

Housing and Meals

You are responsible for the cost of housing and food on this program. You have two options for housing in either independent housing or a homestay.

Independent Housing can either be arranged upon arrival or in advance. If you choose to find housing upon arrival, it is suggested that you arrive at least one week prior to orientation. Students can usually find either small rooms or shared flats for 350-600 Euros per month (rates are dependent upon the size and amenities).  Utility charges are not always fully included and may result in additional monthly fees. 

Students can be placed in a homestay with a Belgian family. Most families speak French, some families speak Dutch, however all families possess a command of the English language. The cost for this type of housing is 170 Euros per week and includes room and most board (7 breakfasts per week plus 5 dinners per week) and use of the kitchen when no meals are provided.

For housing forms and additional information on homestay and independent housing options, please visit the Vesalius website.

 

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost $10,620
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Housing $4,000
Meals $2,500
Visa $300
Books and Classroom Materials $300
Optional Housing Placement Fee $180
Local Transportation $400
Personal Expenses $2,500
Total $11,380.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs per semester

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost per Semester $9,915
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Housing $4,000
Meals $2,500
Visa $300
Books and Classroom Materials $300
Optional Housing Placement Fee $180
Local Transportation $400
Personal Expenses $2,500
Total $11,380.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost $10,620
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $1,200
Housing $4,000
Meals $2,500
Visa $300
Books and Classroom Materials $300
Optional Housing Placement Fee $180
Local Transportation $400
Personal Expenses $2,500
Total $11,380.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

 

Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant.  For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.