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Program Location Brussels, Belgium
Sponsor CIEE
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 31026
Duration Semester
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Fall 2019 08/18/19 to 12/15/19
Past Dates
Spring 2019 01/13/19 to 05/19/19

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Eligibility Housing
Program Costs Financial Aid
Deadline Returnee Info


Business & International Relations Program

The CIEE Study Center in Brussels, Belgium was established in 1994 and moved to its current host institution, Vesalius College, in 2002. Vesalius College is unique among academic institutions in Brussels in that it is the only institution that offers a selection of courses taught in English at the undergraduate level.  The college is affiliated with the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB). It is located on the VUB campus in an area south of central Brussels. Of the 400 students who attend Vesalius, approximately 30% are Belgian nationals, 10% are from the United States and the remainder are from more than 60 other countries.  Vesalius College, like other European universities, offers three-year undergraduate degrees. These fall into three main areas: business, communications, and international affairs.

Brussels has emerged as the ''Capital of Europe'' in both the politics and economy of Western Europe. With the headquarters of the European Union, it is at the forefront of European integration and policy. Brussels is one of the most international cities on the continent with interesting neighborhoods, a large variety of restaurants and numerous cultural festivals. French is the dominant language while Dutch and English are widely spoken. The city remains relatively inexpensive and is an excellent base for traveling to other regions of Europe.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:CIEE.



The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][Krannert School of Management][College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: PSY (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. There are a limited number of homestays available. The non-homestay option, shared housing, includes a combination of individual rooms, with or without other students, and shared common spaces with landlords.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program fee includes tuition, on-site orientation, and excursions.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2019

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$15,433.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,200.00
Local Transportation$500.00
Books and Supplies$275.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$2,650.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

After paying the study abroad deposit, participants will need to complete a program application which will be forwarded to the head office of CIEE. Students will be notified directly by CIEE about their acceptance into the program.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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