Get a firsthand look at current political and economic issues by taking classes alongside Belgian students in the capital of the European Union. CIEE’s partner school, Vesalius College is your host for coursework in English on global affairs, human rights, international business and entrepreneurship, and communications and journalism. Centrally located in the heart of the city, students can immerse themselves in the melting pot of cultures and languages with an optional internship at a local business. For students with strong French language skills, classes are available at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.
TAKE CLASSES IN ENGLISH
and opt for one in Dutch or French if your skills match up.
LEARN ON THE GO
with visits to European Union institutions, as well as other Belgian cities and one of Belgium neighboring countries.
BOOST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
with strong communications offerings, like intercultural communication, script writing for radio and television, international reporting in Brussels, and more.
See more of the region with day trips to Leuven, Bruges, Liège, Ghent, or Antwerp.
Take an overnight excursion to the Netherlands, France or Germany
Go on an urban graffiti tour, participate in a yoga class, make your own waffles, and see a soccer match
Get involved on campus by joining a student club or taking advantage of sports facilities
Explore favorites like Brussels Museum of Fine Arts and one of Belgium’s celebrated chocolate factories
Internships. Get credit and on-the-job experience in communications, business, or international affairs. Write for a weekly European magazine, monitor cases at the EU Court of Justice, or experience working at an accounting firm – so many possibilities! Internships are formalized in Brussels with Vesalius College, following interviews and final word from sponsors. Proficiency in a second language is not required.
Peer support. Team up with Belgian students for a mix of social events during CIEE’s Tandem program in which you are paired with a local French speaking student who wants to learn English, or participate in CIEE’s Talking Cafés where both CIEE and local students are invited to socialize in any language they like!
Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
Three-day orientation – an introduction to Belgian culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
Excursions and/or Study Tours
Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
24/7 emergency on-site support
1 out of 3 CIEE students receives a scholarship - get yours!
GAIN Travel Grants - up to $2,000 toward travel costs guaranteed to all Pell-elgible students.
Gilman Go Global Grants - $2,500/semester and $1,000/summer, guaranteed to all Gilman applications.
Merit-Based Scholarships - $2,500/semester and $750/summer, awarded to students deomonstrating high academic achievement.
Minority Serving Institutions (MIS) Grant - $2,000/semester and $500/summer, guaranteed to all students attending MSIs.
Our highly experienced staff have extensive knowledge of all CIEE programs and services. If you are a student with questions about completing your application, or you want to sign up to receive program updates and news, our staff are happy to help.
Credit returns as TCU credit that applies towards the TCU GPA and counts towards a student’s major, minor, core, or elective credit hours. As part of their application, students must have their courses pre-approved on the TCU Credit Approval Form.
Students can typically find classes to satisfy major and minor elective credits; general electives; upper-division hours; and much of the TCU Core Curriculum, including FAR, HUM, SSC, HT, LT and RT. Semester students can also earn CA. It is harder to satisfy specific equivalencies for the major or minor and difficult to find NSC, MTH, OCO, and WCO. Students cannot receive CSV, GA, and WEM on these programs.
While abroad, students remain currently-enrolled, degree seeking students at TCU. Semester students enroll full-time in 12 – 18 credits. Summer students typically enroll in 3 or 6 credit hours.
TCU bills tuition and program fees for all TCU-Approved Programs to the TCU Student Account. However, students may need to pay CIEE, IES, or SIT directly for other incidental charges such as housing deposits, confirmation fees, textbooks or optional field trips.
Non-Refundable Enrollment Fee: Variable. Paid directly to CIEE, IES, or SIT to reserve your space in the program.
TCU Tuition: Semester students pay TCU block tuition. Summer students pay TCU tuition per credit hour. For current tuition rates, visit Costs & Refunds.
Program Fee: Includes CIEE, IES, or SIT housing and insurance fees. It may or may not include meals or other items. Consult the program-specific on the CIEE, IES, or SIT website for program fee breakdowns and exact fees.
Additional Expenses: For airfare, visa fees, meals, books, personal spending money and other outside expenses not included in the program fee. Individual budgets are highly variable.
How to Apply
Good academic and disciplinary standing at TCU
Minimum 2.8 GPA for semester programs, although some programs require higher GPAs
At least two semesters at TCU by the start of the program
Any additional requirements listed on the CIEE, IES, or SIT websites
Click the "Complete Forms" button above to begin your Global TCU application. To continue working on an existing application, log onto www.global.tcu.edu and select the program from the homepage.
Complete the Program-Specific Application found on the CIEE, IES or SIT website.
Submit the Credit Approval Form to Reed 214. You can find the form on our How to Apply page.