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Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Apartment, Homestay
Minimum GPA:
2.7
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Courses Offered:
Business, Communications, Dutch, French, History, International Relations
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment
Language of Instruction:
Dutch, English, French
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Karyn Comeau
Internship Available:
Yes
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:
Boat in Brugge Canal

Program Overview     


This program offers a wide variety of courses in French and Dutch language, European studies, international relations, political science, and business.

"Beautiful, historic Brussels has become one of Europe’s must-see destinations because of its charm, trendy
restaurants and nightclubs, shopping, museums, festivals, and more. The capital and largest city of Belgium is a mecca of fashion, art, design, and culture. Brussels has emerged as the “Capital of Europe” in political and economic terms. As the headquarters of the European Union, it is at the forefront of European integration and EU policy. Brussels is very international. Its diversity is reflected in its neighborhoods, restaurants, and languages. While French is the dominant language, Dutch (Flemish) and English are widely spoken. Because of this, Brussels does not necessarily provide the language immersion one might get in another, less multilingual location. For the same reason, students feel quickly at home" (From the CIEE website).

All students take five courses including the CIEE core course, Contemporary Europe: The Belgian Experience; one required French or Dutch language course; and three Vesalius courses taught in English. Students with adequate French or Dutch language skills may replace Vesalius courses with regular Universite Libre de Bruxelles or Vrije University Brussels courses for a maximum of two regular university courses per semester. Students with advanced language skills may replace the required language course with a regular university course taken for credit. More information about the range of courses can be found at the CIEE website.

To  view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.


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Education Abroad Credits


You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State. Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 United States credits, 22.5 Quarter Hours.

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Brussels Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


Pre-requisites


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

  • Minimum 2.70 cumulative GPA

Housing and Meals


Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. There are a limited number of homestays, where some meals may be provided (you will receive a bill for these meals after the program start date), or in an apartment (private room), where you will be responsible for providing your own meals. Students in the apartment option have access to cooking facilities.


Program Costs


For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall Budget Sheet or the Spring Budget Sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.


Financial Aid & Scholarships


Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.


For More Information


For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.


How to Apply


If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with the host provider as a part of your Penn State application either at time of application or upon acceptance. 


Studying Abroad with a Disability


Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.


Other Useful Links


Steps to Study Abroad
Schedule an Appointment
Academics
Cost & Funding
Health & Safety
Parents & Family
Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 09/15/2016
**
Rolling Admission 01/08/2017 05/14/2017
Fall 2017 03/01/2017
03/15/2017 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/01/2017
03/15/2017 TBA TBA
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
**
Rolling Admission 01/15/2018 05/20/2018
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/14/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed