This program offers a wide variety of courses in the humanities through the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, including Belgian studies and philosophy, as well as other language and literature programs. "You’ll feel like you’ve landed in the center of everything in the beautiful city of Brussels, considered to be the heart of Europe. At the prestigious Université Libre de Bruxelles, you’ll improve your French or Dutch language skills while absorbing everything you can about Belgium’s culture and politics. With peer language mentors, internship opportunities, and exciting cultural activities and excursions, the Advanced Liberal Arts program gives you an absorbing international experience" (CIEE Website).
All students take a required CIEE core course as well as French-taught courses at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). The number of ULB courses that each student takes will vary, as ULB courses range in credit from 2-7 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) each. For students who wish to improve their language skills to better follow their regular university courses at the ULB, courses are offered in advanced grammar and composition. More information about the range of courses can be found at the CIEE website.
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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad. All participants are required to enroll in 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.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
Have completed at least 6 semesters of college-level French or equivalent
Housing and Meals
Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. You will live in an apartment (private room), with or without other students, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals. The apartments have access to kitchen facilities and students also have access to university cafeterias or near-by restaurants.
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 theFunding Study Abroadsection 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 GeoBlogs 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
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.