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CIEE: Brussels, Advanced Liberal Arts
Brussels, Belgium
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates &
Deadlines:
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
 Housing:
Apartment
 Minimum GPA:
2.75
 Class Standing:
2.5 - Second Semester Sophomore
 Courses Offered:
Anthropology, Art History, Economics, European Studies, Film Studies, French, History, Language, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies
 Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment
 Language of Instruction:
French
 Language Requirement:
6 semesters
 Education Abroad Adviser:
Nimisha Thakur
 Internship Available:
No
 Non-Penn State Students:
No
 Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

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.

Boat and Bridge in Brugge CanalAll students take a required CIEE core course as well as courses at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (taught in French).  The number of ULB courses that each student takes will vary, as ULB courses range in credit from 2-7 ECTS each. All participants are required to enroll in the equivalent of 15 U.S. credits, 22.5 Quarter Hours. 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.

Prerequisites
Education Abroad (EA) does not require the completion of specific courses prior to departure. However, some Penn State departments or colleges (e.g., the Smeal College of Business) may require students to complete certain courses prior to studying abroad; please check with your department or college to see if you have any specific departmental requirements.

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 of a Pass/Fail basis.

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.

Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

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

Program Costs
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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 above 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 see Funding Study Abroad.

Carnival in BrusselsFor More Information
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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.  Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students at Commonwealth Campuses can contact their Campus Global Representative.

To learn more about the specifics of this program, schedule an appointment with Nimisha Thakur, 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 at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:

  • Education Abroad Questionnaire
  • 1 or 2 academic recommendation(s)
  • Signature Documents

Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with CIEE as a part of your Penn State application. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 01/20/2014 
03/15/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 01/20/2014 
03/15/2014 09/08/2014 01/24/2015
Spring 2015 05/01/2014 06/30/2014 TBA TBA

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