- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 2.70 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
- 6 semesters of college-level French language required for the Advanced Liberal Arts program
- 0 semesters of college-level French language required for the Business + International Relations program
Students will choose from one of two program tracks on the CIEE Brussels program:
Bring your advanced French skills to the heart of Europe for studies at CIEE’s prestigious partner school, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Students have full access to the curriculum at ULB. Classes are taught in French across academic areas including communications, language, literature, philosophy, history, political science, social sciences, business, and economics. Students agree to speak only French during the program to encourage language and cultural acquisition. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.
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.
Students can replace up to two Vesalius courses with CIEE elective courses or opt to take a Vesalius College internship in lieu of one course. Additionally, students with advanced French language skills may replace one or two Vesalius courses with regular Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) courses, taught in French.
Please refer to each CIEE program page for specific dates under the "Dates, Deadlines, & Fees" section.
Charming and trendy restaurants, nightclubs, shopping, museums, and architecture make beautiful Brussels a must-see European destination. Headquarters of the European Union, Belgium’s capital is also recognized as the political and economic capital of Europe. You’ll see the city’s international character in its neighborhoods, restaurants, and languages. French is the dominant language, though Dutch (Flemish) and English are widely spoken.
Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) is a French-speaking private research university which hosts 24,000 students, 32% of whom come from abroad. The CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts program is associated with the Faculty of Letters, Translation and Communication, the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, and the Solvay Brussels School for Management and Economics. The main campus – Solbosch – is located in southeast Brussels and includes the Faculties of Letters, Translation and Communication, the Faculty of Philosophy, Political and Social Sciences, and the Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management.
Vesalius College is an international, English-language college which hosts about 300 international students yearly of 50+ different nationalities. The college offers undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs in English. The three-year undergraduate degree is offered in four fields: Global Business and Entrepreneurship, Global Communication, International Affairs, and International & European Law.
CIEE Brussels is conveniently located near the Vesalius College and ULB Solbosch campus.
Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation
In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.