Program Overview

The Business and International Relations program has three goals: to provide you with opportunities to study European identity, culture, and policy-making from a non-U.S. perspective with other international students; to offer you insight into Belgium and Brussels’ unique political, cultural, and linguistic situation in Europe; and to enable you to improve your French or Dutch language skills.

You will be required to take five courses, including the CIEE core course, Contemporary Europe: The Belgian Experience, one required French or Dutch language course, and three other Vesalius College courses taught in English.

If you have adequate French or Dutch language skills you may replace Vesalius courses with regular ULB or VUB courses for a maximum of two regular university courses per semester. If you have advanced language skills you may replace the required language course with a regular university course taken for credit. If you are chosen for the Vesalius internship you may replace one Vesalius course with the internship.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: CIEE: Business and International Relations in Brussels, Belgium

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to a CIEE program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, recommendation, transcript(s), and completion of the interview process. Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by CIEE.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CIEE program involves two parts:

1.    Completion of the GEO application process.

2.    Completion of the CIEE application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the CIEE deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult CIEE.
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Spring Semester201910/1/2018Mid-JanuaryMid-May
Fall Semester20194/1/2019Mid AugustMid-December
Academic Year2019-204/1/2019Mid AugustMid-May
Spring Semester202010/1/2019Mid-JanuaryMid-May

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