Brussels, Belgium (Outgoing Program)
Brussels is the headquarters of NATO and the European Union, and home to the world’s largest press corps. The city’s arts scene is one of the liveliest in Europe. To see the works of the great Flemish painters, including Brueghel and van Dyck, head for the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. A more contemporary painter, the surrealist René Magritte, has his own museum too. And Belgium’s contribution to the world of comic books can be seen on walls and in Metro stations all over the city, as well as at the Belgian Comics Museum. Live music, especially jazz (the saxophone was invented in Belgium), is another highlight of the city. And, for all its diplomatic hustle and bustle, Brussels is a relaxed place to live, with an abundance of parks and outdoor cafés.
In order to have an idea of what course are available, you should visit the Vesalius College website. Courses for Spring 2016.
Classes at Vesalius College are small (5-6 or as high as 25-35 students per class) and are held in English, although students are encouraged to take a Dutch or French language course. If you are interested in taking an advanced level French or Dutch class, you must complete a placement exam (oral and written) one week prior to the first week of classes. Students will complete a pre-registration form that allows you to list your top eight choices for classes, in order of preference as not all classes can be guaranteed. All students wishing to register for a 300-level political science course on the EU will be required to take the EU Aptitude test during orientation.
*Please note that, due to differences between European and American educational systems, the level (course number) at which you are placed in the Vesalius Language Program may not correspond exactly with the course level achieved at Rutgers or your home university; it may be lower. You should inform your academic advisor of this potential discrepancy and you should request that your language department grant you language credit, even if the language “course number” you take at Vesalius is lower than what you would take at Rutgers.
The Vesalius Internship Program (VIP) gives students an opportunity to work first hand with one of 50 organizations residing in Brussels. This is a graded internship that is offered during the fall and spring semesters. The internship is worth 6 - 12 ECTS credits (3 - 6 RU credits). Students are expected to work 150-180 hours over the course of the semester. The program is very competitive and acceptance is not guaranteed. Therefore, you should not assume your acceptance and still plan to take four-five other classes at Vesalius College. For more information on the program and a complete list of internship program partners visit the Vesalius College website.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to the Vesalius College and Rutgers University. Vesalius College will allow you to take a maximum of five classes. That means you will need to take at least 24-30 ECTS credits (12-15 RU credits) each semester. Thus, most students take four to five classes a term at the Vesalius College. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Late August – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Late January – Mid-May
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the Vesalius web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
You are responsible for the cost of housing and food on this program. You have two options for housing in either independent housing or a homestay.
Independent Housing can either be arranged upon arrival or in advance. If you choose to find housing upon arrival, it is suggested that you arrive at least one week prior to orientation. Students can usually find either small rooms or shared flats for 350-600 Euros per month (rates are dependent upon size and level of comfort). Utility charges are not always fully included and may result in additional monthly fees. Students may also rent rooms in the “Brussels International Students’ Centre.”
Students can be placed in a homestay with a Belgian family. Most families speak French, some families speak Dutch, however all families possess a command of the English language. The cost for this type of housing is 170 Euros per week and includes room and most board (7 breakfasts per week plus 5 dinners per week) and use of the kitchen when no meals are provided.
For housing forms and additional information on homestay and independent housing options, please visit the Vesalius website.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the Program Cost and additional Non-Billable Expenses please download and review the Vesalius Expenses Worksheet:
Vesalius Fall 2014 Expenses Worksheet
Vesalius AY 2014 Expenses Worksheet
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.