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Bachelor and Master Programmes in the Capital of Europe

Vesalius College Brussels


Contents Message from the Dean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . American Style Education in the Capital of Europe .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Andreas Vesalius . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Meet our Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Our Bachelor’s Degree Programmes .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Academic Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Quality Instruction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Guidance from Academic Advisors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Bachelor in Business Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Bachelor in Communication Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Bachelor in International Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Undergraduate Certificate in European Peace and Security Studies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Master of Science in European Union Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Advanced Certificate in Global Risk Analysis & Crisis Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Bringing Brussels to the Classroom: Guest Lectures and Workshops .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Faculty .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Degree Recognition and Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Other Programmes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Study Abroad Progamme .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vesalius Internship Programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summer Programme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Student Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Research and Library Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Computer Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Career Counseling .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Psychological Counseling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Food Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Student Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vesalius Student Government . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sports and Outdoor Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Housing .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Life in Brussels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beyond Brussels .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Life after Vesalius .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Graduating? Keep in Touch! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Admissions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Entrance requirements .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deadlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Transfer Admission . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Visa Information .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tuition Fees and Study Costs .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Academic Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Welcome Founded by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Boston University, Vesalius College is the oldest higher education institution in Brussels that offers Bachelor and Master programmes taught solely in the English language. We take great pride in the rich educational experience we give our students, and hope that you enjoy discovering more about the College. Thanks to the influence of our founders, we combine the strengths of two successful academic models: we offer students an American-style curriculum with small classes, interactive teaching and personalised attention and guidance whilst drawing upon the resources of two major European universities, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université libre de Bruxelles. Students from all over the world have been drawn by this academic excellence: more than 50 different nationalities are represented among our student body. Outside the classroom, students have the opportunity to reap the benefits of living in Brussels, the “Capital of Europe,” which is host to the European Union, NATO, and hundreds of embassies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and international businesses. An attractive internship programme allows students to gain valuable work experience in this stimulating environment. At Vesalius College, we ensure that we offer high-quality academic programmes that provide students with the tools and foundations necessary to think critically, expand their knowledge and develop areas of expertise. But our faculty – who hail from some of the most renowned academic institutions around the world – go a step further, ensuring that the theories taught are applied to real-life scenarios. Our central location in Brussels helps us to give our students access to this “real world” from the start of their studies. While continuing to undertake various research activities, our faculty ensure that they also manage their networks in Brussels and beyond. This allows them to hold guest lectures and workshops, often within the framework of academic programmes, putting students in direct contact with practitioners in the field and even potential future research partners, mentors or employers. Two recent initiatives highlight our efforts to bring Brussels to the classroom. First, in September 2012, we launched the Master of Science in European Union Policy (MSc EUP). This one-year programme combines advanced academic studies and policy-focused practical application, providing a comprehensive understanding of all of the major aspects and processes of EU policymaking. It is ideal for students who are interested in a career in the European policy sphere as well as those interested in pursuing more advanced studies in this field. Secondly, this fall, we are introducing the Executive Course in Global Risk Analysis & Crisis Management. The course prepares participants to identify and analyse global security risks and advance effective responses to humanitarian, military and political complex crises, and is comprised of a mixture of intensive ‘hands-on’ training courses and comprehensive lectures given by senior officials from major international organisations, NGOs and leading security scholars. It goes without saying that this exposure to the real world has paid off for our students. Following their studies at VeCo, our alumni have attended some of the top graduate schools in Europe and North America and have been employed at prestigious companies and organisations around the world. Whether you intend to earn a degree, participate in our study-abroad programme, or enrol in a summer course, at Vesalius College you will find a rewarding opportunity to enhance your knowledge, develop your international network, and prepare for the exciting professional and personal opportunities that await you. I look forward to personally welcoming you at our campus. Dr Bert Mosselmans Dean

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American-style education in the Capital of Europe Vesalius College (VeCo) was founded in 1987 to offer academic programmes in English, in association with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Boston University. As one of the first Colleges that brought American-style education to Europe, Vesalius College has been at the forefront of advancing innovative teaching approaches based on a liberal arts philosophy for a rigorous, global education. Interactive and Personalised Teaching At Vesalius College, classes are small but intellectually-diverse and marked by a highly-dynamic teaching style. The College’s teaching methods are characterised by interactive classes, flexibility in course selection, and continuous assessment. As a small college with a student body of approximately 300 and a low student-toprofessor ratio, the faculty is accessible and able to take a personal interest in the success of their students. These close working relationships form the cornerstone

of the Vesalius educational philosophy. As an American-style institution offering academic programmes taught in English, the College takes a humanistic approach to intellectual inquiry, encouraging students to not only learn skills and knowledge important for their chosen careers, but to also think critically and develop themselves personally and as citizens of an increasingly multicultural and globalised world. The “Capital of Europe” Situated in Brussels and home to a thriving international community, the College offers students a truly unique educational experience.

Brussels has an important international vocation: as the European capital, the city is home to the European Institutions, NATO and numerous international organisations and multinational companies. Our students can benefit from this international setting in many ways – through our academic programmes which have a strong European focus, our internship programme which offers exciting professional opportunities, or by attending guest lectures and workshops with Brussels-based experts.

Brussels is the bilingual capital of Belgium and both French and Dutch are the official languages of the city. It is a cosmopolitan city where many cultures live together and a number of different languages can be heard on each street. This liveliness and international flair is, of course, intimately related to its role as a crossroads for all of Europe.

Andreas Vesalius Students and parents often ask us about the origins of the name of the College. Born in Brussels, Andreas Vesalius was one of the premier freethinkers of the Renaissance. Known as the “father of modern anatomy,” he questioned centuries-old beliefs about how the human body functioned and revolutionised scientific study. Publicly challenging established theories, Vesalius embodied our college’s principle of liberal inquiry, unfettered by prejudice deriving from religion, race, gender, or political ideology.

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Meet our Students Thanks to our diverse student body drawn from all corners of the globe, Vesalius College offers an enriching academic and cultural experience. With an emphasis placed on both group work and independent research, there is a natural exchange of experiences, cultures and beliefs between students. The student body at Vesalius College forms an active and tight academic and social community. And with over 50 nationalities represented, Vesalius College is a unique laboratory for the study of intercultural relations, providing students with the opportunity to work with and learn from each other, forming lasting friendships with people from many different cultures and perspectives.

They say education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire. That’s exactly the feeling I had when first starting at Vesalius College. It’s a place where professors try to get the very best out of students. Vesalius provides you with the environment to fully develop all of your individual skills. All of this happens in an international environment in which I met the most interesting people, of whom some are friends I will keep for life. Martin Potié, Belgium

My friends back home always ask me, what is the best thing about Vesalius College? I wonder for a few moments where to start, and then I say... ‘everything’. The education experience is undeniably excellent. Every day you learn something new, even outside the classroom. The professors are easily accessible, which makes students’ lives extremely easy. The student body is diverse and multi-national, which gives the students the opportunity to learn more about different cultures and create everlasting friendships all over the world. Vesalius College is where education and fun come together to give students an experience they can never forget. I spent three of the best years of my life at Vesalius, I learnt a lot and I now have friends in more than 70 countries.

Mohamed Farhat, Lebanon

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VeCo gives me the opportunity to study international affairs in a multicultural environment. It is a place where newly-learned material does not stay in the classroom but becomes much more practical. It is a place where all of your prejudices are thrown out the window and you become part of an international community. Here you are forced to step out of your comfort zone and look at the bigger picture because at VeCo, the world is at your fingertips!

Sophie von Loeben, Germany


Our Bachelor’s degree programmes Academic Structure The Vesalius College undergraduate programme offers three-year European Bachelor’s degrees in accordance with the Bologna Reform of higher education. The academic programmes are designed to challenge students intellectually and personally, while also providing them with the resources and faculty support needed to excel. We ensure that our graduates are well-prepared for post-graduate studies or to begin a successful career. Our teaching philosophy and methods are based on American-style education, which includes interactive classroom discussions and continuous student assessment. Students select a major field of study but also choose from a wider range of disciplines and subjects through minors and the extensive list of elective courses. This educational system is designed to instil within students a spirit of critical inquiry, ethical responsibility, and personal fulfilment that leads to life-long learning.

Quality Instruction The quality and accessibility of the Vesalius faculty is at the very core of the academic experience at the College. More than 90% of the diverse faculty hold PhDs. Thus, students learn from experts with international backgrounds and perspectives. Low student-to-faculty ratios encourage camaraderie between teachers and students, and instructors take personal interest in the progress and success of their students. For a detailed list of faculty, please refer to page 16.

Guidance from Academic Advisors At the beginning of their studies, students are assigned to a professor who will act as their personal advisor. Our academic advisors assist students in identifying relevant courses, and offer support throughout their academic career at Vesalius College. Advisors will not only support the academic choices and development of their students, but will also act as personal mentors along

the long and often challenging journey of helping students to unlock their true potential and find their real passions. Students meet regularly with their advisors, either for “working lunches” or at least one formal dinner per semester. Vesalius College’s Bachelor degree programmes have 4 essential components: 1. The Core Curriculum A distinctive feature of the Bachelor’s programme at Vesalius College is the Core Curriculum. Fundamental core courses are taken by all students and add breadth to the Vesalius learning experience. Through classes like Writing & Critical Inquiry and Quantitative Methods, students learn to approach problems from different perspectives. In doing so, they learn how to be flexible and to adapt to change, nurture a spirit of critical inquiry, lead others by exercising intellectual judgment, and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people across many cultures and languages. 2. Major Once they enrol at Vesalius College, all students will choose a major – the academic subject in which they will specialise. Vesalius College offers majors in Business, Communications and International Affairs. The department offering the Major defines a framework for this specialised portion of the student’s studies, including a certain number of required courses and freely-chosen courses relevant to the major. 3. The Major Elective and Free Elective Courses Major electives are courses within the major that offer the student a wide range of choice within their area of specialisation. Free elective courses allow students to pursue interests outside their major. Students can choose free electives from their major, from other majors or from outside any of the majors, for example: • Law • Chinese • Psychology • French • Philosophy • Dutch • Natural Science

Besides the electives offered by Vesalius College, students can take free elective courses with one of our partner institutions in Brussels. These partner institutions include: • Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS) • Institute for European Studies (IES) • Royal Music Conservatory Brussels • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) 4. Minor An academic minor is a student’s secondary field of study or specialisation during his or her undergraduate studies. As with a major, the College lays out a framework of required classes or class types that a student must complete in order to earn the selected minor. Students can choose a minor that falls within any of the three majors, regardless of their major. Some students will prepare for their intended career with their major while pursuing personal interests with a minor. For example, some students may major in Business and minor in Global Governance. Other students may pursue a minor to provide a certain specialisation and thus make themselves more attractive to employers. For example, it is not infrequent for an International Affairs major to minor in European Studies. Minors that are offered by Vesalius College include: • Minor in Economics • Minor in Marketing & Advertising • Minor in Political Communication • Minor in Media Studies • Minor in Psychology • Minor in Strategic Management • Minor in Banking & Finance • Minor in Sustainable Development & Technological Innovation • Minor in European Peace & Security Studies • Minor in European Union Studies • Minor in Global Governance • Minor in History • Minor in History of Ideas • Minor in Art Studies

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Bachelor in Business Studies About the Programme Successful business managers today are faced with unique challenges in an ever-changing international business environment. The Business Studies programme at Vesalius College provides the skills and foundation necessary to become an internationally-versed business leader. At the heart of Europe, Brussels is home to countless internationally-operating corporations and organisations, including NATO and the European Union. Business students at Vesalius College bring a wealth of international perspectives to the study programme and gain valuable insight into the world of international business. The Bachelor programme gives students a combination of theoretical and practical skills, including an understanding of how businesses are organised, managed and function within the larger economic, social, legal and political context. In their last semester, students bring together what they have learnt, either in the analysis of case studies of business behaviour or in the development of a business plan for a small enterprise within a cohort of like-minded and highly-motivated international students. By making full use of bridge-building opportunities with the two other major departments of the College (Communication Studies and International Affairs) and by significantly broadening their cross-cultural skills, students receive theoretical and practical training in a number of fields, which prepares them to operate effectively in a professional environment. Business students at Vesalius College can choose from a variety of prestigious internships in the Brussels area to apply business concepts and tools in a concrete international business environment.

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Through Vesalius College’s extensive network, students can establish contacts and pursue networking opportunities that will be valuable throughout their careers. Students learn from a wide range of experienced guest lecturers including senior corporate managers, entrepreneurs, consultants and other business professionals.

Career Perspectives Students graduating from our Business Studies programme possess a solid foundation in the functional areas of globally operating companies. The programme prepares students not only for prestigious management positions, but also for leadership responsibilities. Many of our students have used Vesalius College’s extensive academic network in Brussels and abroad to pursue a Master’s degree in a wide range of fields, including management, business, banking & finance, economics, trade and more. Our Business graduates have successfully completed postgraduate studies in a number of prestigious universities, including Solvay Business School, the University of Saint Andrews, London School of Economics, IE Business School, Bocconi University, Boston University and many others.

Business Studies Capstone: Corporate Strategy This capstone course is taught through theory and case studies, and greatly encourages students to think critically, to participate in class debates and to give oral presentations. It focuses on strategy formulation, implementation and performance. Taking a hands-on approach, the course aims to identify and analyse companies’ external opportunities and constraints. In addition, students learn to reflect on how these companies may develop internal capabilities in

response to these factors. The course also investigates the main functions of a company: products/services, research and development, manufacturing, logistics, marketing, finance/accounting, and human resources.

Business Studies Capstone: International Marketing This course focuses on international marketing, and how to enter and operate effectively in foreign markets. It introduces suitable ways to select international markets and discusses alternative strategies to enter those markets through comparing, contrasting and benchmarking those foreign markets’ socio-cultural, political, economic, and legal characteristics. It will provide marketing knowledge that strikes a balance between localisation and globalisation in product, promotion, pricing, and distribution, to meet the needs and expectations of the chosen foreign market. The course is taught through theory, organisational evaluations, and case studies, and encourages students to think critically, to participate in class debates, and to give oral presentations.


DEGREE REQUIREMENTS (180 ECTS) CORE COURSES (30 ECTS) • Composition for Academic Communication • Writing and Critical Inquiry • Quantitative Methods • Research and Presentation Skills MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (90 ECTS) • Accounting • Business • Business Law • Economics • Human Resources Management • Operations Management • Corporate Finance • Financial Markets and Investments • Macroeconomics • Microeconomics • Marketing • Business Information Systems • Methods: Mathematics for Business and Economics • Methods: Statistics for Business and Economics *ECTS = European Credit Transfer System

MAJOR ELECTIVES (30 ECTS) In order to fulfil the Major Elective requirements, students may choose one of the minors listed on page 5, regardless of their major. In order to obtain the ‘Minor’ classification, students must follow all four courses within that Minor. Business students choose four Major Elective courses out of the list below (as of Fall 2013). In addition, students must also choose one of the two Capstone Courses. • The European Economy • International Political Economy • History of Economic Thought • The International Banking System • International Trade • Social Marketing • Sociology and Psychology of Marketing • Business Writing and Social Networking Applications • Corporate Communications and Public Relations • Marketing Communication and Advertising • Capstone: International Marketing • Introduction to Psychology • Business Psychology • Organisational Leadership • Mass Psychology • Corporate Governance

• Strategic Management • Business Executive Seminar • Capstone: Corporate Strategy • Financial Mathematics • Mergers, Acquisitions and Related Transactions • International Finance • Sustainable Development • Industrial Processes, Technology and Innovation • Management of Innovation and Technical Change • Business and Media Ethics • Environmental Law • Internship • Honours Essay FREE ELECTIVES (30 ECTS) Students also choose five free electives from any of the Bachelor-level courses offered by Vesalius College or one of its partner institutions previously mentioned. For example, students may choose courses within their major, another major, or outside the curriculum of all majors (i.e. language courses). For detailed course descriptions, please visit the website: www.vesalius.edu/academics.

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high-level postgraduate studies in various specialised fields. Studying Communications in Brussels offers students the opportunity to study in the world’s top diplomatic city, and one of the world’s largest business and media centres, home to the second-largest press corps. Students learn from experienced professionals from political institutions, media organisations and international corporations via guest lectures, and they gain practical experience thanks to the internship programme, which is invaluable in enabling them to quickly develop and operate within a professional environment. Career Perspectives At the end of the bachelor programme, Communications graduates are well prepared to play a leading role in the communications department of political institutions, business corporations, lobbying firms and media companies.

Bachelor in Communication Studies The Communication Studies department aims to provide students with an in-depth understanding of how communications practices, theories and skills powerfully shape and inform the world we live in. The programme focuses on two key fields, namely, politics and business, and includes courses in public diplomacy, political communication, public relations, lobbying, intercultural communication and film. By making full use of bridge-building

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opportunities with the other two major departments of the College (Business Studies and International Affairs), and by significantly broadening their crosscultural skills, students receive theoretical and practical training in a number of fields, which prepares them to operate effectively in a professional environment. Students are also able to make use of the knowledge and training they receive and the research skills they acquire to pursue

Vesalius graduates can continue their postgraduate studies in a wide range of fields, including public relations, advertising, political communication, public diplomacy, international communication, journalism studies, film studies, internet studies, business, marketing or human resources management. Our Communications graduates have successfully completed graduate studies in a number of prestigious universities, including Georgetown University in Washington, DC, the London School of Economics, the University of Edinburgh, Boston University, the University of Kent and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).


Communication Studies Capstone: Public Diplomacy The capstone course requires students to integrate the knowledge and apply the skills acquired throughout their work in their majors, and gives them the opportunity to work on an extended research project. By calling for sophisticated understanding of theoretical issues as well as an appreciation of ways to construct empirical research solutions, it also prepares students for independent research at the graduate level. The capstone course for Communication Studies is designed to develop an understanding of a key aspect of modern communications, namely the attempts made by state and non-state actors to influence public opinion through strategic communication policies and ‘soft power’. The course will focus on the different global approaches to public diplomacy and the role of public diplomacy in foreign policy. With its network of international organisations, national diplomatic missions and media outlets, Brussels provides an ideal venue for studying and understanding public diplomacy conceptually as well as from the viewpoint of practitioners. Topics range from communication approaches in times of crisis to arts diplomacy, exchange programmes and citizen diplomacy.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS (180 ECTS) CORE COURSES (30 ECTS) • Composition for Academic Communication • Writing and Critical Inquiry • Quantitative Methods • Research and Presentation Skills MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (90 ECTS) • Communications • Business • Politics • Economics • Intercultural Communication • Communication Theories • Organisational Communication • Marketing Communication and Advertising • Political Communication • European Communication Policies • European Union Politics • International Communication • Intermediate Research Methods • Methods: Rhetoric MAJOR ELECTIVES (30 ECTS) In order to fulfil the Major Elective requirements, students may choose one of the minors listed on page 5, regardless of their major. However, in order to obtain the ‘Minor’ classification, students must follow all four courses within that Minor. Communications students choose four of the courses out of the following list (as of Fall 2013). In addition, students must also choose one of the two Capstone Courses.

• Art in Belgium • Introduction to Design • History of Western Music • Management of Art and Culture • Film: History, Theories, Narration and Scriptwriting • Topics in European Film History • Art in Europe • Lobbying in the EU • Capstone: Public Diplomacy • Business Writing and Social Networking Applications • Business and Media Ethics • Marketing • Social Marketing • Sociology and Psychology of Marketing • Corporate Communications and Public Relations • Capstone: International Marketing • Political Institutions of European Countries • The EU’s Approach to Democratisation and Human Rights • European Identities in Cross-Cultural Perspectives • European and Global Governance of Migration • Policies in the EU • Internship • Honours Essay

FREE ELECTIVES (30 ECTS) Students also choose five free electives from any of the Bachelor-level courses offered by Vesalius College or one of its partner institutions previously mentioned. For example, students may choose courses within their major, another major, or outside the curriculum of all majors (i.e. language courses). For detailed course descriptions, please visit the website: www.vesalius.edu/academics.

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Bachelor in International Affairs In an increasingly globalised and ever more complex world, students need to make sense of the underlying political, economic, legal and sociological processes that shape contemporary societies and our global future. Whether it is the international economic crisis, global climate change, the rise of emerging powers such as BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), the future of the European Union and NATO, the challenges involved in United Nations Peacekeeping, or the fundamental causes of war and peace, Vesalius College’s Bachelor in International Affairs equips students with the broad-ranging tools and in-depth capabilities for assessing the most pressing issues in national and global politics. At Vesalius, we also take pride in preparing our students for further studies at the world’s top graduate schools. The International Affairs major offers students a broad range of knowledge and skills taught by dedicated professors, as well as unique insights provided by senior policymakers, diplomats and senior practitioners in the Brussels scene. By drawing on world-class academics and highly-experienced policymakers, students gain fundamental insights into both the theoretical and practical, hands-on

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dimensions of politics, economics and law. Prestigious internships at the offices of major Brussels-based institutions (such as the European Union, NATO and United Nations), NGOs and global think tanks complement and deepen the practical aspects of their studies. Career Perspectives International Affairs students are prepared to function in various settings and organisations, including international organisations (such as the United Nations, EU and NATO), political institutions, ministries of foreign affairs, lobby organisations, NGOs and think tanks. Vesalius graduates can also continue their postgraduate studies in a wide range of fields, including international relations, European studies, public policy, environmental law, administration, communications, leadership and management. Our International Affairs graduates have successfully completed graduate studies in a number of prestigious universities including Oxford University, Columbia University, Brown University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Georgetown University, the University of Edinburgh,

Lund University, Boston University and the University of Kent, among others. International Affairs Capstone: “From Theory to Policy Advice”: Teaming up with the European Union for “Real-Life” Education VeCo prides itself in its unique ability to train students to apply their theoretical and analytical knowledge to real-life situations. Towards the end of their 3-year BA studies, VeCo students will be trained comprehensively to apply their diverse


knowledge to a real-life problem. Utilising VeCo’s unique access to Brusselsbased policy circles and international organisations, students spend a semester as personal policy advisors to a highranking diplomat on a highly-relevant and current foreign policy issue. For example, the spring 2013 Capstone Class (“From Theory to Policy Advice: Assessing the EU’s Post-Arab Spring Approach to the Maghreb”) was organised in cooperation with the Deputy Head of the Maghreb Unit of the European Union’s External Action Service. Responsible for drafting the EU’s new approach to the Maghreb region, the senior official tasked the student teams with providing him with advice on how to implement the new strategy. For the duration of the course, students formed two separate think tanks and carried out independent, policyoriented research. The course was complemented by guest lectures from major European think tanks, EU officials as well experts on the Maghreb. Furthermore, the course instructor trained the senior seminar students in essential presentation skills (with the help of video analysis), research and analytical skills, time management and essential organisational skills. At the end of the course, both student groups presented their findings to the EU official and his colleagues at the EU offices, giving the students indispensable insight into the functioning of the EU as well as critical skills that will be valuable in their future career.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS (180 ECTS) CORE COURSES (30 ECTS) • Composition for Academic Communication • Writing and Critical Inquiry • Quantitative Methods • Research and Presentation Skills MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (90 ECTS) • History • International Law • Politics • Economics • International Relations • Contemporary Political Debates • Macroeconomics • International Political Economy • History: Methods and Problems • Evolution of the International System 1914-1989 • European Union Politics • Current Problems in International Law • Intermediate Research Methods • International Affairs Research Methods MAJOR ELECTIVES (30 ECTS) In order to fulfil the Major Elective requirements, students may choose one of the minors listed on page 5, regardless of their major. However, in order to obtain the ‘Minor’ classification, students must follow all four courses within that Minor. International Affairs students choose four of the courses out of the list below (as of Fall 2013). In addition, students must also follow the Capstone Course.

• European Identities in Cross-Cultural Perspectives • European and Global Governance of Migration • Policies in the EU • The Government and Politics of Global Powers • Diplomacy and International Negotiations • International Organisations and Global Governance • The United Nations and Global Governance • Capstone: Global Governance • History: Methods and Problems • Evolution of the International System 1815-1914 • History of Transatlantic Relations • History of Genocide • History of Western Philosophy • History and Philosophy of Science • History of Economic Thought • History of Political Thought • Internship • Honours Essay FREE ELECTIVES (30 ECTS) Students also choose five free electives from any of the Bachelor-level courses offered by Vesalius College or one of its partner institutions previously mentioned. For example, students may choose courses within their major, another major, or outside the curriculum of all majors (i.e. language courses). For detailed course descriptions, please visit the website: www.vesalius.edu/academics.

• European Peace and Security Studies • The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy • Understanding Contemporary Conflicts in Europe • The EU and Civilian Approaches to Security • The EU and Military Approaches to Security • Political Institutions of European Countries • The EU’s Approach to Democratisation and Human Rights

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Undergraduate Certificate in European Peace and Security Studies The European Peace and Security Studies (EPSS) programme is comprised of 5 courses (30 ECTS in total) and provides in-depth and unique insights into the changing nature and fundamental challenges of contemporary security issues from a distinct Brussels perspective. By pooling the combined expertise and resources of five leading educational institutions in Brussels – Vesalius College, the Conflict Studies Department of the Belgian Royal Military Academy, the Institute of European Studies (IES), the Global Governance Institute, as well as the University of Kent’s Brussels campus – students are taught by prominent

The courses emphasise theoretical and practical analysis of the comprehensive, civil-military nature of contemporary conflict and crisis management from a NATO and EU perspective. Additionally, they focus on the history, institutional procedures, policies and interrelations of these two key organisations as well as on their interaction with a wide range of civilian and military partners. The programme also sheds light on the complex roots and causes of contemporary conflicts in Europe’s periphery and beyond. Hence, at the end of the semester, students will have acquired an extensive understanding of the institutional, theoretical and practical dimensions of contemporary issues and of the core actors in the field of European Peace and Security.

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Completing the European Peace and Security Studies programme at Vesalius gave me insight into this field, which I would have been hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Each course complements the others perfectly, giving a complete view of these issues. Moreover, studying the European Union in Brussels offers unparalleled opportunities for enrichment outside the classroom. I learned just as much from the amazing lecture series as I did in my classes. It was an experience I couldn’t expect to find at any other college or university and it will continue to impact on my comprehension of international relations in the future. Jacob Passy - Tufts University, USA

specialists in the field of civilian and military security issues.

The programme includes a high-profile guest lecture series and symposium provided by academic experts and leading practitioners from the European Union, NATO, the United Nations and related security organisations. Students are actively encouraged to establish and maintain contact with key practitioners from Brussels-based institutions and from the wider international academic community. Our lecture series are not just “passive events”. Instead, equal importance is placed on in-depth Q&A sessions where our students challenge senior guest lecturers with frank questions, and an informal reception after each lecture, where students can informally continue the debate with senior officials over refreshments.

EPSS Guest Lecturers have included: • Steven Vanackere, former Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister, Belgium • Antonio Costa, former UN UnderSecretary-General and Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), former Secretary-General of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, former Under-Secretary General, OECD. • Agostino Miozzo, Managing Director, Crisis Response Department, European External Action Service and former General Director, Italian Civil Protection Department • Jamie Shea, Deputy Assistant SecretaryGeneral for Emerging Security Threats, NATO • Edward McMillan-Scott, VicePresident of the European Parliament, responsible for Democracy and Human Rights • Joëlle Hivonnet, European Union Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva


Students who have successfully completed the EPSS programme will receive a Certificate in European Peace & Security Studies. Both undergraduate students and those who have already earned their bachelor’s degree may apply. The EPSS is open to Belgian and international students. CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS (30 ECTS) The EPSS Programme consists of five closely-interrelated courses, all taught during the fall semester (see below, 6 ECTS credits each), as well as the guest lecture series held on Wednesday evenings and a final symposium during the last week of the Programme. • European Peace and Security Studies • The EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy • Understanding Contemporary Conflicts in Europe • The EU and Civilian Approaches to Security • The EU and Military Approaches to Security For detailed course descriptions or more information, please visit www.vesalius.edu/academics/epsshome

Master of Science in European Union Policy The Master of Science in European Union Policy (MSc EUP) is an advanced academic and highly policy-focused programme that provides a comprehensive understanding of all of the major aspects and processes of EU policymaking. Combining theory and research with practical implementation, it is valuable for students who are interested in a career in the European policy sphere, as well as those interested in pursuing more advanced studies in this field. The MSc EUP is a one-year, full-time programme, which leads to a Master of Science Degree accredited by the DutchFlemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). It offers students a wide range of tools for analysing the political, economic and judicial aspects of the EU as a regional and global actor. Vesalius College fully utilises its location in Brussels, the Capital of Europe, by connecting students to Brussels’ political environment. Students can attend practiceoriented laboratories in relevant fields (such as Negotiation, Policy Writing and Lobbying) which are taught by policymakers and senior analysts from Brussels-based think tanks. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to complete a 225-hour internship either within an EU institution

or with an organisation that works directly with the EU institutions. Students will also participate in the Institute for European Studies (IES) lecture series, which invited leading diplomats and policymakers to share their insights on the EU’s ability to operate as an actor in the world. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS (60 ECTS*) THEORETICAL KEYSTONE COURSES • Theories of EU Integration • The Politics of European Integration • The Legal Foundations of European Integration • The Economics of European Integration PRACTICAL IMPLEMENTATION • Current Issues in European Studies: IES Lecture Series • Brussels Graduate Internship • Tools and Methods for European Policy Analysis • Master’s Thesis *ECTS = European Credit Transfer System For detailed course descriptions and admission requirements, please visit our website: http://www.vesalius.edu/ master/masterdegreecourses.

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Advanced Certificate in Global Risk Analysis & Crisis Management Jointly organised by Vesalius College, the Institute for European Studies (IES) and the Global Governance Institute (GGI), the Executive Course in Global Risk Analysis & Crisis Management provides participants with unique insights and the fundamental skills required for mastering the field of global risk analysis, early warning and the management of major man-made and natural disasters. Held during ten intensive weekend modules from September 2013 until June 2014, the Course involves a unique

mixture of intensive ‘hands-on’ training courses and comprehensive analytical and institutional lectures taught by a renowned faculty of senior officials from major international organisations (such as the European Union, NATO and the United Nations), NGOs and leading security scholars. The course allows participants to gain in-depth knowledge and a wide range of practical tools for identifying and analysing global security risks and advancing effective responses to humanitarian, military and political ‘complex crises’.

Participants will not only benefit from the unique course content, but also from exchanges and contact with a broad network of leading security specialists. Close interaction between the participants themselves and with guest lecturers is strongly encouraged, and the weekend modules provide ample opportunity for course participants and instructors to exchange ideas and experience in an informal setting.

CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS Part I: Risk Analysis and Early Warning

Part II: Crisis Management and Crisis Response

Module 1: Understanding Risks, Grasping Uncertainty

Module 6: Understanding the Crisis Cycle and Complex Crises

Module 2: Analysing Risks, Preparing for Uncertainty

Module 7: Understanding the Main Actors in Crisis Response

Module 3: Open Source Intelligence: Tools and Techniques

Module 8: Political, Humanitarian and Military Approaches: Towards a Comprehensive Approach?

Module 4: A New Information Environment: Media, Conflict and Crisis Communication

Module 9: Preparing for the Field: Facing Reality on the Ground

Module 5: Global Crisis Monitoring, Conflict Analysis & Early Warning

Module 10: Core Debates, Lessons Learned, Best Practices and Future Challenges

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Bringing Brussels to the Classroom: Guest Lectures and Workshops Students benefit from direct contact with prominent Brussels-based experts, including policymakers, international scholars, business leaders, think tanks and journalists. This enables students to learn from the expertise of a wide range of experts, interact with them and build up their own personal and professional networks. Previous guest lectures and workshops have included: • “European Communication Policies and Their Impact on Journalism” Aidan White, Director General, International Federation of Journalists/ European Federation of Journalists • “Today’s Global Leadership and Diversity” Regina Eckert, Senior Research Associate at Center for Creative Leadership • “European Communication Policies: The Role of the European Commission” Dr. Wolfgang Streitenberger, Counsellor to the Director General, Information Society and Media

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• “Legal Aspects of Setting Up an International Business” Mohamed El Bakkali, Finance & Administration Director of EastNets Europe & USA and Professor at the Louvain School of Management – ICHEC & ESSF • “European Communication Policies and the European Broadcasting Union” Nicola Frank, Head of European Affairs, European Broadcasting Union • “Corporate Social Responsibility: Why Firms Should Care” Karen Frazer, Senior Advisor in Corporate Affairs, Communications and Public Policy • “European Communication Policies and the Media Programme” John Dick, Head of Sector, Education, Audio-visual & Culture Executive Agency, European Commission • “European Communication Policies and the Newspaper Industry”

Francine Cunningham, Executive Director, European Newspaper Publishers Association • “European Communication Policies and the Commercial Television Industry” Ross Biggam, “Director General, Association of Commercial Television in Europe” • “Much Ado about Nothing? St Malo and the Future of the European Security and Defence Policy” VeCo and the University of Cambridge • “The European Union as a Diplomatic Actor” VeCo and the IES • “Follow-Up to the UN Arms Trade Treaty: Further Options for the EU and Global Community” VeCo, the European Union and the Global Action to Prevent • “Responsibility to Protect, Responsibility to Rebuild: Lessons from Libya” VeCo and the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

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Faculty: Passionate Professors, Leading Scholars Vesalius College brings together an outstanding faculty of young scholars and seasoned professors with a passion for teaching. Educated at the world’s leading universities, VeCo professors take pride in providing students with leading knowledge, but also in continuing to publish and engage in international research activities. Our professors regularly appear in the media and advise national governments, ministries of foreign affairs and major international organisations. Recent assignments include appointments as Advisor to the United Nations Department for Peacekeeping Operations in New York, the European Commission’s Ethics Review Committee, the European Parliament, the French Ministry of Defence, the European Union’s External Action Service and the European Economic and Social Committee. Carlene A. Adamson, PhD PhD Philosophy, University of Oxford (St. Hilda’s College), England MA Philosophy, University of Oxford (St. Hilda’s College), England Munira Aminova, PhD PhD, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium MBA Public Service, University of Birmingham, UK Douglas Atkinson, PhD PhD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium M.Phil, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium M.Phil, Northern Illinois University Xiana Barros, PhD PhD Political Science, European University Institute, Florence, Italy MSc European Politics, London School of Economics, UK Jean Bellemans, MBA MBA, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Ingénieur Civil Métallurgiste, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium Claude Bernard, PhD PhD Intercultural Communication and

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Media, UBI/Mercer University, Brussels, Belgium MA International Politics, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium MA Business Communication, Institut Européen de Communication Brussels, Belgium Damien Bihr, MBA MBA Industrial Design, Institut des Beaux Arts St Luc, Liege, Belgium Frank Billingsley, PhD PhD Public Policy & Administration, Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Master Management, Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Greet Bonte, MA MA Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Kathleen Caenen, MA Licentiaat in de Taal-en Letterkunde, Romaanse filologie, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Candidature en Droit, Facultés Universitaites Notre Dame de la Paix Namur, Belgium Caterina Carta, PhD Academic Director, MSc in European Union Policy PhD Comparative and European Politics, University of Siena, Italy William L. Chew III, PhD PhD History, Universität Tübingen, Germany Staatsexamen - History and French, Universität Tübingen, Germany Marc Cogen, PhD PhD Law, Universiteit Gent, Belgium M.S. Kate Connelly, PhD PhD Editorial Studies, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA MS Technical Writing, University of Colorado, Denver, USA Gustaaf Cornelis, PhD Ombudsperson PhD Philosophy of Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Master Logic, Philosophy and History of Science, Ghent University / Polytechnic University, Athens, Greece Dirk De Corte, MA Master of Languages, Ghent University, Belgium Patricia Costa, PhD PhD Comparative Literature and French, City University of New York, New York, USA MA French, Rochester University, Paris Campus, Rochester, New York, USA Julie Delcourt, MA

MA Linguistics, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium Martine Delsemme, MA MA French Literature, University of Missouri, Colombia, Missouri, USA Licence en Philosophie et Lettres, section histoire, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium Candidature en philologie slaves, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium Edyta Dorenbos, MSc, MBA, M. Jur. PhD (candidate – expected 2015/2016), Center for Company Law and European Banking Center, Tilburg University, the Netherlands MSc Finance and Law, Amsterdam Business School, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands MSc Finance, Financial Markets and Regulations, Duisenberg School of Finance, the Netherlands EMBA, ASEBUSS / University of Washington, USA MBA, ASEBUSS / Kennesaw State University, USA M. JUR., University of Adam Mickiewicz, Poland Regina Eckert, PhD PhD Management, Aston Business School, UK HEA, Aston University, UK MSc Psychology, University of Munich, Germany Erik Franckx, PhD PhD Law, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium LLM, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA MA East-European Studies, Interuniversity Centre for East-European Studies, Brussels, Belgium Licentiaat in de Rechten, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Stephanie Gardner, J.D. Juris Doctorate, Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska, USA Robert Scott Gassler, PhD PhD Economics, University of Colorado, USA MA Economics, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA MSc Library Service, Columbia University, New York, USA Andebrhan Giorgis, PhD PhD Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium MBA, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA Amelia Hadfield, PhD PhD International Relations and Affairs,


University of Kent, Brussels, Belgium MA European History, Dalhousie University, Canada Luc Hens, PhD PhD Economics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Master Operational Research, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Wouter Hessels, MA MA Literature and Philosophy, University of Antwerp, Belgium Director of the Royal Film Archive, Belgium Michel Huysseune, PhD Associate Dean PhD Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Lic. Art History and Lic. History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Soleiman Kiasatpour, PhD PhD Political Science, University of California at Riverside, USA MA International Relations, University of California at Riverside, USA Svitlana Kobzar, PhD PhD International Studies, University of Cambridge, UK Joachim Koops, PhD Curriculum Chair, International Affairs Major PhD International Relations, University of Kiel, Germany Postgraduate Diploma Legal Practice, University of Oxford, UK MSc European Politics, Law and Economics, University of Turku, Finland Jimmy Koppen, MA PhD (pending) History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium MA History, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Fred Krautwurst, DBA DBA, International School of Management, France MBA, Tias Business School, the Netherlands MSc International Management, Purdue University, USA Amie Kreppel, PhD PhD Comparative Politics, University of California, Los Angeles, USA Mihail Kritikos, PhD PhD EU Environmental Law, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK Koen Lefever, MA PhD (candidate – expected 2015) Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium MA Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Lise Leunens, PhD PhD Psychology, Vrije Universiteit

Brussel, Belgium Léon E. Lock, PhD PhD History of Art, University College London, UK MA History of Art “Venice and Europe”, University of Warwick, UK Anna Magnan, BA Licenciée ès Lettres, Section Anglais, Enseignement, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III, France Alexander Mattelaer, PhD PhD Political Science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium MA Contemporary European Politics, University of Bath, UK MA Literature and Linguistics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium Dana Adriana Puia Morel, PhD PhD Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, USA MPA, Columbia University, USA Master of International Relations and European Integration, National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Bucharest, Romania Luciano Morganti, PhD PhD Social Sciences, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium MA European Advanced Studies, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium MA Multimedia, ICTs and Interactive Communication, ISC Saint-Louis, Brussels, Belgium Bert Mosselmans, PhD Dean PhD Economics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium MA Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium MSc Handelsingenieur, Solvay Business School, Brussels, Belgium Andreas Rambow, MBA PhD (candidate – expected 2015), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium MBA, Marymount University, Arlington, VA, USA Ilse Scheerlinck, PhD Curriculum Chair, Business Major PhD Applied Economics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Master of Econometric, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium Jeanne Schreurs MSc Mathematics, Katholieke Universiteit Brussels, Belgium Professional certifications and nominations in the domain of Management of Information Systems Peter Solar, PhD PhD Economics, Stanford University, USA Xianping Su, PhD PhD Philosophy, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium MA Psychology and Pedagogy, Vrije

Universiteit Brussel, Belgium George Terzis, PhD Curriculum Chair, Communications Major Post-Doctoral Fellow, Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethno-political Conflict, University of Pennsylvania, USA PhD Communication Science, Katholieke Universiteit Brussels, Belgium Master Journalism Administration, Memphis State University, Memphis, USA MA International Journalism, City University, London, UK Koen Troch, MA Commandant Master Social and Military Sciences, Royal Military Academy, Brussels, Belgium MSc Comparative International Politics (major European Politics), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium Jan Walravens, PhD PhD Translation Studies, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium MA, the University of Iowa at Iowa City, USA Stefanie Weil, MA PhD (candidate - expected 2013), Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, the Institute for European Studies, Belgium and Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany MA International Relations, Bond University, Australia MA Political Science, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Germany and University of California, USA Alex Wilson, PhD PhD Political Science, European University Institute, Florence, Italy MA European Political Studies, College of Europe, Belgium MA Modern History, Oxford University, UK Robert Zaman, MA PhD (candidate – expected 2014), International Conflict Analysis, University of Kent, UK MA International Relations, University of Kent Brussels, Belgium

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Degree Recognition and Accreditation Vesalius College is registered with the Flemish government of Belgium as an institution for higher education. The Vesalius College Bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a fully-recognised Bachelor’s degree issued from a Flemish University. The 3 Bachelor programmes and one Master programme of Vesalius College are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie Organisatie). This official organisation was established by international treaty between the Flemish and the Dutch governments with the aim of ensuring the quality of higher education in both the Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium). Vesalius College is a participant in the Bologna Process, the reform effort designed to standardise higher education throughout Europe. In accordance with the Bologna declaration, Vesalius College offers the three-year European Bachelor’s degree and one-year Master’s degree and calculates coursework in ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits.

Other Programmes Study Abroad Programme Outgoing Students Vesalius College offers its students a wide array of opportunities for studying in other nations and cultures. With an extensive list of international partner institutions, Vesalius provides students with the possibility of earning credit towards their Vesalius College degree in a variety of exciting and challenging environments that are rich in both academic and cultural diversity. Vesalius students may study abroad during the fall or spring semester or during the summer term. They are eligible to study abroad in the second semester of their second year or in the first semester of their third year at Vesalius College. If a student chooses to study at one of Vesalius’ partner institutions, all grades and credits earned at the partner school are directly transferable to their Vesalius College transcript. For more information on the Study Abroad programme for outgoing students, please visit the website: http://www.vesalius.edu/currentstudents/ studyabroad This webpage includes: • Links to the web pages for all partner institutions • Descriptions of the different types of partnerships and agreements Vesalius holds with various institutions • Explanations of how credits and grades transfer back to Vesalius • Frequently Asked Questions regarding study abroad • Application procedures • Helpful travel tips

Incoming students For more than twenty years, juniors, seniors, and occasionally sophomores from a wide range of colleges and universities in the USA and other countries have studied for all or part of a year at Vesalius College in Brussels, the Capital of Europe. As a result, Vesalius College has many years of experience in understanding the academic backgrounds and needs of international students studying abroad and in meeting those needs within the University’s curriculum and advisory system. At Vesalius College, study abroad students are fully integrated into the normal academic programme. Their workload corresponds as closely as possible with that of regular second- or third-year Vesalius students and they are integrated into Vesalius College’s social life and extra-curricular activities. Most students feel quickly at home here and find it easy to meet other students and participate fully in College life. For more information on the Study Abroad programme for incoming students, please visit: http://www.vesalius.edu/studyabroad

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Studying at VeCo has given me the chance to experience a learning environment which not only challenges my individual ability to critically analyse, but gives me the chance to learn and discuss in a small group setting. The advantages of being on a first name basis with your professors are also great, as they each truly are experts within their respective fields of teaching. Madison Zachrich-Lehew, Study Abroad Student from the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin, USA

My time here at Vesalius College can be summed up in one word: amazing! You are taught by professors who provide an international education and you are able to work oneon-one with them in the classroom. Also I was able to do an internship here in Brussels through the Vesalius Internship Program and it was the best decision that I made during my study abroad experience. Casey Economides, Study Abroad Student from Rutgers University (Communication & Art History), New Jersey, USA

International Partners include: In North America: The Washington Semester at American University, Washington, D.C., USA Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin, USA Bentley University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA Birmingham Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama, USA Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA consortium) Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA College of Staten Island, City University of New York, Staten Island, New York, USA Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia, USA Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE - consortium) Doane College, Crete, Nebraska, USA Educational Programs Abroad (EPA consortium) Hawai’i Pacific University, Honolulu, Hawai’i, USA Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York, USA Huron University College, London,

Ontario, Canada International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP - consortium) International Studies Abroad (ISA consortium) Marymount University, Arlington, Virginia, USA Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA State University of New York Institute for International Business, New Paltz, New York, USA State University of New York (SUNY, all New York campuses), New York, USA Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA (Summer Incoming Only) University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hilo, Hawaii, USA University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi, USA University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA University of Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA University of Illinois Springfield, Springfield, Illinois, USA In Europe: The American University of Rome, Rome, Italy Dublin Business School, Dublin, Ireland IE University, Segovia/Madrid, Spain International University of Monaco, Monte-Carlo, Principality of Monaco Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey London Metropolitan University, London, UK Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

New Anglo-American College, Prague, Czech Republic Richmond, The American University of London, London, United Kingdom Saint Louis University Madrid, Madrid, Spain University American College Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia University of Derby, Derby, UK University of Lower Silesia, Wroclaw, Poland University of Ljubljana - Faculty of Social Sciences, Ljubljana, Slovenia In Latin America: CESA Business School, Bogotá, Columbia Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterey (All Mexican campuses), Mexico ITESO Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, Guadalajara Mexico Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo, Guayaquil, Ecuador Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales, Buenos Aires, Argentina Universidad de Viña del Mar, Viña del Mar, Chile In Asia: Chonbuk National University, Jeonbuk, South Korea Hallym University, Chuncheon, South Korea Kansai Gaidai University, Osaka, Japan Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea In Oceania: Bond University, Queensland, Australia

I built friendships that may last a lifetime, and now actually miss the dorm atmosphere and lifestyle - not to mention the impeccable conditions. The Kansai Gaidai campus is also recently renovated, very modern and a pleasure to stroll through after class. Academically speaking, I was happy to see that most courses were actually related significantly to Japan or Asia in general, which complemented nicely the Western oriented classes I had been taking at Vesalius as an International Affairs student. Irina Negoita, International Affairs student, semester in Kansai Gaidai, Japan

The Washington Semester Program allows students to choose a subject area of interest and follow lecture series, conferences, and interesting class discussions on various topics. I chose to take the US Foreign Policy program, which covered US interests in almost all parts of the globe. As part of the program, I visited government institutions, attended conferences and lectures at various think tanks and museums, and listened to former ambassadors and CIA agents give insight into the world of political affairs. Academically, I benefited greatly from this experience and came away with a new outlook on the United States’ role in international relations. Naomi Clear-Vekinis, International Affairs student, the American University in Washington DC, USA 19


Vesalius Internship Programme Vesalius College offers students the opportunity to gain professional experience in Brussels, the Capital of Europe, while earning academic credit through the Vesalius Internship Programme (VIP). The VIP offers students a position with one of its many internship partners, which range from multinational corporations and media houses to international government organisations and NGOs. The VIP aims to benefit both students and internship partners alike. VIP partners provide interns with professional experience that goes beyond the scope of a traditional internship. Partners have acknowledged the value of Vesalius College students as a select group of young, dynamic and highly-educated individuals with vast international experience. As such, Vesalius interns are trusted with meaningful and important projects within the host organisation. Whether having full responsibility for a project, or working as a team member within a bigger enterprise, students have the opportunity to exercise their skills and to provide the host organisation with high-quality results. The internship counts as an academic course during the semester, and can be taken as a Major Elective. Degreeseeking students can earn 6 ECTS credits (3 US academic credits) for the “single” internship option. Study abroad students may also opt to extend the internship in order to work more hours per week. This “double” internship option is worth 12 ECTS credits (6 US credits). For all students participating in the internship course, the experience in Brussels will look outstanding on their CV. For more information on the internship programme, please visit the webpage: www.vesalius.edu/career/vip 20

What do our students say about their internship? I feel lucky! It is quite unusual for an American to find an internship at the European Parliament, but thanks to Vesalius College, I have had the opportunity to intern for a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). I currently work for Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo Y Marfil, a Spanish MEP from Madrid. My work differs from day-to-day depending on which committee meetings are being held. The majority of my work consists of doing research on the current economic crisis and correcting legislation and proposals for European economic stability mechanisms – most of which have been translated from Spanish to English. However, my work does not confine me to my office. I get to sit in on anything from committee meetings to plenary sessions. My internship has provided me with a great opportunity to learn about European politics and I feel fortunate to have been given the chance to experience this. Connor Kempto, Intern at the European Parliament

As an International Affairs major with a focus on Europe, I wanted to participate in a study abroad programme that would deepen my understanding of the EU and its systems. I came to Brussels and started classes at Vesalius College. After learning about ECRAAL, I decided to take advantage of the opportunity that an internship with ECRAAL would provide. I knew that this experience would be a hands-on approach to learning in an international environment, but I have been able to gain so much more from this internship. I was immediately welcomed into the workplace and given all the tools that I would need to succeed. I attended conferences, researched for briefings, wrote newsletter articles and developed the database. I now have a heightened understanding of the European Commission, its policies, and how they are put into action, and I definitely feel like I have been able to make an impact through working with this company. Kristine Kessler, Intern at ECRAAL

Working at EuroJobSites.com enhanced my study experience while in Brussels. The combination of the work experience and the work environment has better prepared me for my future career. While at EuroJobsites.com, I was introduced to a variety of aspects dealing with direct marketing. My co-workers helped me learn general concepts while making me feel welcome in a comfortable working environment. Luke Haen, Intern at EuroJobSites.com

Photo credit: Ms Matilda Talvio

I had never really thought about doing an internship, but when I saw the Time Warner profile in the Vesalius Internship Catalogue, I changed my mind. Time Warner is one of the world’s biggest media conglomerates, owning among others HBO, Time Magazine and Warner Brothers – and being an intern there sounded like so much fun. After applying I was called in for an interview, and a couple of days later I received an offer from them. Now I have been working there for a month, three times a week, and I love it. Through this internship, I have been given a chance to get first-hand experience of the media and entertainment business, and I learn something new every day. I also get to use my knowledge of Communications in real-life situations, which inspires me to pay extra attention in class. I am very happy to be an intern at Time Warner. Helene Svendsrud, Intern at TimeWarner


Internship partners that have participated in the Vesalius Internship programme include: • Accessible Art Fair • AGE Platform Europe • (A)WAY Publications • Belgian American Educational Foundation • British School of Brussels • Confederation of European Paper Industries • Citibank Belgium • European Center for Research in Asia, Africa and Latin America • Ernst & Young Belgium • European Cooperative for Rural Development • European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association

• Europe For Business • European Journalism Centre • EuroJobSites.com • European Parliament • European Security Round Table • European Youth Forum • Europeans Throughout the World • EUobserver • First Law International • Fulbright • FORATOM • Global Governance Institute • Harwood Levitt Consulting • ICAEW • ICODA European Affairs • ING • Klenske Ink • KPMG • Laffineur Law Firm

• Ludwig Von Mises Institute Europe • Management Centre Europe • MasterCard Europe • Minerva Consulting and Communication • Mobistar • Mostra • NATO Headquarters • New Europe • RISI • The Jane Goodall Institute Belgium • Time Warner • TV Brussel • United Nations • UPS • UTC Fire & Security (GE Security) • U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Mission to the European Union • World Natural Care

Summer Programme Vesalius College offers students a unique summer experience. Lasting just six weeks, the Vesalius Summer Programme gives students a targeted academic programme and the opportunity to experience and explore the best of European culture and travel. The Vesalius College Summer Programme offers courses in Business, Communications and International Affairs, with a strong focus on Europe. In addition, there are also a number of internship opportunities available. A selection of courses that are offered during the Summer Programme includes: • Practical Chinese

• European Business Law • European Portfolio Management • Marketing Research in Europe • Developing Dynamics of Democracy • Difference, diversity and migration in the new Europe • Nations and Ethnicity: Political Conflicts in Europe • Political Islam in Europe • Politics and Policies of the European Information Society • Modernism and After: A Belgian and European Perspective • Introduction to Statistics • Mathematics for Business and Economics • Internship

Requirements and Applications Degree-seeking students at Vesalius College need to complete a registration form for the Summer Programme. New students have gained a secondary school diploma and will have a good command of the English language. Admission is decided on a case-by-case basis. A student visa is not required to attend our Summer Programme. In most cases, a tourist visa is sufficient for attendance. However, a student must hold a valid identity card or passport.

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Student Services Vesalius College offers students the best of both worlds: the personal attention and community environment of a small college and access to the resources of major universities. The College also shares academic events, guest lectures and participates in faculty exchanges with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Université libre de Bruxelles, the University of Kent at Brussels and Boston University.

Research and Library Resources Students at Vesalius have access to extensive resources for research at three major libraries: the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Université libre de Bruxelles and The Royal Library, Belgium’s national library. Together, they provide students with access to over five million books. In addition, students have access to a wide variety of online resources including thousands of journals and newspapers, library catalogues and databases.

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Computer Resources Computer and internet access is an essential part of student life. The Vesalius College computer lab features PCs and Apple computers as well as facilities for students with laptops to connect to the College’s computer network. Students also have access to the extensive computer resources at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, including the free campus-wide wireless network.

Career Counselling To assist students with life after college, Vesalius College offers students in their final year the opportunity to attend career seminars and individual coaching sessions. This free service aims to help graduates gain a competitive advantage on the job market after graduation. This is achieved by helping students determine their career objectives in addition to acquiring the skill sets necessary to achieve their professional goals. The workshops range from CV and cover letter writing to information on networking and how to apply for various internship programs offered in Brussels.


For those planning to continue their education, assistance in choosing the right graduate programme is also offered.

Psychological Counselling Moving to a new country, living alone, and experiencing exam pressure are just a few of the major changes that students may experience in college. Vesalius offers free psychological counselling to students who would like to speak to a professional about missing home, exam pressure, or other challenges they might face.

Food Services

Health Services

Every day, the VUB campus cafeteria serves a wide selection of warm and cold dishes, snacks, sandwiches and drinks - all at student-friendly prices.

The medical care centre at the VUB campus provides medical assistance to students and staff. Medical assistance includes consultation in case of illness, accidents, small medical interventions, vaccinations, preventive care, etc.

Students pay a fixed price depending on the dish chosen. The set menus include soup, a main course and a dessert. The Cafeteria serves breakfast, sandwiches and drinks. Students can also find two trendy snack bars on campus: ‘t Complex and Opinio.

Student Life Vesalius College is part of a broader student community in Brussels that consists of four other universities: the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Université Libre Bruxelles, the University of Kent, and Boston University. Together, they support a vibrant student lifestyle. Easily accessible by bus, train, tram, or metro, the area has everything to meet students’ needs including affordable housing, two on-campus cafeterias, libraries, banks, shops, markets, restaurants, bars, live entertainment venues, organised athletic activities, and state-of-the-art sports facilities.

Vesalius Student Government The Vesalius Student Government (VSG) is an elected student body that acts as the main liaison between students and the academic administration of Vesalius College. The VSG appoints representatives to the Academic Council, which is the academic governance of the College, and regularly meets with the Dean on matters which affect students at the College. The VSG also holds a very important social role: it organises welcome activities for new students, sports activities, seasonal parties, drama evenings and other social activities throughout the year. The members act as student ambassadors at events such as orientation, Open Days and recruitment

fairs. If you would like to connect to the VSG or our students, you can check out their Facebook page, ‘VSG friend’. They are very willing to give you information about Vesalius College from a student’s perspective.

Sports and Outdoor Activities Vesalius students have full access to the athletics facilities of the VUB. The sports facilities include two large multipurpose sports halls (for indoor soccer, basketball, badminton, tennis, etc.), one martial arts hall, three squash courts, a swimming pool and one climbing wall. All facilities are indoors and are thus always available regardless of the weather conditions. Students also have access to a state-ofthe-art fitness complex. This sports centre consists of a 1,500 m² fitness and cardio area, a spinning studio, two large changing rooms, a relaxation area, a solarium and a dance/aerobics studio. Next to its indoor infrastructure, the VUB Sports Department also has outdoor sports fields, including one synthetic soccer field and a brand new athletics track and rugby pitch. A membership fee and/or usage fee (discounted for students) is applied. With numerous spacious parks and a vast forest at the doorstep of the city, students also have many opportunities for biking,

running, rollerblading, horseback riding, taking a scenic stroll, or simply for relaxing.

Housing Moving to a new city can be both stressful and confusing. To help students get settled in Brussels and ready to begin classes, the College provides them with links to help find suitable off-campus housing. Vesalius College does not have on-campus housing, and students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. But with the large number of universities and higher education institutions in Brussels, student rooms are widely available. Study abroad students who join Vesalius College for one semester have the opportunity to stay with a French or Dutch-speaking host family. This type of accommodation provides the student with a unique experience that allows for insight into the everyday life of Belgian families, Belgian culture, and social norms.

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Life in Brussels The liberal arts philosophy of Vesalius’ academic programme is reflected in the life of its students. The College encourages students to work hard to reach their academic potential, but also to live a full life away from books and classes. Brussels has a tremendous amount to offer those interested in exploring the Capital of Europe, and students quickly discover the city to be vibrant and cosmopolitan with a warm, friendly charm. 30% of the Brussels population is comprised of foreign nationals, so the city has something to offer for every taste and culture in the areas of music, dancing, cuisine, art, associations and much more. The city is also home to an excellent music scene, both in clubs and at numerous festivals where almost any genre of music can be found - from local musicians to the biggest touring bands. Those interested in dancing will find many venues for practicing their art, as well as classes to learn a variety of dances including the salsa, quickstep, tango, swing and all other classic and contemporary styles. Brussels has many museums and art galleries, ranging from classical to modern art. The city also houses a national symphony, opera and theatre. In addition, Brussels has a rich variety of architecture including Baroque buildings from the 1600s, classic Flemish, art deco, art nouveau, and the modern architecture of the European Union buildings.

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Beyond Brussels Going to school in Brussels affords students the unique opportunity for some great (as well as quick and inexpensive) travels and getaways. Belgium’s inter-city trains provide quick access to the coast of Flanders, Medieval Bruges, Antwerp (“The diamond capital of the world”), and the wooded hills of the Ardennes. Looking

beyond Belgium, Brussels is the ideal base from which to visit the rest of Europe. Paris is a short 90 minutes by fast train and London, Cologne and Amsterdam are just two and a half hours away. In addition, most major European cities are two hours or less away by plane.


Life after Vesalius A Vesalius College degree opens multiple doors to new opportunities. Whether graduates decide to further their education or start a professional career, Vesalius College provides the right knowledge and skills to meet both professional and academic requirements. With a truly international student body, Vesalius College has alumni pursuing an extraordinary variety of careers in every corner of the globe. Vesalius alumni hold a wide range of leadership positions, working as financial analysts, researchers, journalists, accountants, government officials, business owners/entrepreneurs, executives and consultants across many industries, including ICT, design, international relations, accounting, banking, government and retail.

As an alumna, I can tell you wholeheartedly that VeCo supports its students and invests in their performance. VeCo made me discover my own talents and gave me the opportunity to grow and develop to prepare for my future. The professors who taught me were professional and true specialists in their field. I remember having a Greek professor who used to be a journalist, an American professor who taught us literature and American history and a Belgian professor who taught us economics and statistics. Because the classes are taught in small groups, every student counts and you are not just a number. During my studies I got the opportunity to do an internship at TV Brussels, where I learned about the practical side of journalism and developed my interview skills. After graduating from VeCo, I pursued a Master’s degree in Business Administration and I now work in the Public Diplomacy Division (in the Press and Media office) at NATO where I work with people from all walks of life. “It’s kind of like VeCo but on a larger scale and working on real matters”. VeCo is a family where you learn that academics are as important as people and that networking is vital because you never know who you will meet on your path in the future. Victoria Tregub, Communications Major, Class of 2008

Vesalius College offers interactive learning in small groups, which is one of the greatest advantages of the college. The teachers are always available for questions and take interest in students’ progression. What I liked most about my time as a Business student at VeCo was the opportunity to apply the theory I learnt through presentations and weekly assignments, as well as the intercultural environment, with students from all different nationalities, which facilitates a greater understanding of different cultures. Now working for BAHR, one of Norway’s leading commercial law firms, I have the chance to apply not only the academic skills, but also the language skills as a translator of legal documents. I look back at my time at VeCo as a great experience, and one that successfully prepared me for the future! Anette Skjellum, Business Major, Class of 2011

Vesalius College was my dream college, I just had never heard of it while living in the States. Perhaps fate led me here, but I couldn’t be happier. My friends came from all over the world, my professors were challenging, helpful and inspiring, and my future lies ahead. I know that wherever I end up in the future, I will be prepared to continue studying or to work in a dynamic environment due to my experiences at Vesalius. I am currently doing my Master’s at the School of Economics and Political Science, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and will definitely keep you posted about my future experiences. Marina Lynch, International Affairs, Class of 2012

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Graduating? Keep in Touch! Whether it is to keep in touch with fellow students or a favourite professor, or for professional networking purposes, maintaining contact with your college and classmates is important. Vesalius College offers a variety of events and services for alumni, including: • Organisation and hosting of social events and professional networking events; • The opportunity to networking with our numerous internship partners for potential employment opportunities; • Subscription to the quarterly newsletter ‘VeCo News’. Universities and graduate schools that have accepted Vesalius alumni in the past include: • Bocconi University, Italy • Boston University, USA • Cambridge University, UK • College of Europe, Belgium • Columbia University, USA • Dalhousie University, Canada • Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Austria • Dublin City University, Ireland • Duke University, USA • École de Management Grenoble, France • Freie Universität Berlin, Germany • Georgetown University, USA • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland • Hebrew University, Israel • IE Business School, Spain • John Hopkins University, USA • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium • Kent University, UK • King’s College London, UK

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• Leiden University, the Netherlands • London School of Economics & Political Science, UK • Lund University, Sweden • McGill University, Canada • Oxford University, UK • Pepperdine University, USA • Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile • Simon Fraser University, Canada • School for Oriental and African Studies, London, UK • Solvay Business School, Belgium • The George Washington University, USA • Trinity College Dublin, Ireland • University College London, UK • University of Edinburgh, Scotland • University of Helsinki, Finland • University of St Andrews, UK • University of Warwick, UK • Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Companies & organisations that have employed Vesalius alumni in the past include: • Accenture • Agence Française pour le Développement • Allianz • Bank of America • Bank of New York • BBC World Service • BNP Paribas Fortis • British Telecom • Deloitte • Cartier Ltd • Cisco Systems • Citigroup • DHL • Ernst&Young

• Euroclear Bank • European Commission • European Economic and Social Committee • European Investment Bank • European Parliament • ExxonMobil • General Electric • Hewlett Packard • HSBC • ING • Levi Strauss & Co • MTV Networks • MasterCard • NATO • Nokia • PepsiCo • Procter & Gamble • PriceWaterhouseCoopers • Royal Bank of Scotland • Saatchi & Saatchi • Save the Children Fund • Siemens • Shell • Sony • Toyota Europe • United Nations • UPS • World Bank • World Customs Organization • Numerous embassies and permanent representations to the EU


Deadlines Vesalius College processes applications on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions are usually made within three weeks after the complete application is received. Applications will be considered as long as places remain in the class to which they are applying for admission. However, students who wish to be considered for the Academic Excellence Scholarship (see page 28) will have to submit their college application before 15 April.

To apply, candidates must submit:

Admissions Entrance requirements Vesalius College seeks students who are able to meet the challenges of its academic programme and who are willing to participate fully in the intellectual and social life of the College in a spirit of openness and tolerance. Admission to the College is selective. We endeavour to accept students whose records indicate that they possess the qualities needed to achieve academic success in the degree programme of their choice. Applicants for admission must have graduated from a secondary school prior to beginning their studies at Vesalius College. Admission decisions take into account the candidate’s secondary school performance, examination results and English language competence, as well as demonstrated personal qualities and character.

• A completed application form; • Official academic credentials and transcripts (showing courses and grades) from all secondary schools and universities attended, including public examination results and official results of any national or regional examination (usually taken in the candidate’s country of residence); • Two letters of recommendation (from persons familiar with the candidate’s academic work, for example, teachers, professors, guidance counsellors, or school directors); • A non-refundable application fee of Eur. 50.00; • Proof of identity in the form of a photocopy of either a passport or a national identity card; • Results of an English proficiency examination may be required for some applicants. The College requires the TOEFL or IELTS test; • Official scores of the SAT test or the ACT test may be required. Candidates should contact the Admissions Office to determine whether they must take one of these examinations. Note: Applicants who take the SAT or TOEFL test must ask the testing agency to send score reports directly to Vesalius College, using the College code: 3574.

institution. Transcripts must be certified by the Registrar or Head Teacher of the educational institution issuing the documents. Transcripts must be sent in an official envelope of the institution that is sealed and then signed across the back flap by the sending official. Photocopies of original documents are not accepted as official transcripts. Vesalius College accepts credentials in English, Dutch, French, and German. For all other languages, official translations by a certified translator (whose signature is authenticated) are required and are accepted only when accompanied by the document in its original language.

Transfer Admission Vesalius College may award transfer credits on a limited basis for courses taken at the university level in other accredited institutions. The minimum requirements for grades depend upon the school where the credit was earned and the student’s intended major within Vesalius College. All transfer credits will be awarded at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. For more information, please contact the admission office.

Visa Information Students who are not EU citizens must obtain a student visa in order to live in Belgium and attend the College. The time it takes to obtain a student visa may vary from one to several months depending on a variety of factors including the student’s age and country of origin.

Official Credentials Credentials should be sent directly from the authorising organisation or

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Tuition Fees, Study Costs and Scholarships Tuition Fees (2013-2014) Bachelor’s degree full-time (4-5 courses): €5,600/semester Bachelor’s degree part-time (up to 3 courses): €1,400/course Master’s degree (fixed schedule): €13,200/year More information about tuition, fees and methods of payment can be found on the website: www.vesalius.edu. Note that there are separate tuition fees for the EPSS certificate and the Advanced Certificate in Global Risk Analysis & Crisis Management programmes. Please see the programme websites for further details. Estimated Costs other than Tuition and Fees In addition to the tuition and fees, students should also budget for living costs per semester. The following table shows a very rough estimate for some of these costs and may be of help in budgeting for the semester. Educational Materials € €750.00 – €900.00 Accommodation €2,000.00 – €€3,000.00 Food (minimum) €1,000.00 – €€1,500.00 Public Transportation €€160.00 Health Insurance €100.00 Mobile Phone €€200.00

Vesalius Academic Excellence Scholarship Fund

Academic Calendar

Vesalius College recently launched the Academic Excellence Scholarship Fund to reward students who have outstanding academic records in secondary school and whose extra-curricular achievements show evidence of leadership in today’s global society. Other factors include letters of recommendation from their secondary school and (in certain cases) standardised test scores.

Summer Programme 2013 27 May – 31 May Registration 27 May First day of classes 8 – 12 July Final exams 12 July End of Summer Programme

The College’s merit-based financial assistance can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester for students who have been accepted into a Bachelor programme as a full-time, firstyear student enrolling in the fall semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees. Note that students accepted into a Bachelor programme at Vesalius College automatically apply for the Academic Excellence Scholarship. They do not have to submit a separate application form for the scholarship. For more information on scholarship requirements, deadlines and eligibility, please visit our website at http://www.vesalius.edu/admissions.

Fall Semester 2013 21-23 August Orientation and registration for new students 26 August First day of classes 7 – 11 October Mid-term exams 9 – 13 December Final exams 13 December End of fall semester Spring Semester 2014 15-17 January Orientation and registration for new students 20 January First day of classes 3 – 7 March Mid-term exams 12 – 16 May Final exams 16 May End of spring semester 31 May Graduation Ceremony Summer Programme 2014 26 May – 30 May Registration 26 May First day of classes 7 – 10 July Final exams 10 July End of Summer Programme

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Visit Vesalius College Vesalius College encourages potential applicants to visit the campus, where you will have the opportunity to speak with an admissions advisor who will review your credentials and answer your questions. You can take a tour of the facilities and meet with current students. We can also arrange for you to observe an actual class to experience the Vesalius College learning process first hand. Please contact the admissions office for more information.

Contact us Email: Visiting Address: Mailing address: Telephone: Fax:

vesalius@vub.ac.be Pleinlaan 5, Brussels - 1050 Pleinlaan 2, Brussels - 1050 +32 2 614 8170 +32 2 614 8050

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