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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.7
Minimum Class Standing: Sophomore Field of Study: Art: Art History, Art: Communications, Art: Journalism, Business, Internship Abroad, Political Science
SMU Abroad Application Cycle: August 15-October 1 for Spring, November 15-March 1 for Fall
Program Description:


BCA Abroad Brussels
Vesalius College
Brussels, Belgium

Brussels easily ranks as one of the world's most cosmopolitan and diverse cities. Situated in the heart of Europe, and with more than 30 percent of its population foreign-born, Brussels is a melting pot of cultures, peoples and traditions.

At BCA's program in Brussels you will study at Vesalius College, an American-style institution with students from around the world. You'll be able to enroll in courses in a variety of subjects, including communication, economics, history, management, political science and psychology while living in proximity to the major institutions of the European Union. There is so much to do and relish in this very relaxed and livable capital city that is fashionable, creative and fun! The city hosts a wide variety of clubs and pubs as well as an excellent music scene with numerous rock, jazz, world music, techno and even folk festivals.

Vesalius offers a wide variety of courses in several academic disciplines, including art history, communication, business and political science. One of the most popular courses with BCA students is ART 361 - European Studies. In this course, students travel to different European cities to study history, culture and economics. Please note that Vesalius charges an additional fee for this course. Additional Course Information

A number of internships are also available at BCA Brussels including those at the European Parliament, United Nations, NATO, SWIFT, news organizations, defense organizations, corporations, NGOs and non-profit organizations. Juniors and seniors can apply for unpaid internships. Students receive six credits for 150 hours of work throughout the semester. The internship is graded pass/fail. Contact the central office for more information on applying for an internship.


BCA Brussels students live with host families. This is an ideal way to immerse yourself in the Belgian culture.

You will have breakfast and dinner with your host family, and BCA will provide a stipend for lunch. There is a student restaurant and some smaller cafes on campus where you can buy an inexpensive lunch. You can also go to the Gare du Midi on Sundays for the Sunday Market. There you'll find fresh, inexpensive produce.

There are a number of restaurants and snack bars available on the campus that are open throughout the day and evening, cater to a variety of tastes, and offer good value and choice. BCA students use the lunch stipend to purchase groceries at a nearby grocery store and eat at restaurants on campus.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.