Vesalius College

Introduction

Vesalius College is one of the few higher education institutions in Brussels that offers European-focused Bachelor’s degrees solely taught in the English language. Founded in 1987 by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Boston University, Vesalius College offers American-style education that includes small classes, low student-teacher ratios and participatory classroom experiences. Vesalius College takes full advantage of its location in the Capital of Europe with guest lectures from European policymakers, diplomats, business leaders, journalists and other experts. With a diverse student body drawn from all corners of the globe (50 + nationalities), Vesalius College provides an enriching academic and cultural experience.

Vesalius College is registered with the Ministry of Education of the Flemish Community (Belgium) as an Institute of Higher Education and all its programmes are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO).

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BA Business Studies

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Belgium Brussels

The Bachelor in Business Studies programme at Vesalius College gives students the skills and foundation necessary to become an internationally-versed business leader. [+]

BA Business StudiesThe Bachelor in Business Studies programme at Vesalius College gives students the skills and foundation necessary to become an internationally-versed business leader.Business students bring a wealth of international perspectives to the study programme and gain valuable insight into the world of international business, which is difficult to find elsewhere.The programme provides students with 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.Career perspectivesStudents 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.Degree structureTo complete the bachelor’s degree in Business Studies at Vesalius College, a minimum of 180 ECTS (credits or study points) is required. Most students complete the intense and rigorous study programme within 3 years of admission to the college. Students are also encouraged to complete a Study Abroad semester at one of our partner universities overseas and to take an internship as part of our prestigious internship programme.The 180-ECTS degree programme is divided into several different requirements. In general, Students start with the core curriculum, a set of courses that develop the relevant skills, knowledge and abilities essential to the College’s distinctive undergraduate programme.In addition to the core curriculum, students take major requirement courses. These courses are divided into business, economics, mathematicsand advanced statistics courses.To give students the opportunity to develop areas of personal and professional interest, Vesalius College requires the completion of major electives and free electives. Business students at Vesalius College may also choose any minor, regardless of their major. In order to obtain the ‘Minor’ classification, students must follow all four courses within that Minor.... [-]


BA Communication Studies

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Belgium Brussels

The BA in Communication Studies focuses on 2 key fields, namely, politics and business, and includes courses in mass communication, business communication, political communication, intercultural communication and film. [+]

BA Communication StudiesThe BA in Communication Studies focuses on 2 key fields, namely, politics and business, and includes courses in mass communication, business communication, political communication, intercultural communication and film. Students learn from experienced professionals via guest lecturers from media organisations and international corporations, and they gain practical experience thanks to the internship programme, which is invaluable in allowing them to quickly develop and operate within a professional environment.Career perspectivesAt Vesalius College, we prepare our Communications students for careers in various organisations, including political institutions, businesses and media conglomerates. At the end of the bachelor programme, graduates from the Communications major are well prepared to study or work as media practitioners, writers (radio, TV, cinema and the web), or organisational spokespersons in diverse fields such as public relations, lobbying, advertising, marketing, and communications. Graduates can aspire to play a leading role in the communication department of political institutions, lobbying firms, media companies and corporations.Vesalius graduates can continue their postgraduate studies in a wide range of fields, including in communications, leadership, management, marketing, PR, journalism, media management, business, and human resources. Our graduates who majored in Communications have successfully completed graduate studies in a number of prestigious universities, including Georgetown University in Washington, DC, London School of Economics, University of Edinburgh, Boston University, Kent University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).Degree structureTo complete the bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at Vesalius College, a minimum of 180 ECTS is required. Most students complete the intense and rigorous study programme within 3 years of admission to the college. Students are also encouraged to complete a Study Abroad semester at one of our partner universities abroad and to take an internship via our prestigious internship programme.The 180-ECTS degree programme is divided into several different requirements. Students usually start with the core curriculum, a set of courses that develop the relevant skills, knowledge and abilities essential to the College’s distinctive programme of undergraduate education.In addition to the core curriculum, students take major requirement courses. Among the courses offered at Vesalius College, a number specifically emphasise communication within business, while others focus on politics.To give students the opportunity to develop areas of personal and professional interest, Vesalius College also requires the completion of major electives and free electives. Students may also choose to complete a minor, regardless of their major. However, in order to obtain the ‘Minor’ classification, students must follow all four courses within that Minor.The capstone course is offered during the final semester of a student’s major and provides an invaluable opportunity to make full use of all of the key learning objectives that the faculty expect the students to have acquired throughout the major. Students have an opportunity to work under the direction of an advisor on an extended research topic in Communications. This prepares them for independent research at the postgraduate level.... [-]


BA in International Affairs

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Belgium Brussels

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. [+]

BA in International AffairsVesalius 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.The BA offers students a broad range of knowledge and skills taught by dedicated professors, as well as senior policymakers, diplomats and senior practitioners based in Brussels. By drawing on the expertise of world-class academics and policymakers, students gain fundamental insights into both the theoretical and practical hands-on dimensions of politics, economics and law. BA students are also able to complete an internship in a relevant organisation, such as at a major Brussels-based institution (ex. the European Union, NATO or the United Nations), NGOs or think tanks. This first-hand professional experience complements and deepens the practical aspects of their studies.Vesalius College’s department of International Affairs cooperates closely with the Brussels-based think tank the Global Governance Institute (GGI) – a leading research institute and NGO that unites top scholars and diplomats in the field of peace and security, the environment and sustainable development, global economics and global justice. High-achieving Vesalius College students gain exclusive internships and work placements, contributing significantly to our students’ employability and job skills in the world of think tanks and NGOs.Career perspectivesStudents are prepared to function in various settings and organisations, including international organisations (such as the United Nations, EU and NATO), and political institutions, ministries of foreign affairs, lobby organisations, NGOs and think tanks.Vesalius graduates can continue their postgraduate studies in a wide range of fields, including in international relations, European studies, public policy, environmental law, international studies, migration studies, business administration, communications, leadership and management. Our graduates who majored in International Affairs have successfully completed graduate studies in a number of prestigious universities including Oxford University, Columbia University, Brown University, London School of Economics and Political Science, London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Georgetown University in Washington, DC, the University of Edinburgh, Lund University, Boston University, Kent University, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and many more.Degree structureTo complete the International Affairs degree successfully at Vesalius College, a minimum of 180 ECTS is required. Most students complete the intense and rigorous study programme within 3 years of admission to the college. Students are also encouraged to complete a Study Abroad semester at one of our partner universities overseas and take an internship via our prestigious internship programme.The 180-ECTS degree programme is divided into several different requirements. In general, Students start with the core curriculum, a set of courses that develop the relevant skills, knowledge and abilities essential to the College’s distinctive undergraduate programme.In addition to the core curriculum, students take major requirement courses. These courses are divided into politics, history, economics, and law.To give students the opportunity to develop areas of personal and professional interest, Vesalius College requires the completion of major electives and free electives. International Affairs students at Vesalius College may also choose a minor, regardless of their major. However, in order to obtain the ‘Minor’ classification, students must follow all four courses within that Minor.The capstone course is offered during the final semester of a student’s major and provides an invaluable opportunity to make full use of all of the key learning objectives that the faculty expect the students to have acquired throughout the major. Students have an opportunity to work under the direction of an advisor on an extended research topic in International Affairs. This will prepare them for independent research at the postgraduate level.... [-]


BA International & European Law

Campus Full time September 2017 Belgium Brussels

The BA in International and European Law at Vesalius College provides the knowledge, skills and foundation needed for an international career related to the law. [+]

BA International & European Law ***NEW as of Fall 2015!*** The BA in International and European Law at Vesalius College provides the knowledge, skills and foundation needed for an international career related to the law. This programme is ideal for students who are passionate about international and European legal issues. Students will gain an understanding of legal processes and apparatuses in order to provide legal and policy analysis. The curriculum allows students to develop an understanding of legal systems around the world and how they interact, as well as the international system, the European integration process, and European and international law-making. Students will also develop practical skills through reading and analysing recent legal materials, cases and reporting documents, as well as learning to write legal texts, giving oral presentations and working in group sessions. This programme offers a truly interdisciplinary approach where students can choose courses in a business as well as in an international and European legal context. Career Perspectives Graduates will be prepared for careers in: Public sector, the EU, the UN or other international organisations Diplomacy, public affairs and lobby organisations, NGOs and think tanks International businesses, banks and consultancies Prior to entering the workforce, International and European Law graduates can go on to pursue studies in a range of Master’s programmes in various fields, such as: Environmental Law Human Rights Public law Journalism Global Banking & Finance European Integration Competition Law Business IP & Information Law European Law Entry into traditional legal graduate programmes (leading to a profession as advocate, attorney, barrister, judge, etc.) is not guaranteed upon completion of the programme as such entry is dependent on national requirements. Degree Structure To complete the bachelor’s degree in International & European Law at Vesalius College, a minimum of 180 ECTS (credits or study points) is required. Most students complete the intense and rigorous study programme within 3 years of admission to the college. Students are also encouraged to complete a Study Abroad semester at one of our partner universities overseas and to take an internship as part of our prestigious internship programme. The 180-ECTS degree programme is divided into several different requirements. In general, students start with the core curriculum, a set of courses that develop the relevant skills, knowledge and abilities essential to the College’s distinctive undergraduate programme. In addition to the core curriculum, students take major requirement courses. These courses are divided into law, politics, business and economics courses. To give students the opportunity to develop areas of personal and professional interest, Vesalius College requires the completion of major electives and free electives. International & European Law students at Vesalius College may also choose any minor, regardless of their major. In order to obtain the ‘Minor’ classification, students must follow all four courses within that Minor. Courses DEGREE REQUIREMENTS (180 ECTS) CORE COURSES (22.5 ECTS) Composition for Academic Communication Writing and Critical Inquiry Research and Presentation Skills MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (97.5 ECTS) Politics Business Law I Economics Introduction to Legal Principles and Theories Introduction to EU and International Law Business Law II European Union Politics Criminal Law EU Constitutional Law Methods: Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Law of the EU Internal Market Human Rights Comparative Constitutional Law Contemporary Political Debates Methods: Rhetoric MAJOR ELECTIVES (30 ECTS) Students choose four Major Elective courses out of the list below. In addition, students must also choose one of the three Capstone Courses. Capstone: EU Case Law European and US Competition Law European Organisations EU Law of Freedom, Security and Justice EU Common Foreign and Security Policy Capstone: International Case Law Current Challenges in International Law International Environment Law Humanitarian Law International Organisations and Global Governance Capstone: International Business Case Law International Commercial Arbitration International Banking and Financial Regulation Intellectual Property Rights 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 the full list of courses, please click here. Learning Objectives The Learning Outcomes for the Bachelor of Arts in International & European Law are: Acquire knowledge and understanding: acquire knowledge of terminology and concepts of international and European Law. gain an understanding of the international system and the European integration process develop a working knowledge of international law-making by means of treaties, state practice and decisions of international organizations and conferences become familiar with the European institutions and the decision-making processes Apply knowledge and understanding: develop the ability for independent analysis of the interplay between international and European Law develop the ability to transpose the analysis of rules and events into a scientifically sound and feasible research project enhance the student’s ability to use the appropriate research methods and tools in the framework of independent research projects provide students with the knowledge of and practice with electronic information sources on international and European law develop the ability to communicate in an effective way the acquired knowledge and the outcome of research projects, both in written and oral form develop the ability for group work is incorporated into the structure of in-class presentations and case studies further develop skills in intercultural communication develop English language skills, both written and oral Attitudes: stimulate critical attitudes, which are necessary for “life-long learning” and sensitivity to the importance of legal and ethical considerations and the ability to confront dominant, popular opinions with constructive criticism stimulate an awareness of the normative dimension of international and European legal policies and of related ethical, social and operational problems and dilemmas. 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Vesalius College vzw/asbl

Address Boulevard de la Plaine 5
1050 Brussels, Belgium
Website http://www.vesalius.edu/
Phone +32 2 614 81 70