Vesalius College was founded in 1987 by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Boston University to offer an undergraduate and postgraduate education in English.
The College’s teaching methods are characterised by small, interactive classes, flexibility in course selection, and continuous assessment. As a small college with a student body of approximately 300 and a low student-to-professor ratio, the faculty is accessible and able to take a personal interest in the success of students to help them achieve their potential. These close working relationships form the cornerstone of the Vesalius educational philosophy. Our student population represents over 50 different nationalities.
As an American-style institution, the College takes a humanistic approach to intellectual inquiry, encouraging students to not only learn skills and knowledge important to their chosen careers, but to also think critically and develop themselves personally and as citizens of an increasingly multicultural and globalised world.
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, the NATO and numerous international organisations and multinational companies. Our students can benefit from this international setting in many ways; our Bachelor programmes have a strong European focus.
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 different cultures live together and where 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.
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. The College computer lab features both PCs and Apple computers as well as facilities for students with laptops to connect to the College’s computer network. Besides, Vesalius students have full access to the newly renovated and expanded gym and athletic facilities at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and can choose from over 20 sports.
Tuition Fees: Euro 5.600 per semester (2012/2013). There are 2 semesters per year.
Admissions decisions are usually made within three weeks after receipt of the complete application. Students in secondary school are encouraged to apply during their final year.
To apply, candidates must submit:
- A completed application form
- Official academic credentials and transcripts
- Two letters of recommendation
- A non-refundable application fee of 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 (TOEFL or IELTS)
- Results of an SAT or ACT may be required.
Visit the University Website: www.vesalius.edu
Courses at Vesalius College