Exchange Programs-Brussels

Vesalius College

About Vesalius College, Brussels

 Vesalius College (VeCo) is located in Brussels, Belgium. Bordering Germany, France, Luxemburg, and the Netherlands, Belgium is host to a number of cross-cultural influences and history. Vesalius College offers instruction in English and boasts an excellent student to teacher ratio due to its small student body, a good portion of who are international students. While the school itself may be small, its association with Vrije Universiteit Brussel allows them to access larger computer and sports facilities. They offer courses for International Relations, Communications and Business programs.

Location:  Brussels, Belgium

Website:  www.vesalius.edu for specific study abroad information:http://www.vesalius.edu/academics/study-abroad-programme/incoming-students/ or for more information regarding exchange: click here. For more general information about Vesalius College click here.

Academics Available: VeCo offers courses in International Relations, Communications, and Business. For more course information click hereFor students wishing to take ART 361E “European Studies” at Vesalius College: course trip fee of €795 will be charged to the student.

Dates to Remember:

Semester*

Application Due

Study Abroad Dates

Fall Semester

April 1

August 28 – December 15

Spring Semester

November 1

January 22 – May 17  

* Please remember HPU Study Abroad Application Deadline is Mid-March for Fall and Mid-October for Spring. 

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have attended HPU for one semester
  • Must intend to graduate from HPU
  • Must have at least a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Application requirements and deadlines for Vesalius: Vesalius Application
Application Procedure:
  • Complete the Student Exchange Program data sheet.
  • Schedule and attend a formal interview with Melissa Matsubara
  • Be prepared to discuss your motives for studying abroad and your degree plan.
  • Select an exchange partner university that has courses which can be used for your intended HPU degree.
  • Fill out the exchange university’s admissions application. (For students attending Vesalius College:  A non-refundable €50 application fee must accompany the application)
  • Obtain recommendation letters to be turned in with your application. (This depends on the individual university’s application requirements)
  • Passport photos (Amount and size depend upon each university)
  • Sign a Course Request Approval (CRA) to verify your foreign coursework and HPU equivalents.

Health Insurance: Health Insurance is mandatory for all study abroad students.  HPU recommends health insurance from Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) for students study abroad. There is more information medical coverage and rates of CISI health insurance at http://www.culturalinsurance.com/

Housing Accommodations: While the Exchange Programs Office will assist where needed, it is the responsibility of the student to arrange their accommodations. Housing can be arranged with VeCo through a homestay option, or the student can choose to live off-campus (VeCo has a housing placement service that will handle securing a students housing for a fee).

Please follow the link for more information: Housing at VeCo or view this PDF: Housing

Housing and meal costs: (For students staying with host families in Brussels, the housing cost for the full semester - €160/week plus a one-time €100 placement fee – is due prior to the student’s arrival in Belgium)

For home stay application click here. For off-campus housing full-service assistance form click here.

Vesalius Internship Programme (VIP): This PDF gives students who are interested in having an internship while studying abroad more information. Click here to view the PDF.

Currency:  The current exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the Euro can be calculated online at http://finance.yahoo.com/currency

Visa Information:  Students should access the website for the Belgian Consulate’s website for more information about applying for and getting a student visa by clicking here. You may also follow VeCo’s suggestions about obtaining a student visa and a multiple entry visa.

Belgium Consulate

VeCo FAQ (scroll down until you find visa information)

You can check out the Embassy of Belgium's student visa process at http://www.diplobel.us/TravelingBelgium/Visas/Students-HigherEducation.asp.

*Students may contact the Belgium consulate representative in Hawaii, but they will still need to send their paperwork to the Belgium consulate in Los Angeles, CA.

Melissa Matsubara
Director, International Exchange and Study Abroad
Hawaii Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI, 96813
Tel: 1-808-544-0288, Fax: 1-808-544-9355
www.hpu.edu/studyabroad
Skype: melissa.matsubara