- Good academic and disciplinary standing
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Language Prerequisites: Advanced French II (FREN102) or Intensive Advanced French II (FREN112)
- Language Evaluation: Two-part evaluation for French required of all applicants prior to application deadline (typically takes place two weeks before the application deadline)
In addition to your myGUABROAD application materials, you must complete the CIEE application by the OGE deadline.
*If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, please meet with the OGE Regional Advisor for this program early in the process to discuss your options.
About the Program
The CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts program at the Université de Bruxelles
was created at the request of Georgetown in 2006. The goal was to offer a new study abroad option in a cosmopolitan, Francophone environment. The program has since been expanded to welcome students from colleges and universities across the United States and remains the only French-speaking program in Brussels.
Spearheaded by the free masons in response to the foundation of the Université Catholique de Malines shortly after Belgian independence, the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) was established in 1834. Neither state-run nor sectarian, ULB prides itself on remaining "free" of undue influence. With nearly 20,000 students, ULB is today one of the largest French-speaking universities in Europe and the largest in Belgium.
Since Belgian independence in 1831, Brussels has been at the crossroads of the two prominent language communities of the country: Dutch-speaking to the North and French-speaking to the South. Officially bilingual, the lingua franca of the capital region is overwhelmingly French. Brussels is home to NATO and many other international organizations, and along with Strasbourg, the city is considered to be the administrative capital of the European Union.
- Full year: mid-September to late June
- Spring: late January to late June
Fields of Study
Language of instruction is French.
Fields of study include: African Studies, Anthropology, Arabic, Art/Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Dutch, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Studies, French, German, Government/Political Science, History, International Studies, Italian, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Russian, Sociology, Spanish
You are required to enroll in a full courseload and complete all exams and assignments associated with the course regardless of the credit you wish to receive on the program. Withdrawal from a course or failure to take/complete a final will be regarded as an unauthorized reduction in courseload and a violation of the academic policy.
A full courseload for this program is: A minimum of 25 ECTS credits, including a core course focusing on the history of Belgium
- CIEE core course, Contemporary Europe: The Belgian Experience, taught in French
- Two or more courses within one Faculty of specialization (Faculty of Letters, Translation and Communications; Philosophy and Social Sciences; or Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management)
- Two courses from the same Faculty, or from one of the other two Faculties
Please visit the Catalogue des programmes
for course information. Undergraduate courses are found under "1er cycle Bachelier" in the Cycle drop-down menu. Please note that changing the language to English results in limited information. Also, in Belgium, semesters are called "quadrimestres," so the fall semester is "Premier Quadrimestre" and spring is "Deuxième Quadrimestre."
*SFS students seeking a waiver for the Oral Proficiency exam requirement may take no more than one CIEE course or one course catering to foreign students per semester.
The minimum passing grade for this program is: C for CIEE coursework, 9/20 for university coursework
Note about internships: the Internship Seminar (INSH 3003 BULB) transfers back as three (3) GU credits.
You are expected to take all courses and complete all coursework in French. You will not receive credit for courses taught in English, or in which the readings are primarily in English, nor may you use such coursework to meet the requirement for a full courseload.
You are required to live in program housing.
You will live in a homestay or an apartment. You will be asked to indicate your housing preferences on a questionnaire. Using this information, the CIEE on-site staff will place you in a homestay or apartment. In general, students prepare their own meals. Meals may also be purchased at university-sponsored cafeterias.
We are committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. We hope that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.
With over 200 approved-programs, we are confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with your OGE advisor to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.
To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website
. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website
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