Academic Structure

For more details about courses and regulations, please view the Course Catalogue.

The Vesalius College undergraduate programme offers a 3-year European bachelor’s degree in accordance with the Bologna Reform of higher education in Europe. Academic programmes are designed to challenge students intellectually and personally, while also providing them with the resources and faculty support needed to excel. Our graduates are well prepared for postgraduate studies or to begin a successful career.

The teaching philosophy and methods are based on American-style education, which includes interactive classroom discussions and continuous student assessment. All students are assigned to an Academic Advisor. The Advisor works supports the student throughout his/her academic career at Vesalius College.

Bachelor Programme: 4 Essential Components

Students select a major field of study, but also choose from a wide range of disciplines and subjects in the core curriculum,  minors and from an extensive list of elective courses. This educational system is designed to instil in students the spirit of critical inquiry, ethical responsibility and personal fulfilment, which leads to life-long learning.

1. Core Curriculum

A distinctive feature of the bachelor programme at Vesalius College is the core curriculum. Core courses are taken by all students and add breadth to the Vesalius learning experience. Through classes on critical thinking and writing, students learn to approach problems from different perspectives. In doing so, they learn how to be flexible and adapt to change, nurture a spirit of critical inquiry, lead others by exercising intellectual judgment, and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people across many cultures and languages.

2. Major

Once they enrol at Vesalius College, all students will choose a major – the academic subject in which they will specialise. Vesalius College offers majors in Business Studies, Communication Studies, International Affairs, and International & European Law. An academic major is the student’s main field of specialisation during their undergraduate studies. The department offering the major defines a framework for this specialised portion of the student’s studies, including a certain number of required courses and a certain number of freely chosen courses relevant to the major.

3. Major Elective and Free Elective Courses

These are courses chosen by the student.

Major electives are courses within the major and offer the student a wide range of choice within their area of specialisation.

Free elective courses allow students to pursue interests outside their major. Students can choose free electives within their major, from other majors or from outside any of the majors, for example:

  • Law
  • Psychology
  • History
  • French
  • Dutch
  • Chinese

4. Minor

An academic minor is a student’s secondary field of study or specialisation during their undergraduate studies. As with a major, Vesalius College lays out a framework of required classes or class types that a student must complete to attain the minor.

Some students will prepare for their intended career with their major, while pursuing personal interests through a minor. For example, some students may major in Business and minor in International Affairs. Other students may pursue a minor for specialisation, thereby making themselves more attractive to employers. It is not infrequent for an International Affairs major to minor in European Studies.

Minors that are offered by Vesalius College include:

Digital Economy Marketing
Family Business European Peace & Security Studies
International Finance History
International Management and Governance Business Law
Global Governance European Law
European Studies International Law
Media Studies Strategic Communication