How to apply?

General Procedure:

  • You should start thinking about Study Abroad, at the latest, at the beginning of the semester that precedes the semester during which you would like to go abroad. This will give you ample time to select your course and have it pre-approved by your home institution. Early applications are important as the process for obtaining a Belgian student visa can be lengthy (3 weeks – 2 months).
  • You should contact your Academic Advisor and your school’s Study Abroad Coordinator to help you choose the programme and the course that best suit your needs. Please keep in mind that courses offered tend to resemble each other from year to year (although some changes are possible), but not from semester to semester. In other words, if you would like to see what is being offered in the fall term, you should look at the courses offered in the fall term of the preceding year. The same rule applies for spring and summer term courses.
  • If you come from one of our partner schools, your Study Abroad Coordinator will probably assist you greatly with all paperwork and will act as your direct contact with the Vesalius College Study Abroad Department.
  • If you do not come from a partner university, then you should contact the Vesalius College Study Abroad Assistant, Caroline van Ongevalle, with all questions and send your completed application to her as well.
  • Click on the following link to download our Study Abroad – Incoming Application Form. Please complete the form electronically, then print out the completed form and return by mail to Caroline Van Ongevalle at the following address: Vesalius College, Study Abroad Department, Pleinlaan, 2, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. Alternatively, you can scan the form and email it to Caroline at cvongeva@vub.ac.be.
  • If you need to send large files electronically (too large to attach to a standard email), we would encourage you to send the files via WeTransfer.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: 15 April
  • Spring Semester: 15 November
  • Summer Term: 15 May

Pre-Registration:

  • Deadlines for submission of your Pre-Registration Form are as follows:Fall Semester: 15 April; Spring Semester: 15 November
  • Once you receive the course schedule, you should fill out and return to us the Study Abroad Pre-Registration Form. You can also consult our FAQs on the registration process by viewing the following link.

Please refer to the following guidelines when completing your Pre-Registration Form:

  • A full course load at Vesalius College is 4–5 courses (24–30 ECTS credits; equivalent to 12–15 US credits)
  • List your top 8 course choices in order of preference. In the event of an unforeseen clash between 2 courses, we will pre-register you for the first of the 2 conflicting courses. You will be pre-registered for a maximum of 5 courses.
  • You must be vigilant in choosing a course schedule that is free of scheduling conflicts.
  • Your Academic Advisor should verify your course selection prior to submission of the Pre-Registration Form to be sure that you meet all prerequisite requirements and that you will receive academic credit from your home institution for selected courses.
  • Your Academic Advisor must sign the pre-registration form, approving of your course choices.  If you ABSOLUTELY NEED a certain Vesalius course in order to graduate on time at your home university (i.e., if you do not take the course during your semester abroad, then you will have to pay for an extra semester in order to complete your graduation requirements), then your Academic Advisor must sign off in the appropriate space, certifying this need.  In return, Vesalius will give you priority status in the case of waiting lists.
  • You may consult our website to view course descriptions and syllabi. More detailed course syllabi can be sent to you, your Academic Advisor or your Study Abroad Coordinator upon request.
  • For information on how to register for Language Courses,  for the Internship Course and on 300-level EU course pre-requisites, please refer to the following link.