Degree Structure

To complete the International Affairs degree successfully at Vesalius College, a minimum of 180 ECTS is required. Most students complete the intense and rigorous study programme within 3 years of admission to the college. Students are also encouraged to complete a Study Abroad semester at one of our partner universities overseas and take an internship via our prestigious internship programme.

The 180-ECTS degree programme is divided into several different requirements. In general, Students start with the core curriculum, a set of courses that develop the relevant skills, knowledge and abilities essential to the College’s distinctive undergraduate programme.

In addition to the core curriculum, students take major requirement courses. These courses are divided into politics, history, economics, and law.

To give students the opportunity to develop areas of personal and professional interest, Vesalius College requires the completion of major electives and free electives. International Affairs students at Vesalius College may also choose a minor, regardless of their major. However, in order to obtain the ‘Minor’ classification, students must follow all four courses within that Minor.

The capstone course is offered during the final semester of a student’s major and provides an invaluable opportunity to make full use of all of the knowledge acquired during their degree to a real-life problem. Utilising the College’s unique access to Brussels-based policy circles and international organisations, the award-winning International Affairs Capstone course allows students to students spend a semester as close policy advisors to a high-ranking diplomat on a highly-relevant foreign policy issue. The course is valuable as students are entrusted with real-life case studies just as they enter the final semester of their Bachelor’s degree and gain a first experience of working life. The course, which won the 2013 LISBOAN Award for Outstanding Teaching (awarded by a network of over 60 top universities), gives students indispensable insight into the functioning of the EU as well as critical skills that will be valuable in their future careers.