European Studies in the hart of Europe
Several institutions in Flanders offer a specialised programme for international students.
The College of Europe is an independent university institute of postgraduate European studies, which has its main campus in Bruges. The goal of this program is to prepare students to take up leading roles requiring a strategic understanding of European issues. According to The Times, the "College of Europe, in the medieval Belgian city of Bruges, is to the European political elite what the Harvard Business School is to American corporate life. It is a hothouse where the ambitious and talented go to make contacts."
The Vesalius College was founded in 1987 by the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and Boston University to offer English trainings. In 2016, it was ranked as one of the 25 most internationally oriented universities in the world by the Multirank Global University Ranking. Students with international ambitions will enjoy up-to-date study programs and flexibility in course selection. Some key characteristics of this school are small groups, interactive lessons and permanent assessment. There is an open, tolerant atmosphere to prepare the students for professional life. Critical research, independence, rational thinking, but also global conflicts and developments are amongst the faculty's teaching goals.
Furthermore, Flemish universities offer different European study programmes. A unique opportunity to learn about Europe and the EU, near the headquarters of the European Union.