Information for Students
Welcome! The staff at Boston University would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our campus in Brussels. Whether you are starting a new life in a foreign country, or you are a native or long-term resident returning to the educational system, the transition can be adventurous and challenging. Boston University understands this and we look forward to assisting you.
Full-time graduate students studying at BU in Brussels are required to enroll in a minimum of three courses per term. Full-time status is recommended to those who are able to sustain a challenging, time-consuming course load.
Part-time graduate students enjoy the flexibility of determining their own course load, taking one to three evening courses per term. Part-time study is perfect for those with full-time jobs or other obligations.
No grade lower than B- may be used toward degree requirements. Students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 in order to be in good academic standing and to graduate. Students with a grade point average of less than 3.0 are on academic probation and must be in a position to achieve a 3.0.
Text Books and Case Books
Once students have registered for classes and the semester schedule has been confirmed, they will receive textbook information (ISBN numbers, author and publisher name, edition). Students may order their books from the resource of their choice. Our campus bookstore is Barnes & Noble; other merchants include Amazon.co.uk or local book sellers such as Sterling Books or Waterstones.
Casebooks are a compilation of academic case studies (such as from Harvard Business Review) that will be utilized in your courses for classroom discussion, assignments, or for examinations.
For US citizens and residents
Military students or veterans should contact Boston University's Veterans Affairs office to inquire about Title 38 education benefits.
For Belgian Residents/Nationals Paying Taxes in Belgium
For citizens of all other countries
Financial Aid References
The following is a list of books with information about grants and loan opportunities. Many of these books can purchased through online booksellers.
Borrowing for Education
Loans and Grants from Uncle Sam
Directory of Financial Aids for Women
Don't Miss Out
Facts—Financial Aid for College through Scholarships and Loans
Financial Aid Officers: What They Do To You and For You
Foundation Grants to Individuals
The Individual Guide to Grants
Plenum Publishing Company,
Information for Students and Parents
The Student Guide: Five Federal Financial Aid Programs
The Student Loan Counselor
While there are a host of banks in our city, we recommend ING to incoming students. There is a branch next door to our campus (at VUB) that deals exclusively with international students.
Health coverage is mandatory for all individuals residing in Belgium. Obtaining health insurance for your stay in Brussels is the responsibility of individual students in graduate degree, certificate, and diploma programs at Boston University. EU nationals should contact their health and social security office for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Boston University recommends both Partena and Euromut health insurance companies. Students must apply via one of the providers. Please be ready to provide the following documents/information:
Working in Belgium
As a student in a graduate degree, certificate, and diploma program residing in Belgium with a student visa, you are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week (outside your course of studies). Visit the ORBEM or BGDA office to obtain the application for a Work Permit C.
*Please note that eligibility to work does not guarantee a job placement.