Information for Part-Time Students
Welcome! The staff at Boston University in Brussels would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our campus. 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 during this transition.
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 within the 48 credit hours required for graduation.
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 Finterra; other merchants include Amazon.co.uk or local book sellers such as Sterling Books or Waterstone's.
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
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
College Grants from Uncle Sam
Directory of Financial Aid for Women
Don't Miss Out
Earn and Learn: Cooperative Education Opportunities Offered by
Facts—Financial Aid for College through Scholarships and
Financial Aid Officers: What They Do To You and For You
Foundation Grants to Individuals
The Individual Guide to Grants
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.
Obtaining health insurance is the responsibility of individual students. EU nationals should contact their health and social security office for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Lydia Van Rompaey from Belgium health insurance company Partena can assist in processing your health coverage. Please be ready to provide the following documents/information:
Please let us know if you need to apply for health coverage.
Working in Belgium
As a student 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.