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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/29/2018 06/16/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Bontrager, Danette
Program Director:
Bontrager, Danette
Classification at Departure:
Junior, Senior Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Language of Instruction: English, French Host Country Language: French, German
Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
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Administered by the Study Abroad Center for the College of Business  

****** Classes in English ******

If ever a city could claim split personality, it’s Brussels. French versus Flemish, historic versus hip, bizarre versus boring. Full of contrasts, contradictions and intrigue, this is a multicultural equation that goes much deeper than just red tape and Eurocrats. An historic heirloom is closer to the mark. And in an age where so much is already discovered, Belgium’s capital seduces as one of Western Europe’s unknowns.
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This ISU exchange allows ISU students to spend a semester or full academic year at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, while a Solvay student comes here for a comparable period of study. You will pay ISU tuition and fees and receive tuition credit at Solvay.


Admission Requirements

You must have a GPA of 3.00 or higher and have achieved at least sophomore standing to be considered as a candidate for this exchange. In addition to good academic standing you cannot be on academic or disciplinary campusprobation. You will apply for the program through ISUAbroad, including submission of academic transcripts and two letters of academic recommendation. An interview with the exchange’s ISU program director is also required.



Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management is the most recently created faculty (college) of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.  The School takes full advantage of the wide spectrum of scientific disciplines available within the university and promotes the sharing of knowledge at all levels.  These synergies with other academic disciplines reinforce Solvay's research and academic content.





The ‘Universite Libre de Bruxelles’ at a glance

  • Founded in 1834
  • One of the largest French-speaking universities with 22,000 students
  • An international attraction (25% of foreign students coming from 130 different countries)
  • A fully fledged university covering all disciplines at all levels
  • 9 Faculties 
  • 4 Schools and Institutes
  • 1 Teaching Hospital
  • 3 Nobel Prizes
  • 350 Erasmus-Socrates partnerships
  • 330 Institutional agreements    

Course List at Solvay for exchange students 
Practical information for Solvay exchange students


Brussels is both the capital of Belgium and the home of NATO and the EU headquarters. It is the European base for a large number of international corporations (more than 1,000 from the US). Brussels is a great and historic city conveniently located just two hours from Paris, London, Amsterdam and Berlin. Metropolitan Brussels has a population of approximately 1.8 million and is the home for some 300.000 expats, Cityit is incredibly cosmopolitan, and yet Brussels remains a very relaxed and laid-back town, which manages to keep its human scale.


Ripe with all the facilities and entertainment you would expect from a capital city, from hotels and restaurants to museums and famous monuments, Brussels is still easy to get around. Outside rush hour you can cross the city in a mere 20 minutes. The city center itself is easily walkable. And the green spaces (parks - woods - forest) account for 13.8% of its surface. Historically anchored in the heart of this great metropolis, The Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management builds upon the city’s geo-strategic strengths to enable its students to become true international professionals with many networking capacities.


Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management