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  • Locations: Brussels, Belgium
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Spring
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 10/16/2018 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/15/2019 03/16/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Bontrager, Danette Program Director: Bontrager, Danette
Classification at Departure: Junior, Senior Cumulative GPA: 3
Language of Instruction: English, French Host Country Language: French, German
Online Course Catalog Available: Yes Sponsor: Iowa State
ISU Course: EXPRO Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:


A Semester in Belgium: Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

Program Features

BelgiumWhy Belgium?

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.




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,  [City] it 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 is the most recently created faculty (college) of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).  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.

ULB 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  



BelgiumWhat courses?

Class in English

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 probation. You will apply for the program through ISUAbroad, including submission of academic transcripts and two letters of academic recommendation.

Courses List (Click the Courses File link on this page.  Once you download the spreadsheet, you can filter for term and language in which the course is offered.)

Cost and Scholarships

BelgiumHow much?

As an Exchange student, you will pay ISU tuition and fees.  For more info on the budget, please see the budget sheet for the term in which are you are interested. 

Academic Year


BelgiumWhere will I live?

On campus may be available for exchange students.  If not, there are a number of off-campus housing options available (e.g., sublease an apartment from a ULB student). 


Dates and Contacts


ISU students may attend either Academic Year or Spring.  Fall semester only is not an option due to Solvay's fall semester ending after ISU's spring semester begins.  

Fall semester begins in late August with one week of orientation for exchange students.  It ends in late January.  

Spring semester begins in late January with one week of orientation for new exchange students.  Exams end in late June. 

Academic calendar

Term 1: The 1st term starts for exchange students on 11 September 2017 and officially ends up on 27 January 2018.

September 11: 14.00-16.00 at R42.5.503: Start of the 1st term – Mandatory welcome meeting
September 18: Beginning of the courses
September 27: Holiday (French Community Celebrations)
November 1: Holiday (All Saints Day)
November 2: Holiday
November 11: Holiday (Armistice Day)
November 20: Holiday (Anniversary of University’s foundation)
December 24: End of the courses and beginning of the Christmas holiday
January 08: Beginning of the exams
January 27: End of the exams – End of the 1st term exchange (1)

Term 2: The 2nd term starts exchange students on 29 January 2018 and officially ends up on 16 June 2018.

January 29: Start of the 2nd term
February 05: Beginning of the courses
April 2-14: Easter holidays
May 01: Holiday (Labour Day)
May 11: Holiday (Ascension Day)
May 22: Beginning of the exams
June 16: End of the exams – End of the 2nd term exchange period (1)

August 13: Start of the resit period
September 01: End of the resit period – End of the exchange period (2)


How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

Practical information for Solvay exchange students
Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management