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Semester in Belgium

Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales (IHECS)

About the Program

IHECS, Institut des Hautes Ėtudes des Communications Sociales (the Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies) is based in the heart of Brussels’ Center City. Since 1958, IHECS has offered training in the field of journalism and communication by linking together media theory and practice. With a foot in the present and looking towards the future, IHECS seeks to adjust its teaching methods to professional practices. In order to do this, it focuses on a project-based learning approach. IHECS trains future press and communication professionals by offering different bachelor's and master's degrees, including: journalism (press and information); advertising; public relations; sociocultural activities and lifelong learning; media literacy and event management. Nestled in the center of the European capital, IHECS is an open school integrating European features via several of its training paths and numerous projects. IHECS has agreements with nearly 100 colleges and universities located throughout the world.

Quick Facts

• IHECS has an enrollment of 2300 students

• Study abroad students are encouraged to spend the fall semester at IHECS due to its more extensive programming, a full French immersion week, and greater course selection for incoming students.

• Study abroad students may study courses in English, in French, or may study French language while also studying courses in English.

• Belgium is a trilingual country with people speaking French, Dutch, and German. In the city of Brussels, most people speak French, Dutch, and English

• As the capital of the European Union and the headquarters for NATO, Brussels boasts an international presence second only to New York City

• Belgium is the number one exporter of chocolate

Dates/TermFall 2018Spring 2019
Arrival Date September 1, 2018 January 25, 2019
Classes Begin September 15, 2018 February 1, 2019
Classes End December 23, 2018 May 20, 2019
Final Exams December 23, 2018 June 30, 2019
Departure Date December 23, 2018 July 1, 2019
Deadline to Apply April 15, 2018 October 15, 2018
View of the city of Brussels
Credits/Classes

Students enroll in 15 credit hours at IHECS. Students who don't speak French will enroll in the English language courses which include an array of lecture/seminar courses and hands-on courses in which IHECS degree-seeking students also enroll. Students with Advanced French, based on a placement test, may enroll in courses taught in French.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions,see the course brochures from IHECS.

Accommodations

Students generally share apartments in Brussels with IHECS students, often subletting the room of a student who is studying abroad for the semester. As most IHECS students go abroad for the fall semester of their junior year, OKCU students are encouraged to study at IHECS during the fall semester.

While IHECS does not provide housing, the international office assists students with finding housing in the city.

Fees

Fall 2018

    • Tuition and fees: Students pay OKCU tuition and fees; most scholarships and financial aid apply
    • Student Housing: $2000 to $2500 per semester
    • Meals: $1400 to $1600 per semester
    • Medical Insurance: Varies, not offered through IHECS
    • Airport pick-up not included. A train from the airport is about $11 and takes 20 minutes to the center of the city.
    • Other local transportation: $75
    • Passport and visa fees: Students must obtain a visa prior to arriving in Belgium

    Spring 2019

    • Tuition and fees: Students pay OKCU tuition and fees; most scholarships and financial aid apply
    • Student Housing: $1800 to $2000 per semester
    • Meals: $1400 to $1600 per semester
    • Medical Insurance: Varies, not offered through IHECS
    • Airport pick-up not included. A train from the airport is about $11 and takes 20 minutes to the center of the city.
    • Other local transportation: $75
    • Passport and visa fees: Students must obtain a visa prior to arriving in Belgium

    Download a copy of the budget estimate for IHECS to see what a semester in Brussels should cost you.


    Eligibility
    • Sophomore standing or above at beginning of program
    • Must be at least 18 years of age at beginning of program
    • Minimum 3.5 GPA
    • Good standing with OKCU
    • Students interested in the French program must achieve B1 level in French
    Scholarships and Financial Aid
    • Federal and State Aid typically applies
    • Most OKCU scholarships apply
    • Gilman Scholarship (for Pell recipients only)

    Download budget template to determine what a semester in Brussels will cost you.

    Contact IHECS

    Primary Contact: Ms. Sophie Henrard sophie.henrard@galilee.be

    Study Abroad Website: https://www.ihecs.be/fr/intern...

    Phone: +32 2 549 5537


    Contact the Office of Global Engagement

    studyabroad@okcu.edu

    405-208-5259 or 405-208-5270

    Clara Jones Administration Building, 4th Floor, Suite 438