New Certificate Program in Brussels: European Peace and Security Studies

What’s it all about?

During the fall semester Vesalius College offers students a unique opportunity to pursue a certificate in European Peace and Security Studies (EPSS). This semester-long program provides students with in-depth insights into contemporary security issues in Europe and beyond from a uniquely Brussels perspective. Vesalius College has partnered with the Belgian Royal Military Academy, the Institute for European Studies (IES), the University of Kent and the Global Governance Institute (GGI) to provide students access to leading scholars and professionals in the fields of civilian and military security issues, both in theory and practice. As part of this program, students will have the unique opportunity to attend lectures and interact with experts from leading institutions such as NATO, the United Nations, European Parliament, the European Union and more.

Upon successful completion of the program students will receive a Certificate in European Peace and Security Studies.

What does it entail?

In order to earn the certificate, students must enroll in all 5 of the following classes. Each class is instructed in English and is worth 3 U.S. semester credits (45 contact hours):

  • European Peace and Security Studies – A Brussels Perspective
  • The EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) in Theory and Practice
  • Military Approaches to Promoting Security
  • The EU as an International Actor: Civilian Approaches to Promoting Security and Development
  • Understanding Contemporary Conflicts: Europe and Beyond

In addition to the regularly scheduled classes, students are required to attend the following events:

  • Weekly Guest Lecture Series
  • Final Symposium

*It is important to note that students who pursue the EPSS Certificate are not able to pursue an internship. The EPSS program consists of 5 classes, which is considered a full load of courses.*

How do I get into this program?

Students must meet the eligibility requirements for the Business, Communications, International Relations & Humanities program, as listed on the ISA website. Students must apply to ISA and be accepted to the relevant program for the fall semester.

Once enrolled in the ISA program, students will complete a pre-registration form to select classes. Students interested in pursuing the EPSS Certificate must list all 5 classes mentioned above on their pre-registration form and then will be automatically enrolled into the certificate program.

For further questions about the EPSS program, please contact the ISA Brussels Site Specialist.

*Course content subject to change

Why should I care?
– Brussels is the ideal place to launch a future in politics and global affairs
– Earning this certificate is an excellent résumé booster and could set you apart from others in the job market
– You will have the opportunity to learn from and meet people from some of the most influential institutions in the world (i.e. NATO, the UN, the European Parliament, etc.)

For more information about this new program, contact Matt Gulizia ISA’s Site Specialist for Belgium and France.