Historically, the University of Kent has particularly prided itself on rigorous teaching and on a staff renowned for their concern for the individual needs of students. This tradition continues in Brussels, and is enhanced by the specialist and interdisciplinary nature of the studies offered here.
BSIS (Brussels School of International Studies) is a multidisciplinary postgraduate School of the University of Kent bringing together the disciplines of politics, international relations, law and economics to provide in-depth analysis of international problems such as conflict, security, development, migration and the political economy and legal basis of a changing world order.
Around 200 students are pursuing Masters and Doctoral degrees in Brussels. Degrees are full degrees of the University of Kent, and are also accredited by the higher education accrediting body for the Flemish Community in Belgium (NVAO) and recognised by the Flemish Government.
Our research is a critical component of our success as a postgraduate School. Our teaching is underpinned by the high quality research undertaken by our teaching staff and our research students. BSIS is a multidisciplinary School and thus much of our research is informed by the critical presence of those with different disciplinary backgrounds through a weekly research seminar. But it is also strengthened by the links with our core contributing Schools in the University.
Each Brussels student receives one free 45 minute career coaching session designed to help them identify career goals, review their application documents and plan next steps. The success of these sessions for students is not just reflected in our high employment rate after graduation or the entrepreneurial spirit within our student body, but in the fact that many students continue to take these sessions on a private basis both during and after their studies.
Kent staff can provide useful information on housing, student visas, enrolment, orientation and practical tips on preparing for and arriving in Brussels. All new students are encouraged to attend a welcome Week before their studies begin.
At the Brussels School of International Studies, students would need to secure their own accommodation as we do not have any halls of residence. However, due to the fluid nature of the housing market here in Brussels, it is fairly simple to secure accommodation. Due to the high number of short term internships and job placements, people are coming and going from the city very regularly. Brussels is an affordable city and before your arrival, we provide lots of guidance and advice related to housing to ensure you get settled into the city quickly.
All our students have access to the public computers and printers within the facilities as well as those on the VUB campus, across the street. Wireless internet access is available within Kent facilities and on many areas of campus.
Our partner, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) has an on-campus medical centre which is open to all students. They deal with cases of illness, accidents, minor procedures, preventive examinations, vaccinations, contraception, dental care, wound care, travel advice, as well as advice on personal health.
The Brussels School of International Studies is a specialised school of postgraduate education offering degrees across the sphere of International Relations and Law. The focused environment of the School allows students unparalleled access to academic staff and to make the most of the location. Being in Brussels provides opportunities for networking and internships as well as allowing students to make the most of the social & cultural side of the city. The combination of academic and practitioner teaching brings real-life case studies to the classroom.
The sports facilities on the VUB campus include: a 25-metre swimming pool; a football pitch, rugby pitch and athletics track; sports halls for indoor soccer, basketball, badminton and tennis; a martial arts hall, squash courts and a climbing wall.
There is also a fitness centre on campus, which may offer a discount to students. Its facilities include a modern gym and cardio area, a relaxation area, a solarium and a dance hall.
The BSIS Graduate Student Union (BGSU) is a platform allowing to express and coordinate students' voices and initiatives. Different from larger unions, the size of our school makes our initiatives really consequential for many students, thus enhancing our student (life) experience in Brussels. In addition to be the facilitator for individuals and groups initiatives, the BGSU also represents students' voices to the academic and administrative staff of BSIS, to the University of Kent, and to the main student body in Canterbury, Kent Union.