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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at Artevelde University College


Explore Europe through Belgium! Although relatively small geographically, Belgium has a big role to play as home to the headquarters of both NATO and the European Union. Feel part of the student beat in your neighborhood of four major universities, and visualize your future as you cross paths with global business and political leaders in the cosmopolitan city of Brussels. Dive into networking as the majority of residents In Brussels speak English as well as French and Dutch.

This program is best for a student that is independent. A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn more about Artevelde University College here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type



Ghent, Belgium

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Fall 2018: mid-September to mid-January

Spring 2019: February to end of June

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • Students should be majoring in the field in which they plan to study at Artevelde
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  


ISEP-Exchange chance of placement is generally Fair for US students.


All campuses are located in Ghent. Ghent is situated in Flanders, the northern part of Belgium, 50 kilometers from the seaside and vibrant cities worth a visit such as Brussels, Bruges, and Antwerp. Cozy winter days or never-ending summer days with people gathering in the many parks or near the river, Ghent has something to offer in every season. With its numerous cultural attractions such as the International Film Fest, the “Gentse feesten” city festival, museums, and the many cafes, there is always something new to discover. Because of its central location in Europe, Belgium is the perfect departure point to explore the continent.


Located in Ghent, the largest student city in Belgium, studying at Artevelde University College Ghent means learning in a city full of history, museums of international repute, impressive gastronomic options, outdoor activities, and a vivid music and festival scene.

Artevelde University College offers a range of programs taught in English in the fields of education, business management, and communication management. Each program excels because of its specific focus and its mixture of both international and Flemish students, providing an interesting intercultural atmosphere.

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

Students typically enroll in 6 to 10 classes (min 16 ECTS) per term which averages from 12 to 18 hours in class per week. A term runs for 16 to 18 weeks.  Students need to take 30 ECTS credits to earn the equivalent of 4 Lake Forest credits.


Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:



ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp


Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.



The following departments and programs are open to ISEP Exchange students for semester enrollment:

Artevelde Business School (organized by the Department of Business Management) 
Because Brussels, the capital of Belgium, is the heart of the European Union, the courses at Artevelde Business School have a clear link with the European Union or business procedures of the European member states. 


Bridges in Education (organized by the Education departments)
Education allows students (mixed groups of students studying secondary, primary, or pre-school education) to create a customized program combining theory and teaching practice. The program is taught by national and international experts and is characterized by its strong focus on inclusive education, a hands-on approach, and a focus on interaction.


Module in Communication Management (organized by the Department of Communication Management)
The Module in Communication Management (MOCOMA) comprises two modules. The MOCOMA-Communication module is aimed at highly motivated communication, marketing, PR, or business students. The aim is to gain insight in communication management and to develop practical communication skills. The second module is MOCOMA for Journalism and Media students. The students study current affairs and learn how to use this knowledge in a creative, journalistic way. According to the profile of the student, journalism /media or communication (marketing, PR, advertising,…), the MOCOMA program allows the student to compose a tailor made study program. 


Student Life



Every department organizes an orientation program and a social and cultural welcome week for its international students (ISEP students included) with a number of activities to help them accommodate on campus and in Ghent. At the beginning of each semester, students are shown around by the international coordinator. The orientation program is part of the program. Some departments work with a buddy system, appointing a Belgian fellow student to guide the international students on campus and in Ghent.


Artevelede University College will provide arrival details with your acceptance packet.


The ESN student organization helps international students to make their time in Ghent a great experience. They organize parties, trips, cultural activities, and much more throughout the academic year. The Artevelde student service offers a sports card to ISEP students at a student’s price to participate in a wide range of sports activities such as badminton, Zumba, African dance, street dance, basketball, and swimming. Every year around the end of September, the “Student Kick Off” is organized in the center of Ghent, a great event to start the academic year.

Housing and Meals

Students are housed in single furnished residence hall rooms with shared bathroom and cooking facilities. All rooms have internet access. Residence halls are located near campus. The campus is easily accessible by bike, on foot, or with public transportation. Married student housing is not available. 

Students will receive a stipend for meals.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item


Lake Forest College Tuition


Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost


College Deposit (credit)


Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College


ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application



College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)


ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP


Additional Meals


Estimated Airfare


Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional travel etc.)


Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses






Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of January 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.