The Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies (IHECS) is a university specializing in project-based learning for Communication students. The university offers workshops and master classes that mimic real-world experience. IHECS brings students from 70 universities around the world to the center of Brussels, Belgium. Brussels is known for its delicious waffles and chocolate. It is that, but also much more. Brussels is hearing French, Dutch, German, and English spoken all around you. It is a city full of green parks, markets, art, cinema, and theater. It has been all those things for a long time, but right now it is a city that could be your home for a semester.
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Location: Brussels, Belgium (population: 1,185,000)
University: Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies (IHECS), (students: 2,000)
Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and sophomore status
Visa information: See the Visa Information: Belgium page for detailed information.
This program is for students majoring or minoring in Communications. Students with French proficiency can select courses from the full course of study. In addition to communication courses, students can enroll in French language study. The majority of courses at IHECS transfer as 3 credits.
To view the full list of courses available please visit the Course Catalog. The course descriptions can be accessed below:
For more information visit the webpage for the IHECS.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits; which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
IHECS does not offer on-campus accommodation. The international office will assist HPU students in finding housing for the semester. Often, incoming international students are able to rent a room from an IHECS student who is spending a semester outside of Brussels. This exchange usually allows HPU students access to a fully-furnished apartment or house with their own room and a shared kitchen and bathroom.
Meals are self catered. Students at IHECS will have access to a kitchen in their apartment or house.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$17,559.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, and HPU fees.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||Varies. Check with your Host University||Host university, housing office, or landlord abroad||Check with your Host University|
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
IHECS was founded in 1958 and it is very much a modern university. Students will have access to high quality equipment during courses taught by forward-thinking professors. Students will use the equipment to work on tangible projects and gain practical experience. Take a look at the project videos on the university’s website for more information.
There are several opportunities to interact with other students on campus through organized events such as sports, dinners, and cultural activities. IHECS also offers great deals for students living in Brussels. Students can purchase a card that allows them to receive discounts to sporting events, theaters, cinemas, and transportation. Use the efficient European train system to explore cities close to Brussels such as Paris (80 minutes away), London (100 minutes away), and Amsterdam (160 minutes away).