The Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies (IHECS) is a university specializing in project-based learning for Communication students. The university offers workshops and masterclasses that mimic the real-world experience. IHECS brings students from 70 universities around the world to the center of Brussels, Belgium.
This program is for students majoring or minoring in Communications. Students with French proficiency can select courses from the full course of study, however, proficiency in French is not required. Students can enroll in courses from the English-taught program. In addition to communication courses, students can enroll in French language studies.
Students will enroll in a welcome week session during either the fall or spring term at IHECS. This session, while not transferrable to HPU, offers a great introduction to life in Brussels and study at IHECS. During the Fall term, students can enroll in a French-language pre-sessional course.
For a listing of available courses, review the IHECS Programs for International Students brochure.
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.
While the selection of courses taught in English is limited, they are very detailed and can complement HPU's communication programs well. Students should plan for around a total of 30 ECTS (European credits), noting that 2 ECTS = 1 HPU credit. The majority of courses at IHECS are worth 5 ECTS and transfer as 3 credits.