Global Education


An HPU Exchange Program
Brussels, Belgium

Poster_IHECSThe 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.

Top 3 reasons to study here:

  1. Study in the heart of the European Union and at the crossroads of philosophical and artistic trends.
  2. Study at a university with state-of-the-art facilities in media production, journalism, and communications.
  3. Learn in environments that combine theory lessons with practical learning.


Quick Facts

Location:  Brussels, Belgium (population: 1,185,000)

University: Institute for Higher Social Communication Studies (IHECS), (students: 2,000)

Terms available:

  • Fall (mid-September to late-December)
  • Spring (late-January to late-May)

Minimum application requirements: 2.75 GPA and sophomore status

Application deadlines:

  • Fall Term Abroad: March 15
  • Spring Term Abroad: May 15, the year prior

Visa information: See the Visa Information: Belgium page for detailed information.


Academic Program

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.


Credit Transfer

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.

For More Information…

For more information, visit the IHECS’s website or email a study abroad representative. To schedule an appointment with a study abroad adviser, contact the Office of Study Abroad at (336) 841-9280.

Office of Global Education

Location: Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Phone: +1 (336) 841-9280
Mailing Address:
High Point University
Office of Global Education
One University Parkway, Drawer 24
High Point, NC 27268  USA

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