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Brussels School of Governance (BSoG)

Brussels School of Governance (BSoG)

Brussels School of Governance (BSoG)


The Brussels School of Governance (BSoG) is the alliance between the Institute for European Studies VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Vesalius College (VeCo). For decades, both institutions have built up strong reputations as frontrunners in education, research, and academic services on the international scene. The BSoG provides a unique educational experience, according to our STEP approach: our programmes are Student-centred, have a solid Theoretical base, their educational Excellence is guaranteed, and they are strongly Practice-oriented. It makes our School a prominent hub for the study of European and global governance, from the BA right up to the PhD level.

Within the Brussels School of Governance alliance, all Institute for European Studies and Vesalius College programmes are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO).

The BSoG’s multidisciplinary research activities focus on some of the most urgent governance challenges confronting policymakers in Europe as well as elsewhere in the world in years to come. They cover four broad policy areas: the sustainability transition; the impact of migration on European, national and regional identity; the shifts in political and military competition between the great powers and their implications for European military defence and diplomacy; and the way that new digital technologies challenge existing organisational and management habits and routines, question education and participative democracy more broadly defined.

At the Brussels School of Governance, we want to offer our students not only valuable academic preparation but also the opportunity to test career options, gain practical experience and build relationships with professionals and organisations in their areas of interest, before they graduate. After graduation, BSoG students typically secure positions in various public and private institutions and organisations across the globe, such as the European and international institutions, government administrations, telecom companies, financial institutions, law and accountancy firms, media companies, etc.

The Brussels School of Governance is located at Pleinlaan 5 in the University District of Brussels and it has a vibrant student lifestyle. Our campus is easily accessible by bus, train, tram, or metro, the area has everything to meet students’ needs including affordable housing, two on-campus cafeterias, libraries, banks, shops, markets, restaurants, bars, live entertainment venues, organised athletic activities, and state-of-the-art sports facilities.


In 2020, British newspaper The Guardian put our Brussels university neighbourhood on no. 2 in the top 10 of Europe’s must-see hotspots.


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    Institute for European Studies (IES) Vrije Universiteit Brussel Pleinlaan 2