About us - Brussels School of International Studies

Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) of the University of Kent is a multidisciplinary postgraduate school bringing together the disciplines of politics, international relations, law and economics. We provide in-depth analysis of international problems such as conflict, security, development, migration, the political economy and the legal basis of a changing world order.

City as your classroom

As a student in our specialist postgraduate centre in Brussels, your classroom is the city itself. Our programmes are designed to take advantage of an inspirational location that is home to the European Union, NATO and many other international organisations.

Our academic community is made up of students and researchers from 45 countries and academic staff representing 12 different nationalities. You benefit from access to numerous archives, conferences, scholars, experts and practitioners who thrive in the institutions of this world centre of international affairs. You can also develop your language skills while exploring the city's historical and cultural highlights.

At BSIS, you earn a degree from a renowned British university while enjoying unparalleled opportunities for networking, academic development and professional advancement, all facilitated by our excellent location.

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Grand Place, Brussels

Interdisciplinary approach

We strongly believe that teaching and learning should be a collaboration. BSIS works closely with three academic schools of the University of Kent; the School of Politics and International Relations, Kent Law School and the School of Economics. This means students on our programmes benefit from a stimulating and truly interdisciplinary approach to their studies.

Our flexible study options give postgraduate taught students the opportunity to study a secondary specialisation or individual modules for personal interest. This interaction with faculty and students in other MA and LLM programmes informs your approach to your own subject area, as well as other academic disciplines such as political science, law, sociology, history and economics.

This cohesive learning community and interdisciplinary culture make BSIS an ideal place to undertake PhD research. You are assigned a supervisory committee comprising your main supervisor and additional members of academic staff. This gives you formal access to a broad level of knowledge and support from a multidisciplinary and culturally diverse community.

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The School is grounded in an interdisciplinary spirit, creating synergies between subjects in law, politics and international relations.

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Academic excellence

Kent is one of the UK's leading universities. All our academic schools produce research of international standing and our research activities and collaborations with outside organisations create knowledge that is highly influential in many areas.

Dr Yvan Guichaoua takes a lecture on International Conflict and Security
International Conflict and Security lecture

Our programmes are informed by our commitment to research excellence, drawing on the expertise of leading academics in international studies. Our academic staff and research supervisors are supported by external practitioners from Brussels-based organisations, who are regularly invited to teach classes, deliver guest lectures or take part in workshops.

Our teaching philosophy encourages active participation and interaction among our academic and student community. This is key to our interdisciplinary culture with students interacting not only in the classroom, but at regular events, conferences and study groups in the city.

Excellent facilities

We have our own purpose-designed facilities which include study rooms, classrooms, an auditorium and academic space. Although we do not have a library on site, we have excellent online library resources via the University of Kent's Templeman Library, an inter-library loan system and extensive e-book collections.

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There are a number of libraries in the city of Brussels, including the Royal Library and NATO library. You can also use the campus facilities of our partner universities, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This gives you access to their libraries and a wide choice of medical facilities, language classes, and sport and leisure facilities.

For a nominal fee, our students can use the extensive sport facilities on the VUB campus. These include a swimming pool, athletics track, multi-sports halls, squash courts and sports pitches. There is also a fitness centre on the VUB campus, where members can use a wide range of exercise machines plus live classes.

Find out more: UAB Sport (in Dutch or English) | Basic-Fit (in French or Dutch)

Impressive prospects

Whatever your career goal, a postgraduate qualification from the University of Kent equips you with an impressive portfolio of skills, specialist knowledge and practical experience to help you succeed in a competitive job market.

We have developed strong links with the Brussels community, so many of our students improve their professional skills and gain real-world experience through a range of internships and voluntary work opportunities. We also have our own careers adviser in Brussels who can provide guidance tailored to the needs of every student.

Our students do extremely well in terms of entering their chosen careers shortly after graduation. Our alumni have worked for EU institutions, NGOs, the diplomatic services, the United Nations or in fields related to public policy, public relations, international commerce, finance, government and law.

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Some of the classes that I took in Brussels have been so closely related to my job that I often consult my BSIS readings and notes at work.

Mariela Guajardo Migration Studies MA graduate