Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will receive a lengthy and detailed pre-departure orientation handbook which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in Belgium. This handbook is designed to be used in conjunction with the Online Orientation in the Student Portal. Although the on-site orientation will cover the nitty-gritty of life in Belgium, the handbook allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in Brussels. The handbook covers academics, culture, gender relations, useful phrases, food, housing, the university, ISA facilities, money matters, visas, and numerous other details that students also learn about during their on-site orientation. Of course, students are always welcome to contact the Brussels Site Specialist
with any questions.
Participants will fly into the main Brussels airport (BRU) where ISA resident staff will greet students before traveling with students to their housing. The staff provides a thorough orientation which includes information about academics, health and safety, housing, transportation, and money, as well as a tour of the city. You will also learn more about Belgian culture and history, as well as what to expect from daily life as an international student in Brussels. This orientation will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions and get acquainted with fellow program participants and directors.
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