We encourage our students to develop their international skills by participating in several international experiences throughout their studies. For those who cannot go abroad, we organize international activities / projects at home.
As part of their language courses, students will take part in collaborative activities, in physical or virtual mode, throughout their studies.
In their second year, students will be able to participate in a short international programme organized by one of our partners at home.
From the second year onwards, students will follow courses in English.
Study trips are also an integral part of the course programme. Depending on the bachelor degree in which our students are enrolled, they take part in trade missions abroad, visits to foreign institutions such as the European Parliament in Strasbourg or have training missions in collaboration with our academic or business partners.
Finally, various integration activities are organized with our incoming students that enable EPHEC students to network, to develop their linguistic and intercultural skills and to become a global citizen.
Cooperative Online Intercultural Learning (COIL) which enables a more sustainable and inclusive international and intercultural experience has been used for some semesters now at EPHEC.
Also, Jean-François Vuylsteke, lecturer and pedagogical & quality advisor at EPHEC, co-wrote a published article about a Virtual Erasmus experience (Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange - EVE) he led with Rita Koris, from Budapest, Hungaria. The experience was 8-week long and consisted in a "cooperative online learning for teaching business communication skills at a Hungarian and a Belgian university" (Koris & Vuylsteke, 2020).
The article, "Mission (im)possible: developing students’ international online business communication skills through virtual teamwork", is fully and freely avaible to read on this link.
In this other example, students will collaborate online in virtual teams on a weekly basis to complete the following main missions: (1) giving constructive feedback; (2) creating an elevator pitch; (3) promoting themselves by creating a digital CV; (4) preparing for a job interview; and (5) participating in a real online job interview with a professional recruiter.
Content Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology enables to teach content simultaneously with the teaching of a foreign language.
By using this method, we aim at developing the necessary technical skills to reach academic performance while improving language skills and self-confidence among our students.
With the project Living in a Globalized World, international and EPHEC students collaborate throughout the semester. They have to carry out various task developing intercultural, linguistic and networking skills.
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