The Ephec's International Relations Office is committed to supporting you throughout your mobility experience from the moment of your nomination until your return home. Our wish is that this experience will be unforgettable.

1. Before your arrival Live Chat for Exchange Students

We are available from the moment of your nomination every Wednesday through our "Live Chat for Exchange students".  Do you have any questions about your mobility, your arrival in Brussels, your accommodation, your courses, ... ? Then chat with us.

When?  Every Wednesday from 10:30 AM until 11:30 AM (CET)
How? Through Teams
Contact person? Frédéric Simonis +32.2.775.97.75

2. Welcoming and "welcome week" to start your experience at EPHEC

The first persons who will welcome you and help you to manage your study stay in Brussels are the persons working at the Center for International Relations. A Welcome Week is organized the week before the start of each semester to ensure that you get acquainted with our institution and our pedagogical system. This week is also an opportunity to meet other exchange students and to make friends.

Due to the current sanitary situation, the last welcome week (January 2021) was organized virtually.  We welcomed 55 students the best possible way and they enjoyed it! Please discover that nice moment here.

You will be asked to send us a short video presenting yourself (max 2 minutes) – home country, town, institution, reason for choosing EPHEC for the exchange experience before the start of the Welcome Week.

3. Get help with French

EPHEC University College is a French speaking, multicultural University College.  Even though some courses are taught partially or entirely in English, the student environment remains primarily French. Studying at EPHEC provides a fantastic opportunity to get to know French in the international atmosphere of Europe’s capital.

We offer French language courses during the academic year to students who have a A1 or A2 level as defined by the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for languages).  Students who have at least a B2 level may take French Communication classes which are taught in the regular programmes.

Interested? Contact Mr Frédéric Simonis at Your level will be tested enabling us to register you in the group best adapted for your level.

4. You are a student with disabilities?

If you are a student with disabilities, please contact Mr Frédéric Simonis at

We will be very happy to host you and to put in place the necessary assitance in order to guarantee that your student exchange in Brussels takes place in the best possible conditions.

5. Meet the local students' council

During the welcome week, our local students council will introduce their activities and how they can help you during your semester at EPHEC on practical issues such as open a bank account, buy a mobile phone card, where to play sport, etc.

Students can also join ESN Brussels/Saint Louis/Ephec, a student organisation that organizes activities throughout the year.

6. Life in Brussels

Have a look at Brussels life to see what Brussels has to offer or watch short videos about the city.

Other websites:

Living in Brussels — Région bruxelloise - Brussels Gewest (, Agenda Brussels, My Erasmus in Brussels

'Study in Belgium' informative video: