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

We are available even before your arrival. Do you have any question about your mobility, your arrival in Brussels, your accommodation, your courses, ... ?

Then contact us by e-mail:
Frédéric Simonis - Email: f.simonis@ephec.be

2. Welcoming and "welcome week"

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.

We organize:

  • welcome meeting
  • academic/practical information
  • EPHEC presentation
  • Conference about Belgium
  • Workshops, icebreakings, social activities (visits, etc)
  • lunches

This semester, which started on the 6th of September, we welcomed 145 students the best possible way and they enjoyed it!  Please discover that nice moment in video here.

Buddy Program

The incoming student is assisted by a local student.

Starting an Exchange Program is an experience often filled with both excitement and a sheer amount of stress. Most of the time you are faced with a different language and culture than the one you are used to. A « Buddy Program » is an onboarding technique to facilitate your integration through a less formal approach. A Buddy Program - as the name implies - uses “buddies” to assist you to get going at your new school within the first weeks or months.  The goal of a Buddy Program is to get the most out of both your buddy and you. The Buddy Program encourages both parties to continuously share their experiences, knowledge, and best practices. The program promotes proximity between students of different nationalities and allows the establishment of contacts that can become lasting. With the Buddy Program you will always have someone to help you, it will be easier to get to know the local culture, practice the language and meet the local students.

3. During and after the semester

The Ephec's Center for International Relations is/will be supporting you throughout your semester among us and also after your departure, should you need any further information, document or help.

4. You are a student with disabilities?

If you are a student with disabilities, please contact Mr Frédéric Simonis at f.simonis@ephec.be

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 (be.brussels), Agenda Brussels, My Erasmus in Brussels

Welcome to EPHEC video:

'Study in Belgium' informative video: