Belgium Housing and Student Life


ISTI has no residence halls, but can assist in finding housing. Students are also given information via the ISTI website with updated URLs upon acceptance. ISTI has an agreement with a residence located in Forest close to school. If interested, students can contact

If this is your first stay on your own abroad and if you are somewhat apprehensive about finding a room, Claudia, ISTI's BRI admin, has an apartment that she rents to students. You can contact Claudia Trignani (

Student Life

As ISTI is a relatively small school, with a student body of roughly 1,000 housed in one main building, incoming students quickly feel at home. All international students are welcomed by an academic coordinator who meets with them on a weekly basis, and as all of the coordinators are instructors, they are closely attuned to each student's academic needs and personal situation. More specifically, the coordinators assist students in registering and choosing classes, and also guide them on practical, everyday matters to help them get comfortably settled in Brussels.

The school is surrounded by several snack-bars, cafés, and grocery stores as well as banks, laundromats and pharmacies.

Each year, ISTI welcomes about 150 French majors from all over the world. In addition to Erasmus European links, ISTI has exchange partners in Russia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Morocco, Canada, and USA.

There's usually a one-day excursion offered by ISTI to exchange students a few days after their arrival in Brussels. This excursion is free and not mandatory. Students sign up if they wish to take part.

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