Belgium Housing and Student Life
The Département de Traduction et interprétation, Faculté de Lettres, Traduction el Communication, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ISTI-Cooremans) has no residence halls, but can assist in finding housing. Students are also given information upon acceptance. Students may consult the following link: http://www.ulb.ac.be/services/etudiants/office-logement.html. It presents the ULB accommodation office.
There is always the alternative accommodation market.
As the department is a relatively small unit, 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 department is surrounded by several snack-bars, cafés, and grocery stores as well as banks, laundromats and pharmacies.
Each year, the department welcomes about 150 French majors from all over the world. In addition to Erasmus European links, it has exchange partners in Russia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Morocco, Canada, and USA.
There's usually a one-day excursion offered 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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