When I first came to Oostende, I liked because its small and next to the coast. There are not so many students so its just you and local peoples. Studying is really independent in here which is actually refreshing. I have finnish roommate and we are only finnish students here. Next city is Brugge, where is couple finnish students. The historic city centre is a prominent World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Belgium location is very good for traveling. Sometimes traveling is cheap, sometimes not. We are in flanders area (Dutch-speaking northern portion of Belgium) so locals don’t usually speak good english.
Couple things what is must to see in Belgium; Tyne Cot commonwealth war graves cemetery, Atlantic wall museum, Brugge and Brussels europarlament.
Greetings from Belgium! I have already spend two months in this beautiful city called Bruges. Bruges is located in West-Flanders in Belgium and it is approximately same size as Tampere. The city is known for its medieval architecture and canals, that pass through the city. Who wouldn’t enjoy spending time in this kind of scenery?Everything has gone well in school as well. In Bruges I study International business management in Howest University of applied sciences. I have taken four different modules that all consist two courses, but the courses that I have found most interesting have been innovation management and courses related to social media marketing. Like in TAMK, we also have a lot of group assignment in the lessons here. What I like about the lessons is that there is also local students attending the same lessons, so we are not all the time with only international students.
Another good thing about school here is that we have a lot of free time. We just had two weeks long Easter holiday, so I had time to do what I enjoy most; Travel. I have been traveling inside the Belgium. I have visited in Oostende, Ghent, Brussel and Antwerp. In addition, I have had time to travel some other countries in Europe. Cities I have visited so far are Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Paris, Madrid and Zürich. I still hope I have time to travel few other places before coming back to Finland.
All in all, I have enjoyed my exchange period so far. I have got so many friends all over the world and learn so much about different cultures!
Hello everyone! Here in Ghent everything is pretty much in order. Days go by quickly. For my first three weeks, I have been working in the university hospital with brain lesion patients. Physical therapy here is arranged a bit differently than in Finland. All patients and therapists (at least in my department) are in the same big room. Hospitals facilities and equipment are more than I can imagine.
My free time is mostly spent working with my thesis and other school work. I´ve still had some time to go out with other erasmus students here. I have to say, the beer is pretty good here. A week ago we made a weekend trip to Paris and I´ve made plans to travel to Netherlands in a couple of weeks. I don´t think I have much more to say. I hope everyone is doing ok. See you in June!
I arrive in Brussels more or less a month ago ready to start my erasmus exchange in Genk. I visited Brussels two years ago for the first time and got enchanted by the beautiful architecture, the food and the friendly Belgians!
My exchange program is based on Media and Communication subjects including as well studies in Game interfaces and Play mobile. Last week we had a game day in Brussels, we got to play what they called a social interactive urban game in the city center.
The game is based on the story of Freddy, who is a happy gnome that lives in Brussels. He will bring you to the most exciting places around the city where you have to complete quests and challenges in order to get points. So as a newcomer you get a cellphone with a gps and a map, you have to find the locations within the time limit and shoot your opponents!
Genk is the city where my school is located. It is an hour away from Brussels but really close to the border with Netherlands, which makes it accesible for travelling between the countries.
Genk was known for it’s mines 40 years ago, but then they closed and the city had to changed their most known landmark. My campus is located in one of the mine areas, and to this day you can still see the enormous mine towers that use to be active during the mining work.
Belgium is known also because of the good beers, waffles and fries! And there’s no lie in the rumours, that is all truth! Here is the proof!
It was a dark and rainy night when I arrived in Brussels. Journey from the airport to my to-be apartment was somewhat an adventure itself since navigation in an unfamiliar city was rather challenging. Also I didn’t know that my apartment would be in the middle of Turkish/Moroccan neighbourhood which btw. offered some great ethnic food stores!
At first, Brussels might seem a bit grey all business type of a city, but when you roam around and take a few alleyways (or just simply get lost), you can really feel the diversity and strong subcultures of the city! Personally I happen to love going to “underground” places and seeing life beyond the facade.
The School and especially schoolmates have been awesome too! I found out that I’m not going to attend a lot of lectures and “basic school”, but instead I’m going to do a lot of projects! I was super excited, because I love film making and I think that’s the best way of learning about culture and Belgian way of film making. Even though I’m the only exchange student in the whole building (the film and television unit is separated from the main campus) I haven’t felt lonely. I’ve made a lot of friends and hope that they will last even after my exchange 🙂
Already four months in this diverse Flemish city have passed. Time flies when you spend your days studying, travelling, drinking beer, eating fries and chocolate and exploring this beautiful port city with new friends.
Antwerp is the second biggest city in Belgium and is located on the river Scheldt. With the population over 500 000 inhabitants and over 170 different nationalities, Antwerp is truly one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world.
Since Antwerp is the city with most pubs/ bars per inhabitant, you can never get thirsty in here. Pubs selling excellent Belgian beers are in every street corner. And so are Frituurs, typical restaurants selling Fries with mayonnaise and all other delicious sauces I just have to try!
Besides good beers and food, Belgium is also a nice country because of its central location within Europe. So far I have traveled to the Netherlands, Italy and Spain besides traveling inside Belgium. During my last month I’m still going to see Germany, Luxembourg and England.
Since the rainy and windy Antwerp weather is finally turning into summer, I’m going to enjoy my last weeks here by chilling and spending a lot of time outside with friends.
Hi you all! Greatings from small pretty town from Belgium. I started my studies here at VIVES on the beginning of February with my friend, and it has been great! We have had lot’s of opportunities to travel around besides our studies and we have met lots of new friends. And, of course, because we are in the land of beers, chocolates and frites, we have tasted lots of them.
Brugge is a beutiful medieval town and the center is UNESCOs World Heritage Site. There have been lots of festivals and happening during our stay here. On our first weeks here we visited the Wintervonken festival and Beer festival. In Wintervonken you had shows all over the town and Beer festival, surprise surprise, had many beer producers showing their broduce. And in this country, there are many. And the visitors in the festival, there were even more, as you can see.
We have also travelled a lot! We have been in Brussels many times, both as a trourists and also with our courses in school. We visited Brussels with our Comparative Constitutional Law course and European Law course. With school we visited the European parliament and Palace of Justice. We have also had courses like Presentation skills, Business game and Intercultural Awareness. The courses have been nice, but the hardest ones have been the law courses. You can watch this viedo to get a good idea of what we have been studien.
Besides Brussels we have visited also Antwerp, Gent, Leuven and Rotterdam. And also London on our first holiday. It’s so easy to travel here! It takes only 2 hours in the train to go from Brussels to London. And it’s cheap to travel withing Belgium; 10 trip Go Pass is 50€, and with that you can travel where ever you want inside Belgium. And there’s lots to see. We have only traveled in the cities that are near by, but there would be the whole Walloon region to concure.
And since we are in the land of the best beers in the world, we have had to taste them. The Brugge has itself probably hundreds of bars, restaraurants and pubs, but we have found “our own hole”, T’ Poatersgat. We found that place by accident and basically, we never left. Think about almost barren street. Then you see a hole in the ground, no visible signs and a stairs down to a cellar, what would you do? Well, we wanted to see what was down there and found the most cosiest bar you could imagine and a big beer list. Now the bar owner, who works there always when we’ve visited there knows us by name and asks after us if he hasn’t seen us in a while! So if you come to Brugge, go there! It’s the best place to go. But not just yet! We don’t want it to get too crowded! 😀
Im a third year nursing student, and I always wanted to do an exchange. I have been in Bruges, Belgium now for 1,5 months, and the same time is still left. I can really say that I have had the time of my life! Belgians are really friendly, and I don’t remember any time that someone would have been rude to me. Bruges is the most beautiful place I have ever seen, and it is also very compact and full of history. The best thing has been getting new, really good friends. And not only other exchange-students, but also locals. Last week we had a great international week at Leuven and Brussels. There was students from all over the europe, and we had some lessons and of course parties! Travelling here is easy, it’s a small country and trains are quite cheap.
My first internship was in a psychiatric hospital, in a ward for patients with psychosis. Almost everyone there spoke really good english, also the patients! It was a nice surprice. It was easy to get in to new work environment. I had good 5 weeks there, and I was almost crying when I had to leave!
The second placement is in intensive care unit, so it’s something totally different. First days have been really interesting, again the people working there are really friendly, so I have no stress about anything.
Otherwise life is treating me well, days go fast and I’m really enjoying every moment. Eating lot of waffles, sitting in cafes and tasting different kind of Krieks (typical cherry-flavored beer) make me happy every day. Of course there have been days that it’s been raining all day, I was sick two times, but still, I have enjoyed every moment! I haven’t felt lonely at all, even though I’m not spending so much time with other erasmus-students. I have continued my hobbies here too, example doing sports and geocaching. In a few weeks I will have my two-weeks easter-vacation, and I’m heading to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag and Antwerp. So I still have a lot of cool things to wait for!
Here I am! Passed the half way mark of my exchange period! The time has gone surprisingly fast even from the beginning, much to my surprise. I expected it going past like a snail, but every day seems to have fewer and fewer of hours to do things around here. Yes, our studies keep us busy. I study here in BBC which means Bruges Business Class, which is partially different than what I do in Finland, as I study hotel and restaurant management. My class composes fully of Erasmus exchangees, but we do share some classes with the Belgian students as well.
The City is absolutely amazing and the beautiful buildings are astonishing. Within a course of Hotel visits we got the only 5 star hotel in Flanders, called the Duke’s palace hotel. The hotel was amazing and really honored the cities heritage and old styled building. The course here are very interesting and informative. My own favorite is the Taste of Belgium, in which the teachers teach us about Belgian chocolate, Beer, dishes, fashion and sport. Its a nice theoretical way of getting to know their culture and the meaning behind it.
The Spring is in full speed here and many flowers are already blooming. We just had our two week vacation during which I came to compare the weather of Finland to the one in Belgium. It’s really nice that the summer is already shining and you can dress up lighter. There are already incoming our final exams in some courses. The end seems to come too fast!
Greeting back to Finland to all my teachers! I got to meet some familiar teachers from Salford and Finland today, and it’s always funny to freshen up memories of another schooltrip within another “schooltrip”. I’m sure that this won’t be my last time in Bruges, and with the connections gotten from here, I’m sure that I’m also welcome in other countries as well. 😀
I have been in Oostende, Belgium, about 3 months. I have seen many different weathers, places, people, educational stuff, sights etc. It has all been really nice and time here has been going way too quickly. Construction engineering has only been taught here in Vives University college for three years. My courses mainly consists from different projects and all of them are with different classes (1,2 and 3 year students). So I have met a lot of local students. It took a while to them to relax and approach us (me and my classmate from Finland) but people in here are really friendly so getting to know them wasn’t a problem. Because this field of study is new they don’t provide so much courses in english but because this school is quite small everything can easily be arranged with teachers.
I have made some really good friends with other exchange students. There isn’t much of us in Oostende but we have joined together with exchange students in Bruges. It has been grate to get to know them, their languages, cultures etc. We have been traveling a lot because it’s cheaper in here and there is so much beautiful places to go. Until now we have been in Bruges, Gent, Brussels, Luxembourg, Dortmund, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Also there is much places we have seen when going through some cities. The day after tomorrow we are going to Morocco and we also have plans for going to London and Antwerpen. Time between school and traveling is mainly spent by going to the gym, shopping and hanging out with friends.