Discovering Brussels: our integration week

After a week of transition in Bordeaux to prepare our trip, we finally arrived on Belgian, with some difficulties (see below), for five days of integration in this beautiful capital.

To make us discover emblematic places of Brussels in 5 days, that was the challenge of our school, the IHECS.
We started our integration week on Monday morning with the discovery of other Erasmus students from all over the world: Peru, United States, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Russia,… A beautiful cultural diversity! We were also informed about transport, where to hangout, administrative papers and insurance. In the afternoon we walked around Brussels with a Belgian guide who gave us the best addresses in the city.

After this visit, in the rain, wind and hail, we went to warm up with hot chocolate at Laurent Gerbaud’s house. According to the guide, the best hot chocolate in Brussels, we validate!

During this week we had three courses to understand a little more about the country in which we do our Erasmus : a course on Europe, a course on Belgian political life (very complicated…) and a course on the Belgian media.

For our second day, we had the opportunity to visit the Belgian Radio-Television of the French Community (RTBF). Finding out what’s behind the TV sets was really amazing!

We also visited the Belgian Parliament where we had the privilege of sitting in the seats of deputies and senators.


We couldn’t visit Brussels without going to a chocolate factory! We were able to observe (and also taste) how chocolate is made at Concept Chocolat.

Finally, the visit to the Magritte Museum was a wonderful discovery! A guide was able to transmit to us her passion for this Belgian surrealist painter, explaining to us his way of working and thinking.

In addition to chocolate, Belgium is also famous for its French fries! We were invited by the IHECS to Roy D’espagne, a real Belgian institution with a view of the Grand-Place, to taste some good “French Fries”.

On Friday afternoon we were able to discover our schedule. We now have two weeks to test and definitively choose our courses for our erasmus. To finish these 5 days of integration, IHECS made us discover Viavia café, a café with a crazy charm (and good beers), very good address to note!

This integration week was an excellent introduction to our life in Brussels, already rich in encounters and discoveries.
Just find here our integration week in pictures.

Have a nice week !

Maud & Jade

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