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Studying in Brussels

2 Apr

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“Europe and the world are good to Brussels, and to you. Brussels really is the capital of the world. It is the place where North and South, East and West meet. it is the city where 134 Ianguages are spoken and at least as many different cuisines can be tasted – not to mention more than 2000 different beers you can find here!

You’d be surprised how easy it is for a student to live in Brussels. Even though the two main languages are Dutch and French, most Brusseleirs speak English well, and some of them even speak a little Italian, German or Dansk.  You’ll have no trouble fitting in here: everyone in Brussels is from somewhere else – Brussels means freedom, diversity and an open, international city.

Brussels is not only the capital of Europe – you know that – it is also the crossroads of Europe: with the Thalys, you’re in Paris in 52 minutes and in Amsterdam in 1h52, and with the Eurostar you’re in London in a little over two hours. That’s less than it takes you to do your laundry! And for the true globetrotters amongst you: we have two airports, lots of cheap flights and 250 destinations.

You probably won’t need all of that when you study in Brussels. There’s just too much you’ll want to do, see, eat, drink in the city. You’ll want to chill in the sun in the Dudenpark, you’ll want to combine an expo with a concert, a lunch and a visit to bookshop of Bozar. You’ll want to go the free parties (every day) at Bonnefooi after having the best fries in the world at place Jourdan. You’ll want to ride your bike down the Boulevard du Botanique towards the sunset. You’ll want to…

You’ll want to work jump at all the fantastic internship (and job!) opportunities Brussels offers international students at NATO, at the EU or at one of the many mutinational headquarters in the city.

You’ll want to find your way around the city. Just drop by our office, we have all the info you need (and so do the student counselors at your university).

Accomodation in Brussels
But most of all: you’ll want to live in a nice, cosy, affordable, clean room with lots of other students who are here to study and discover the city, just like you. We have the perfect all-in-one solution for all these desires: the Van Orley International Student House. A beautiful beaux-arts building, with modern, practical rooms for short stay solutions.

You’ll meet other students from all around the world, you’ll be able to study in peace when you want to and chill when you need to. Click here if you want to read more about staying at Van Orley.
If you want to stay for a whole year, check out our room database of Br(ik-approved landlords here for all good accommodation options in the city. And how come we’re so sure we only provide quality rooms? Because we know every landlord with a room on the website in person. So you can be sure it’s a safe and certain stay if you rent with them or us.

Let yourself get addicted to Europe. Come to Brussels and find an open and welcoming metropolis where a tight and friendly community of Erasmus and other exchange students receives you with open arms to live, study and discover the city together.

You will come for school, but you will stay for the quality of life.”

Source: http://brik.be/international-students/studying-brussels

Learning to Thrive at College

23 Mar

ImageCollege should be a temporary season of academic preparation and personal growth to propel a lifetime of effective service to God and neighbor. It should be a launching pad into all that goes with responsible Christian adulthood. Yet for some, it’s a time when they abandon the Christian faith, displaying that they never really belonged to Christ (1 John 2:19). For others, their faith remains intact, but they waste their college lives with video games, partying, and other frivolities—an expensive vacation funded by Mom, Dad, and debilitating student loans.

Today, seven out of ten high school graduates immediately go on to college, but about 30% will never become sophomores, and about 50% will not have graduated even six years later.1 Many who do graduate move right back home with their parents, assuming little responsibility and armed with little ambition for Christ.

Thrive at College

I’m convinced that you should not just survive college but thrive at college. Don’t just maintain your faith, but really come to own it — growing thick, strong roots (1 Timothy 4:12). Don’t just squeak by classes with as little effort as possible, but strive to discover your calling — what God uniquely wired you to do — and to love God with all your mind by giving it your very best (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

Socially, college is a season for making life-long friendships — not just the kind you have a great time with (good as that is) but the kind that spur you on to love, trust, and follow God. Pursue relationships that help you put away childishness, grow in maturity, increasingly make wise choices, and “expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.” And who knows? Maybe one of these friends will become a fabulous husband or wife.

College is a time for assuming responsibility, for becoming a disciplined steward of time and money, for recognizing that recreation is a gift of God to be enjoyed in measure but never to dominate our lives. Rather, when properly pursued, recreation empowers us for our work rather than distracting us from our work.

As a student, remember that your work is learning (studying) so that you can, for a lifetime, increasingly love God with a well-trained mind, a mind that can identify key questions, pursue understanding, dissect arguments, discover logical fallacies, and communicate effectively.

Be Trained to Make a Difference

College is an opportunity to get the training you need to make a difference in the world — by becoming a business person, an engineer, a doctor, a teacher, a historian, a physical therapist, a husband, a wife, a parent, who sees God’s lordship extending to every area of life and every corner of the globe.

It’s a time to take the gifts God has given you and develop them into finely-tuned skills — the kind that can really serve and benefit other people (some of whom may even pay you). It’s a time to become a man or woman with unshakable character and faithfulness — the kind that can be given increasing areas of responsibility, and who can eventually rise to leadership. It’s a time to honor all that your parents did for you by learning to own your decisions, even your mistakes, as you embrace a full-orbed, God-dependent adulthood.

Alex Chediak is an associate professor of engineering and physics at California Baptist University.

This article comes from:

http://www.desiringgod.org/blog/posts/learning-to-thrive-at-college

A Christian Group Finds Its Place in the Public Schools – New York Times

17 Mar

A Christian Group Finds Its Place in the Public Schools – New York Times.

24seekers.1902“But evangelism in a public high school, especially in New York City, can be complicated. In a school like Stuyvesant, full of people with different beliefs and some with none at all, belonging to an evangelical group like Seekers can make members the objects of scorn from classmates and even teachers.

“There are a lot of people who respect that you’re religious and you’re involved in Seekers,” Miss Chan said. “And there are also a lot of those who just kind of see you as someone who’s a religious fanatic, that we don’t care about science, that we’re ignorant.””

New York Times

IFES · creative giving · International Fellowship of Evangelical Students

11 Mar

IFES · creative giving · International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

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