Vesalius College provides a detailed orientation for new students at the beginning of each term. For the fall and spring terms, orientation takes place over 4 days (Wednesday–Saturday) in the week preceding the first week of classes (Orientation for CIEE and ISA students begins on the Tuesday of orientation week). During the summer term, orientation takes place in the first half of the first day of classes.
Attendance at all orientation activities is mandatory for new Study Abroad students.
In the fall and spring, students are given various sessions to allow them to familiarise themselves with all aspects of college life. Information is given on the structure and philosophy of the College, life in Belgium, registration procedures, campus services, academic expectations, housing, money management, health insurance, student activities, the Vesalius Internship Programme and much more. It is during orientation week that student computer accounts are established and activated, placement tests are given and internship interviews held. During this week, students are also given tours of the campus and of Brussels and are hosted by the Vesalius Student Government (VSG) at a welcome party.
The summer term orientation session is an abbreviated version of the one offered in the fall and spring and prepares Study Abroad students for their 7-week stay at Vesalius College.
All students will receive a “Getting Settled Guide” to help them with questions regarding the College, the VUB and regarding living and studying in Brussels.