We have decided to conduct a survey of the exchange Exchange Student living in Belgium to analyze their living habits. We have decided to focus first on the reaction of foreign students living in Belgium. We have also decided to question other students that had been a part of a foreign exchange in another country. They visited exchange students in Belgium and had been able to observe whether this intercultural experience was unique to Belgium or quite common for exchange students at large. Lastly, we conducted a poll among Belgian students in order to gather their feeling about exchange students living in their country. This perspective permitted us to give more credit and more objective results to our study. The foreign group analyzed constituted of students (mainly from European countries and American countries) studying in the Faculty of Applied Economics of Antwerp. They were between 19 and 25 years old. The main objective of our survey was to draw the characteristics of the foreign students' group in Belgium. How they got along in the country and whether they changed or adjusted their behavior. The underlying objective of the survey was to know whether foreign students enjoyed the intercultural experience in Belgium or not.
[...] North American students are used to have dinner very early in their home countries usually around 5 or whereas in Belgium they had dinner around 7 or later Different eating habits Living in a different country has indeed entailed some changes in term of food. It is especially true for students coming from a different continent. First, they do not find the same products in Grocery stores so that had to adapt their consumption habits (No peanut butter or at least not as good as in Canada, no real bread for French people, less diet products for North American . [...]
[...] 3 - QUESTIONNAIRE (FORMER ERASMUS) We have found interesting to gather the believes of students that have made their Erasmus in a different country and that had lived for a few days in Belgium among Erasmus. Number of polled: 6 POLL Is the life of Erasmus students in Belgium appears very different from your own experience? Why . What is the main specificity for an exchange student living in Belgium ? Do you think they enjoy an intercultural experience? REPRESENTATIVE QUESTIONNAIRES QUESTIONNAIRE (ERASMUS IN BELGIUM) Administered to an American Girl Why have you chosen to make your Erasmus in Belgium? [...]
[...] Culture (places) They have been to some museums where I didn't have the time to go yet Have you change anything living with Erasmus ? More interested certain way of living (cup of coffee from Italian) boring without differences: share building QUESTIONNAIRE (FORMER ERASMUS) We have found interesting to gather the believes of students that have made their Erasmus in an different country and that have lives for a few days in Belgium among Erasmus. POLL : a Belgian girl that [...]
[...] Even though in Belgium riding a bike is a usual thing: the cities, trains, tram, are all prepared to bikes, and the “Erasmus” students have adopted as well this transportation. A lot of them have purchased a bike in Belgium and want to take it back home. They have taken the habit to use it and definitely do not want to abandon it! 2 - Foreign exchange quiet addicted to spend time traveling Foreign students have traveled a lot during their exchange period. [...]
[...] Belgium students definitely have the impression that we have a lot of spare time and we do have enjoyed it to discover new cities mainly located in Europe. There is a group motivation, when you see people around you visiting you also want to visit. In Belgium, which is in the centre of Europe, every country is easily accessible through public transports. It has been a great opportunity for foreign students to go abroad. B - Language aspect 1 - Net evolution in term of language fluency Foreign students communicated between them in English unless they came from the same country. [...]
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