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    How they work

    The International Student Platform (ISP) is an advisory committee to the Student Council and the Council for Student Services on matters concerning international students at the VUB. The ISP has a maximum of twelve members, who are enrolled as a (guest) student at the VUB.

    ISP advises the Student Council on issues of concern to international students.

    Focus

    The ISP discusses with and gives advices to the Student Council (SC; 'Studentenraad') and the Council for Student Services (Stuvoraad) on issues of concerns for international students. This can range from serious matters like:

    • the availability of language courses
    • housing
    • sports facilities
    • ...

    to the fun stuff such as the start-up of a student lounge bar on campus and making exciting graduation ceremonies accessible to everyone.

    Often the ISP takes initiative to discuss an issue when its members think it needs to be addressed, in order to propose their findings to the Student Council. Before each Student Council meeting the ISP checks their agenda, and many of those topics are discussed in the ISP.

    The meetings are aligned with the SC meetings, so they are planned twice a month.

    Meetings

    Because they are an advisory committee to the SC, their meetings usually are aligned with the Student Council meetings. This means that they generally meet twice a month. Within the ISP, there are also smaller teams working on certain tasks who also meet informally.

    They work closely together with the SC, the Council for Student Services and IRMO.

    Relations

    They work closely together with the Student Council. Two members of the Student Council or the Council for Student Services, one member of Department of Student Policy and one member of the International Relations and Mobility Office (IRMO) also take part in the ISP meetings. They have an advisory role and are helpful in answering any questions they might have.

    Additionally, IRMO helps in terms of practical organisation: they provide meeting rooms and support the ISP in its functioning  (by preparing meetings, supporting the chair, ensuring follow-up, etc).

    All members are equal and are expected to participate actively.

    Roles & tasks within ISP

    The ISP aims to be a flat organisation; all members are equal and are expected to participate as actively in one way or another.

    In practice, this means that ISP members often work on a specific issue they are interested in within small teams. For practical reasons, there is a chair (responsible for cooperation with IRMO, the overall functioning of the ISP), a Student Council liaison (the first contact point for, and ISP representative to the Student Council) and a secretary (in charge of administration and minutes).

    Members International Student Platform 2016-2017

    The students below were selected for academic year 2016-2017. The members for 2017-2018 will be recuited at the start of the academic year.

    Top row, left to right: Federico Ricci (ES, Italian), Arlind Cara (ES, Albanian), Carmen Mazijn (ISP Liaison to Student Council, Belgian), Denise Coenegracht (IDLO, Dutch), Harkhoe Krishan (IR, Surinamese), Anne Herling (ES, German), Emilia Tatu (PE, Romanian);

    Bottom row, left to right: Mengfei Jiang (PE, Chinese), Li Pingwei (LK, Chinese), Anthony Basooma (WE, Ugandan)

    Members not in the first picture: Jimmy Hendry Nzally (LW, Gambian) first left; Thimm Zwiener (WE, German) second on the right; Mohamed Al Aswad (ES, Syrian) third the right; Ann-Sophie Vanderschueren (coordinator of the ISP from IRMO office), middle top end of picture.

    Become a member

    Contribute to the decision making process of your university.

    "We cannot fulfil our mission without your help."

    Twice a year (each time at the start of a new semester), international students are invited to apply to become a member.

    A maximum of 12 members are selected by the Student Council upon advice by IRMO, based on the motivation of the candidates. If there are more applicants than places, the remaining candidates are enlisted as possible successors and may be called upon when there are less than twelve active members in the ISP.

    Two meetings a month, new friends, valuable skills and a chance to take part in important decisions.

    What to expect

    The ISP meets two times a month. You are expected to join those meetings, and be pro-active in picking up anything that is interesting to you. Check out "About" for more information.

    In return, you will make new friends, develop valuable skills for your future career and have a chance to take part in decisions that are important for yourself and fellow students.

    Applications are NOW open!

    The applipcations to become an ISP member are now open. For academic year 2017-2018 you can apply until 14 October 2017 (inclusive).

    Want to join?

    Apply

    Do you have any questions or feedback?

    You can contact us on any matter that affects you as an international student at VUB!

    The core business of ISP is international student representation and policy making.

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    isp@vub.ac.be

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