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					GENERAL INFORMATION Academic Year 2007-2008
FOR STUDENTS ADMITTED TO THE


                                Master of Statistics
                                      Applied Statistics
                                        Biostatistics
                                       Bioinformatics


                                    ICP Biostatistics
You can find all the necessary information on our website http://www.uhasselt.be (English
version). On this website you will find more information about Hasselt University, Campus
Diepenbeek in general, the educational approach and other practical information for international
students. Nevertheless, we hereby give you a short summary.


1. THE INSTITUTION AND THE CENTER FOR STATISTICS

Hasselt University
Hasselt University (UHasselt) is an independent, though state-subsidized university counting
about 2,116 students, about 256 teaching and research staff and about 192 administrative and
technical staff (numbers of personnel in full-time equivalents).

The Hasselt University is located in the Province of Limburg. This is the north-eastern province of
Flanders which is the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. Consequently, as a rule, teaching at the
UHasselt is in Dutch. For exchange students and for some postgraduate courses, however,
lecture programs in English have been set up.


History

The Limburgs Unviversitair Centrum was established in 1971. Until the academic year 1990/91 it
was an undergraduate level university institution consisting of two faculties: the Faculty of
Medicine-Dentistry and the Faculty of Sciences (with study programs in Mathematics, Physics,
Computer Science, Chemistry and Biology).
In the academic year 1991/92 the Limburgs Universitair Centrum was extended by transforming
the Limburg Business School (Economische Hogeschool Limburg), an independent university
college which was located on the same campus, into the Faculty of Applied Economics. At the
same time, LUC became entitled to organise postgraduate programs in its three Faculties and to
award doctoral degrees.
In 2001 the Flemish and Dutch Ministers of Education    have signed an agreement by which the
transnational University Limburg was founded.            In the framework of this (separate)
institution academic staff from the LUC and from the    nearby Universiteit Maastricht (in the
Dutch Province of Limburg, the Netherlands) jointly     undertake research activities and offer
degree programs since the academic year 2001/2002.

From the academic year 2005-2006 the name of the university changed from Limburgs
Universitair Centrum to HASSELT UNIVERSITY.

Mission

The Hasselt University is an independent, regional, public university. Its leading principles are
academic freedom, ideological openness, priority to scientific ethics in a spirit of positive
appreciation of the different ideological convictions and international orientation.

The aim of the UHasselt is to set up a dynamic and active university education in order to
create optimal opportunities for the development of independent, critical thinking.




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Center for Statistics
The mission of the Center for Statistics (CenStat) is excellence in statistical research, education
and consultancy, at a methodological and applied level. The accomplishment of the research
mission shows through output in internationally renowned scientific journals, and through
communications at conferences and other scientific meetings.

The educational mission is very important for CenStat. Of course, the Master of Statistics
(Applied Statistics, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics) and the International Course Program in
Biostatistics (ICP Biostatistics) take a very central role within the life and activities of CenStat.
Further, CenStat staff teaches in mathematical, statistical, medical, biomedical, and economic
programs. In addition, CenStat members are frequently invited to figure as guest lecturer in
programmes of other universities and as short course instructors. Oftentimes, industry and
government agencies call upon CenStat for their statistical permanent training programmes.
Apart from biostatistical, environmental and epidemiological collaborative research, CenStat is
active in partnerships regarding bioinformatics, registration projects, the census, and survey
methodology.

This educational link between CenStat on the one hand and industry, research institutes, and the
government on the other hand extends over a wide variety of consultancy and collaborative
research relationships. The broad network of contacts with external partners is a major source,
year after year, for internships, which are an integral requirement for both of our MSc
programmes.


Structure
At present the UHasselt undertakes programs of education and research in its three constituent
faculties: Faculty of Applied Economics, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine.

Educational activities in the 3 faculties, as well as research activities, are organized by the 6
departments: The Department of Economics and Law, The Department of Business Studies, The
Department of Man, Society and Communication, The Department of Mathematics-Physics-
Informatics, The Department of Chemistry-Biology-Geology, The Department of Basic Medical
Sciences.

The Master of Statistics (Applied Statistics, Biostatistics, Bioinformatics) and the ICP Biostatistics
are organized by the Faculty of Sciences and the Department of Mathematics – Physics –
Informatics.



Location of the campus
Since 1973 the Hasselt University is located on the Hasselt University – Campus Diepenbeek,
which occupies an attractive 150 acre site in the middle of Limburg's green belt. It is 2 km
west of the town centre of Diepenbeek, a residential town of 17,575 inhabitants, and 4
km east of Hasselt which has a population of 68,000 and is the administrative and
commercial centre of the province. Brussels is 90 km away (to the South-West), Antwerp
lies 90 km to the West, Liège (in the French-speaking part of Belgium) 45 km to the South,
Maastricht (in the Netherlands) 25 km to the East, Aachen (in Germany) 60 km to the South-
East.

The three faculties of the Hasselt University and 3 university colleges share the same campus
which currently accommodates about 5, 000 full-time students. Moreover, several institutes for
applied research, an incubator for starting small enterprises, and several small businesses
interacting with the research activities of the university are located on campus.
Surroundings

For more in formation about the town of Diepenbeek, the town of Hasselt, Flanders or Belgium in
general, we advise you to visit the following websites:
Diepenbeek: www.diepenbeek.be
Hasselt: www.Hasselt.be
Flanders: www.Flanders.be
Belgium: www.belgium.fgov.be



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2. BEFORE DEPARTURE




Important information for students from the P.R. China:

From the academic year 2007-2008 onwards all students from the P.R. China will have to obtain
a certificate of academic screening issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) of the
German Embassy in Beijing before being allowed to enrol at any higher education institution,
language course or other preparatory course in Flanders. The APS certificate is also required for
obtaining a student visa to Belgium. Students planning to study in Flanders in 2007-2008
are advised to contact the Academic Evaluation Centre in Beijing, e-mail:
info@aps.org.cn as soon as possible in order to make the necessary appointments and this
before applying for a visa at the Belgian Embassy.

More information on APS can be found at their website www.aps.org.cn

VLIR Scholarship students will receive information concerning the visa procedure and
the flight to Belgium through the VLIR Scholarship Administration, Brussels, Belgium.


An entry visa

To apply for visa, please go to the following link:
http://www.diplomatie.be/en/travel/visa/default.asp

An entry visa (or ‘provisional residence permit’ – in Belgian terminology: ‘Machtiging tot
Voorlopig Verblijf’) is required for every foreigner who is not an inhabitant of the European
Union. For EU nationals an entry visa is not required. Visa should be applied for at the Belgian
Embassy or Consulate in the home country WELL IN ADVANCE! Although procedures and
documents may vary from country to country, one certainly needs the following for an
application for visa:
- An official invitation by the host university. As soon as possible after admission you will receive
such invitation from UHasselt (admission letter).
- A valid passport.
- A financial guarantee, proving that you have the financial means for covering the costs of living
for your period in Belgium, as well as the costs of one return trip.

Contact your nearest Belgian Embassy or Consulate for instructions on how to apply. For more
information, consult the website: http://diplobel.fgov.be/Atlas/Atlas.asp?Ing=EN

Applications for visa and other permits (before departure) are the personal
responsibility of the international student. The role of UHasselt in this shall be limited
to providing students with an official invitation (admission letter).

We cannot help you with the procedure of visa; it is the student’s own responsibility. Even if you
might have problems afterwards (f.i. you will not get the visa in time), we cannot help you. The
university does not have any influence on the procedure!!

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are needed for Belgium. The Flemish Public Health Service has launched a
campaign on Tuberculosis prevention. This service offers a free but compulsory screening test
for incoming guests/students (see separate included document).

Documents to turn in

It is indispensable to turn in the following documents:
-    4 photographs
-    A valid passport or identity card.
-    For non-EU students, as far as requested: an entry visa.
-    A certificate, proving cover by a health insurance, which is valid for Belgium and for the full
     period of stay in Belgium.

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-      A certificate, proving cover by a civil liability insurance, which is valid for Belgium and for the
       full period of stay in Belgium.

Health Insurance

    A health insurance covering the full period of your stay in Belgium,
    starting on the day of arrival, is compulsory for all non-European
    international students.

    The Mobility Office of our University will automatically enroll you into an all-in insurance
    program, called SIP (Student Insurance Program). For more details, see:
    http://www.grassavoye.be/FR/particuliers/Gras%20Savoye%20Student%20Insurance%20Prog
    ram%20EN_fichiers/frame.htm.
    This SIP-Insurance covers, a.o. health insurance, including hospital costs, civil liability,
    repatriation costs, legal assistance, etc.

    Apart from this, you will also be enrolled through one of our so-called 'Mutualities', i.e. CM.
    Thanks to this enrollment you will only have to pay a very small fee when buying medication,
    e.g.

    The monthly fee for SIP and CM together will be 30 EURO (40 EURO per month if you only stay
    for 3 months or less). (For VLIR-students these fees will be covered by the scholarship).

    The payment of this fee has to be done before coming to UHasselt, by bank transfer as follows:

. in case you have a Belgian bank account:
account number : 001-0187079-42
account name and address :
        Universiteit Hasselt
        Agoralaan – Gebouw D
        3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium

. in case you have no Belgian bank account :
IBAN : BE77 0010 1870 7942
name and address accountholder :
        Universiteit Hasselt
        Agoralaan – Gebouw D
        3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium

bank : Fortis Bank
bank address : Ridder Portmansstraat 1, 3500 Hasselt, Belgium
BIC (SWIFT) code : GEBABEBB

    Amount: 30 EURO per month of your stay at UHasselt. Students staying for a full academic
    year will have to pay 300 EURO (30 EURO x 10 months)
    Please mention: ‘SIP-Insurance + your name’
    The proof of payment has to be sent by email to marc.thoelen@uhasselt.be(DIOS - UHasselt)
    Only after receipt of this document your academic admission will be validated.

Civil liability insurance

A civil liability insurance covering the full period of the stay in Belgium, starting on the
day of arrival is compulsory for all international students.

Belgian civil liability insurance companies refund costs for accidental damage you may cause to
property of persons (no family members), with an exemption of approx 150 Euro. If student
cannot provide a proof a subscription to a civil liability insurance in his/her home country, he/she
will be registered into the civil liability insurance (campus insurance).

The cost for civil liability insurance (campus insurance) is 37 EUR/year.



Informing UHasselt Contact Persons



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Please inform Mrs. Martine Machiels (Biostatistics(ICP)&Bioinformatics students) one
week in advance of the date and time of arrival
martine.machiels@uhasselt.be Tel. 0032–11–26 82 05 – fax 0032–11-26 82 99

Please inform Mrs. Viviane Mebis (Applied Statistics students) one week in advance of
the date and time of arrival
viviane.mebis@uhasselt.be Tel 0032-11-26 82 04 – fax 0032-11-26 82 99




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1. HOW TO REACH UHasselt

Getting to UHasselt on arrival

Taking into the account the location of the university campus it is strongly suggested to travel
to Hasselt (not to Diepenbeek) and to go from there to campus. If you come by car, however,
you can head directly for the campus site. Below are some more detailed directions.

By plane
-  On arrival to Brussels Airport, take the 'Airport City Express' to the Brussels North Station
   ('Brussel-Noord/-Bruxelles-Nord'). This train runs 4 times per hour. The trip takes 20
   minutes. First train at 5.31, last train at 00.20 pm. (cost = 2,50 EURO)
-  From Brussels North Station, take the train to Hasselt. This train runs 2 times per hour at 7
   and at 35 minutes past the hour. It arrives to Hasselt after 82 minutes. First train at 5.07
   (arrival in Hasselt at 6.29), last train at 22.10 (arrival in Hasselt at 23.25). Please make
   sure that you are in the right compartment: in Landen the train is split up into two
   parts: the rear part goes to Liège and the front part goes to Hasselt. Check before Landen
   (the third stop from Brussels North Station) whether you are in the right compartment.

By train
-   From Brussels: the abovementioned train from Brussels North Station to Hasselt comes from
    Blankenberge and Brugge and passes through Brussels South Station ('Brussel-
    Zuid/Bruxelles-Midi') twice each hour, and Brussels Central Station twice each hour.
-   From Liège (Guillemins): take the train in the direction of Antwerp. This train runs every
    hour and arrives to Hasselt after 54 minutes. First train at 6.18 (arrival in Hasselt at 7.12),
    last train at 22.20 (arrival in Hasselt at 23.14).
-   From Antwerp: take the train in the direction of Liège. This train runs every hour at 39
    minutes past the hour and arrives to Hasselt after 61 minutes. The first train leaves at 5.38,
    the last one at 22.39.
    More information about timetables of trains in Belgium can be found on the following
    website: http://www.b-rail.be
From Hasselt Railway Station to Campus

Take the bus to Campus: from Hasselt Railway Station buses to Campus leave every 15
minutes between 7.10 and 19.25 (except on Saturday and Sunday): line 45. The ride to
Campus takes 15 minutes.

Local transport

The UHasselt-Campus can easily be reached by public transport. Comfortable student
accommodation is available on walking or biking distance. There are two cheap ways to move
around in the area around Hasselt and the University Campus. One way is to do as (still a lot of)
Belgians do and to use a bike. You can use a bike on campus from the VEDO service at a cheap
rate. In this case you use a recycled bike, which is conform to all regulations, with a bicycle lock,
after paying a guarantee of 50 Euro. You get your guarantee back when the bike is returned.
When the bike is damaged, the repair costs will be deducted from the guarantee. (Please
indicate on form if you would like to have a bicycle reserved for you)

The other way, at least in Hasselt and between Hasselt and campus, is to take the bus. All buses
on the territory of Hasselt and between Hasselt and campus are free of charge for holders of a
UHasselt student ID-card, including international students! Several bus lines are running
between Hasselt Railway Station and campus (with stops at different places in Hasselt) 4 to 5
times per hour between about 7.10 am and 9.25 pm.

From Hasselt Railway Station coaches are running to various places in Belgium and the
Netherlands. Also from Hasselt Railway Station trains run to all major Belgian cities.

The railway station in Diepenbeek is very small and therefore less useful for students.
Students, including international students can benefit from different types of reduced train fares.




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4. ON ARRIVAL

Formalities on arrival

Please inform Mrs. Martine Machiels (Biostatistics(ICP)&Bioinformatics students) one
week in advance of the date and time of arrival
martine.machiels@uhasselt.be Tel. 0032–11–26 82 05 – fax 0032–11-26 82 99

Please inform Mrs. Viviane Mebis (Applied Statistics students) one week in advance of
the date and time of arrival
viviane.mebis@uhasselt.be Tel 0032-11-26 82 04 – fax 0032-11-26 82 99

IMPORTANT

First-year students are expected to arrive before Wednesday 26 September 2007 at the
latest and to leave after the exam period of the first year, typically scheduled beginning July.

Second-year students of Applied Statistics are expected to arrive before Wednesday 26
September 2007 at the latest and to leave after the graduation day, typically scheduled
beginning July. But students, for who the project was postponed to the summer period, will have
to take into account that graduation takes place in September.

Second-year students of Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and ICP Biostatistics are expected
to stay a full year, i.e. to arrive before Wednesday 26 September at the latest and to
leave after 24 September.

In any case, arrivals after 6.00 pm on weekdays and arrivals on Saturdays and Sundays
should be avoided. These are not feasible times for being received in the best of
circumstances. At these times, it is unlikely that UHasselt staff can be present to welcome you.
This is even impossible if the Hasselt University has not been informed one week in
advance of the date and time of arrival. In case of late arrivals, it is suggested to stay at a
hotel or a youth hostel, either at Brussels or in Limburg.



On arrival students should report to Ms. D. Smets who will arrange payment of the
tuition fee. Turn to the reception desk in the entrance hall of the Main Building
(Building D). Afterwards all further arrangements can be made with Mrs. Martine
Machiels (office C251).




Accommodation


Accommodation is arranged only for VLIR Scholarship students (ICP Biostatistics).
All other Master of Statistics students should find accommodation by themselves!

One option is to use the ‘accommodation pool’ put together by the Office for Student Affairs of
UHasselt. This pool includes student rooms which are let under conditions controlled by the
Office for Student Affairs.
An important condition is that the lease is restricted to 10 months. (It might prove difficult to
rent rooms from this pool for less than 10 months). Other important conditions are safety,
price/quality ratio and the use of a standard contract.
The address list of rooms in this pool can be obtained on arrival from the Office for
Students Affairs (reception desk of Main Building, open Monday through Friday from
9.00 am to 4.00 pm). Note that there is NO accommodation on campus!


The other option is to rent accommodation from landlords not subscribing to the UHasselt pool or
from private housing agencies. If you take this option there are a few things you need to be
aware of:
-   Most agencies and landlords normally work with long-term contracts of 3, 6 or 9 years. In
    some cases it is possible to rent accommodation for 1 year (12 months). Sometimes,

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    students themselves may have to look for a replacement tenant if they leave after only 1
    year.
-   Terminology. Contracts are made up in the Dutch language.
-   Deposit: usually 2 or 3 months’ rent, payable in advance or together with the first month of
    rent.
-   Fire insurance: Belgian law obliges every tenant to have a fire and furniture insurance.
    Unlike for accommodation from the UHasselt-pool, you will have to close such insurance by
    yourself!

In either case, students are most strongly suggested to sign a rental agreement only after they
have had it checked by the program co-ordinator or by a native speaker of Dutch.

Please give your address to Mrs. M. Machiels, room C251, as soon as possible after
you’ve found some accommodation.

Students who are not in Belgium before 15th September might have difficulties in
finding a room! By that time there will be almost no rooms left on the list, made up by
the Office for Student Affairs. Note that the later you arrive, the bigger the problem to
find a room!
If you have problems with finding a room, please contact Mrs. A. Huysmans (room E 130). She
is the only person who can inform you where there might be rooms available.

Temporary Accommodation

Do you know any friends or relatives in Belgium? If this is the case we advice you to stay with
them for the first few days. You need to have enough time to search for a room. If it is not
possible for you to stay with friends for the first days, you will have to stay in a hotel (list in
attachment).


Banking

International students are advised to open a current account immediately after arrival. Such
account provides you with a cash card for automatic teller machines (one available on campus).
To transfer money from your bank in your home country you supply them with the name and
address of your Belgian bank, together with the account number and international bank sorting
code.

Actually, it is indispensable for students at UHasselt to have a current account in Belgium,
because almost all payments on campus facilities are to be made by ‘PROTON’ card. This is a
cheque card for small amounts. Such PROTON card requires a current account in Belgium. To
open a current account, you will need a valid passport. From the first of March 2002 the only
legal currency in Belgium is the EUR (euro).




Paying the tuition fee

Tuition fee Master of Statistics, ICP Biostatistics (academic year 2007-2008): 533,10 EUR

Please pay the tuition fee into the university bank account
Bank account number: 001-0187079-42
BIC (SWIFT)code: GEBABEBB
IBAN: BE77 0010 1870 7942
Bank account holder: Universiteit Hasselt
Name of bank:
Fortis Bank
Ridder Portmansstraat 1
3500 Hasselt, Belgium


After the start of the program the tuition fee cannot be reclaimed. Enrolment is only valid after
payment of the fee.

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After having paid the tuition fee students will have to wait for 5 days. After 5 days they can pick
up their student card and proof of enrolment at the entrance of the hall (offices on your right
side!)

E-mail

Every student will get his own e-mail address. After having paid the tuition fee, this address will
be made up for you. Ask for the password and user-id at the same office where you pick up the
student card (entrance of the hall). In case you also have another address (hotmail, yahoo, …),
do not forget to link this address (vstudent@uhasselt.be) to your own e-mail address. Our
administration will use ONLY this UHasselt-address to make important announcements about the
courses.

Student bicycle

Bicycles are lent to students at campus (with strong locks). A guarantee of 50 EUR has to be
paid upon arrival and is returned after handing in the bicycle.

Residence Permit (on arrival)

All foreigners (whether they are inhabitants of the European Union or not) who are staying
longer than 8 days must register at the town hall of the city or village where they are staying.
This should be done within 2 weeks of arrival. You will be asked for 3 photographs, your
address in Belgium and a certificate of enrolment at UHasselt.

You will obtain a temporary ID-card. Later, a constable will come to check whether you are
indeed staying at the given address. Please, keep in mind that this temporary ID-card is
property of the Belgian State and should be returned on departure.

DIEPENBEEK:                                     HASSELT:
Dorpsstraat 14                                  Groenplein 1
3590 Diepenbeek                                 3500 Hasselt
011 / 35 02 30                                  011 / 23 95 00


ID-card or Passport
Belgium law requests that you are able to identify yourself at all times with a passport or
equivalent document.




5. THE PROGRAM

Detailed information on the program is available on CenStat’s website www.censtat.uhasselt.be.

Information board

All information concerning the programs will be announced at the information board, which is
situated in block C next to room C107 (StatLab). Students are requested to take a look at the
information board every day: there might be announcements about cancellations of classes,
changes in rooms, announcements of tasks…

Class attendance

Class attendance is required and will be controlled. For all subjects, 'regular' class
attendance is a condition for being admitted to the exam. It also means that the student
must be present on campus for the full teaching period during which the course is running.

Only medical reasons and other circumstances beyond one's control are accepted. Being
physically present in class is not sufficient. In many subjects it is mandatory to come to class
well prepared and to contribute actively to problem solving exercises, discussions, case analyses
etc. In some cases active participation in class is an element of the course assessment.



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Course assessment

All students have (written and oral) exams at the end of each period. Timetables for exams are
set by the UHasselt administration. Therefore, international students are strongly
suggested not to plan their return trips before they know the timetable of exams:
exams may run till the very last day of the semester.

Exams have the same format and duration as those for local students. For each course the
student is assigned an assessment mark between 0 and 20. These marks are to be interpreted
as follows:
< 10: failure,
10 - 11: minimum pass ('sufficient'),
12 - 13: good pass ('satisfactory'),
14 - 15: second class honours, grade 2 ('good'),
16 - 17: second class honours, grade 1 ('very good'),
18 - 20: first class honours ('excellent').

Catch-up and repeat exams

In accordance with UHasselt rules students who miss an exam due to illness or other
circumstances beyond their control are entitled to a 'catch-up exam' if they submit proof of the
given circumstances (e.g. a doctor's certificate). In case of failure marks, repeat exams are
held only in the second exam session at the beginning of September. (for 2005/2006: from
Monday 28 August to Friday 8 September 2006).


6. STUDENT FACILITIES

Catering facilities
There are three student restaurants and three cafeteria on Campus.

The UHasselt student restaurant in the Main Building is open daily from 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 pm,
except on Saturdays and Sundays. A variety of hot and cold food is served.

The cafeteria in the Main Building is open Mondays through Thursdays from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm,
on Fridays from 8.00 am to 9.00 pm and on Saturdays from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. On (student)
holidays opening times are from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. A variety of hot and cold snacks and
sandwiches are served. Complete meals are served at evenings, only during teaching periods
and study and exam periods.

In the restaurant and cafeteria in the Main Building the PROTON system is in use. Meals and
other items are to be paid by use of PROTON, a cheque card for small amounts. This PROTON
card requires a bank account in Belgium. More information on this system can be obtained at the
Office for Students Affairs.
The other restaurants and cafeteria on campus are located in the PHL and KHLim buildings and
in the Fitlink and Sportopolis (sport centers).

Library

A full range of library services is available to staff and students with an UC IC-card. The library
currently contains 60,000 books and has 400 subscriptions to paper journals. Electronically
however, we have access to several thousands of full text journals.

All staff and students, including international students and exchange students are entitled to use
the library, free of charge, although a reader's ID-card is necessary. Such card can be obtained
at the library desk on the basis of the UHasselt student ID-card.

Various online, on disc and internet facilities are available. Books and periodicals may be
obtained from other libraries in Belgium by interlibrary loan.

Campus bookshop

Syllabuses and textbooks are sold in the campus bookshop (near the cafeteria in the Main
Building). Newspapers, periodicals and stationery can also be obtained here.

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Computer facilities

There are 22 computer classes with 430 workstations in total. On enrolment students are
automatically given a user-id and password. International students are entitled to work from
8.30 am until 7.00 pm in the computer classes of the F-block and until 10.00 pm in the C-Block.
A wide range of state-of-the-art software is available, including MS Office 2000 (Excel, Word,
PowerPoint, Access), SPSS, SAS, Internet with mail and Netscape, ... Copying software and
using own software is strictly forbidden. Rooms C107, C108 and C113 are computer rooms
reserved for Master of Statistics and ICP Biostatistics students.



7. OTHER INFORMATION

Climate

Flanders has a humid and moderate climate: the weather is unstable, and it often rains, though
there are no extreme temperatures. During spring and summer, temperatures range between
15°C and 35°C. Autumn and winter bring moderately cold days, but seldom less than –15°C
with occasional snow. As to clothing this implies that one needs protection against rain, and
warm, woollen clothing can serve well throughout the entire year. Gloves and hats are as good
as indispensable for biking in Belgian winter. Light clothing is useful during the spring and
summer months.

Some differences in culture

Because of some differences in culture, we want to inform you of the following:
- It is forbidden to eat and drink in the classrooms. If you do so you are obliged to clean up the
mess. Make sure you leave a cleaned-up classroom. If students do not clean up the room we are
obliged to reschedule the courses of that group of students in much older classrooms with less
comfort.
- Before you enter the private offices of the teaching staff, please knock on the door and wait for
their answer (yes) to enter the room. In our culture it is very impolite to enter an office without
knocking on the door. Note also that if this person has already a visit or is on the telephone, you
will have to wait OUTSIDE the office till this person is available again.
- Make sure you are in the classroom before the course start. Professors don’t like it when
students enter the classroom when the course is already started! Be on time!

Who can I contact?

Head of the exam commission Master of Statistics - Applied Statistics:
Prof. Dr. M. Aerts (office D262)

Head of the exam commission Master of Statistics – Biostatistics/ICP Biostatistics
Prof. Dr. G. Molenberghs (office D253)

Head of the exam commission Master of Statistics – Bioinformatics
Prof. Dr. T. Burzykowski (office D9)


Contact the professor in case of problems with the content of the program, results of
examinations, problems with professors, problems with other students….

Administrative procedures/secretary:
Mrs. Martine Machiels (Building D, office C251)
Tel. 011 / 26 82 05

Contact Mrs. Machiels for information about admissions, time-tables, exam regulations,
cancellation of courses, changes in rooms, and for all other administrative procedures: changes
in your living address or e-mail address, making up certificates or other proof of attendance,
enrolment for exams, …

Secretariat hours:
Weekdays: 08.30 a.m. – 10.00 a.m. and from: 12.00 p.m. - 01.00 p.m. and from 03.00 pm -
04.00 p.m.

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Please respect these consultation hours or make an appointment via e-mail:
martine.machiels@uhasselt.be.


Please do consult our web-site http://www.censtat.uhasselt.be.

Short overview of arrangements to be made
1. Return filled out registration form to Admission Committee
2. Payment of tuition fee
3. Visa procedure
4. Health Insurance (if you want to arrange this in your own country)
5. Announcement of arrival to Mrs. Martine Machiels
6. Travel to Belgium
7. Search some temporary accommodation
8. Go to UHasselt to enrol (Mrs. Danny Smets/ Mrs. Martine Machiels)
9. Pay the tuition fee (go to a bank to open a bank account – if payment is not yet done)
10. Find accommodation and inform Mrs. Martine Machiels of the address.
   To find accommodation please ask for a list of student rooms at the entrance of the hall
   or contact Mrs. Huysmans (room E130)
11. 5 days after the tuition fee was paid: pick up your student card and a proof of your
   enrolment at the entrance of the building.
12. Register at the town hall (within 2 weeks after arrival) with the proof of enrolment.
13. Arrange your health insurance IMMEDIATELY! (if not arranged in your home country)
14. Check the information board (next room C107) EVERY day!!!




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