BELGIUM: CLASSIC

Travel and experience life in another country, learn the language and live with a host family on a classic high school student exchange. The classic high school student exchange program provides you with your own unique experience and opportunity to see a little bit of the world.

Belgium is available in:

CLASSIC

HOW LONG CAN I STUDY ABROAD?

Late August–Late November

Application due:
February 18th 

Early January–Early April

Application due:
August 30th

Late August–Late December

Application due:
February 18th

Mid January–Early July

Application due:
August 30th

Late August–Late June

Application due:
February 18th

Early January–Late December

Application due:
August 30th

ACCOMMODATION STYLE: HOMESTAY

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What better way to learn the language and culture than to live with a host family. Host families provide a warm and welcoming environment, providing meals in the home as well as an opportunity to immerse yourself in everything the country and culture has to offer. Just like families in Canada, host families abroad represent many different compositions, nationalities and live in a variety of different areas from small towns or villages to larger cities. Families come in all shapes and sizes but one thing they all have in common is that they are motivated to be part of the experience and look forward to welcoming you into their home! 

ORIENTATION: LOCAL ORIENTATION / OPTIONAL 3 DAYS IN BRUSSELS

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A local orientation will be provided by the local coordinator in your host community. The local orientation will help you to get to know the host community, your local support system and provide you with a crash course in important cultural norms, so you can adjust to school and host family life!

An optional 3 day orientation in Brussels is available for an extra fee. The Brussels orientation provides for a cultural introduction, a chance to meet other exchange students and the opportunity to sightsee before meeting your host family in your host community! A great way to start your exchange with a little touring and cultural prep!

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: FRENCH OR DUTCH

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One country, two languages!

Participants can choose to complete the High School student exchange program in Belgium in either French or in Dutch !

1 year of French language study is required for students who wish to participate in the French language program and placement area.

No language requirement should students wish to participate in the Dutch language program and placement area.

SCHOOL LIFE: LOCAL PUBLIC SCHOOL

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Attend a local public school (private school option may be presented if available).

School Year: School starts in September and ends in June
Common courses: French/ Dutch, Mathematics, Biology, Geography, Physics, History, Physical Education, Foreign Language (Dutch /French or English), optional classes include Economics or a third Foreign Language.
Average hours per week: 35 hours of class per week.
Common school holidays: Summer break from July – September, statutory holidays.
Fun fact: Many schools have Wednesday afternoons off!

Belgium at a Glance

Population Population

11 Million

Capital City Capital City

Brussels

Known For Known For

Medieval Architecture, Chocolate, Waffles & Fries, EU HQ

Currency Currency

Euro

Language Language

French, Dutch and German

Say Hello Say Hello

Bonjour or Hallo!

Program Fees

(Jan & Sep 2024 pricing)

$7,175

(2024)

$1650

 

(Jan & Sep 2024 pricing)

$9,695

(Jan & Sep 2024 pricing)

$11,995

Find more information on what's included in the program fee, additional fees, payment schedule and cancellation policy, visit our Program Info page here 

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