AGE minimum 14 - maximum 18 years old upon arrival
academic year, academic semester, term (12 weeks)
ARRIVAL -end of August - beginning of September
or beginning of January
ACCOMMODATIONS volunteer host family
LANGUAGES French or Dutch (participants can choose)
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The Country Belgium is where Europe comes together. Belgium is nestled between Germany, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the North Sea. The cosmopolitan nature of Brussels, capital of the European community, has created an open-minded and welcoming attitude towards foreigners. Belgians are known for being humble and welcoming, with a great sense of humour. There is more to Belgium than chocolate and waffles: it is the scene of a very rich cultural past (paintings, architecture) and thrilling present day artistic creativity (exhibitions, music, fashion, comic books, theatre)...

School Life

The Belgian educational system is one of the most thorough in the world. Expectations are high and the students are asked to perform well. Participants will follow classes in a local school from Monday to Friday. The classes will include French or Dutch (native), Math, Biology, Geography, Physics, History, Physical Education, Foreign Language (second); and optional classes will include Economics or a third Foreign Language. The school year runs from September to June.

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Participants will live with a Belgian family. Like family members, they will share the family's everyday life, participate in activities, and adapt to the family rules.

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Terms of participation

  • Participants should be minimum 14 yeard old and maximum 18 years old upon arrival
  • Have good academics
  • Have a minimum of one year of French (not necessary if participants choose the Dutch language)
  • Have travel insurance to cover sickness, accidents, repatriation, and third party liability
Brussels orientation upon arrival
culture introduction, experience. OPTIONAL

Financial Terms

Included: host family search, screening and placement process; accommodation as described; school registration; transfer on arrival; 24-hour emergency support; coordinator assistance & progress reports; mandatory orientation; WEP support to obtain the permit of stay; administrative costs.

Not included: round trip transportation; local transportation if needed; school fees: lunch if taken at school; personal expenses; travel insurance; passport and visa fees; optional Brussels orientation.

Program Cost:
Academic year (Sep-June)    $7,200       
Academic year (Jan-Dec)     $7,700    
Academic semester             $6,900
Term (12 weeks)                 $5,900
Brussels orientation             $499

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