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Belgium-Flanders

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Study in Belgium-Flanders

Home to the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, Belgium offers you a chance to immerse yourself in the history, culture, and epicenter of today's global community.

YFU Belgium is represented by two offices, one for the French-speaking part of the country and the other for the Dutch-speaking. YFU Belgium-Flanders is the Dutch-speaking program, and it offers a summer program, traditional trimester, semester, and year-long high school academic programs, as well as seven unique programs in Art, Dance, Fashion, Music, Performing Arts, Sports, and Tourism. For each of those programs, students will attend a traditional high school and take courses in their chosen specialization. Students are advised to apply early if interested in these specialized programs, as spaces are very limited. Since all of these programs are intensive, beginners should not apply.

+ More About Belgium-Flanders

Helaba or Bonjour! Depending on where you go in the Kingdom of Belgium, you may find yourself speaking Dutch or French! Embark on an adventure and see the lush wooden landscapes, glistening rivers, and beautiful valleys! Belgium offers you the chance to learn an illustrious history, immerse yourself in an interesting culture and see the major epicenter of today's global community.

The time you spend with your host family will be a very important part of your experience. You will immediately notice their generosity, hospitality, and kindness. Many of the Belgian people consider their homes to be a very private retreat, thus welcoming you to join them represents a great honor. During your stay, you will discover Belgium's rich culture, diverse traditions, beautiful arts and architecture, and you will encounter many bilingual people! Through your YFU experience, you will surely gain new insight into how nations and cultures are coming together.

With its 98% literacy rate, Belgium is no pushover when it comes to schooling. Belgium is ranked 19th by the OECD when it comes to education, proving that it has top quality teachers and schools.

Just as they are proud of their cultural and educational achievements, Belgians equally appreciate their delicious cuisine, which consists of various foods such as beef, cheese, fruit, vegetables, soup, and seafood. After satisfying your stomach with a tasty meal, you may find yourself in the mood to ride a bicycle or play soccer, two of Belgium's most popular sports! If you are looking for more relaxing activities to participate in, you may find yourself taking a trip to the movies or going to a museum or local theater. Regardless of what you do, your time in this wonderful European country will be exhilarating, exciting, and undoubtedly an experience of a lifetime!

Online Resources

To learn even more about Belgium, we recommend:

  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, Dutch and French language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Use an internet search engine to find informative web sites
  • Embassy of Belgium in Washington, DC web site
  • Flanders Authority web site

+ Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Learn more about scholarships.

+ Programs & Tuition

Dutch Special Program Year: $13,495
Dutch Year: $11,995
Dutch Semester: $10,995
Dutch Special Program Semester: $12,495
Dutch Spring Semester: $10,995
Dutch Four-Month: $9,995
Dutch Special Program Four-Month: $11,995
Dutch Three-Month: $9,495
Belgium Summer Classroom Excursion: TBD

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. To learn more, you can visit the embassy website

Additional Costs

Tutition does not include spending money. Students are responsible for the costs of school or optional YFU trips, visa fees (which may include travel if you are required to appear in person at a consulate), textbook costs and activities fees.

Application Deadline

The application deadline for all winter and spring departure programs (January-March) is October 1. The deadline to apply for scholarships is December 1. The deadline for all summer or fall departure programs (June-September) is March 15. Programs can fill up before the deadline, so we encourage early submission!

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

School

With its 99% literacy rate, Belgium is no pushover when it comes to schooling. Belgium is ranked 16th by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) when it comes to education, proving that it has top quality teachers and schools. The Belgian school system offers a strong foreign language program and almost everyone in Flanders (Dutch-speaking Belgium), and Wallonia (French-speaking Belgium) speaks at least three languages: English, French and Dutch! The educational system is divided between a state system and a private, mostly Catholic system, both of which are free. While native Belgians can choose from Technical, Vocational, or Art Secondary Schools, most YFU students will be enrolled in General Secondary Education.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which is typically held in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of your program aimed to prepare you for your experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. In Belgium, Year-long students will participate in 3 orientation programs: post-arrival, mid-year, and re-entry. In Dutch-speaking Belgium, semester students will participate in the post-arrival and re-entry orientations only. The arrival orientation in Belgium is either 3 or 5 days and include a language learning component.

Visual Arts

Study art in the country where famous painters including Rene Magritte, Peter Paul Rubens, and Luc Tuymans began their careers! Students enrolled in this program are typically enrolled in a school with a strong visual arts program. These are regular high schools, but in addition to offering basic subjects (math, languages, history, sciences), they also offer subjects related to practical and theoretical visual arts. Please note that this program is only available for the full academic year; students will not be accepted to this program for a shorter term. Requirements: Students must submit a portfolio with their application. Students must also pass an entrance exam before being accepted.

Dance

Students traveling to Belgium on the dance program are usually enrolled in a school that has a strong dance program. They will take all of the courses of a traditional high school, but will also be offered the opportunity to study dance in a rigorous environment, with people from all over the world that have similar interests. Please note that this program is only available for the full academic year; students will not be accepted to this program for a shorter term. Requirements: Students must submit a video of themselves performing both ballet and a contemporary dance. All candidates will be interviewed via Skype after their portfolio has been reviewed.

Fashion

Ever thought about creating your own clothing line, or owning your own boutique? If you love to sew and design clothes, or have aspirations of working in the fashion industry, this program offers the opportunity to learn about the creative and commercial aspects of the fashion business. Depending on the school, students typically take 16-22 hours per week of practical courses such as design and drawing, retail, fashion presentation, trend studies, fashion development, fashion and tailor-made, clothes for men, patterns design, internships and projects, management, ready-made clothing, retouch (touch up), material research, social and communication skills, costume and art history, and marketing and distribution. General subjects may include Dutch, French, English, and social studies. Requirements: Students applying for this program must have a keen interest in fashion!

Tourism

This program is designed for students who like to study languages and geography and who are interested in learning about the travel industry. Depending on the school, students usually have around 10 hours per week in courses such as public relations, reception, history, geography, animation/entertainment, movement recreation, art and culture, applied economics, tourist destinations, internships and projects, and languages.

Requirements: Students should possess a strong desire to learn different languages, especially Dutch, French, German, and/or Spanish.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Dutch Special Program Year 1081 mid August early July $13,495
Dutch Year 0020 mid August early July $11,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Belgian high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Belgium Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

Semester/Year programs: August 1, 2000 - August 1, 2003. Summer program: January 1, 1996-January 1, 2002. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Dutch. No previous language study is required for Dutch-speaking Belgium.

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed in suburban areas or in villages. Students on the summer program typically stay with host families and in hostels while they travel. In Belgium, all members of the family usually participate in household chores, such as cooking dinner, washing dishes, and grocery shopping. Belgian families are typically very close knit and participating in these activities will help you bond with your new family!

Sports

This program is designed for the athletic student who wants to combine a general education in math and sciences with sports coursework. Depending on the school, students can have around 10 hours per week in courses such as physiology, movement research, anatomy, sports theory, athletics, gymnastics, rhythm and dance, swimming, basketball, soccer, handball, volleyball, badminton, ping pong, tennis, and fitness. Requirements: Students with no prior sports experience should not apply. Previous practice of the student's chosen sport is required.

Music

Students applying to the music program can choose to specialize in either classical or jazz. They will take all of the courses of a traditional high school, but also study subjects related to practical and theoretical music. Please note that this program is only available for the full academic year; students will not be accepted to this program for a shorter term. Requirements: Students must submit a portfolio with their applications. All candidates will be interviewed via Skype after their portfolio has been reviewed.

Performing Arts

Students enrolled in the performing arts program will attend all of the courses of a traditional Belgian high school, but will also have the opportunity to take subjects where they will focus on singing, dancing, and making music. Please note that this program is only available for the full academic year; students will not be accepted to this program for a shorter term. Requirements: Students must submit a portfolio with their applications. All candidates will be interviewed via Skype after their portfolio has been submitted.

Extracurriculars

Belgian schools typically do not offer extracurricular activities, but you may participate in sports and other activities through private or community clubs.

Cultural Activities

In the past, students on the year program have had the opportunity to travel to Paris for a four day cultural excursion. The cost of the trip to Paris is usually included in the cost of tuition, but students are usually responsible for the cost of their own meals while in Paris.

+ Academic Semester Programs

School

With its 99% literacy rate, Belgium is no pushover when it comes to schooling. Belgium is ranked 16th by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) when it comes to education, proving that it has top quality teachers and schools. The Belgian school system offers a strong foreign language program and almost everyone in Flanders (Dutch-speaking Belgium), and Wallonia (French-speaking Belgium) speaks at least three languages: English, French and Dutch! The educational system is divided between a state system and a private, mostly Catholic system, both of which are free. While native Belgians can choose from Technical, Vocational, or Art Secondary Schools, most YFU students will be enrolled in General Secondary Education.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which is typically held in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of your program aimed to prepare you for your experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. In Belgium, Year-long students will participate in 3 orientation programs: post-arrival, mid-year, and re-entry. In Dutch-speaking Belgium, semester students will participate in the post-arrival and re-entry orientations only. The arrival orientation in Belgium is either 3 or 5 days and include a language learning component.

Visual Arts

Study art in the country where famous painters including Rene Magritte, Peter Paul Rubens, and Luc Tuymans began their careers! Students enrolled in this program are typically enrolled in a school with a strong visual arts program. These are regular high schools, but in addition to offering basic subjects (math, languages, history, sciences), they also offer subjects related to practical and theoretical visual arts. Please note that this program is only available for the full academic year; students will not be accepted to this program for a shorter term. Requirements: Students must submit a portfolio with their application. Students must also pass an entrance exam before being accepted.

Dance

Students traveling to Belgium on the dance program are usually enrolled in a school that has a strong dance program. They will take all of the courses of a traditional high school, but will also be offered the opportunity to study dance in a rigorous environment, with people from all over the world that have similar interests. Please note that this program is only available for the full academic year; students will not be accepted to this program for a shorter term. Requirements: Students must submit a video of themselves performing both ballet and a contemporary dance. All candidates will be interviewed via Skype after their portfolio has been reviewed.

Fashion

Ever thought about creating your own clothing line, or owning your own boutique? If you love to sew and design clothes, or have aspirations of working in the fashion industry, this program offers the opportunity to learn about the creative and commercial aspects of the fashion business. Depending on the school, students typically take 16-22 hours per week of practical courses such as design and drawing, retail, fashion presentation, trend studies, fashion development, fashion and tailor-made, clothes for men, patterns design, internships and projects, management, ready-made clothing, retouch (touch up), material research, social and communication skills, costume and art history, and marketing and distribution. General subjects may include Dutch, French, English, and social studies. Requirements: Students applying for this program must have a keen interest in fashion!

Tourism

This program is designed for students who like to study languages and geography and who are interested in learning about the travel industry. Depending on the school, students usually have around 10 hours per week in courses such as public relations, reception, history, geography, animation/entertainment, movement recreation, art and culture, applied economics, tourist destinations, internships and projects, and languages.

Requirements: Students should possess a strong desire to learn different languages, especially Dutch, French, German, and/or Spanish.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Dutch Semester 0633 mid August early Februay $10,995
Dutch Special Program Semester 1193 mid August late January $12,495
Dutch Spring Semester 0714 early January early July $10,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Belgian high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Belgium Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

Semester/Year programs: August 1, 2000 - August 1, 2003. Summer program: January 1, 1996-January 1, 2002. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Dutch. No previous language study is required for Dutch-speaking Belgium.

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed in suburban areas or in villages. Students on the summer program typically stay with host families and in hostels while they travel. In Belgium, all members of the family usually participate in household chores, such as cooking dinner, washing dishes, and grocery shopping. Belgian families are typically very close knit and participating in these activities will help you bond with your new family!

Sports

This program is designed for the athletic student who wants to combine a general education in math and sciences with sports coursework. Depending on the school, students can have around 10 hours per week in courses such as physiology, movement research, anatomy, sports theory, athletics, gymnastics, rhythm and dance, swimming, basketball, soccer, handball, volleyball, badminton, ping pong, tennis, and fitness. Requirements: Students with no prior sports experience should not apply. Previous practice of the student's chosen sport is required.

Music

Students applying to the music program can choose to specialize in either classical or jazz. They will take all of the courses of a traditional high school, but also study subjects related to practical and theoretical music. Please note that this program is only available for the full academic year; students will not be accepted to this program for a shorter term. Requirements: Students must submit a portfolio with their applications. All candidates will be interviewed via Skype after their portfolio has been reviewed.

Performing Arts

Students enrolled in the performing arts program will attend all of the courses of a traditional Belgian high school, but will also have the opportunity to take subjects where they will focus on singing, dancing, and making music. Please note that this program is only available for the full academic year; students will not be accepted to this program for a shorter term. Requirements: Students must submit a portfolio with their applications. All candidates will be interviewed via Skype after their portfolio has been submitted.

Extracurriculars

Belgian schools typically do not offer extracurricular activities, but you may participate in sports and other activities through private or community clubs.

Cultural Activities

In the past, students on the year program have had the opportunity to travel to Paris for a four day cultural excursion. The cost of the trip to Paris is usually included in the cost of tuition, but students are usually responsible for the cost of their own meals while in Paris.

+ Academic Trimester Programs

School

With its 99% literacy rate, Belgium is no pushover when it comes to schooling. Belgium is ranked 16th by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) when it comes to education, proving that it has top quality teachers and schools. The Belgian school system offers a strong foreign language program and almost everyone in Flanders (Dutch-speaking Belgium), and Wallonia (French-speaking Belgium) speaks at least three languages: English, French and Dutch! The educational system is divided between a state system and a private, mostly Catholic system, both of which are free. While native Belgians can choose from Technical, Vocational, or Art Secondary Schools, most YFU students will be enrolled in General Secondary Education.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which is typically held in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of your program aimed to prepare you for your experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. In Belgium, Year-long students will participate in 3 orientation programs: post-arrival, mid-year, and re-entry. In Dutch-speaking Belgium, semester students will participate in the post-arrival and re-entry orientations only. The arrival orientation in Belgium is either 3 or 5 days and include a language learning component.

Visual Arts

Study art in the country where famous painters including Rene Magritte, Peter Paul Rubens, and Luc Tuymans began their careers! Students enrolled in this program are typically enrolled in a school with a strong visual arts program. These are regular high schools, but in addition to offering basic subjects (math, languages, history, sciences), they also offer subjects related to practical and theoretical visual arts. Please note that this program is only available for the full academic year; students will not be accepted to this program for a shorter term. Requirements: Students must submit a portfolio with their application. Students must also pass an entrance exam before being accepted.

Dance

Students traveling to Belgium on the dance program are usually enrolled in a school that has a strong dance program. They will take all of the courses of a traditional high school, but will also be offered the opportunity to study dance in a rigorous environment, with people from all over the world that have similar interests. Please note that this program is only available for the full academic year; students will not be accepted to this program for a shorter term. Requirements: Students must submit a video of themselves performing both ballet and a contemporary dance. All candidates will be interviewed via Skype after their portfolio has been reviewed.

Fashion

Ever thought about creating your own clothing line, or owning your own boutique? If you love to sew and design clothes, or have aspirations of working in the fashion industry, this program offers the opportunity to learn about the creative and commercial aspects of the fashion business. Depending on the school, students typically take 16-22 hours per week of practical courses such as design and drawing, retail, fashion presentation, trend studies, fashion development, fashion and tailor-made, clothes for men, patterns design, internships and projects, management, ready-made clothing, retouch (touch up), material research, social and communication skills, costume and art history, and marketing and distribution. General subjects may include Dutch, French, English, and social studies. Requirements: Students applying for this program must have a keen interest in fashion!

Tourism

This program is designed for students who like to study languages and geography and who are interested in learning about the travel industry. Depending on the school, students usually have around 10 hours per week in courses such as public relations, reception, history, geography, animation/entertainment, movement recreation, art and culture, applied economics, tourist destinations, internships and projects, and languages.

Requirements: Students should possess a strong desire to learn different languages, especially Dutch, French, German, and/or Spanish.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Dutch Four-Month 1354 mid August late December $9,995
Dutch Special Program Four-Month 1356 mid August late December $11,995
Dutch Three-Month 1353 mid August early December $9,495

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Belgian high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Belgium Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

Semester/Year programs: August 1, 2000 - August 1, 2003. Summer program: January 1, 1996-January 1, 2002. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Dutch. No previous language study is required for Dutch-speaking Belgium.

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed in suburban areas or in villages. Students on the summer program typically stay with host families and in hostels while they travel. In Belgium, all members of the family usually participate in household chores, such as cooking dinner, washing dishes, and grocery shopping. Belgian families are typically very close knit and participating in these activities will help you bond with your new family!

Sports

This program is designed for the athletic student who wants to combine a general education in math and sciences with sports coursework. Depending on the school, students can have around 10 hours per week in courses such as physiology, movement research, anatomy, sports theory, athletics, gymnastics, rhythm and dance, swimming, basketball, soccer, handball, volleyball, badminton, ping pong, tennis, and fitness. Requirements: Students with no prior sports experience should not apply. Previous practice of the student's chosen sport is required.

Music

Students applying to the music program can choose to specialize in either classical or jazz. They will take all of the courses of a traditional high school, but also study subjects related to practical and theoretical music. Please note that this program is only available for the full academic year; students will not be accepted to this program for a shorter term. Requirements: Students must submit a portfolio with their applications. All candidates will be interviewed via Skype after their portfolio has been reviewed.

Performing Arts

Students enrolled in the performing arts program will attend all of the courses of a traditional Belgian high school, but will also have the opportunity to take subjects where they will focus on singing, dancing, and making music. Please note that this program is only available for the full academic year; students will not be accepted to this program for a shorter term. Requirements: Students must submit a portfolio with their applications. All candidates will be interviewed via Skype after their portfolio has been submitted.

Extracurriculars

Belgian schools typically do not offer extracurricular activities, but you may participate in sports and other activities through private or community clubs.

Cultural Activities

In the past, students on the year program have had the opportunity to travel to Paris for a four day cultural excursion. The cost of the trip to Paris is usually included in the cost of tuition, but students are usually responsible for the cost of their own meals while in Paris.

+ Summer Classroom Excursion Program: European History & Institutions

School groups and individual students are invited to join YFU students from around the world on a new and exciting program in Belgium this summer! Focused on European history since the Great War, students will have the opportunity to visit museums, memorials, battlefields and historic sites, as well as modern European institutions. Students will learn more about the European Union through guided tours and educational simulations and activities. The program is primarily based in Antwerp, Brussels, Ypres, and Bruges, Belgium as well as day trip to Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Students stay in youth hotels or hotels and spend a weekend with Belgian host families in the Flanders region.

Proposed Itinerary

Subject to change

Day 1: Departure from U.S.
Day 2: Arrival in Brussels, Belgium, train to Antwerp, settle in at youth hostel/hotel in Antwerp.
Day 3: AM: Breakfast, Dutch class, PM: Lunch, Guided visit of Antwerp and group dinner. Stay in Antwerp.
Day 4: AM: Breakfast, Dutch class, PM: Lunch, train to Mechelen, visit Kazerne Dossin - Memorial, Museum and Documentation Centre on Holocaust and Human Rights, group dinner in Mechelen. Stay in Antwerp.
Day 5: AM: Breakfast, Dutch class and Introduction Belgian Culture, PM: Visit to Antwerp’s cathedral and city hall, free time in shopping district. Stay in Antwerp.
Day 6: AM: Breakfast, Train/bus to Luxembourg, PM: Lunch, visit the EU institutions based in Luxembourg City, such as the European Court of Justice, the European Commission, General Secretariat, and others. Group dinner in Luxembourg. Return to and stay in Antwerp.
Day 7: AM: Breakfast, free time and host family introductions/pick up, PM: Travel to host family home. Stay with host families.
Day 8: Weekend activities and stay with host families.
Day 9: Weekend activities and stay with host families.
Day 10: AM: Depart host families for Brussels, settle in at youth hostel, PM: Lunch, visit Parlamentarium (European Parliament visitor center), dinner at youth hostel. Explore Brussels by night. Stay in Brussels.
Day 11: AM: Breakfast, bus tour of Brussels, PM: Lunch, visit Mini Europe park, group dinner in the city. Stay in Brussels.
Day 12: AM: Visit European Parliament, guided Parliament simulation games and educational activities, PM: Lunch and free time in Brussels. Stay in Brussels.
Day 13: AM: Breakfast, train to Ypres, visit the In Flanders’ Fields Museum and learn about the Great War, PM: Lunch, visit Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing and other memorials in Ypres. Stay in youth hostel in Ypres.
Day 14: AM: Breakfast, and train to Bruges, walking tour of Bruges, PM: Lunch, boat cruise, and dinner. Return to and stay at youth hostel in Ypres.
Day 15: AM: Breakfast and free time at the local market, PM: Lunch, guided tour of Ypres and local WWI battlefields, dinner and stay at youth hostel in Ypres.
Day 16: AM: Breakfast and free time in Ypres, train to Brussels. Departure to U.S.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Belgium Summer Classroom Excursion 1589 mid July late July TBD

Tuition Includes

  • Lodging
  • A local program leader
  • Several Dutch lessons
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Entry tickets
  • Transportation

Age Requirement

Semester/Year programs: August 1, 2000 - August 1, 2003. Summer program: January 1, 1996-January 1, 2002. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Dutch. No previous language study is required for Dutch-speaking Belgium.

+ Gap Year Abroad

Students who will graduate high school before going on program are encouraged to apply! Applicants outside the age range will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about other gap year programs.

Year program students may have the option to participate in the YFU Young Europeans' Seminar, a week-long program of seminars, educational workshops, inspiring guest speakers, panel discussions, and other activities. The Seminar takes place in Germany in late June and is attended by around 500 other YFU exchange program participants from across the continent. Space is limited and participation requires an additional application and fee.