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Belgium-Wallonia

Belgium-Wallonia

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Study in Belgium-Wallonia

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-Wallonia is the French-speaking program, and it offers a special opportunity to help develop your French while exploring Belgian life and culture. This program requires two prior years of education in the French language. Students who do not meet this requirement can be accepted on a conditional basis of proving their lingual comprehension in other ways.

+ More About Belgium-Wallonia

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 websites
  • Embassy of Belgium in Washington, DC website

+ Scholarships Available

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

Learn more about scholarships.

+ Programs & Tuition

French Year: $11,995
French Fall Semester: $10,995
French Trimester: $9,495

+ 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

School uniforms, textbooks, and other school materials are not included in the program tuition. Program tuition does not include personal spending money.

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 Program

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 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. Belgium Wallonia offers three in-country orientations; “post arrival orientation”, “follow-up”, and “re-entry” to support their students and host families throughout the program.

Extracurriculars

Most Belgian high schools do not offer extracurricular activities. However, YFU students are encouraged to join sports, clubs, or teams in their local communities in order to get involved and meet locals!

Special Program Offers

Students on the year-long program are invited to partake in a cultural trip to Paris in February/March. For a few days during Carnival holidays, students will get the opportunity to meet fellow international students and explore together. There is also an opportunity to join a day-trip to Cologne, Germany in which students visit the famous German Christmas Market.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
French Year 0015 late 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
  • Comprehensive Insurance
  • Support from a YFU Belgium Area Representative while on program

Age Requirement

February 15, 2002 - August 15, 2004. Students outside of the age requirement will be considered for admissions on a case-by-case basis

Language

French. French. Students are required to have either taken two years of French in high school, or pass an online language test.

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed in suburban areas or in villages.

+ Semester Program

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 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. Belgium Wallonia offers three in-country orientations; “post arrival orientation”, “follow-up”, and “re-entry” to support their students and host families throughout the program.

Extracurriculars

Most Belgian high schools do not offer extracurricular activities. However, YFU students are encouraged to join sports, clubs, or teams in their local communities in order to get involved and meet locals!

Special Program Offers

Students on the year-long program are invited to partake in a cultural trip to Paris in February/March. For a few days during Carnival holidays, students will get the opportunity to meet fellow international students and explore together. There is also an opportunity to join a day-trip to Cologne, Germany in which students visit the famous German Christmas Market.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
French Fall Semester 0634 late August early February $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
  • Comprehensive Insurance
  • Support from a YFU Belgium Area Representative while on program

Age Requirement

February 15, 2002 - August 15, 2004. Students outside of the age requirement will be considered for admissions on a case-by-case basis

Language

French. French. Students are required to have either taken two years of French in high school, or pass an online language test.

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed in suburban areas or in villages.

+ Short Term/Trimester Program

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 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. Belgium Wallonia offers three in-country orientations; “post arrival orientation”, “follow-up”, and “re-entry” to support their students and host families throughout the program.

Extracurriculars

Most Belgian high schools do not offer extracurricular activities. However, YFU students are encouraged to join sports, clubs, or teams in their local communities in order to get involved and meet locals!

Special Program Offers

Students on the year-long program are invited to partake in a cultural trip to Paris in February/March. For a few days during Carnival holidays, students will get the opportunity to meet fellow international students and explore together. There is also an opportunity to join a day-trip to Cologne, Germany in which students visit the famous German Christmas Market.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
French Trimester 1631 late August early January $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
  • Comprehensive Insurance
  • Support from a YFU Belgium Area Representative while on program

Age Requirement

February 15, 2002 - August 15, 2004. Students outside of the age requirement will be considered for admissions on a case-by-case basis

Language

French. French. Students are required to have either taken two years of French in high school, or pass an online language test.

Host Family Placement

Students are typically placed in suburban areas or in villages.