At long last Belgium, it seems, has come of age. This little country recently celebrated its 175th anniversary of independence and, following several years of big, bold moves to shake off a mousy image, life is now on a pretty even keel. This slow-burning country has more history, art, food and architecture packed into its tiny self than many of its bigger, louder neighbours.
"I couldn’t have imagined that I would experience the things I experienced and meet the people I met. I learnt so many of life’s lessons that cannot be taught at any school or institution in the world! I learnt to go with the flow and not let bad experiences get me down. My host family was unreal! They really made me feel welcome and not just a guest. I was actually a part of their family. I am now more focussed on my studies and a lot more globally minded." Nick Cody – Year program to Belgium
|Short Programs||Long Programs||Language Criteria||Immunisation||Gap Year||Online Video||Scholarships||Discounts|
|5 months||Aug 2017||AU $9300||01/05/2017||31/10/2016|
|10 months||Aug 2017||AU $10300||01/05/2017||31/10/2016|
|5 months||Jan 2018||AU $9300||01/10/2017||31/03/2017|
|10 months||Jan 2018||AU $10300||01/10/2017||31/03/2017|
|5 months||Aug 2018||AU $TBC||01/05/2018||31/10/2017|
|10 months||Aug 2018||AU $TBC||01/05/2018||31/10/2017|
You can choose either a 5 or 10 month program departing in January and August each year. Short Programs are not available.
Host families come in all different types, sizes and backgrounds, and could live just about anywhere in Belgium.
All host families undergo a Criminal Background Check, are interviewed in their home and referenced checked before they are approved to host.
Schools in Belgium
For secondary education, the school year starts the beginning of September and ends at the end of June. The school day normally begins around 08:20 and finishes around 16:15. School meals are provided at reasonable cost by the vast majority of schools. Because of traffic congestion problems (particularly in the main cities) children are encouraged to take advantage of the school buses (usually free) or take part in accompanied cycling groups. In some areas, for example Brussels, if there is no school bus, parents can obtain a free public transport pass for primary-school age children or a reduced-fare annual pass for secondary-school pupils.
Age and Eligibility
To be eligible for an exchange to Belgium you must be between the ages of 15 and 18 and be enrolled at school when applying. There are no formal language requirements for Belgium. Your motivation to learn the language and experience the culture is more important that your formal language studies. Students are, however, strongly encouraged to work at the language before departure.
You will travel on a student visa and will need to lodge your application in person at the Belgian Consulate serving your area. We will help you prepare your application.
Application deadlines are typically 4-5 months prior to departure but don’t leave it to the last minute to apply. Check our website for details or give us a call. You may like to take advantage of our scholarships or early bird discounts and secure your spot even earlier!
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Capitals: City of Brussels, Brussels
King: Philippe of Belgium
Population: 11.2 million
Official languages: French, Dutch, German