Belgium

Program Details:

  • Academic Year: Aug 17-18, 2019 – July 1-10, 2020
  • Fall Semester: Aug 17-18, 2019 – Feb 5-6, 2020
  • Fall Trimester+ (4 months): Aug 17-18, 2019 –
    Dec 27-28, 2020
  • Fall Trimester (3 months): Aug 17-18, 2019 –
    Nov 17-18, 2020
  • Spring Semester: Jan 2-4, 2020 – July 1-10, 2020
  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 19
  • No prior Dutch language required
  • School year starts in August
  • Placed with volunteer host family
  • Application Deadlines: 3/31 for August,
    9/30 for January

Program Costs:

  • Academic Year – $8,000
  • Fall Semester – $7,500
  • 4 months – $7,500
  • 3 months – $7,500
  • Spring Semester – $8,000

Plus health/liability insurance – $80/month

Optional additions:

  • Program theme fee – $750 

$1000 deposit due with application

**Prices are subject to change**

Program includes:

  • Public high school acceptance and tuition fees
  • Volunteer host family placement
  • Visa support documents
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Arrival orientation
  • Dutch language course and textbooks
  • 4-day excursion to a neighboring capital city (usually Paris). Bed and breakfast only.
    • Only for year program students or spring semester students
  • Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in Belgium
  • 24-hour emergency support

Program does not include:

  • International airfare
  • Domestic transportation to host family and within Belgium
  • School administrative fees
  • School textbooks and school lunches
  • Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.
  • Passport/visa/resident card fees
  • Personal spending money

High School System:

Education is considered very important and the level of education in Flanders is quite high. In Flemish schools you can study languages (Dutch, French, German, English, Spanish), mathematics, sciences, Latin, history, geography, philosophy, social sciences, economics. Secondary school students are divided into four categories; this division is determined partly by the demonstrated academic abilities of the students and partly by the student’s (or his/her parents’) choice:

● General secondary education: ASO
● Artistic secondary education: KSO (same level as ASO)
● Technical secondary education: TSO
● Professional secondary education: BSO

There are not many extra-curricular activities available through schools. If students want to participate in sports, music or other activities they will have to join a community group or club.

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