Study Abroad in Belgium

Belgium is about the size of Maryland and is generally flat, with increasingly hilly terrain near the southeast Ardennes Forest. The highest is only 2,277 feet (694 meters) above sea level.

The climate is damp and temperate. Summer temperatures range from 54 to 72°F (12–22°C); winter temperatures generally do not go below 32°F (0°C). Belgium’s maritime climate is heavily influenced by the sea; fog and rain are common, and there is little snow in winter. The most moderate weather usually occurs between June and September.

Brussels (with a population of about 2 million), Antwerp (roughly 1 million), and Ghent (a little over 250,000) are the largest cities.

Belgium’s overall population density is one of the highest in Europe. Because of Brussels’s international importance, more than one-third of the city’s inhabitants are foreigners. About 75 percent of the population is Belgian. The French-speaking Walloons mainly live in the southern region of Wallonia. The Flemish largely reside in Flanders, the country’s northern region. The German-speaking minority mainly lives east of Wallonia.

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*Video courtesy of Visit Flanders

Program Details

  • Must be between the ages of 16 and 19
  • No prior Dutch language required
  • School year starts in August
  • Placed with volunteer host family


  • 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
  • Fall Semester Application Deadline: March 31st
  • Spring Semester Application Deadline: September 30th

Program Costs

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

Optional addition: Program theme fee $750

Plus health/liability insurance: $80/month
$1000 deposit due with application
**Prices are subject to change**

High School System

Most classes are held Monday through Friday, from about 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students in primary and secondary school have Wednesday afternoons off. Students are tested on their proficiency in various subjects throughout the year and may have to repeat a year of school if they do not pass the tests.

All students study either Dutch, French, or—in some areas—German; they generally begin to study an additional national language at age eight or nine and study English in secondary school.

During the final three years of secondary school, students can decide to attend training classes for a specific vocation or university preparation classes, in which they study mathematics, science, history, and modern languages.

*While there is no language requirement for our program, students should make every attempt to become familiar with the local language before arrival and continue to study while in the country. Classes will be taught in either Dutch, French or German. English is widely understood and spoken in Belgium.

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): only for year program students or spring semester students, includes bed & breakfast

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