With its culture renowned for tolerance and diplomacy, Belgium is an ideal place to begin your international education. Spend a year of high school in Belgium wandering the cobblestone streets and you’ll understand why this country has produced some of the finest artists and thinkers of Europe. As you go about your daily life, you’re likely to hear a lot of Flemish (a regional variation of Dutch), but you may also come across natives speaking French, German, and English. This is your chance to experience first-hand the cultural melting pot of Belgium by living with a Flemish host family and attending a local high school.
Things to know
Belgium is considered to be one of the most satisfied countries in the world, which may be because so many people are involved in their communities and government. Even so, Belgians are often reserved around new people, and you might have to take the first step in getting to know someone. But once you do, you can expect to be surrounded by a warm and friendly community. In the culturally unique Flanders region, people usually prefer to use Flemish, but many are also able to speak French.