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What kind of exchange experience do you want?
I want to spend a all program lengths  studying in Belgium-Wallonia, or maybe all regions. And I'm looking for something with a traditional exchange  and I definitely want to show off my need for  any language skills. Can I go whenever?
  • All around the world.

    all regions
    Africa & Middle East
    Asia & Pacific
    Eastern Europe
    Latin America
    Scandinavian Countries
    Western Europe
    North America
  • Pick a place, any place.

    Say what?

    Any language requirements?

     Any  Yes  No
  • What I'm into.

    a traditional exchange
    a gap year option
    college & university programs
    language classes
    a connection to the Arts
    sports & outdoors
    a volunteer program
  • How long I want to go.

    All program lengths

    When can I leave?

    May to September
    December to March
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Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Stud...
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Age Requirement

December 21, 2000 - February 1, 2004. Students outside of the age requirement will be considered for admissions on a case-by-case basis


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.


Education is considered very important and the level of education is in Belgium today is one of the highest in Europe. In Belgian schools you can study languages, mathematics, sciences, history, economics, geography, and social sciences.

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.
Learn more about Belgium-Wallonia.


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.


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.



-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

-Support from a YFU Belgium Area Representative while on program

-Pre-program support by trained YFU staff

-Comprehensive Insurance


Additional information

Visa Information:  Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. 


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


Programs Code Departure Return Full Tuition
Fall Year

0015 *

late August

early June

Fall Semester

0634 *

late August

early February

Fall Trimester

1631 *

late August

early January


* Programs also available to graduates