This program in French-speaking Belgium will allow you to experience a magical country in the heart of Western Europe. Spend the academic year living with a host family, attending a local high school, and learning the regional language. As the home to NATO and the European Union, Belgium is proud of its culture of intellectualism and pragmatism.
Students are placed throughout Belgium. Most families are in suburban (40%) or rural (40%) areas, although urban placements are not uncommon (20%). Public transportation is well organized and safe. The country itself is very small and no matter where you are placed, you will always be within a two hour train ride from Brussels, the coast, and neighboring countries (France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg).
Social life for teens often centers on family and a small group of friends. Belgian youth enjoy attending concerts, going to the movies or a lecture and sharing a drink or meal together.
AFS-USA Grants & Scholarships
The opportunity to study abroad should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial means. Annually, we award scholarships to about half of our study abroad students.