ICES High School Study Abroad


Program Information

Late Aug – Mid June
Late Aug – Mid Dec
Early Jan – Mid June


High School Study Abroad Belgium

Belgium offers medieval old towns, Flemish Renaissance architecture and the presence of the European Union and NATO headquarters. Let’s not forget their world-famous Belgian waffles and chocolate too!

Belgium Country Information

Belgium is a geographically small country bordering Germany, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the North Sea. The cosmopolitan capital of the European community, Brussels, has created a tolerant and welcoming attitude towards foreigners. Belgians are known for being humble and welcoming, while maintaining a good sense of humor.


You will have the opportunity to enhance your language skills as Belgium is made up of two distinctive multilingual regions. The Dutch-speaking Flanders is located to the north and a French-speaking Wallonia to the south. The bilingual capital, Brussels, is home to ornate guildhalls at Grand-Place and an art nouveau-influenced European Quarter.


The Belgian educational system is one of the most thorough in the world. Expectations are high towards the students. Participants will follow classes in a local school from Monday to Friday. Those classes include French/Dutch, Mathematics, Biology, Geography, Physics, His- tory, Physical Education, Foreign Language (Dutch /French or English)… and optional classes include Economics or a third Foreign Language.

The school year runs from September to June. The day runs from around 8 am to 4 pm. Wednesday afternoons are free.

Placement Areas

Participants can choose to have a placement in the Dutch-speaking or the French-speaking region of Belgium! Once your choice is made, your placement can be anywhere within this region.

Special Offerings

Students may participate in the optional add-on three-day student orientation in Brussels for fall arrivals. Meet other students from around the world who have come to experience Belgium!


Students in short-term programs (90 days or less) may study in Belgium without a student visa. Students in programs longer than 3 months must apply for a student visa prior to departure at the nearest Belgian consulate. An in-person appointment is required in certain jurisdictions, in others, students may mail in their applications. Students will receive assistance in reporting to the local immigration authorities in Belgium to complete the temporary residence process.