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The Belgian school system is the equal of France. In fact, French students learn their native language thanks to grammar books and standards designed by a famous Belgian, Maurice Grevisse, in 1979.
The school day is shorter than in France, however, similar to their neighbour, the study of creative arts is undertaken outside school hours. Generally, Belgian schools organise excellent inter-country excursions and trips.
Belgium is officially trilingual! While the main languages are French and Flemish, a 'small' community of over 60,000 nationals also speaks German. French is also spoken in two other WEP destinations; France and Canada.
How hard is it to learn French in Australia? MODERATE. 23-24 weeks OR 575-600 class hours are required to become proficient in French. Fast-track your language studies on exchange!
Compared with Australia, Belgium has a cool climate! The average temperature is lowest in January at 3 °C and highest in July at 18 °C. Because Belgium is a flat country, it is often breezy in winter. In the Eastern regions, hills cause heavy rainfall and snow in the winter - something to look forward to if you have never seen snow before!
Depending on daylight saving, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are between 9 to 10 hours ahead of Belgium.
The school year starts in September and finishes in June. You will either attend a Lyceum (scientific, classical, linguistic, or artistic) or a Training school (pedagogical, technical or vocational). While most students attend schools from Monday to Friday (8:00 am to 1:00/2:00 pm), Saturday morning classes may apply. School is less casual in comparison with Australian schools. For example, students are expected to be respectful to teachers to such a point that behaviour is evaluated along with academic performance.
While Italians have had a strong influence on architecture, fashion, and food around the world, they were not as successful in extending their empire! The melodious language is spoken only in Italy, a small part of Southern Switzerland and South Tyrol in Austria.
How hard is it to learn Italian in Australia? MODERATE. 23-24 weeks OR 575-600 class hours are required to become proficient in Italian. Fast-track your language studies on exchange!
Italy is famous for its long, boot-like shape. The Northern parts of Italy become very cold during winter, whereas the South (below Rome) enjoy a more moderate climate. The South can also experience very warm nights in summer, with temperatures remaining between 28-33°C, but sometimes even 40°C.
Depending on daylight saving, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are between eight to nine hours ahead of Italy.
You MUST hold a European passport to be eligible for this program. Two years prior language study of one language (Italian or French) is required.