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For French-speaking programs, one day trip per semester to places such as Paris and Maastricht.
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.
Language preferable but not mandatory. See FAQ.