Studying in Wallonia
Secondary education is compulsory and is aimed at students aged 12 to 18. The academic year start at the beginning of September and lasts until the end of June. School meals are provided at reasonable cost by the vast majority of schools and pupils are encouraged to take advantage of this facility. In their second year, students choose particular course options, be they general, technical, artistic or professional in nature. Exams are given each year to assess the readiness of students for the next academic year.
Find out all the information you need by contacting the YFU Bruxelles-Wallonie team.
Wallonia is the predominantly French-speaking southern region of Belgium. It is governed as the Walloon Region, which makes up to 55% of the territory of Belgium but with only a third of its population. During the industrial revolution, Wallonia was second only to the United Kingdom in industrialization, capitalizing on its extensive deposits of coal and iron. Today, Belgium is the leader in education and science. During your exchange program in Belgium you will be staying with a Belgian host family and you will experience the warmth of the Belgians and their ability to enjoy life. You will discover how rich this culture is since Belgians are famous in many areas: music, painting, writing, sport and much more.
Only a few hours from Paris, London or Amsterdam by car, Belgium it is the perfect place to experience a European lifestyle. The YFU's volunteers will plan lots of activities. Each year the inbound students visit famous cities like Paris, Cologne and Brussels. Get ready for your adventure and where better to do that than in the land of Tintin.
- There are 3 main sorts of Belgian waffles: Liege waffles (the most common), Brussels waffles (bigger, lighter, rectangular, and eaten with toppings such as strawberries or ice cream), and galettes (thinner, softer, and typically eaten for breakfast, sometimes with jam).
- The Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps is the longest and the second oldest F1 Grand Prix circuit still in use.
- Europe's first modern health resort opened in Spa in the 18th century, which has become the term used for any place having a natural water source that is believed to possess special health-giving properties, as a spa.
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