Belgium is a charming country, rich in culture. It has many museums, cathedrals and is known for fashion and chocolate. Inland, there are many medieval castles, canals and cobblestone roads.
There is no language requirement for an exchange to the Dutch part of Belgium. To go on exchange to the French part of Belgium, you must have been studying French for at least 2 years.
At school, there are many customs, which you may not notice immediately but which are very important. One of them is that teachers are much respected and seldom considered as friends. They are there to teach and are ready to help anyone and expect their students to remember what has been discussed in class, and to prepare for tests. Belgian students usually work hard and spend a lot of time on their homework after school and between classes.
Your Belgian family will be a very important part of your exchange experience. Your daily life will involve a lot of at-home activities with them. In Belgium, all members of the family usually participate in household chores, such as cooking dinner, washing dishes, keeping rooms tidy, doing laundry, shopping for daily groceries, etc. Therefore, your family will appreciate it if you offer to help with chores. Belgian families, on the whole, are quite close knit. Meals, especially dinner, are an important part of the Belgian culture and are usually eaten together.
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