Schooling and Education

All you need to know about the schooling system in Belgium...

Newcomers to Belgium essentially have two options when it comes to education. You can either enrol your children in a school operating within the Belgium system, or to send your children to one of the many international schools in the country. A third and seldom used option is to home educate, but as this is now closely monitored any parents choosing this route must be confident of their own abilities.

Education is compulsory for all children between the ages of 6 and 18. Part-time study is sometimes allowed for those over 15. Nursery schools also operate for children from two and a half years upwards and are widespread and readily available.

The government outlines the essential education policy, but implementation is the responsibility of the three language communities: the Dutch-speaking, French-speaking and German-speaking communities. The communities are responsible for education in the following regions: Dutch in Flanders, French in Wallonia, French and Dutch in Brussels and German in the Eastern Cantons.