Learn Dutch, French and German while living in Belgium. Here’s a list of language schools in Belgium, plus online and computer language courses.
There is a wide choice of language courses to learn French, Dutch (Flemish) or German in the numerous language schools in Belgium, with the largest concentration of language schools in Brussels. There are beginner, intermediate and advanced language courses for French, Dutch and German, with prices varying between schools and course level intensity. Here we also list online French, Dutch and German courses, so you can learn the language before you travel.
As a multilingual country and home to the EU headquarters, large international languages schools are located all across Belgium. But there are also many private language schools and tutors not only in major centres such as Brussels and Antwerp but in smaller towns and cities too. You can also see if Belgian universities and education institutes offer any language courses or check Expatica’s listings of language schools in Belgium.
The best way to learn French, Dutch of German depends on your preferred method of learning – written theory, conversational language, home-based computer training or one-on-one intensive lessons – so look into which teaching style suits you before choosing a language course. Here is a list of main language schools in Belgium, plus language courses in Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, Liège and Mons, and a list of online language courses to learn French, Dutch and German.
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National language schools in Belgium
Based in Brussels, Alliance Française has been teaching French to students since 1945. Private courses start at EUR 53 per hour, while group sessions vary in price between around EUR 130 and EUR 300 depending on the length and complexity of the course, which varies from intensive to simple conversation techniques. www.alliancefr.be
Berlitz language schools are located in 15 different towns and cities and you can learn one of 35 languages. Teaching can be done in private or in groups and Berlitz teachers can also come to your office. Courses prices vary depending on the language being studied.
Call International has four languages learning branches in Belgium, namely in Brussels, Waterloo, Liège and Namur. They offer different programmes suited to students’ needs from group courses, private session, blended e-learning and distance courses online and through Skype among others.
CLL Language Centres
CLL Language Centres, which is affiliated with the Université Catholique de Louvain, has training centres in Brussels City, Brussels Woluwe, Namur, Louvain-la-Neuve and Liège. They cover the three main Belgian languages and also Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.
Eurospeak offers language courses to companies, schools, organisations and individuals from three cities: Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent. The method is to learn in a communicative way, with prices for a single person ranging from EUR 30 for a 30-minute telephone lesson to EUR 250 for a one-week 20-hour summer course.
Lerian-Nti is one of the foremost language institutions in Belgium with branches in Brussels, Antwerp, Liège and Ghent. They offer varying language courses in Dutch, French, English, German, Spanish and Italian from immersion programmes, business courses, e-learning, Skype and phone sessions, writing and other ‘blended’ lessons.
Language schools in Brussels
In Brussels, you have the biggest choice of language schools in all of Belgium. The Amira Language School is convenient as courses can begin at any point because of the step-by-step programme, while at CCL, 11 different languages are taught to adults with courses beginning at three points of the year. CCL courses are also taught in Liege, Namur and Louvain-la-Neuve.
Conversational teaching is the chosen method at both CPAB and the English Academy, which offers lessons via video calls as well as face-to-face. Fondation 9, which was formed as a partnership between the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), the Brussels Chamber of Commerce (BECI) and the City of Brussels, is a school offering mainstream languages to individuals and businesses, or for a more intimate learning experience Languages Unlimited is a small school situated close to the EU Headquarters offering all main European languages as well as Japanese, Russian and Turkish. Details of some of the top language schools in Brussels can be found below.
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Amira Language School
14/16 Rue des Deux Églises, 1000 Brussels | +32 (0)2 640 68 50 | www.amira.be
Avenue Louise 113, 1050 Brussels | +32 (0)2 511 01 09 | www.cpab.net
Europa Language School
Chaussée de Waterloo 717A, 1180 Brussels | +32 (0)2 347 44 11 | www.elsb.be
Avenue Louise 485, 1050 Brussels | +32 (0)2 672 52 52 | www.fondation9.be
Avenue de Broqueville 272, 1200 Brussels | +32 (0)2 534 76 84 | www.languages-unlimited.be
Language schools in Antwerp
Antwerp’s main language school is the Stedelijk Onderwijs, which teaches the country’s three official languages and many others including Arabic, Greek, Italian and Russian. In the city, there is also a huge number of private teachers, a list of which can be found here.
Spillemansstraat 10, 2140 Antwerp | +32 (0)3 236 44 00 | www.cosmolingua.be
Eliaertsstraat 32, 2140 Antwerp | +32 (0)49 920 36 08 | www.hellolanguages.be
University of Antwerp, Kleine Kauwenberg 12/Prinsstraat 8, 2000 Antwerp | +32 (0)3 265 48 03 | www.uantwerpen.be
Lange Gasthuisstraat 15, 2000 Antwerp | +32 (0)3 334 34 34 | www.stedelijkonderwijs.be
Language schools in Ghent
WIAMS (children’s courses)
Boneputstraat 36, 3960 Bree | +32 (0)46 815 29 10 | www.wiams.be
Language schools in Liège
Square des Conduites d’eau 9, 4020 Liège | +32 (0)4 349 18 68 | www.formalingua.be
Institut Supérieur des Langues Vivantes
Place du 20-Août 7, 4000 Liège | +32 (0)4 366 55 17 | www.islv.ulg.ac.be
Language schools in Mons
Academie des Langues
Rue de Nimy 65, 7000 Mons | +32 (0)6 536 45 36 | www.acalangues.net
Learn French, Dutch or German online: computer and online language courses
Computer language courses
Most companies advertise that they have the best programme out there to help students quickly learn French, Dutch or German while retaining everything. But since everyone learns differently, make sure to explore the teaching style used by the programme before you buy it.
Here are a few good language software titles:
- Tell Me More French / Tell Me More Dutch
- Fluenz French / Fluenz Dutch
- Rosetta Stone French / Dutch
- Instant Immersion French / Dutch
- French Learning Suite
- Living Language Platinum
- Hello-Hello World
- Pimsleur Comprehensive
- Transparent Language
Remember: Some of these titles are pretty costly, ranging from EUR 32 up to EUR 200 or more.
Online language courses
You can learn almost anything from the internet for free with a bit of research, so don’t be afraid to look around.
The BBC has a very innovative product that also includes audio files, a valuable asset when trying to learn a language. Radio Lingua Network offers free podcasts for conversational French and other languages in a very accessible format.
You may also want to buy pocket phrasebooks that will help you get around in the day-to-day grind. They won’t be great at in-depth grammar usage and explanations but they will have useful phrases. It is also useful to have an electronic translator to carry around just in case — Google Translate and Word Reference are quite useful free apps that often provide an audio and written translation.