Extracurricular language courses
You may want to learn or practice some new languages while staying in Belgium.
The courses provided by the language schools listed below are at low cost but not free of charge.
The Inter-Departmental Language Centre (ITO)
The ITO is the Vrije Universiteit Brussel inter-departmental language centre. It organises – free of charge - a large number of language classes and activities throughout the academic year and in a whole range of languages. Most of these classes are designed to meet the special needs of students in the different university departments. Erasmus students are always welcome to join in, provided classes are not fully booked and provided students have achieved the necessary level of language proficiency to participate. Students should, therefore, first contact the teacher(s) in charge. Names and e-mail addresses of ITO language teachers can be found on the ITO website.
The ITO also organises Dutch classes for international students (level A1 and A2). Classes start at the beginning of the first and second semesters. International students are invited to contact Hanneke Vanhellemont for more information and early registration: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erasmus students can seek advice and assistance from ITO in writing their final paper in English. More information from Michael Whitburn: email@example.com.
The ITO has for some years been running a language exchange or language learning ‘in tandem’ (1+1) scheme at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The idea is to encourage speakers of Dutch and speakers of other languages to get together and ‘exchange’ languages, i.e. help one another to learn and practise another language. Tandem students organise their own learning. General coordination is done by the ITO. Learning in tandem can be done separately or in combination with classroom learning. Erasmus students who wish to learn or practise Dutch in tandem with Dutch-speaking students are particularly well catered for. This year there will be increased opportunities for international students to learn French in tandem with French-speaking students at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). More information from Michael Whitburn: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about language learning at the ITO from http://ito.vub.ac.be or directly from the teachers concerned.
Note that only those ITO courses that are part of the university curriculum are eligible for ECTS credits.
Brussels Education Center
The Brussels Education Center has been organizing high quality language courses for adults since 1970. You can learn Dutch, French, German, English, Italian and Spanish. Day, evening and Saturday classes are available.These courses are NOT free of charge and are NOT eligible for ECTS credits.
Huis van Het Nederlands (Dutch Language House)
This organization will help you find the Dutch language course that best suits your needs.