Short Course (SC) Belgium
UWC Belgium Building and crossing bridges 2017
Important Update : Regarding the COVID-19 virus
Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, we have made the decision to not hold the short course this year. For safety reasons and as a result of restrictions put in place, the 2020 edition of Building and Crossing Bridges will be deferred to 2021. We want to thank everyone who has already applied or written to us with questions.
Please take care of yourselves, your loved ones and your community!
The Belgian Short Course Team
'Building and Crossing bridges'
The Short Course is a 10 day non-formal educational summer program, in English,
where 40 participants aged 15 to 19 from different nationalities, cultures, religions
and socio-economic backgrounds come together in the Belgian Ardennes to make
education a force for a more peaceful and sustainable future.
The four main objectives are:
i. To build bridges across different cultures and create a unique and inclusive
ii. To gain a deeper understanding of some of the most urgent issues we face
today, such as migration, racism, conflict resolution and sustainable
iii. To raise self-awareness by reflecting on questions within the fields of identity
iv. To develop skills which can be implemented to benefit local communities.
“Building and crossing bridges” will serve as metaphor throughout the Short Course.
The aim is to gather young people from diverse backgrounds in order to build one
united community where teenagers empower one another. They will be encouraged
to challenge themselves through workshops, physical and psychological activities,
social experiments, debates, theatre and games.
Acknowledging and understanding why we are so different often leads to more
constructive outcomes in our rapidly changing, diverse world. With this in mind we
emphasise empathetic communication and listening when becoming part of this powerful network of like-minded, young change makers, who stay in touch and work
together to improve their societies.
The total cost of the short course is: €450
The participants also have to cover transportation costs to Marloie (2 hour train ride from Brussels) and back. The accommodation and catering for the duration of the program is included.
Scholarships (needs based) are available to applicants:
i. Living in Belgium
ii. Selected through UWC National Committees from Europe, Middle East and
iii. A limited number of places are also available to (direct) applicants, without
scholarship needs, from Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa.
How to apply
Applications are now closed. We will inform you as soon as applications for UWC Short Course 2021 are open.
After-movie of the Belgian Short Course 2017