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Short Course (SC) Belgium

The UWC Belgium Short course will take place from July 14th - July 27th 2024

Dear applicants, we are extremely happy to be able to share with you that we will be organising and hosting a short course this summer! We are accepting candidates from anywhere in Europe, the Middle East or Northern Africa.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us by email:

We look forward to receiving your applications! 
The Belgian Short Course Team

'Building and Crossing Bridges'

The Short Course is a 14 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. This year the short course will take place from July 14th - 27th, 2024.

The four main objectives are:

i. To build bridges across different cultures and create a unique and inclusive community.
ii. To gain a deeper understanding of some of the most urgent issues we face today, such as migration, racism, conflict resolution and sustainable development.
iii. To raise self-awareness by reflecting on questions within the fields of identity and culture.
iv. To develop skills which can be implemented to benefit local communities.

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: €500

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 Northern Africa
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

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          Application instructions:

  • Head to
  • Fill in your eligibility profile
  • Select application through National Committee
  • Agree to terms and conditions
  • Verify your email address
  • Under programmes, select: Building and Crossing Bridges Short Course

Application Deadline: 8th May 2024 at 23:59 CET


Full after-movie of the Belgian Short Course 2017


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