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Short Course (SC) Belgium


(APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED) Important Update regarding the 
COVID-19 pandemic

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! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and current regulations in place, we had to make certain amendments to how we organise the short course. For this reason, the short course will have less participants and we will only be able to accept applications of individuals who are residing in Belgium. We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt our programme to be in line with the measures that will be in place this summer. Although times continue to be uncertain, and the possibility that it may not happen willl still exist, we are determined and will do everything in our power to make it possible. For more information, please read the information below. You can follow us on  Instagram, or  Facebook to get the latest updates, or check our website regularly. If you have any questions in the meantime, do not hesitate to reach out to us by email:!

In the meantime, 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. This year the short course will take place from July 10-23rd, 2021. 

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: €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 Northern Africa*
iii. A limited number of places are also available to (direct) applicants, without scholarship needs, from Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa.*

*Please note: given the current (inter)national restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we are only able to accept applications from applicants who are living in Belgium at the time of the Short Course.

How to apply

Applications are now CLOSED

Full after-movie of the Belgian Short Course 2017


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