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Look to improve your French, Dutch or any other language?
In Brussels, there are more than one hundred organisations offering language courses. The choice of language and the level of learning are very diverse. Courses are offered by various organisations, including private language schools, municipalities, the Flemish and French-speaking Communities and the Chamber of Commerce (which runs courses open to non-degree seeking students in cooperation with the two Brussels universities VUB and ULB.

Useful addresses

We selected for you a list of several useful addresses:

Huis van het Nederlands Brussel 
The House of the Dutch Language established a list of all Dutch courses in Brussels. The aim of this organization is to encourage people to speak Dutch in Brussels by pointing them in the direction of a Dutch course that fits their needs.

Rue Philippe De Champagne 23, 1000 Bruxelles
T: +32 (0)2 501 66 60 

The site of the Flemish Community Commission
The Flemish Community Commission (VGC) works with numerous Dutch-speaking organisations in Brussels. Their webiste contains extensive information about learning, leisure activities, living or growing up in Brussels.

La Maison de la Francité
The House of French has compiled a list by municipality and by alphabetical order of all French courses in Brussels.

18, Rue Joseph II - 1000 Bruxelles
T: +32 (0)2 219 49 33

Prosocbru is a network of 46 community-run continuing education schools.  Check their directory for up to date course information on 11 languages with filters for level, locations and times.

CVO Semper
Extensive offer of language courses for adults in class, online or combined. 
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Gebouw D - lokaal D 1.33 - Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel 
T: +32 (0)2 629 39 08 
The SIEP (Service d'Information sur les Etudes et les Professions) offers since many years an extensive overview of languages courses in Brussels and Belgium.

Continuing education school, the EPFC offers a wide range of training on secondary and higher education levels, adapted for job seekers but also accessible to all.

Campus de la Plaine CP 220
Bd du Triomphe, 1 - accès 2 - Bâtiment HA, 1050 Bruxelles 
T: +32 (0)2 650 59 59

The websites (Dutch-language) and language) have extensive information on courses in Brussels, including language courses.

CVO Semper

Extensive offer of language courses for adults in class, online or combined.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Gebouw D - lokaal D 1.33 - Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussel 
T: +32 (0)2 629 39 08

Alliance Française de Bruxelles-Europe

French courses - Group or private courses in presential or virtual for individuals, companies and institutions.
Alliance Française of Brussels-Europe 46 Av. des Arts 1000 Brussels

Most of the courses charge a tuition fee, but Brussels offers two routes to free language learning.  The first requires being a resident in one of the city’s 19 communes.  For these residents, the Flemish government sponsors beginner Dutch courses (level 1 and 2) within its “Dutch as a Foreign Language”(or NT2) programme administered by Flemish Continuing and Basic Education Centres (CVOs). The second route is though Belgium’s respective regional employment offices (Actiris, VDAB and Forem). All three offer a variety of language courses for free to registered job-seeker, such as Bruxelles Formation langues organized by Actris.  For those about to begin a new job, these offices allot up to 60 hours of language cheques-allowing its holder free private or group lessons-for those aiming to improve their skills in Dutch, French, English or German.  Community-run continuing education schools are not for free, but not very expensive either.
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