English courses and activities for young people in Bruges

Bruges (or Brugge in Dutch) is undoubtedly one of the most charming cities in Flanders and offers an ideal setting for a language stay for young students aged 8 to 17. This medieval city, nicknamed the Venice of the North, is dotted with waterways and canals, and its city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just ten kilometres from the North Sea, Bruges is also a popular seaside destination.

It is in this magnificent setting that our “Aan De Plas” study centre is located. The Bruges English courses are taught by experienced teachers, and a wide range of varied activities such as tennis, horse-riding, cultural activities, windsurfing and omnisport are offered to enrich the participants’ experience. Accommodation is in a student residence, and the all-inclusive stay guarantees a complete linguistic and cultural experience in a stimulating and safe environment.

Take advantage of the quality teaching and modern facilities to make progress in English while discovering the treasures of Bruges and experiencing unforgettable moments with other young people who share the same interests.

The centre

Our “Aan de plas” centre, ideally located for courses and sports activities, welcomes students during the Easter, summer and All Saints’ holidays.

Many cultural visits, activities and discoveries are possible from the course centre, which is also an excellent leisure centre.

English courses: general information

  • Minimum stay: 1 week
  • Number of lessons per week: 15 (3 lessons per day)
  • Length of lessons: 50 minutes
  • Class size: 12 on average
  • Level test on Sunday
  • Public holidays: 21 July and 15 August (the programme may vary according to these)
  • Duration of activities: 2 hours per day

Our programme of English lessons & activities in Flanders gives children and teenagers aged 8 to 17 the chance to take part in language lessons and a programme of sporting or cultural activities, all in a safe and supervised environment. This programme is ideal for a first language stay.

The French-speaking participants mix with international participants who come to learn English, which makes for an enriching exchange for all participants.

The school aims to provide high-quality language teaching. Classes are made up of small groups and activities are always fun, enabling young people to acquire the vocabulary, listening skills and practice of English in a short space of time.

The programme of activities

Several options are offered depending on the holiday period:

  • All Saints’ Day: we offer a multi-activity programme including cultural visits and various sporting activities such as basketball, football, volleyball, kayaking, etc., depending on the weather.
  • Easter: we offer a selection of options from those listed below. The options offered are followed by an *
  • Summer: all options are available

English & Culture

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This programme allows young people to discover Belgian and Flemish culture during the afternoon cultural activities, i.e. 1 or 2 museum visits per day (Hôtel de Ville, St Sang, Groenighe, Hôpital Saint-Jean, Notre Dame, Volkskunde, St Donaas, Gruuthuuse, etc.).

Explanations or audio guides are provided for each visit (depending on the place visited). Young people also complete short questionnaires.

Sports and leisure activities, evening entertainment and excursions to the coast complete the holiday.

English & horse riding*

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The Manege Sanders riding school has an indoor arena and numerous horses.

English & omnisport*

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The multi-sport programme generally includes the classic sports, such as football, volleyball, baseball, etc., but also kayaking, padel, beach sports in Zeebrugge, etc.

On the last day, depending on the group’s preference: padel/tennis, games, basketball, swimming pool or a visit to Bruges.

The different sports will be determined on site according to the weather and the composition of the different groups.

English & windsurfing

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The course takes place at the Watersportclub VVW Brugge leisure centre. Groups of 8 to 10 participants.

All equipment provided (windsurf, lifejacket). Entry requirements: hold a swimming certificate or be able to swim 100 metres.

English & tennis*

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Classes are held at the region’s leading sports clubs, TC Brughia (Bruges) and Centre Laguna de Heist (Knokke), providing the ideal opportunity to improve your English while practising the language.

The clubs have covered tennis courts in case of bad weather.

Combined courses

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Students who want to stay for several weeks and enjoy a variety of activities can combine different programmes (a week of English & culture followed by a week of English & sports, for example).

Simply specify this on the enrolment form.

Evening activities

In the evenings, supervised activities in English are offered to participants (films, bowling, games without borders, table tennis, billiards, table football, etc.). The younger children are supervised by bilingual teachers who can listen to them in their own language if necessary.

Timetable

This is a boarding school: the classrooms and bedrooms are in the same building. A guarantee of safety and peace of mind for all participants.

Boarding

Each of the 16 bedrooms (4 to 6 students per room) is cosy and comfortable, with a magnificent view over a 16-hectare lake. They all have a bathroom with separate toilet. Wi-Fi is available free of charge to all residents. Full board is included in the price of your stay. If the stay is for a fortnight or more, there is a supplement for Saturday and Sunday nights (see price table).

Please note: sheets, pillowcases and blankets are not provided. We ask participants to bring a sleeping bag or single bed linen.

It ispossible to hire a bedding pack including sheets, blanket and pillow (see “Dates & Prices”)

Day stay

Families holidaying nearby can opt for a non-residential option, which includes lessons (although with one lesson less than the boarding stay, each day), lunches, excursions and cultural or sporting activities (9 to 5 programme). All options are available (culture, tennis, etc.).

Price: see discount in the price table.

Transport

We do not organise travel to Bruges, but we can organise a transfer to the centres from Brussels Zaventem airport, Charleroi airport or Brussels-Midi station.

Practical details

  • Age of participants: the courses are designed for 8-9 year olds (April and first two weeks of July only), 10-12 year olds, 13-15 year olds and 16-17 year olds.
  • Arrival on Sunday between 3 and 4 p.m., departure on Saturday between 10 and 11 a.m.
  • A placement test will be held on the Sunday after arrival, so that participants can join their classes directly without losing time on Monday morning.
  • Easy parking on arrival and departure.


Dates & Prices 2024

Dates 2024

Stays are scheduled from Sunday to Saturday (7 days / 6 nights) and are organised during the Easter, summer, and November holidays.

Easter 2024

  • 07/04 – 13/04
  • 05/05 – 11/05

Summer 2024

  • 30/06 – 06/07
  • 07/07 – 13/07
  • 14/07 – 20/07
  • 21/07 – 27/07
  • 28/07 – 03/08
  • 04/08 – 10/08
  • 11/08 – 17/08
  • 18/08 – 24/08
  • 25/08 – 31/08

November 2024

  • To be determined

Possibility of combining different options (e.g. “culture” then “tennis” if the stay covers several weeks).

Prices 2024

All taxes and registration fees included

WPCS 42.0.3
Courses & activities - Residence, full board (1 to 4 weeks duration)
Easter 2024CultureMultisportTennisHorse riding
04/07 - 04/13 695 695 755 825
05/05 - 11/05 695 695 755 825
Summer 2024CultureMultisportTennisWindsurfingHorse riding
30/06 – 06/07 695 695 755 825 825
07/07 – 13/07 695 695 755 825 825
07/14 – 07/20 695 695 755 825 825
07/21 – 07/27 695 695 755 825 825
07/28 – 08/03 695 695 755 825 825
04/08 – 10/08 695 695 755 825 825
08/11 – 08/17 695 695 755 825 825
08/18 – 08/24 695 695 755 825 825
08/25 – 08/31 695 695 755 825 825
November 2024Multi-Activity ProgramHorse riding
Dates to be determined 695 825
Accommodation supplement (per week)
Night from Saturday to Sunday between two weeks 90
Bedding pack rental (sheets, blanket, pillow) 25
Special diet (vegetarian, halal, etc.) 30
Transfer from the airport
DestinationOne wayArrival & departure
Zaventem airport or Brussels-South train station (Thalys) 200 370
Surcharge per transfer
For any arrival or departure between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. 50
UM transfer 75
Discounts
Day camp 165
Family reduction (from the 2nd registered) 15

Prices include:

  • English lessons
  • Language tests on arrival and departure
  • Certificate of attendance at the end of the course
  • Full programme of excursions, including travel and entrance fees
  • Entertainment and evening activities (films, singing, barbecues, etc.)
  • Teaching materials
  • Full-board accommodation and shared room
  • All sports and use of sports facilities (depending on the option booked)
  • Constant supervision
  • Accident insurance

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to/from Bruges
  • Transfer from Brussels Zaventem airport or Brussels-Midi station
  • Riding boots (to be provided by the participant)
  • Transition night for stays of more than a week
  • Bedding pack rental (€25/week)

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