Brussels is known as one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and diverse cities. Situated in the heart of Europe, and with more than 30% of its population foreign-born, Brussels is a melting pot of cultures, peoples and traditions.
Recognised as the ‘Capital of Europe’, Brussels is the headquarters of the European Union as well as home to major players in the international business world. The city is bilingual in French and Dutch (Flemish), with French as the dominant language. Due to the many international influences, however, English is widely spoken, a factor that helps Study Abroad students feel at home in the city very quickly. Brussels is smaller than most European capitals, holding onto its unique culture and traditions while accommodating foreigners from all over the globe.
Although the international business and political world form an important part of Brussels’ culture, the quaintness of its cobblestone streets and rich variety of beer, chocolate and lace give the city a warm and festive ambiance. Brussels and the surrounding communities offer numerous festivals, sports events, and a wide variety of expositions, concerts and museums. Brussels is also one of Europe’s greenest cities, boasting many gardens and parks which, due to the mild and somewhat rainy climate, display lush flora all year long. Visitors to Brussels won’t be able to leave without having sampled Belgium’s renowned fine gastronomy, ranging from prize-winning haute cuisine to the tastiest mussels and fries in the world.
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