I have finally finished the integration (Inburgering) programme in Belgium. Completion of this program is obligatory in Belgium for people who stay and work here. It consists of 3 parts, a language course, a job guidance and a social orientation course. Since I already attended and passed the first level of Dutch course at Linguapolis I did not have to attend the course provided by government. And since I was already working I didn’t need job guidance. But no matter what you do, you have to attend the social orientation course and that I did.
If the attendee is university educated then they provide a social orientation course that lasts 5 weeks, that is 1 day per week and 3 hours per day. They also provide evening courses for full-time working people. The syllabus of that social orientation course is mainly about the history of Belgium and its social security system with a special emphasis on health and taxes. I was a little bit prejudiced at the beginning of the course, I thought it was a waste of time but by the end of the course I saw I knew a little bit more about social security than a native Belgian 😉 I also met wonderful people from Spain, USA, Israel, Bolivia, Poland and Brazil.
If you are living and working in Belgium but did not hear about that Inburgering program I can assure you that you’ll hear it sometime soon because it is obligatory and if you refuse to go then you are subject to a financial punishment.
Yet another phase is completed. Now is the time to attend to the Dutch course Niveau 3 (Level 3) at Linguapolis and study very hard to pass the exams.