Are there any English speaking/International Schools in the Liege/Seraing area? We will soon be moving to Liege with 2 school age (3 & 6 yrs) children who do not know any French, but can only find International Schools in the Brussels area.
Q - English speaking/International Schools in the Liege/Seraing area?
A - No.
You could consider living somewhere like Wavre / Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve and then sending your kids to Le Verseau (in Wavre), or St. Johns (in Waterloo).
Le verseau is definitely not an international school nor is it public. It s a public french community school that does English mother tongue or foreign language 5 hours a week.
The nearest private school to. Liege is in maastricht.
A public french school near to work will be just fine.
Sorry meant to say nor is le verseau private.
International in Belgium is an official designation and i am puzzled why le verseau misrepresents itself by inserting international in the name. There are other public schools in Brussels as nd Brabant thst are more international in population than le verseau too.
FOLLOW UP Q:
My kids know ZERO French. Obviously we're going to work on them with it, but will be relocating there shortly and as we're learning French ourselves, we will not have them conversational by the time we move. Are there better neighborhoods or public/private schools within 30 min or so drive of Seraing (where my husband will be working) where it won't be a total culture shock to the kids? I fear putting them in a French public school simply because I have no idea how much they'll be able to understand not knowing the language!
There's this, but I don't think you'll qualify.https://www.uwcmaastricht.nl/
Otherwise, it's culture shock.
At that age, I HIGHLY recommend going local. It is the best thing you can possibly do for them. They will both be fluent in French within a year. Home language (which I'm guessing is English) will not suffer.
Qualify? Uwc maastricht is open to anyone wanting to pay.
1000s of children arrive in Belgium every year without french, how well they integrate depends partly on parents who are relaxed.
Local school could also potentially help the children to settle, since it’ll be more likely that the other kids in their class will live close by. This will make out of the school social life a lot easier.
You're going to be living in an old industrial city, think of a mini version of Detroit and you won't be far off. Seraing in particular is the home to the two major declining industries of Belgium, Coal and Steel.
Not many expats, or at least if there are, they'll be few and far between. There is a Mormon community, so you may find some Americans there if that is your thing.
If exposure to expats and English is really that important to you, then your only option is to live in or around Waterloo or Maastricht.
South of Seraing is more affluent.
Embourg - the most affluent area.
You can see the affluent areas where you'll find children of university and hospital workers on this map. Anything about 10/20 on the socio-economic scale indicates quite middle class areas.
Are you set on living in Liege? It's only about an hour or so drive from Brussels to Liege. Logical solution would be to live in Brussels or suburb thereof, and put your kids into one the international schools here.
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