The Belgian Academy of Culture and History is a private academy dedicated to research and education
At the Belgian Academy of Culture and History we believe it is possible to bring happiness through the study of history.
Have you ever felt out of place with your surroundings? Are you sometimes frustrated by your inability to grasp the deeper meaning of cultural expressions or events?
Then you might be experiencing a 'cultural malaise'. Numerous studies have indicated that the level of happiness people experience is not just measured in wealth, opportunities or family life.
Feeling a connection with the culture you live in and understanding the context of your everyday life, are equally important in the pursuit of happiness.
It is our strong conviction that by enhancing the historical knowledge of our students, we are also enlarging their cultural well-being.
Happiness is an experience, and so is history. At the Belgian Academy of Culture and History, we bring the past into the present to bring happiness for our students' futures.
What our students say:
editor & writer, Brussels, sallybtipper.com
As a British citizen considering applying for Belgian nationality post-Brexit, it's important to me to have an understanding of the country's history, politics and place in the world. The depth and breadth of Mirella's knowledge, her enthusiasm and energy, and her desire to share that knowledge are what set her classes apart and I'd recommend them without hesitation to anyone looking to gain an understanding of what makes Belgium Belgium.
Policy officer, European Commission, Brussels
Before I joined the History of Belgium course I had a lot of questions about Belgium, in particular regarding its federal structure and its colonial legacy. It is a small place with a complicated history, but this course delves into the background to give an understanding and a reasoning behind why modern Belgium is the way it is today. I found Mirella's and Michael's passionate but relaxed style of delivery and their engagement with participants to be one of the best aspects of this course. I would definitely recommend this course to people coming to live in Belgium.
I took my course in the History of Belgium during my tenth year living in Brussels, as Belgium has been very good to me and has become my home, yet I knew so little about what made the country it is today. It can be easy to live in an international bubble in Brussels, but that also means you can miss out on a real connection to your adopted country. I loved learning the origins of street names in my neighbourhood, traditions in different areas and the changing borders of Belgium over time amongst other things. I appreciated that Mirella gave us very detailed class notes but also ideas for excursions and sites to visit, as well as sweet treats from all over the country 🙂