Business & Economics Trips to Belgium
As the European capital of politics and business and one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities, Brussels offers it all to Business and Economics students. Home to both the European Union and NATO, as well as a wealth of international trade and finance institutions it offers economic diversity, ideal to show a breadth of business situations to your business students.
Curriculum Topics Key Stage 4 & 5
- Understanding the nature and purpose of Business
- Understanding management, leadership and decision making
- Decision making to improve marketing performance
- Decision making to improve human resource performance
- International trade and the global economy
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Depart school for Calais||Arrive Brussels and check in||Visit Living Tomorrow Exhibition|
|2||Visit to Concept Chocolate||Guided tour of National Bank of Belgium||Meal in a local restaurant|
|3||Day trip to visit Port of Antwerp, In Bev Brewery and Coca Cola European Visitors Centre||Meal in a local restaurant|
|4||Visit to the EU Commission Visitors Centre. Depart by coach for Calais. Free time at Citi Europe for shopping||Arrive School|
|Morning||Depart school for Calais|
|Afternoon||Arrive Brussels and check in|
|Evening||Visit Living Tomorrow Exhibition|
|Morning||Visit to Concept Chocolate|
|Afternoon||Guided tour of National Bank of Belgium|
|Evening||Meal in a local restaurant|
|Morning||Day trip to visit Port of Antwerp, In Bev Brewery and Coca Cola European Visitors Centre|
|Evening||Meal in a local restaurant|
|Morning||Visit to the EU Commission Visitors Centre. Depart by coach for Calais. Free time at Citi Europe for shopping|
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Reasons to Visit
In Bev Breweries
Visits can be arranged to In Bev breweries, including the home of the famous Stella Artois brand in Leuven. In Bev has a portfolio of more than 200 brands, including ®, Stella Artois®, Brahma ® and Beck's ®, its three global flagship brands. In Bev employ nearly 77,000 people, and run operations in 32 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. The visit consists of a guided tour to the brewing hall, the filtration and filling plant and an opportunity to taste Stella Artois.
An excellent tour which includes an explanation on the origin of chocolate and the chocolate making process. The group will then be able to see the production in action. To finish the tour all students will be able to sample the finished product and buy the products in the shop. There is also a workshop to the end of the tour where students can participate in making their own chocolate products.
Coca - Cola European Visitors Centre
A behind the scenes peek inside Coca-cola’s high-tech production and distribution center. Alongside the history of Coca-Cola, you’ll discover all the innovation that goes into making today’s soft drinks, and which Coca-Cola job is the right fit for you. And you’ll learn all there is to know about Coca-Cola’s commitment to sustainable packaging and recycling.
National Bank of Belgium Museum
In the Bank’s museum, you can find out all about the history of different means of payment, the role and significance of money in the economy, the tasks and activities of the National Bank within the European framework, the features of euro banknotes, and, finally, money as a cultural phenomenon.
Het Belang van Limburg
Het Belang van Limburg was founded in 1933 as a merger of several weekly magazines. The paper is owned and published by Concentra and is published in tabloid format as is its sister newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen. Take a guided tour of Het Belang van Limburg in Hasselt which is led by a newspaper editor.
Port of Antwerp
The Port of Antwerp is the maritime gateway for import, export, transit, storage, distribution and production in Belgium. The half-day tour of this large port will show students a video film introducing the Port of Antwerp and will continue with a tour around the lockage, container terminal, steel terminal and exhibition hall.
Euro Space Centre (South Belgium)
Live the life of an astronaut! Learn everything about space and its conquest. Space and its immensity become alive and clear thanks to the magic of technology, light, colours, sounds, images and a special effects.
Mini Europe (Brussels)
This six acre park is situated at the foot of the Atomium monument and has mini statues of all major European monuments including the Brandenburg Gate, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower. They are exact models on a scale of 1:25.
The Atomium is an impressive 102 metre structure of the nine atoms of a molecule in steel and aluminium. It was built for the 1958 Expo and was not intended to survive it, but its popularity and success ensured its place as a major landmark on the Brussels skyline. The spheres can be visited and contain scientific exhibits. There is also a restaurant and viewpoint in the top sphere.
Sea Life Centre
Explore the North Sea’s underwater world at Belgium’s largest aquarium.
Walibi & Aqualibi
Over fifty attractions and shows including roller coasters, rides and family entertainment, as well as a large waterpark.
Pass - Science & Technology
The Pass is an original place that invites people to understand science and technology while having fun. The exhibitions and events combine an educational approach with fun experiments to arouse students' curiosity, stimulate questions and encourage them to learn more and develop their critical faculties. The themes covered vary widely: from the human body to genetics, from television to programming a robot... the aim is to see daily life from another perspective, through the prism of a scientific, technical and humanist culture.
Canals of Bruges
Because of its canals Bruges is often called 'The Venice of the North'. The water situation in both cities was, however, very different. Venice was founded on islands in a lagoon of the Adriatic sea. Bruges lies deeper inland; at least now, because in the five centuries B.C the Flemish coastline must have been flooded several times by the North Sea. When the waters retreated they left behind different sea-arms via which ships could reach the area where now Bruges is situated.
One of the most beautiful squares in the world, the Grand Place is Brussel's most treasured centrepiece. In 1998, it was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an outstanding blend of architectural and artistic styles. The square is surrounded by Brussels’ Town Hall, nearly forty guildhalls and other beautiful buildings from the 14th to 17th century. The 110 by 68 metre Grand Place is also home of the Flower Carpet, a bi-annual event featuring the creation of a colorful carpet design using more than 700,000 cut flowers.
Brussels Christmas Market
The beauty of Brussels is intensified during December when the Christmas Market stalls takes over the city. With classic wooden chalets selling traditional arts and crafts, street entertainers, fairground attractions and the smell of sweet waffles in the air, a trip to Belgium offers a true Christmas holiday atmosphere your students will love.
Students enjoyed the visits, and for business they offered a real contrast in businesses. The Broxbourne School
Both Coca Cola in Antwerp and Living Together were excellent tours, well presented, and feedback from the student group has been positive. Oldham Sixth Form College
The Coca Cola visit was excellent, very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable. Stella visit and Concept Chocolate was also very good. The Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School
The trip was fantastic! Dr Robertson - University college Cambridge
This was the best Economics and Business trip I have done. We will certainly return to Brussels. Abingdon School
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