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Study in Belgium

Belgium is literally one of the most multicultural places on Earth, especially since the country is composed of three regions, each one corresponding to one of the three official languages (Dutch, French, and German). Known as the heart of Europe, Belgium is a hub of international cooperation and networking, offering an enriching educational experience

Belgium is steeped in history and has a unique mix of cultures. Here, you will discover many medieval castles and historical sites - like the battlefield of Waterloo.

Around half of all students enrolled in Belgian universities and colleges are international, and you’ll benefit from a high standard of education with a great research focus.

Why study in Belgium?

Belgium is home to several top-ranked universities, so you can count on excellent academic training.  As the centre of European politics and global business, Brussels is an ideal location to get an international internship or enrol in a business study programme. Universities and colleges in Brussels offer internationally-recognised degree programmes centred on European studies in a variety of subjects. International guest speakers, focused on international cooperation, teach many of these courses.

Additionally, most universities feature a strong research culture, with a diverse and world-class research community.

Even if you applied for an English-taught degree, Belgium offers great opportunities to enhance additional language skills. Many universities provide foreign language classes, particularly for Dutch, French, and German.

What to study in Belgium

Due to its numerous universities, Belgium offers study programmes for all degree levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD) in every field you could ask for. You can study plenty of Art and Design degrees, as well as Business and sciences programmes, such as Medicine, Finance, Political Science, Marketing, or Information Technology.

Here are some of the most popular study options in Belgium

Major cities in Belgium

Belgium has around 10 student cities and each one offers you plenty of social and cultural activities. From museums and beautiful natural surroundings to fancy bars and charming shopping centres, you can have some great and memorable leisure time in Belgium.

Check out some of these cities and learn more about what it is like to study there:

Universities and colleges to attend in Belgium

Belgium has over 40 higher education institutions divided as follows:

  • Universities – award Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees
  • University colleges – provide only Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees without doctoral degrees
  • Arts colleges – degrees specialised in art and design fields
  • Business and management schools – dedicated mostly to graduate degrees in business

Examples of top universities in Belgium:

Practical Information

How to apply to universities in Belgium

You can apply through the official website dedicated to higher education studies in Belgium.

You can also contact your chosen university first and check if you can simply apply through their website. Carefully check all the required application documents and make sure they are all translated into English. For instance, an internationally recognised Bachelor's degree or equivalent is the main requirement when enrolling in a Master’s degree at a university in Belgium.

Make sure to know what the language requirements are, and whether you need to prove skills in English before enrolling in a degree programme.

Show how you performed as a student, and be sure to know what your Grade Point Average (GPA) was during your studies.

To help your chances of going to Belgium, be sure to apply to more than one university!

Make sure you qualify for a Belgium university

Take Preparation Courses: These kinds of courses enable degree-seeking students to get an extra educational boost just before they start their Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree programmes. Try a pre-M.B.A., pre-Law, or pre-Medicine programme, as well as any other foundation or preparation courses that will allow you to study in the degree programme of your choice.

Since Belgium has three national languages: Dutch, French, and German. In general, the language of instruction at Belgian universities is dependent on the language of the local community where the institution is located. However, you will also find plenty of English-taught degrees.

Improve your English through an English-language prep course: If you’re attending a degree programme in Belgium, you will sometimes need to prove that your language skills are good enough to participate in the classes and understand the lectures. These courses will also prepare you for any of the English-language tests that universities require.

English-language tests

There are over 300 English-taught programmes in Belgium.

Universities in Belgium will want to see proof that you have good English-language skills, so that you can easily succeed in their courses. Almost all Belgium universities accept these official English exams:

  • IELTS
  • TOEFL
  • C1 Advanced

Living in Belgium

What is it like to study in Belgium

University lectures usually have a fixed schedule. Your professors are all experts in their field and encourage students (particularly internationals) to ask questions. You will be involved in plenty of research work and can also join internships with local companies.

You will have the chance to create and test out your ideas in cutting-edge laboratories with ultra-modern equipment. You’ll also benefit from several student services including career counselling and tutoring.

The average living costs in Belgium for students are 750-1,100 EUR/month.

Tuition fees in Belgium

Public universities in Belgium charge affordable tuition fees to EU students; the average is 850 EUR/year. Non-EU/EEA students usually pay fees between 1,000 and 4,000 EUR/year.

Accommodation costs

The most convenient accommodation options are university halls of residence, for which most students only pay between 200 and 450 EUR/month.

Renting or sharing an apartment can also create affordable costs, as a one-bedroom apartment is around 580 EUR/month.

Health care

EU/EEA students enjoy the same benefits as Belgian citizens in terms of access to free or reduced-cost healthcare. To benefit from these services, you should hold an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card); you can arrange for an EHIC card from your home country, before your departure to Belgium.

Students coming from non-EU countries will need to arrange private health insurance before your departure to Belgium.

Food costs

Belgium is not an expensive country when it comes to food costs. Supermarkets have affordable prices, meaning that your monthly food bills would generally stay around 200-300 EUR.

Belgium has fantastic cuisine, particularly in terms of desserts. So, considering it isn’t so expensive, you should definitely treat yourself to a nice restaurant every once in awhile. A meal in a budget restaurant is between 8 and 15 EUR. 

Find out more about the cost of living and studying in Belgium 

About Belgium

Belgium is a country in northwest Europe bordered by the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, and France. Belgium is a federal monarchy, divided into three main regions: the Dutch region of Flanders, the French region of Wallonia and the capital region of Brussels – a mix of French and Dutch. However, English is also widely spoken, especially in Brussels.

This multicultural environment offers a lesson in tolerance, openness, and determination.

Belgium has the highest quality of life in the European Union. Since Belgium is situated at the crossroads of Europe, anywhere you’ll live, you’ll be close to major capitals such as Paris, Amsterdam, London, or Berlin (so you should definitely pay a visit to these iconic cities).

Belgium has a rich and diverse economy with the most thriving sectors being chemicals, food processing, pharmaceuticals, automobiles, electronics, and machinery fabrication.

You would experience four different seasons in Belgium, with cold and snowy winters and warm to sometimes hot summers.

Iconic places to visit

While in Belgium, you can admire splendid architectural buildings and bridges that combine Gothic and Romanesque elements. But you can also have a fun night out in one of the many bars and clubs.

Here are some of the most beautiful places to see in Belgium

  • Belfry & Halle
  • Cathedral of Saint Bavo
  • Gravensteen –one of Europe's best surviving fortresses
  • Basilica of the Holy Blood
  • Meuse Valley
  • Bouillon Castle
  • The Grand Place (or Grote Markt)
Fun facts
  • A Belgian priest and physicist was the first person to theorise what we now call the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe. Since then, this theory has given way to new scientific developments, and a geek-centred T.V. show.
  • Europe’s first skyscraper was built in Belgium in 1928; it is the Torengebouw in Antwerp.
  • The longest tram line in the world is the Belgian Coast Tram;it travels the Belgian coast between the French and Dutch borders.
  • Belgium produces 220,000 tonnes of chocolate per year. This means around 22 kg of chocolate for every person living there.
  • Belgium is the land of numerous beers, since over 800 kinds of beers are made here.
  • After Washington D.C., Brussels has the highest number of diplomats and foreign press correspondents in the world.

Universities, colleges and schools in Belgium

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Gent

Leuven

Louvain-la-Neuve

Mechelen

Waterloo

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