Belgian Universities

About Belgium

Belgium is rich in history, culture, and earthly beauty. After having been the fief of Germanic, Spanish, Austrian, French and Dutch powers down the centuries, in 1830 Belgium was recognised as an independent state. Its inhabitants’ mother tongue can be any of the three official languages: French, Dutch or German.

It is hardly surprising therefore that Brussels, the capital of Belgium, should have been chosen as the capital of Europe. In the capital, Brussels, one can visit important political institutions like NATO, the European Commission, the European Council.

Belgium  is recognized for its open-minded and foreigner-friendly attitude.

Why to study in Belgium?

There are many reasons to want to study in Belgium: world-renowned universities, excellent opportunities for international networking, famously multicultural and multilingual cities, overall high quality of life.Likewise, many universities in Belgium have a strong international outlook and composition, as well as a strong position in the international rankings. A total of seven universities in Belgium are featured in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings®, all within the global top 300 and six within the top 200. The highest ranked Belgian university is the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, currently placing at 77th in the world.

About higher education in Belgium

Higher education in Belgium is organized by the country’s two main language communities: the Flemish Community and the French Community. While French and Dutch are the standard languages of teaching, there are also many international programs taught in English.

There are various different types of higher education institution, including universities, university colleges, art colleges, institutes of architecture In both Communities, there are also registered HEIs which issue specialized degrees or provide education in a foreign language, and degree programs or entire institutes that are recognized by a foreign country.

Bachelor’s degrees are categorized as either a ‘professional bachelor’ which has a vocational element, or an ‘academic bachelor’ which is more academic and prepares students to pursue a master’s degree. 

Fees

For Belgian and European students, higher education is financed to a very large extent by the public authorities.

Every year, students must pay a registration fee. The amount of this fee varies depending on the higher education establishment and the type of programme followed.

For example, for the academic year 2008-2009, the registration fee for Belgian and EU students to register with a university was € 811.00.

On top of the usual fees, students from outside the European Union will be required to pay additional annual fees. To these amounts must be added a specific fee for non-EU nationals whose parents are not resident in Belgium. The sum amounts to around € 1,500.00 for the first cycle and € 2,000.00 for the second and third cycles.

More information here about studying in Belgium.

Expenses

The tuition fee must be paid by the end of October.

Accommodation: 250-400 € per month

Living expenses: 400-500€ per month,

Accommodation

Since there are limited number of places, certain administrative steps must be taken within a specific deadline.

Private accommodation

In general, there's a wide choice at a very reasonable price (€ 230 on average per month, including charges).

Working

International students who are studying on a course lasting longer than six months are normally allowed to work for 20 hours per week during term-time and unlimited hours during vacations. Finding job may be difficult, especially if you don’t know the local language.. You should keep in mind to have at least 4 month’s money before arrival as it may take time to find a job.

 
 

 

 

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