Study in the heart of Europe
Located in Western Europe, and often considered the centre of Europe, Belgium is home to many headquarters of important international organisations such as the EU and NATO. It also has a long history and flourishing culture. It’s divided into two multilingual regions: Dutch-speaking Flanders and French-speaking Wallonia.
The capital, Brussels, is bilingual and in addition to the two regions, there is also a small officially recognised group of the population who speaks German. Belgium is densely populated and a welcoming environment for students coming from abroad.
The educational system is organised by the two main communities: the Flemish and the French community. In most cases the German speaking population chooses either institutions in the French community or to study in Germany.
The quality of education in Belgium is high and anyone with a qualifying secondary education diploma is eligible to enrol at any institute of higher education of their choosing. The four exceptions are institutions of Medicine/Dentistry, Arts, Engineering Sciences and Management Sciences which require their applicants to pass an entrance exam.
All of the higher institutions’ registration fees are controlled by the governments of the two communities and are indexed yearly. The cost of tuition has three different tiers, depending on whether the student is eligible for financial aid, and is between 80 € and 830 € per year. Students coming from outside the EU will also be required to pay an additional tuition fee between 2,000 € and 4,000 €.
Belgian universities recommended by Study Advisory:
The University of Leuven is also called KU Leuven. It is located in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and offers a wide variety of programmes in English. Its strong focus on interdisciplinary research is conducted by a vibrant community of international staff and PhD students. Overall, the student community is also made up of 150 countries. KU Leuven has been rated 63th in the world in the Emerging-Trendence ranking of employability.
Top 3 reasons to study in Belgium:
- Truly international atmosphere.
- Highly ranked educational institutions.
- Perfect location for discovering the rest of Europe.
Did you know this about Belgium?
- Belgium is one of the few countries in the world with a compulsory education for students up to 18 years old.
- The world’s biggest chocolate selling point is at the Brussels National Airport.
- Belgium produces the highest amount of comic books in the world.