Study In Belgium - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Belgium as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Belgium as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Belgium

Why study in Belgium

Cost of studying in Belgium

Universities in Belgium for international students

Cost of living in Belgium for international students

How to get a visa to study in Belgium

How to apply and study in Belgium

Tuition fees to study in Belgium

Applying to study in Belgium


In order to apply to study in Belgium at undergraduate level, you must hold a secondary school leaving certificate that is recognized by the relevant authorities, or an equivalence statement for that certificate. There are different authorities to contact for equivalence statements, depending on whether you’re applying to attend a university in the French Communityin the Flemish Community, or in the German-speaking Community.

Applications to study in Belgium are submitted individually to each university, and specific admissions requirements are set by each institution. In general, those wanting to study medicine/dentistry, arts, management and (only in the French Community) engineering sciences must take an entrance exam. You may also need to take an exam to prove your proficiency in French or Dutch. You’ll also need to pay your tuition fees before you can be fully enrolled.

Applying to universities in Belgium


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition fees and cost of studying in Belgium for international students.


The cost of studying in Belgium actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Belgium have different tuition fees.



University education is finance by the state for Belgian students and also for EU students. So most Belgian students and EU students go to university for free although some fees such as registration fees is required every year. International students may also benefit from this if they meet the requirements.

The tuition fee for international students to study in Belgium depends on the language medium the student wants to study in.

 EU students pay about US$910 per year, while international students pay about US$910-4,560 per year will also have to pay additional registration fees.

To know the exact school fee you are to contact the school of your choice so as to get the precise detail about your fees.

Accommodation in Belgium for international students.

Cost of accommodation in Belgium is cheap and affordable for international students at about  US$200 and US$540 per month. The cost of accommodation also depends on the location because apartments in the city will be more expensive than those out town.


Cost of living in Belgium according to expatistan




            Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district  €15

            Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar)   €8

            500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast           €4.91

            1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk   €1.12

            12 eggs, large   €3.24

            1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes €2.11

            500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese  €4.95

            1 kg (2 lb.) of apples    €2.27

            1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes €1.88

            0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket  €1.61

            1 bottle of red table wine, good quality  €7

            2 liters of Coca-Cola    €2.16

            Bread for 2 people for 1 day     €1.24


            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area        €1,192

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area            €851

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat     €134

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area        €760

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area            €573

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio      €96

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)        €38

            40” flat screen TV        €469

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)            €153

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)         €9

            Hourly rate for cleaning help      €9


            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)     €88

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)  €36

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)         €84

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes   €137


            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new  €23,454

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas           €1.26

            Monthly ticket public transport  €50

Personal Care  

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)      €10

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)  €8

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)          €28

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) €5.66

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)      €3.52

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) €3.64

            4 rolls of toilet paper     €1.23

            Tube of toothpaste        €2.51

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city  €22


Visa to study in Belgium


As an international student, you will need a visa to study in Belgium. Below are the necessary requirements and process to get a Belgium visa.


Where to lodge your visa application

           As a general rule, you lodge your visa application with the Belgian consulate with territorial competence for the country in which you legally reside. You present yourself in person, at the earliest 3 months before the planned start of your journey.

           If your papers are in order in a country where you do not habitually reside, you may, exceptionally, contact the Belgian consulate competent for that jurisdiction, but you will need to be able to explain why you are lodging your application there. In that case, your application will be passed on to the Aliens Office, which will take the final decision.

*make sure you lodge your visa application in good time (but at the earliest 3 months before the planned start of your journey) to avoid any disappointment and unnecessary costs.

NOTE: If there is no Belgian consulate in the country where you reside, contact the Belgian consulate competent for that country. This is usually in a neighbouring country. They will tell you whether Belgium is represented by another SCHENGEN State in the country where you reside, and whether you can lodge your visa application with the consulate in that other Member State.

Processing of the visa application

As a general rule, a decision will be taken by the consulate or the Aliens Office within 15 days from the date appearing on the stamp affixed to your travel document and indicating that your application is admissible. However, this deadline may be extended up to 30 days and even, exceptionally, 60 days, if a more detailed examination of your application and/or additional documents are required. In that case, your application will be sent to the Aliens Office, which will take the final decision.

Note likewise that one SCHENGEN State may require the other SCHENGEN States to consult it before issuing a visa to a national of certain third countries. As a general rule, the Member State consulted will give a definitive reply within 7 to 14 days. If you are a national of a country on this list, make sure you lodge your visa application in good time (but at the earliest 3 months before the planned start of your journey) to avoid any disappointment and unnecessary costs.

Issue of the visa

The visa is affixed in the form of a sticker (visa sticker) in your travel document by a consulate or, exceptionally, at the border.

As a general rule, it is valid for the whole of the SCHENGEN territory (see heading ‘VALID FOR’). Its period of validity (5 years maximum – see heading ‘FROM … TO …’) and the length of stay authorised (90 days maximum – see heading ‘DURATION OF STAY… DAYS’) are laid down on the basis of the examination of the visa application. The visa may be issued for one entry, two entries or multiple entries (see heading ‘NUMBER OF ENTRIES’).

In all cases, you can transit or stay on the SCHENGEN territory only for the duration of stay authorised (X days to be used, in one or more batches, during a period of 6 months from the date of the first entry into the territory of the Schengen States, with the deadline being the date on which the validity of your visa expires – see heading ‘FROM … TO …’).

Exceptionally, one SCHENGEN State may issue a visa with limited territorial validity. This visa is valid only for the territory of that State, unless one or more other SCHENGEN States have given their agreement to extend its territorial validity to their territory (see heading ‘VALID FOR’).

The supporting documents to submit when applying for a visa

It is essential that your file contain the following:

           a completed and signed application form, complying with the harmonised SCHENGEN visa application form. This form is available free of charge from consulates. You complete it in French, Dutch, German or, if you do not have a command of any of the national languages, ideally in English. You append a recent identity photograph meeting the standards in force.Any person appearing in your travel document must complete a separate application form.Minor children must submit an application form signed by a person with parental authority or by a legal guardian;

           a travel document (e.g. a passport), valid for at least 3 months from the date on which you intend to leave the SCHENGEN territory, or, in the case of multiple journeys, the date on which you intend to leave it for the last time. This document must also contain at least 2 blank pages and have been issued less than 10 years ago;

           the documents indicating the purpose of your journey (e.g. documents relating to the itinerary, in other words confirmation of the reservation of an organised trip or any other substantiating document indicating the travel programme envisaged, etc. If you are a minor travelling without your parents or without your legal guardian, parental authorisation or the authorisation of your guardian will be required);

           the documents relating to accommodation (e.g. in the case of accommodation with a private individual, an invitation from the person hosting you, or in the case of a stay in a hotel, guesthouse, etc., a supporting document from the establishment offering accommodation or any other substantiating document indicating the type of accommodation envisaged, etc.);

           the documents indicating that you have sufficient personal means of subsistence, both for the duration of your stay on the SCHENGEN territory and for the transit to a third country in which your admission is guaranteed or a commitment that charge will be taken (Annex 3 bis);

           information making it possible to assess your intention to leave the territory of the SCHENGEN States before the expiry of the visa or, in other words, information indicating that you retain the centre of your interests in your country of origin or habitual residence (e.g. any proof that you have roots in your country of origin or habitual residence: attestation of employment, professional situation, receipt of regular income, ownership of real estate, family situation, etc.);

           suitable, valid travel health insurance covering any costs of repatriation for medical reasons, emergency medical care and/or emergency hospital care or death during your stay/s on the SCHENGEN territory. This insurance must be valid for the whole of this territory and the whole of the stay. The minimum cover is 30,000 EUR. In principle, it is taken out in your own country. Ask the competent consulate about the insurance companies whose contracts are accepted;

           If you are applying for a multiple-entry visa, you must in addition establish the need to travel frequently and/or regularly, inter alia because of your job or your family situation, and prove your integrity and reliability, inter alia by the legal use of visas issued previously, by your economic situation and by your desire to leave the territory of the SCHENGEN States before the expiry of the visa applied for;

           When you receive confirmation of the issue of the visa, add the proof of the transport that you will use to reach Belgium (non-transferable return ticket in your name). This proof is not required when you lodge the visa application, to avoid unnecessary costs. On the other hand, proof of the reservation of a return ticket may be demanded.

NOTE: Your application will not be admissible and will thus not be examined if you do not lodge a completed, signed application form, a valid travel document and a photograph, if you do not pay the visa fees and, in certain countries, if you do not agree to give the consulate your biometric data. On the other hand, if you comply with these instructions, a stamp indicating that your application is admissible will be affixed to your travel document (unless that travel document is a diplomatic passport, a service passport and/or an official passport, or a special passport). This stamp has no legal effect.

What do I have to do to extend my visa in Belgium?

All questions linked to extending your stay in Belgium should be addressed to the municipality of your place of residence in Belgium. However, it is only possible to have your visa extended in exceptional circumstances that could not have been foreseen at the time you made the visa application.

When you arrived in Belgium, you should have registered (lien FAQ que dois-je faire à mon arrivée en Belgique) at the municipality and been issued with a declaration of arrival. On the basis of this document, it may be possible to have the visa extended via the municipality, who must seek authorisation from the Immigration Service at FPS Home Affairs.

Even if you were not required to register with the municipality (because you were staying at a hotel, camp site or youth hostel, or were being admitted to a hospital or prison), you must contact the municipality of your place of residence if you wish to extend your stay.

For further information, please consult the municipality or the Immigration Service’s Visa Extension Department

Is my visa only valid for Belgium?

Most short-stay visas issued by Belgian embassies and consulates are Schengen visas. These are clearly marked with the word ‘Schengen’.

A Schengen visa is valid for the territory of all Schengen countries and entitles the holder to stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days within a six-month period starting from the date of the first entry into the area.

If you have received a visa which is only valid for Belgium or the Benelux countries (i.e. Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) or which is not valid for one or more Schengen countries, this will be clearly indicated on the visa.


List and ranking of all universities in Belgium


This is the ranking of all the universities in Belgium. The ranking of the universities in Belgium is based on different factors which are mainly the quality of education each university provides and also the available social and educational facilities. So below is are all the universities in Belgium and their ranking.



Rank    University         Location

1          Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Leuven ...

2          Universiteit Gent


3          Université de Liège

Liège ...

4          Université Catholique de Louvain

Louvain-la-Neuve ...

5          Université Libre de Bruxelles

Brussels ...

6          Vrije Universiteit Brussel


7          Universiteit Antwerpen

Antwerp ...

8          Université de Namur


9          Universiteit Hasselt


10        Hogeschool Gent

Ghent ...

11        Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde


12        Université de Mons


13        Karel de Grote-Hogeschool


14        Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen

Antwerp ...

15        Université Saint-Louis - Bruxelles


16        Vlerick Business School

Ghent ...

17        Hogeschool West-Vlaanderen


18        Thomas More Hogeschool

Mechelen ...

19        Hogeschool PXL


20        UC Leuven-Limburg


21        Odisee

Brussels ...

22        VIVES

Brugge ...

23        Arteveldehogeschool


24        LUCA School of Arts


25        Haute École Louvain en Hainaut

Mons ...

26        Haute École Léonard de Vinci


27        Haute École Libre Mosane


28        Antwerp Management School


29        Erasmushogeschool Brussel


30        Hogere Zeevaartschool Antwerpen


31        Haute École EPHEC

Brussels ...

32        Haute École de Namur-Liège-Luxembourg


33        Haute École Provinciale de Hainaut-Condorcet


34        Institut Catholique des Hautes Études Commerciales


35        Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles


36        École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre


37        Haute École Libre de Bruxelles - Ilya Prigogine


38        Haute École Robert Schuman

Libramont ...

39        Haute École de Bruxelles


40        Haute École Albert Jacquard


41        Institut des Arts de Diffusion


42        Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven


43        Vesalius College


44        Arts² - École supérieure des Arts


45        École de Recherche Graphique


46        Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie


47        Haute École en Hainaut

Mons ...

48        Haute École Lucia de Brouckère

Brussels ...

49        Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle


50        École Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc de Liège


51        Haute École Charlemagne


52        Haute École Francisco Ferrer


53        Haute École Paul-Henri Spaak


54        Haute École de la Province de Namur


55        Haute École Galilée


56        Conservatoire Royal de Liège


57        transnationale Universiteit Limburg


58        Haute École de la Ville de Liège


59        Académie des Beaux-Arts de Tournai


60        Institut Saint-Luc Tournai


61        Instituts Saint-Luc Bruxelles


Un        Haute École de la Province de Liège

Jemeppe-sur-Meuse ...


Courses you can study at universities in Belgium


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


Items to pack while going to study in Belgium


In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Belgium or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


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