Why study abroad in Belgium?
There are many reasons to study in Belgium: world-renowned universities, excellent opportunities for international networking, famously multicultural and multilingual cities, a host of regional cuisines and specialties, beautiful countryside, overall high quality of life, and, of course, those fantastic Belgian waffles.
An established hub for international politics, Belgium’s capital Brussels has even more ambassadors and journalists than Washington DC, and is the headquarters of many international businesses and organizations. As you’d expect, Belgium’s resident population is also highly international, with around a quarter of the population of 11 million known as ‘new Belgians’ – those from other countries, and their descendants, who have become permanent citizens.
If you’re keen to spend time studying in Belgium, click on the tabs below for information about top universities in Belgium, popular student cities, and what steps to take next.
Coming to study in Belgium
Conditions of entry into Belgium
Are you looking for information about the conditions and procedures for entry onto Belgian soil? The FPS Foreign Affairs can help you. It can also provide information regarding residence in Belgium as a European or non-European student.
Education in Belgium
Belgium is a federal state composed of three communities and three regions. Education is the responsibility of the Flemish, French and German-speaking Communities. More information about education in Belgium.
The three national languages are Dutch, French, and German. Do you want to study in and improve your knowledge of one of these languages?
Most of the universities have a Language Centre at which you can study French (link is external) or Dutch (link is external) courses as a foreign language. The social promotion institutes also offer a number of courses with classes at differing times of the day.
Would you prefer to follow your course in your first language? In that case, make your choice from the list of European and international schools in Brussels (link is external).There are other such schools in Flanders and in Wallonia. For more information, consult the Ploteus portal database (link is external).Many high schools and universities in Belgium offer courses in English.
Study and training grants
There are a number of programmes enabling researchers and those from developing countries to come to study in Belgium or to complete an internship here. Opportunities for study and training grants from the Belgian Science Policy Office (link is external).Opportunities from the Belgian Department for Development Cooperation (link is external)