Masters in Belgium

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Population: 11,000,000
# of Institutes: 71
Education Expenditure: 65‰ of GDP
Academic Year: Runs from December to December
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Study in Belgium

Known as the heart of Europe, Belgium is a hub of international cooperation and networking, offering an enriching educational experience. According to the European Union’s Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, Belgium is one of the countries with the highest quality of life in the European Union.

The country consists of three major regions, organized under a federal government: the French side (Wallonia-Brussels), the Dutch side (Flemish community) and the German community. This multicultural environment offers a lesson in tolerance, openness and determination.

International programmes

Belgium is situated at the crossroads of Europe, close to major capitals such as Paris, Amsterdam, London or Berlin. The country has three official languages: Dutch, French and German. English is also widely spoken, especially in Brussels.

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 in Brussels offer internationally recognized degree programmes centred on European studies in a variety of subjects. International guest speakers, focused on international cooperation, teach many of these courses.

20% of students (40% at doctorate level) enrolled in universities in Wallonia-Brussels are foreign students.

Student benefits

Belgium offers an excellent healthcare system that supports students. The Belgian authorities cover a high percentage of the cost of higher education.

Universities provide options that enable students to switch between fields of study or include training courses in their study programmes. This provides more flexibility and control over future career paths.

Depending on the region, students can choose to learn and study in one of three international languages: French, German or English. Most Universities offer course materials in the language of your choice.

To find and compare French, German or English language courses visit: www.languagelearningportal.com

General application requirements

Depending on the location of the university, candidates must hold a high-school certificate that is recognised as equivalent in Wallonia-Brussels or Flanders in order to be admitted to bachelor studies. Students who hold a foreign high-school certificate must submit an application to obtain a recognition of equivalence.

Courses in Medicine and Dentistry, Engineering and Management Sciences usually require a written exam in addition to the high-school diploma. Candidates for studies in Arts usually have to take a practical skills exam.

To be admitted to a Master’s degree programme, foreign student must generally hold an undergraduate degree in the same field. In some cases, the Admissions Panel of the institution may take into consideration previous professional experience.

Admission to doctorate studies is reserved to students who hold a graduate degree or equivalent.

Make sure to ask for admission information at the university you plan to attend. Some universities may include specific additional enrolment requirements.

For more information regarding studies in Wallonia-Brussels visit: http://www.studyinbelgium.be/en/how-apply?quicktabs_9=0#quicktabs-9

For more information regarding studies in Flanders visit: http://www.studyinflanders.be/en/education-system/admission-requirements/

International recognition

According to the ranking of the Swiss Economic Institute, Belgium is the most globalised country in the world. The Programme for International Student Assessment ranks Belgium's education as the 19th best in the world.

As part of the Bologna Process, the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO) certifies study programmes in the Flemish region.

Grading system

Both in Flanders and the French Community the grading system for higher education consists of five possible grades: Failure, Sufficient, Good, Very Good and Excellent.

Visa information

Nationals of the Member States of the European Union (EU) and of the European Economic Area do not need a visa to reside and study in Wallonia-Brussels.

Non-EEA citizens need a visa or an authorisation to enter Belgium. Non-EEA students should apply for an Authorisation for Provisional Stay or Visa Type D, allowing them to stay in Belgium for a period longer than three months. For non-EEA students, the Authorisation for Provisional Stay is also commonly known as student visa. As a rule you must apply for this visa at the Belgian Consulate or Embassy in your country.

When visiting the embassy or consulate you will need the following documents:

  • Valid passport (with at least one year’s validity remaining).
  • Permission to enrol at the higher education institution.
  • Proof you can support yourself.
  • Certificate of good conduct.
  • Medical certificate.
  • Recent passport pictures, signed on the back.
  • Financial support declaration.

For more information study visa for Flanders visit: http://www.studyinflanders.be/en/preparing-your-stay/visa-requirements/

For more information regarding study visa for Wallonia-Brussels visit: http://www.studyinbelgium.be/en/how-apply?quicktabs_9=1#quicktabs-9

Living in Belgium

  • Regardless of the location of your university, the tuition fee for one year of studies usually amounts to about 850 EUR.
  • In addition to the basic tuition fees, students from outside the European Union are required to pay additional fees: 1,900 to 4,000 EUR. The exact amount is determined by the university for each individual student.
  • If you wish to study art, the tuition fee is 200 to 450 EUR, depending on the study duration.
  • Many universities provide rooms for students at about 200 euros per month. Renting a studio flat will cost at least 400 EUR per month.
  • Generally, living expenses in Belgium will cost around 850 EUR per month.
  • Belgians strive for quality and attach great importance to efficiency and achieving results.

Regulations & Advice

Founding EU member

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. Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French and German. Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg were known as the Low Countries.

Brussels is the capital of Belgium, Flanders and the European Union and is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Brussels harbours the headquarters of the Council of the European Union, of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and 1000 other international organisations. The city draws together cultures from all over Europe.

Belgium has a population of over ten million people and one in every ten inhabitants of Belgium is a foreign national.

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