Hasselt University

Hasselt, Belgium
Hasselt University is an innovative university which has a pronounced international orientation. Founded in 1971, it is the youngest university in Belgium. Hasselt University stands for excellence in education, top research in spearhead fields and active commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. The overall objective is to combine academic excellence with economic and social relevance.



Hasselt University was officially established in 1971 as ‘Limburgs Universitair Centrum’ (LUC), but it was not until 1973 that the university – literally – opened its doors and welcomed its first students. Over the past 50 years Hasselt University has grown into an innovative and dynamic university with 2 campuses (Diepenbeek and Hasselt) and 7 research institutes.


The faculties of Business Economics, Law, Medicine and Life Sciences, Architecture and Art, Industrial Engineering Technology, Sciences, and our School for Transportation Sciences offer attractive undergraduate, graduate and PhD programmes at a high academic level. The courses are research-led and students participate in the university’s research programmes from an early stage.


Hasselt University has chosen to concentrate a large proportion of its research resources in a number of research institutes. The institutes aim to cover the entire research spectrum, from fundamental research via strategic basic research to the building of concrete applications. Innovative research and the valorisation of it are therefore important components of the university’s research policy.

Research institutes:

  • Biomedical Research Institute (BIOMED)
  • Center for Environmental Sciences (CMK)
  • Center for Statistics (CenStat)
  • Expertise Center for Digital Media (EDM)
  • Research Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (KIZOK)
  • Institute for Materials Research (imo-imomec)
  • Transportation Research Institute (IMOB)

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Medicine & Health (1)


Student services

Hasselt is a dynamic student town where young people feel comfortable. It organizes all kinds of theatrical performances, music and pop festivals, either open air or in the well-known Ethias Arena. In addition, there is a large cinema near the campus.

Housing services

International students are required to find accommodation by themselves. In doing so they are recommended to follow the suggestions given below and to use the available assistance from UHasselt.

Library services

Many students use the library as a place to study. We expect everyone to respect the library's peace and quiet.

Visitors have the possibility to use three rooms for group work. Quiet conversation is allowed in these areas. Rooms must be reserved at the library desk.Visitors can make free use of the PCs at hand in the library.

Medical services

If you are from an EEA country you are insured through your own national health service by the European Health Insurance card (EHI). This card covers expenses in case of illness abroad, and is valid for a maximum of one year.

Student Life

Campus life

Hasselt University has two campuses: a green campus outside the city of Hasselt and a campus in town. Hasselt has a population of almost 75 000 and is the administrative and commercial centre of the province.

Student clubs

  • AIESEC Limburg: Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales
  • Ambifaarke: student brass band
  • CCG: Christian Campus Community
  • ESN Hasselt: the association for international and Erasmus students. ESN organises various activities to promote the integration of foreigh students on campus.
  • ExperienceIT: for students with a passion for IT
  • Inderdaad!: a youth group for gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the province of Limburg
  • JOSS: Joint Organisation of Statistics Scholars - an (alumni) association for Master's students in statistics
  • BeMSA Hasselt: Belgian Medical Student Association
  • CDS: Christian Democratic Students
  • LVSV: Liberal Flemish Student Association


  • 4% best Higher education institutions in U-Multirank 2017
  • 73 at Times Higher Education ranking of Young Universities 

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