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Studying in Belgium

Context

In Belgium, the Communities are responsible for taking decisions on services for individuals, such as education. The Flemish Community is therefore responsible for education in the Dutch-speaking part of the country whilst the French Community is the competent authority for the French-speaking part of Belgium, and the German-speaking Community for education in German.

Entry requirements for Belgium

If you are a national from a non-European Union country, you may need a visa to enter Belgian territory. For questions regarding visa and related matters, you should contact the Belgian embassy or Belgian consulate in your country or a neighbouring country.

All the information concerning visa applications for Belgium is available on the website of the Foreigners Department of the FPS Home Affairs, which is the competent Belgian authority for access to the territory, stay, residence and removal of foreigners in Belgium.

Once you have arrived in Belgium, details of your country's embassy or consulate may also be useful.

Grants

The Development Cooperation subsite lists all official bodies which offer grants in Belgium.

Accommodation

Many schools and universities have rooms available for students or provide lists of rooms which are available to rent locally. As such, it is advisable to contact your educational establishment to find out this information.

Education in the Flemish Community

You will find a comprehensive overview of all possibilities on the website Studying in Flanders.

Higher Education in Flanders is a brochure in pdf format. This brochure lists and explains the various degrees and diplomas which can be obtained from Flemish tertiary institutions. It also provides information on the range of study options in Flanders. The brochure gives a comprehensive overview of higher education establishments and financial information on all types of courses (e.g. grants).

The NARIC website and ENIC-NARIC website inform you whether your foreign diploma receives the same recognition in the Flemish Community as in your own country.

Education in the French Community

You will find a comprehensive overview of all possibilities on the website studyinbelgium.be

Discover the French-speaking Belgium is a brichure in pdf format. This brochure lists and explains the various degrees and diplomas which can be obtained from French-speaking tertiary institutions in Belgium. It also provides information on the range of study options in frenc-speaking Belgium. The brochure gives a comprehensive overview of higher education institutions and financial information on all types of courses (e.g. grants).

To find out if your university degree receives the same recognition in the French community, you can visit the ENIC-NARIC website.

Education in the German-speaking Community

On the website of the German-speaking Community, you can find an overview of opportunities for studying in German-speaking Belgium.

Other interesting links

 

VLIR-UOS scholarships to study in Flanders 2020-2021

Interested in studying a development relevant master programme in Flanders (Belgium)? Apply now for a VLIR-UOS scholarship!

The scholarship allows you to follow one of the 15 selected development relevant master programmes. The programmes are all taught in English and are organized at one of the 5 Flemish universities, ranking among the best in Europe. Former scholarship holders act as change agents in their respective organisations and contribute to solving challenges relevant to development.

Interested candidates from 31 eligible countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America can apply for a full scholarship. All information on the scholarships, eligibility criteria, available programmes, deadlines etc. can be found on the VLIR-UOS website: https://www.vliruos.be/en/scholarships/6

Click here to read the information brochure.