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Study in Belgium

Quick facts

  • Population: 11,311,117 (2016)
  • Capital: Brussels
  • Geographical size: 30,528 km2
  • GDP: €421,611 billion (2016)
  • Official EU language(s): Dutch, French and German
  • Currency: Euro

Overview

The Kingdom of Belgium has a federal state structure, organised into three Communities:

  • Flanders – the Flemish Community (Dutch speaking)
  • Wallonia – the French Community (French speaking)
  • a smaller German Community (German speaking) in the eastern part of Belgium

Each Community has its own government and ministry of education. The capital city, Brussels, links to the communities.

 

More about studying abroad in Belgium

 

Due the adoption of the Bologna process, higher education in Belgium is organised as per the bachelor, master and doctorate system and has three types of institutions that are recognized by the Belgian government: universities, university colleges and art colleges, all of which provide many courses and programs to choose from.

The universities provide long-term courses for bachelor’s and master’s studies and are the only ones that offer doctorate level programs. On the other hand, the university colleges and art colleges provide long-term programs for bachelor’s and master’s studies or short-term courses for a vocational bachelor’s degree.

While most bachelor level courses will be taught in Dutch or French, there are plenty of courses, particularly at master’s level and above, that are entirely taught in English. Alternatively, universities often offer cheap (or free) courses in Dutch or French as well.

Your tuition fee will depend on which of these you choose and whether they are a public or private institution. That said, there are scholarship programs available for students in need of funding, but they are competitive.

Study in Belgium: A Guide for International Students

 

Renown as the official headquarters of the European Union, Belgium has long been considered the heart of Western Europe. Rich in beauty and culture, this small nation’s heritage manifests itself in some of the most beautiful, fairy-tale settings Europe has to offer. Full of medieval towns and renaissance architecture, Belgium is not only a great place to study abroad, it’s a must-see travel destination!

Bordered by The Netherlands, Germany, Luxemburg and France, Belgium is ideally located for cheap and fast access to most of Europe’s great capitals. The country’s history is best reflected in its territorial and language-based divisions, which can be separated into three regions and three communities.

To the north of the country lies the region of Flanders, which is home to the Flemish-speaking community and where the influence of the Netherlands predominates. The southern region is called Wallonia (ex-Walloon) and is where you can find most of the French-speaking community. The smaller German-speaking community of Belgium lives to the east of the country.

The capital city of Brussels is the third region and is the coming together of all these communities in one place. Home to both the European Parliament and NATO, Brussels has something for everyone and ranked as one of the top 50 student cities of the world!

Belgium is a free for all celebration of culture and one of the best educational destinations Europe has to offer. Don’t believe us? See for yourself! Read through our Study Abroad in Belgium Guide and begin looking for a program that fits you best today!