Living and studying in the heart of Europe

Get an international perspective in Belgium

Choosing a school can be hard, but choosing the location where you want to study even harder! Belgium makes that decision easy. This small country in the heart of Europe has a number of strengths, not least of which in terms of employment opportunities and a prosperous economy.

Why would foreigners come to Belgium to live and work? Vacature Magazine answers this question with its '11x best of Belgium'.

Many countries claim to be ‘in the heart of Europe’, but only Belgium truly is! From any of our Belgian campuses you can be in Paris, Frankfurt, London or Amsterdam in less than three hours. Brussels is not only the capital of Belgium, it is also home to the headquarters of the European Union, NATO and many other global institutions. In addition, several thousand international companies have their headquarters or operational centres based in the area. Both Ghent and Leuven are bustling student towns, with beautiful medieval centres highlighted by abbeys, churches, museums, historical buildings and world-heritage sites.

Belgium is bubbling with culture

Belgium is a real Mecca for international culture fans. Its myriad of historical cities is home to an equally diverse array of world class dance, theatre, film and music.

Toon Berckmoes, General Manager of Cultuurnet Flanders

Belgium’s main advantage is that there are many different large, historical cities within a short distance of each other. The cultural landscape in these cities is also highly attractive. For people interested in dance, theatre, fashion, lifestyle and shopping Belgium is a virtual paradise!

Practical information

So, you've decided to take a Masters in Belgium?

Come prepared!

Studying and living abroad means a fair deal of paper work and other official formalities. To help you work your way through the ocean of information, we have gathered a few key tips for settling in Belgium.

Need more info on Ghent? Check out our community website!

Still having difficulties getting around the practicalities? Contact our International Office!

Visa Requirements

Unless you are a citizen of one of the European Union member states or a few other selected countries, you need to obtain a visa to reside in Belgium during your period of study. Check out all info on Visa requirements from the official Belgian Government site.

Note that applying for a visa may take up to two months! Not clear? Contact our International Office!

Health Care Insurance

Health care insurance covers part of your medical expenses in the event that you require medical treatment. All individuals resident in Belgium are required by law to be covered by health care insurance. As a foreign student, you are also subject to this requirement. You will receive more information on this through the International guide we send you, but in case of concerns, don't hesitate to contact our International Office.

Language Shower

Immerse yourself in an intensive 2-week language course. Meet your fellow students and discover their cultural diversity.

Languages offered: Dutch or French (basic level)
Timing: From 18 August until 29 August 2013. The Masters programmes will start on Wednesday 3 September 2013
Duration: 2 weeks with full morning sessions (30 hours of language instruction in total)
Fee: € 250. The fee includes access to a life-long online learning tool.
Registration: Sign up for via our registration form !


Looking for more detailed information on temporary or permanent housing in Belgium, living expenses and how to find accommodation in Leuven, Ghent or Brussels, check out our community page on accommodation!

Links about Belgium The official portal website of Belgium, where you can find all official information on studying, living and working, as well as general information. provides information on studying, living and working in the Belgian region of Flanders. This website was created specifically to provide information on studying and living in Flanders.


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The things that inspire me at Vlerick: The guest speakers who have a proven lesson to teach
Date: 26 February 2014

Post by Melissa Soto “Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” ― Mary Oliver Since the beginnings of our Master in Marketing, there have been several inspiring speakers. Some are core professors and others visit us to share their own experiences: their successes, their failures and how they did to [...]

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