Studying in Belgium

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.

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.

Why would foreigners come to Belgium to live and work?
Vacature Magazine answers this question with its '11x best of Belgium'.
Read the '6 reasons to love Belgium' by Esquire Magazine.

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.



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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Shark Tank Challenge — Can you handle it?
Date: 01 February 2017

January is over, exams are over! However, at Vlerick Business School, we as students are often assessed in other ways than just another standard, boring exam. Vlerick professors are quite often challenged to examinate their students in innovative, inspiring ways. One of the most inventive assessments we’ve had so far was the AB Inbev Shark Tank […]

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