Living and Studying in the Heart of Europe

International Talent, why come to Belgium? Is this a question playing around in your mind? Choosing a school can be hard, but choosing the location where you want to study even harder! In this section, we inform you about Belgium. About its opportunities, strengths and economy.

Vacature Magazine published an interesting article about why foreigners should come to Belgium to live and work. In this article '11x best of Belgium' the authors worked out 11 reasons why Belgium is attractive: perfect reading material for new talent that wishes to come to Belgium to study. 

To London, Paris and Amsterdam in no time

Many countries claim to be ‘in the heart of Europe’ - but only Belgium really is! Based in one of our campuses in Ghent, Leuven or Brussels, you can hop to Frankfurt, London or Amsterdam in only 3 hours. Brussels is not only the Capital of Belgium, the city also houses the headquarters of the European Union, NATO and many other global institutions. In addition, thousands of 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 and historical buildings.

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 from 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

  • Come prepared!
    Studying and living abroad implies paper work and other official formalities. To help you work your way through the ocean of information, we have gathered key information to settle in one of Belgium's cities.
    Need more info on Leuven or Ghent? Check out our Community website!
    Still having difficulties getting around the practicalities? Contact your Programme Manager!
  • 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. Note that applying for a visa may take up to two months!
    Not clear? Contact our Student Administration office!
  • Healthcare 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. Want to find out more? 

  • Bank Information
    For monthly payments (rent etc.), it’s preferred to open a current account.
    Want more info on opening an account and on student loans? Check out our Fees and Scholarships page!

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 Flemish region of Belgium.
  • provide information on studying and living in Flanders.

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