Being located in the heart of Europe, Vlerick Business School offers exchange students a unique opportunity to spend some time at our triple-accredited and top-ranked business school while immersing themselves in Belgium's culture. You will have the opportunity to expand your network, get to know major financial and multinational institutions, all the while enjoying the country's local specialties of chocolate, beer, waffles, and fries. Each of our programmes offers a transformative experience that ignites the entrepreneurial leadership fire, one that prepares you to live your dream, learn continuously, and leap with confidence. We invite you to come experience Vlerick first-hand during your exchange.
If you’re studying at one of our partner schools, this is how to apply for an exchange opportunity at Vlerick:
For exchanges starting in or around January:
For exchanges starting in September:
Remember - We can't accept late applications, nor exchange students from schools we don't have an agreement with.
If your application is accepted, we’ll be in touch with information on accommodation, local transport, healthcare, visa requirements, residence permits – and everything else you need to know.
We’ll also invite you to an orientation moment, where we’ll give you further information about your exchange. Download the International Student Guide to find out more about living in Belgium.
Download our International Student Guide above for our accommodation tips!
This largely depends on your lifestyle and type of housing, but Belgium and Brussels are cheaper than many European capitals like London, Paris and Stockholm. An average monthly cost is €950-€1,350 including housing, utility bills, food, healthcare and miscellaneous spending.
Is having health insurance necessary? A health insurance is mandatory to be able to study in Belgium. EU students should bring their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). If they are staying for a longer period, then they are advised to join a Belgian insurance fund for free. Non-EU students may need to obtain a private insurance covering their stay in Belgium.
You can get around in English almost everywhere in Belgium. However, Brussels is bilingual Dutch/French, although French is spoken mostly in the neighbourhood of our campus. This while the first language in Ghent and Leuven is most commonly Dutch. Learning one of our national languages is highly recommended even if only the basics to get by in everyday life. See our International Student Guide for tips on where to start!