Moving to Belgium

With an expert international team on your side

Is there anywhere better to study than Belgium? When you choose Vlerick, you get to live and study in the heart of Europe. You join our diverse, international community of students, professionals and alumni from all over the world. You live and learn on our campuses in the beautiful cities of Brussels, Ghent and Leuven – and you take the leap into expat life with the full support of our International Office, Masters and Full-time MBA teams.

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Studying from the heart of Europe

Based in Brussels, Vlerick is the perfect place for international students. People from across the world live and work here – creating a diverse, multicultural population. Brussels is also the capital of the EU and home to major financial and multinational organisations. It’s the ideal location to develop an international mindset – and to build a network to support you throughout your career, wherever in the world it takes you.

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Our International Office is here for you

We support our international students at every step of their move to Belgium. And we’re here for you throughout your time with us. Once registered, join our Moving to Belgium webinars and International Welcome Days. And celebrate with us at our annual International Festival.

Students

Your guide to moving to Belgium

All the steps you need to take to join us are covered in our International Student Guide. Download it to discover how to do everything from applying for a visa and finding accommodation, through to accessing healthcare and setting up a bank account. It also sets out information on the average cost of living, how you can learn French and Dutch if you are interested, and much more.

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Gateway to the rest of Europe

When you study at Vlerick, the rest of Europe is on your doorstep. Major hubs including Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Luxembourg and Paris are all an easy train journey away. And if you want to explore everything Belgium has to offer, expect to encounter history, heritage, art, gastronomy – and a friendly, welcoming environment everywhere you go.


Success stories

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Ghent is a beautiful, lively and safe student city, and the Vlerick campus is located minutes away from the city centre. My favourite spot, especially in spring, is near Bijloke! Belgium is also compact and easy to get around, with Ghent being well connected to many major cities. Antwerp is a personal favourite of mine for the great museums, restaurants, bars, cafés, and shops. Ghent is definitely very liveable and you always feel the support from Vlerick staff whenever you need help settling in.

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With an incredible start-up culture, an international vibe, and amazing cities to explore close by, Brussels made my learning experience fun and enriching. And let's be honest, the fries, waffles, and beer are out of this world! As an international student and a travel enthusiast, studying in Belgium allowed me to experience a unique blend of culture, innovation, and travel. I could visit beautiful cities like Bruges and Amsterdam over the weekend and learn at the same time.

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One of the biggest perks of studying in Brussels was definitely its central location which made it easy to go on weekend getaways with my friends anywhere in central Europe. The city's vibrant and diverse community provided endless opportunities to experience the unique Belgian lifestyle, while the programme's focus on practical, real-world skills made for a truly immersive learning experience. The staff and faculty were incredibly friendly and supportive, providing mentorship and guidance every step of our journey.

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Coming to Vlerick meant I had the opportunity to study at one of the top business schools in Europe. It’s also given me the chance to explore the beautiful city of Leuven. Leuven is a cosy student city - the markets, the architecture, and the canals are wonderful. But what really makes this experience special is the people. The Vlerick community is so friendly and welcoming, and you can make incredible friends from all over the world.


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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply for a Belgian student visa?

We recommend applying for a student visa type D with multiple entries that’s valid for your entire programme. It can take up to three months to get your visa, so make sure you contact the Belgian embassy or consulate in your country as soon as you get proof of enrolment from our admissions office. 

You will need to pay an administrative fee of €237 to the embassy and a long-stay visa fee of €180 (or the equivalent in your local currency). If you receive a scholarship, you don’t need to pay the administrative fee.

You will also need to prove solvency. The most common methods our students use are:

  1. Blocked account: This is the fastest and most reliable way to do it. You can transfer €11,400 into Vlerick’s account and get a financial certificate to prove solvency. We then pay back the money in 12 instalments of €950 from September 2024 to August 2025.
  2. Pledge of financial support (also called Annex 32): This involves someone acting as a guarantor for your expenses. This person can be a relative up to the third degree, a non-EU citizen authorised to reside in the EU, an EU citizen, or a Belgian. This is a longer process however, while the guarantor’s monthly salary should be at least € 2,837.53 net.

Extra step for Chinese students: APS

If you apply for your student visa with a Chinese degree, then you need to provide an APS certificate. Please contact the APS administration in Beijing at info@aps.org.cn. Their screening will involve an authenticity check and an interview. Note that you will need your APS certificate before applying for a visa, so make sure to have this latest by the end of April. Find out more on www.aps.org.cn/zh/.

For more information, please contact your local Belgian embassy or consulate – or visit www.diplomatie.be.

How do I find accommodation in Belgium?

Download our International Student Guide above for our accommodation tips!

How can I use my Vlerick degree in other countries?

Request the legalisation of your Vlerick degree via e-mail to NARIC Flanders at naric.legalisaties@vlaanderen.be. Add all documents you wish to legalise in separate pdf files, and a front and back copy of your residence card. This service is free. In case the country you wish to use your degree in requires an apostille, then mention this and the name of the specific country in your e-mail to NARIC. This service costs 20 euro per document.

For apostilles, you can also take your original documents to the FPS Foreign Affairs. You can check what the country you are traveling to requires on the following website: https://diplomatie.belgium.be/en/legalisation-documents.

What is the average living cost in Belgium?

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.