Standard Degree Length
835-940 EUR (EU students)
940-6,000 EUR (international)
September - August
Good to Know
Belgium is a very multicultural county, especially since the country speaks three official languages: Dutch, French, and German. However, English is also widely spoken across the whole country. It is well known for its networking opportunities, making it an enriching education experience for students.
Bachelor’s degrees are typically completed within 3 years and equivalent to 180 ECTS.
Higher education in Belgium focuses on teaching, research and service to the moment. You can expect to be involved in plenty of research during your studies with support from expert professors, where you will have opportunities to create and test your ideas in modern laboratories.
Depending on the region you study in, you can expect courses to be taught in either Dutch or French, however there are English-taught courses also available.
Tuition fees are based on numerous factors including: nationality, institution, and the region of Belgium. However generally, EU/EEA students can expect lower tuition fees. As universities set their own fees, where fees are higher, this could indicate that the programme is more specialised or there may be scholarships available. Private universities, like many across the world, tend to be higher in their tuition fees, so you are advised to check with each individual institution.
For universities in the Flemish Region of Belgium, you can expect tuition fees to cost around 940 EUR for EU students and around 940-6,000 EUR for international students. You will also need to register for a credit or exam contract which will cost between 111-245 EUR.
For universities in the Wallonia Region of Belgium, you can expect tuition fees to cost no more than 835 EUR per year for EU students and 2,505 EUR for international students. If you are an international student, you may be exempt from paying international fee rates, please see https://www.studyinbelgium.be/en/studying-french-speaking-belgium-registration-fees for further information. Tuition fees do depend on the programme you wish to study so you are advised to check with individual institutions.
You can expect accommodation to cost around 200-1000 EUR per month depending on the region you live in. Monthly transport can be as cheap as 20 EUR per month with a student discount, and you will need to budget for other living costs such as food, study materials and social activities. Overall you should budget between between 370-600 EUR per month for these extra living costs.
There are various scholarships available for international students funded by the Belgium government and individual institutions. Some scholarships include:
The Belgian Technical Cooperation Scholarships https://www.ugent.be/en/research/funding/devcoop/btc.htm
The Science@Leuven Scholarships for International Students https://wet.kuleuven.be/english/scienceatleuvenscholarship
The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) Scholarship https://www.auf.org/ressources-et-services/bourses/
The Innoviris Scholarship https://innoviris.brussels/get-funded
Applications are submitted directly to universities through their own website and online application system so it is important to check what information they will need before applying.
You will be expected to provide some of the following documents: proof of identification, upper secondary qualifications, completed application form, TOEFL or IELTS for English-taught programmes or French or Dutch proficiency if you are applying for courses taught in these languages.
Most Belgium universities require you to write a motivation letter explaining why you would like study in Belgium.
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