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About Belgium

Brussels, capital of Belgium, is the seat of the European institutions, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and more than 1,000 international organisations and companies. It is the ideal place to study in an international and multilingual environment offering numerous networking opportunities.

Want to visit other European countries and cities? The main European capitals (Paris, Amsterdam, London or Berlin) are within easy reach of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, so you can effortlessly organise a trip during your studies.

Higher Education Institutions in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation have three objectives: teaching, research and serving the community.

Educational perspective

The Bologna Process integrated higher education systems across Europe and resulted in the creation the 48-nation European Higher Education Area (EHEA) in 2010.

As part of the Area, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation is committed to guaranteeing high-quality higher education, promoting student mobility, furthering internationalisation, and broadening access to higher education.

Studying in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation will open doors to studying in other European countries where your qualifications will be readily recognised and, eventually, will give you access to the whole European job market.

Why choose Belgium – From a student perspective

The great wealth of higher education in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation lies in the diversity of the offer. Students have the opportunity of following courses organised in a single cycle (meeting specific vocational goals and leading to the award of a Bachelor's degree) or organised in two cycles (combining both general and specialised training, based on research results) in 26 fields grouped into four areas:

  • Human and Social Sciences
  • Health
  • Science and Technology
  • Art




Varies from one university to the other

Passport validity requirement

Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay if you plan on transiting a Schengen country.

Living cost

In addition to the tuition fees, your budget mainly depends on the type of accommodation chosen and your lifestyle.

Here are a few figures that will give you some idea of the monthly expenses you will need to cover:

Courses, books 50 €
Accommodation 400 €
Food 300 €
Healthcare (insurance, medical costs) 30 €
Public transport 50 €
Miscellaneous (telephone, leisure …) 100 €
Or a total of around 930 €/ month

After studies – settlement options

Once you have resided in Belgium for five years and if you plan to live in Belgium long term, you may be eligible to apply for either Belgian citizenship or permanent residency.