Hey!
Thinking of College in Europe?
Explore 9 Reasons to Study Abroad

This country at a glance

11577376
Total population.
23
Colleges that offer programs taught entirely in English.
42
English-taught bachelor's programs offered.
278
English-taught master's programs offered.

Best Universities in Belgium for International Students

These universities have been vetted to accepted international students and offer programs that have no foreign language requirements.

Why should I study in Belgium?

Experience the ‘Heart of Europe’ by studying in Belgium. With the European Union (EU) headquarters in the capital, Brussels, and cities such as Paris, London, and Amsterdam only a short distance away, the opportunities are endless in Belgium. Belgium is a thriving multicultural nation, which is famous for its multilingual cities, high living standards, friendly people, and, of course, its beer, Frites (French fries), and delectable chocolates. 

For a relatively small nation, it is unique in having three official languages (Flemish or Belgian Dutch, French, and German). Flemish is widely spoken in the Flanders area in the north, while the Wallonia region of the south is predominantly French-speaking. English is also widely spoken, especially in Brussels. Overall, Belgium offers the intrepid international student an international experience to match.

How to Get Into the Best Unis in Belgium

To apply for college in Belgium, you must furnish proof that you satisfy the conditions for higher education (diploma, academic record, or attestation). Entry exams are only required for certain programs, such as civil engineering, dental science, medical science, nautical sciences, and fine arts.

Proof of means requirements.

The student must provide proof that she or he has the minimum amount required to cover healthcare, living costs, study and repatriation costs. The minimum amount is fixed at 617 EUR/month for 12 months for the academic year 2015-2016. If a student has scholarships, the 617 EUR will be reduced by the value of the scholarships. Proof of means can be in the form of a certificate stating you have received a grant or scholarship, an agreement of financial responsibility from your sponsor, or your personal bank statement showing sufficient funds. 

Working in Belgium as an International Student

International students can work up to 20 hours per week.

Student Residence Options in Belgium

Students staying in Belgium for longer than 90 days are required to get a long-stay visa (D visa). You should apply at the local embassy or consulate in your home country after receiving your acceptance letter.

You will need the following:

  1. A completed and signed visa application form (in duplicate).
  2. A passport Proof of registration from a school proves that you satisfy the conditions for access to higher education (high school diploma, academic record, or letter that your academic credential is being taken for equivalence in Belgium).
  3. Proof of financial means and a medical certificate attesting that the applicant is not carrying diseases which might endanger public health. 

If you are over 21, a copy of your police record will be requested.

Health Insurance in Belgium for International Students

You must provide proof of insurance to get your visa. You can bring your own from your home country or pay into the Belgian system, which is among Europe's best.

Special notes

Find the college in Europe that fits you best.

Jump on the unique opportunity to find a degree from a top-ranking European university while still being able to study in English.

Explore cities in this country.

Listen to the College Insights™ Podcast

Podcast Icon

What Transparent Admissions Requirements Really Mean

Featuring Jennifer Viemont
It’s that time of year again… College admissions are on the minds of many students who have attempted to get into their choice schools across the US; it can be a deeply confusing and stressful time for many.
Podcast Icon

Master's Degrees in Europe for International Students

Featuring Jennifer Viemont
Her conversation partner this week is Sean Dempsey, a past BTS member and recent graduate of the highly-ranked KU Leuven, in Belgium.
Podcast Icon

Will a European Degree Work for Me in the US?

Featuring Jennifer Viemont
Is a degree from Europe valuable enough in the US? Does it allow students to get into grad school and get a good job? Who gives accreditation to universities in the States?
Podcast Icon

How to Get a Master's Degree in Europe

Featuring Jennifer Viemont
In today’s episode, Jenn has an interesting discussion with Tiffany, a parent of one of our members, Ethan. She became so interested in the Beyond the States process herself so that she’s amid planning admission for herself and her husband – for a Master degree program in the EU!
Podcast Icon

Avoid the Pitfalls of College Rankings

Featuring Jennifer Viemont
How useful are college rankings actually? What do they measure? Can you find great colleges in Europe without relying on rankings?
Podcast Icon

The Myth of American Exceptionalism

Featuring Jennifer Viemont
We're going to be talking about the differences in the educational experience, meaning the academic side of things that students have in Europe versus in the US. So I'm always taken aback when people assume that universities in the US are the best globally.

Beyond the States matches you with your ideal English-taught college in Europe.

Beyond the States provides access to 11,400+ European bachelor's and master's programs across 870 universities, 550 cities, and 212 areas of study, plus all the resources you need to get there. No sponsorships. No bias.
3400+
English-taught bachelor's programs in our database.
8000+
English-taught master's programs in our database.
550
Beautiful European cities to choose from.
870
Top-tier universities accepting international students.
€293,558
Typical savings against a private university in the US.
€55,098
Typical savings against in-state tuition in the US.
All inclusive of tuition, living, food, books, health insurance, travel expenses, as well as hidden fees. Compiled with data from students and the official websites from KU Leuven, UNC, and Duke.

Search free learning material

This form searches blog posts, cities, countries, colleges, areas of study, podcasts, and guides. It does not search the database. To search for programs and colleges, please sign up and login.
Get Into the Best Colleges in Europe
Find your best fit program and get all the help you need to get in.
Go