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.
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.
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.
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.