Study in Belgium Home to the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and other EU institutions and international organizations such as NATO, Belgium has a friendly, cosmopolitan, and international community at the heart of Europe. One of the founding members of the European Union, Belgium also hosts world-renowned institutions of higher education. It doesn't matter if you are planning to study bachelor's, Master or PhD in Belgium. degree, or enroll in a summer study abroad, the Belgian education system is designed to offer students a wide range of subjects and study opportunities. Although the usual languages of instruction are French and/or Dutch, you can find many degrees offered in English, German, or any other foreign language aimed at international students.
Cost of Study and Living in Belgium
Belgium uses the Euro (€) as its currency.
There are public and private institutions in Belgium and your tuition fee depends on which one you choose. If you are from an EU/EEA country and choose to go to a public institution, expect to pay around €850 per year. If you are from any other country, expect to pay between €1,000 and €4,000 per year. For a master's or doctoral degree, most students must pay an application fee. A private company will charge more than this. Scholarships are available, but they are competitive. For more information, contact your chosen company.
Your living expenses will depend on where you choose to live, as well as whether you stay in university accommodation or private accommodation. On average, your living expenses can range from €750 to €1,100 per month. This includes accommodation, travel, groceries and course equipment.
Depending on where you are from, you may be able to get a part-time job to help with your living expenses. If you are from an EU/EEA country, you can work without any additional permits. No matter which country you are from, you may need permission in the form of a work permit to work during your studies and may be allowed to work up to 20 hours. Your university can provide information on this.
Another expense to consider is health insurance. If you are an EHIC holder, you can access healthcare once you join a 'module' at the same price as Belgian citizens. If you do not hold an EHIC, you will need to purchase health insurance or ensure that a current policy is valid for your stay in Belgium. To get health benefits, you need to join 'Mutule'.