Study in Belgium
Studying in Belgium, where the capital, Brussels, hosts major European institutions, offers the experience of living in one of the most cosmopolitan countries within the Schengen area. Belgium is divided into three distinct regions – Wallonia, Flanders, and Brussels-Capital – each primarily characterized by either French, Dutch, or bilingual, and in some cases, German, linguistic influences. Extremely attractive to international students from Europe and elsewhere, its higher education establishments are ranked among the best in Europe and the world, particularly in the arts, and its teaching, across all specialities, is of a high standard.
The Belgian higher education system
Although the undergraduate education system differs from region to region and from subject to subject, Belgium, which applies the LMD: Licence-Master-Doctorat (Bachelor’s-Master’s-Doctorate) system, offers both academic and vocational (shorter) courses in Wallonia and Flanders. Its Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees are recognized throughout Europe and the rest of the world. Note that to gain access to its universities and other educational institutions, whatever the region, Belgium requires the equivalence of your secondary or university diploma.
Higher education institutions and fields of study
Regardless of whether the region is French-speaking Wallonia or Dutch-speaking Flanders, and although there are differences between its universities and colleges, particularly in terms of admission requirements, there is a wide choice for international students. While the universities offer specialisations in medicine and health, engineering, arts, history, political and social sciences, education, literature and translation, and philosophy, the “Haute Ecole” offer long or short curricula in disciplines such as agronomy, applied arts, economics, para-medicine, social pedagogy, technology and translation-interpreting. As for private institutions, they specialize in programs in information technology, tourism and business.
The academic year is divided into 2 semesters, from September to December and from January to May.
To obtain a student visa, contact TLS. It can take up to 60 days from the submission of the application by the candidate.
Requirements vary from region to region.
In French-speaking Wallonia: at undergraduate level, no test is required, except for some programs; at Master’s level, certification is required in English or French, depending on the language of instruction and the program.
In Dutch-speaking Flanders: at Bachelor’s or Master’s level, certification is required in Dutch or English, depending on the language of instruction.
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