The country Belgium, is located in Western Europe. It’s known for medieval towns, Renaissance architecture and has headquarters of the European Union and NATO. The country has distinctive regions including Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north, French-speaking Wallonia to the south and a German-speaking community to the east.
To enrol for your masters study in Belgium, It’s important you know this.
There are two types of Masters degrees in Belgium:
- Initial Masters (two years – 120 ECTS)
- Advanced Masters (1 year – 60 ECTS) for those who already have a Masters qualification or equivalent
The Belgian advanced Masters (as well as the two-year initial Masters) does give access to doctoral studies.
Important notes: Belgium has over 40 higher education institutions divided as follows:
- Universities – award Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Ph.D. degrees
- University colleges – provide only Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees without doctoral degrees
- Arts colleges – degrees specialised in art and design fields
- Business and management schools – dedicated mostly to graduate degrees in business
2018 Top 7 Belgian University Ranking
1.Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
3.Université Libre de Bruxelles
4.Université Catholique de Louvain
5.Université de Liège
6.Vrije Universiteit Brussel
How to apply to universities in Belgium
You can apply through the official website dedicated to higher education studies in Belgium.
You can also contact your chosen university first and check if you can simply apply through their website. Carefully check all the required application documents and make sure they are all translated into English. For instance, an internationally recognised Bachelor’s degree or equivalent is the main requirement when enrolling in a Master’s degree at a university in Belgium.
International students who obtain a master’s degree in Belgium may work for a Belgian company after graduation. However, the right to work is not automatic, so students should check the current laws if they are offered a position. At a minimum, students may be required to obtain a work permit; this applies to students from both EU and non-EU countries.
Students who wish to continue their studies may be admitted to a doctoral program and join a research team after obtaining their masters degree in Belgium.
FEE And FINANCE:
Masters fees in Belgium can be affordable but non-EU students will pay more (around €3,000) Some courses such as the LLM (Masters of Law), MBA, Erasmus Mundus or Medicine/Dentistry-related programmes can cost considerably more.
As a Masters student in Belgium you may also need to pay the following additional fees:
- Application fee, if applicable: €50-100
- Medical insurance (if from outside the EU): €100-150
- Third Party Liability insurance: around €15
Non-EU member students who do not have health insurance from their home country that covers a stay in Belgium are required to join a “mutuelle” to receive health care benefits. Students from EU countries must have a European health insurance card from their home country; this card allows them to join a mutuelle under the same conditions as a Belgian national. Health insurance costs about €50 per quarter for each person and must be paid during the term of study.