Belgium is situated in Europe. It is a lively and cosmopolitan society with a multicultural and multi lingual environment. International students choosing Belgium as a study abroad destination have an opportunity to enjoy a pleasant and environment, friendly people and fine cuisine and most of all pursue their academic interests.
The country command a significate postion in Europe both politically, culturally and economically. Belgium is famous from beer, diamonds, shipping and the fashion industry.Many students flock to the country for PH.D. programs. There are many research laboratories especially for fields such as life sciences, nanotechnologies, information technologies, etc. Moreover, the international surveys confirm the quality of their work is superior and can be counted among the best in the world.
The majority of higher education establishments are located in urban centres that are easily accessible by public transport (train, tram, bus, underground). Students benefit from a whole range of facilities like shops, swimming pools, sports centres, cinemas and theatres.
Belgian universities offer basic academic courses, advanced academic training courses, doctoral programmes, post-academic training and various international study programmes (Masters’) in the fields of theology, philosophy, law, economics and applied economics, political and social sciences, medico-social health sciences, dentistry, pharmaceutical sciences, physical education and physiotherapy, sciences, language and literature / history, archeology and art science, psychology and educational sciences, medical sciences, engineering and applied biological sciences.
Cost of living and study in Belgium
Cost of Living:-Living costs depends a lot on your lifestyle and on the city you live in. As goes for most places, big cities will be more expensive than rural areas. The living cost in Belgium is approximately 550 – 650 €/month. This includes accommodation, food, utility bills and travel.
Tuition cost:-Study fees at Belgian higher education institutions amount to €500 per year for most of the study programs. In some cases it can cost slightly more, like for postgraduate courses.
Admission procedure for study in Belgium
o be admitted into any course candidates need to have a Bachelor degree or an equivalent academic degree of minimum three years of undergraduate study corresponding to 180 ECTS. Students in their final year of their Bachelor degree may be admitted in the Master programme on the condition that their Bachelor degree is awarded before they enroll for the programme. All candidates also need to have followed courses in mathematics, statistics and economics as well as agricultural, food and environmental sciences(whatever field of study they have chosen) at least at a basic level.Candidates must agree to complete the academic curriculum in two consecutive academic years and to the terms in the study contract as specified by the AFEPA consortium.
Candidates from English speaking countries must provide an official letter from their university from which they have graduated attesting that English is the medium of instruction. All other candidates need to provide evidence that they master English at a level corresponding to a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version) or 79 (internet version) or a minimum overall band IELTS score of 6 or with a signal deemed equivalent by the AFEPA consortium. Candidates who choose to study at UCL and UPC also need to prove that their command of French and Spanish, respectively, is sufficient for them to participate in courses at these two institutions. If French and Spanish are neither their mother tongue nor the language of their past study, it is advised that these candidates obtain the B1 threshold level of the Common European Framework of Reference, i.e., they can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. For French, it corresponds to the DELF B level.
The following are required to start the procedure for admission and should be sent to the Student administration office .Applicants whose application is judged favorably will receive a letter of acceptance in duplicate by registered mail. This letter of acceptance is required to complete the registration process.
1.A completed application form.
2.A copy of passport or identity card
3.A typewritten CV containing among others details of previous studies and/or professional activities (this CV must be written in Dutch, French, English or German).
4.A legalized copy of the diploma, certificate or other official statement that gives access to the chosen program.
If this diploma or certificate has been issued in another language than Dutch, French, English or German, it must be accompanied by a translation in one of these four languages.
5.To obtain exemptions for courses in study program or to obtain permission to register for a master/advanced master program with a foreign bachelor/master diploma, the following documents are necessary:
- Academic certificates or transcripts of the diploma’s concerned, showing information about all courses, the study load for each course,
- The examination results for each course
- The title of the dissertation (if applicable)
- The final evaluation
- A description of all courses in Dutch, French, English or German The description of the courses is not the same as academic transcript. The description should be a small summary of each course listed on the candidate’s academic transcript. The application will not be processed without this required document.
- A copy of the dissertation (if applicable). If the dissertation is not written in Dutch, French, English or German you can add a summary of the dissertation in one of these four languages (must not be translated by a sworn translator)
- Applicants that are enrolled in the final year of their academic bachelor or master’s program should submit an official letter in English from their university confirming that the student is expected to finalize his/her course at the end of the current academic year, and submit up-to-date authenticated transcripts with the results of the previous years
- Only for medical studies: a copy of the certificate of passing the entrance examination medical doctor/dentist
For obtaining a shortening of duration of study based upon a diploma of medical doctor obtained outside Belgium you need to add the certificate of passing the ‘Interuniversity entrance examination for medicine – partial equivalence’.
Top universities in Belgium
Some of the best and top universities in Belgium 2012-2013 are Haute Ecole de la Province de Liège, Haute Ecole EPHEC, Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen University College (KHK), University of Antwerp (UA), University of Kent