Belgium is a sovereign state in Western Europe bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, and the North Sea.
Students who are still considering whether they should make a move to Belgium, can do so without any compromise. This is because, Belgium isn’t an expensive place to live, making it a great place to study abroad for the cost-conscious student. In Brussels, there are also many discounts available for students, and elsewhere in Belgium there are opportunities for international students.
Getting a scholarship offer to study in Belgium might be a daunting task. Although, Scholarships are available for studying in Belgium, the country has basic tuition fees that are standard across the country. The fees ranges from 900 euros for one year of studies in Belgium. In addition to these basic tuition fees, students from outside the EU will be required to pay additional fees of between 2,000 euros and 4,000 euros.
If you choose to study in Belgium, you’ll be allowed to work part-time in order to earn some extra money whilst you study. If you’re an international student, you may need to gain a work permit, so it is worthwhile checking with your embassy once you arrive in Belgium on your study abroad experience.
Here are a list of universities in Belgium with the most affordable tuition fees:
- UC Leuven-Limburg – average tuition fees 1,800 EUR/year
- University of Namur – average tuition fees 835 EUR/year
- Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) – average tuition fees between 835 and 1,700 EUR/year
- University of Liège – average tuition fees 835 EUR/year
If you’ve made up your mind to study in Belgium, do not be overly bothered about the language barrier, especially, if you are from an English speaking country. Most courses in Belgium are taught in French, although there are an increasing amount of internationally aimed courses that allow you to study in Belgium in English. If you’re applying for a course that is taught in French, you’ll have to have excellent French language skills. You’ll quite often have to pass a French proficiency test in order to be offered a place on the course.
If you choose to study in Belgium in English, you’ll have to provide proof that you hold appropriate English language skills by showing the results of an accepted English Language test. You typically need a score of at least 6.0 IELTS or TOEFL 550 (Paper Based), 213 (Computer Based) in order to study in Belgium in English.