Want To Study In Europe? These Are 9 Of The Best Schools In Belgium

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Belgium offers world-renowned universities, excellent opportunities for international networking, multicultural population, a host of fabulous cuisines, beautiful countryside and multilingual cities. The higher education system in Belgium is one of esteem and quality.

The Belgian educational system offers subsidized tuition fees estimated to be about €4,175 for international students although, only a few courses are English taught. Universities offer high-quality training in both basic and applied programmes in 21 extremely varied fields in the human and social sciences, health, art and science and technology.

Higher education institutions in Belgium include universities, university colleges, art colleges, institutes of architecture and the Royal Military Academy.

In Belgium, a bachelor’s degree usually takes three years (180 credits) to complete and a master’s degree (120 credits) one to two years. Bachelor’s degrees are categorized as either a ‘professional/vocational bachelor’ or an ‘academic bachelor’. Bachelor and master’s degrees can be awarded by both colleges and universities in Belgium, while PhDs are only awarded by universities.

In addition to the tuition fees, your budget mainly depends on the type of accommodation chosen and your lifestyle, you will need about €950 per month. University accommodation in Belgium is often readily available for short-term or international students; however, if you wish to rent a private flat, it’s often necessary to sign a one-year contract. Expect to pay between €150 and €675 per month. As an international student, you’re allowed to work if you’re in a full time course in a higher establishment recognized by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and in possession of a valid residence permit. Its student vibrant cities are Brussels, Liège, Leuven, Antwerp, Bruges, and Ghent.

To apply to a Belgian university the necessary application credentials and requirements you must have to be eligible include:

  • Senior School Certificate with at least 6 credited subjects including English and Mathematics (WAEC, NECO, GCE)
  • Year one university education transcripts
  • Bachelor degree certificate
  • Full university transcripts
  • English language proficiency requirements (TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English, etc)
  • French or Dutch language proficiency requirements if applicable, these include DELF, CNavT, etc
  • Tuition fees
  • A duly completed and signed university application form
  • A copy of your passport or identity card.
  • Curriculum vitae with the following data: name and first name, place and date of birth, official address, phone number and email address, summary of previous studies (secondary and higher education) and professional activities if applicable
  • Legalized copy of your educational certificates, such as WAEC, Bachelor degree, etc. legalization of certificates involves the following three places such as

*Ministry of Education
*Ministry of Foreign Affairs
*And the Embassy of Belgium

  • An academic transcript of your SSCE or Bachelor degree with the following information:
    *all attended courses
    * the study load of each course (indicated in contact hours and study points or (ECTS) credits)
    *the examination results
    *the title of the dissertation (thesis)
    *the final evaluation
  • Letter of recommendations from professors, employers, HOD, etc
  • Letter of motivation
  • A copy of your dissertation (thesis).
  • Application fee of €50

These documents need to be written in Dutch, English, French or German and stamped by the issuing university.

There are several universities in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (Belgium). Majority are recognized and subsidized by the Federation with English taught programs, here are nine of them:

 1. Catholic University of Louvain (UCL)

This is a catholic university located in Louvain-la-Neuve in Wallonia, Belgium. It offers courses in faculties of Theology, Law and Criminology, Economics, Social and Political Sciences and Communication, Management, Philosophy, Arts and Literature, Psychology and Educational Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, Public Health, Motor Sciences, Sciences, Louvain School of Engineering, Architecture, Architectural Engineering and Urban Planning, Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering.

2. University of Namur (UNamur)

This university is located in Namur; it is a Catholic public university in the French Community of Belgium. It offers teaching and research in six Faculties in the fields of:

  • Philosophy and Letters
  • Law
  • Economic, Social, and Management Sciences
  • Computer Sciences
  • Sciences
  • Medicine

3. Free University of Brussels (ULB)

It is located in Brussels, Belgium. The university is organized into 8 faculties with specialties in education, research, and service to the community. The university provides bachelor, master, and doctoral education cover a broad range of fields of:

  • Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences and Solvay Business School
  • Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Faculty of Sciences and Bio-engineering Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Arts and Philosophy
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy
  • Faculty of Law and Criminology

4. University of Mons (UMons)

This is a new Belgian university located in the city of Mons. It consists of seven faculties, three institutes, four research centres focusing in twenty research fields. These faculties are listed as;

  • Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Translation and Interpretation (EII)
  • Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning
  • Faculté Polytechnique de Mons (FPMs) – Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Economics and Management

5. University of Liège (ULg)

This public university is located in the French community in Liège, Wallonia, Belgium. It consists of 10 Faculties, 2 schools and 45 departments such as;

  • Faculty of Philosophy and Letters
  • Faculty of Law and Political Science
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science (Applied Science)
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Agronomical Science and Biological Engineering
  • Faculty of Psychology and Education
  • Faculty of Social Science
  • Faculty of Architecture & Urban Planning

6. University of Ghent (UGhent)

This public research university is located in Ghent, Belgium. It has a variety of top world rankings under its belt. The Ghent University consists of eleven faculties, composed of more than 130 departments. These departments include;

  • Faculty of Bio-science Engineering
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Sciences
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  • Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Political and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

7. Catholic University of Leuven

The University of Leuven was founded at the centre of the historic town of Leuven. There are 4 English bachelor programs and many different Master programs in English. The faculties in this university includes the Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Economics & Business, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Faculty of Engineering Science, Faculty of Engineering Technology , Arts, Law, Social Sciences, etc.

8. University of Antwerp (UAntwerp)

This university is located in the city of Antwerp, Belgium. The University of Antwerp has 33 academic bachelor programmes, 69 master programmes, 18 master-after-master programmes and 23 postgraduates. In addition, there are 31 programmes completely taught in English (13 master, 14 master-after-master and 4 postgraduate programmes). All of these programmes are divided into 9 faculties such as The faculty of Applied Economics, Applied Engineering Sciences, Arts, Design Sciences, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical, Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Science

9. University of Hasselt

This university has campuses in Hasselt and Diepenbeek, Belgium. It offers academic courses from faculties of Medicine and Life Sciences, Sciences, Engineering technology, business economics, law, architecture and arts, and transportation science.

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