Many universities in Belgium have a strong international outlook and composition as well as a strong position in the international rankings. Belgium is one of the countries in Western Europe that has low and affordable tuition universities for international students to study in.
General Admission Requirements for Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD Studies at the Universities in Belgium
International students desiring to study in Belgium should note that the admission requirements for studies at public higher education institutions in Belgium sometimes differ depending on whether you intend to study in the Flemish, French or the German-speaking community. Note We suggest you to contact the higher education institution of your choice to find out the terms of admission after reading this article.
Undergraduate entry Requirements/First cycle studies (bachelor’s)
If you are applying for studies at the undergraduate level, you must possess some documents to get you started.
- A relevant Secondary school result/High school result/Secondary Certificats/Diplomes/Diploma programmes result recognised to be equivalent to the upper secondary education certificate issued in Wallonia-Brussels.
Specific requirements in the Flemish community
If you are registering for a program in Medicine or Dentistry, you will have to pass an admission test. The admission test is organized every year by the Ministry of Education in Belgium.
A skills test is also required for students who wish to pursue an artistic education, such as “Visual Arts”, “Audiovisual Arts” or “Music and Performing Arts”. The test is organized by each institution.
Specific requirements in the French community
Apart from the general admission requirements, students are required to pass an entrance examination if they wish to register for studies in applied sciences.
Postgraduate entry Requirements/Second cycle studies (master’s)
For master’s studies, you must have any of the below documents
- A Bachelor degree or equivalent degree diploma
- A Licencié / Licentiaat (or another two cycle diploma) with good grades will be considered for admission to a Masters degree.
Doctorate entry Requirements/Third cycle studies (PhD)
For Doctoral studies at any institution in Belgium, you must be in possession of a
- A relevant diploma or master’s degree program.
Language requirements for studies at universities in Belgium
If the course you want to study is extremely competitive, you will need to be very fluent in the language of instruction for that course as this will bolster your chance of being successful. Similarly, you will have to prove your proficiency in Dutch, French or German depending on whether the program is offered by an institution in the Flemish, French or German-speaking Community. For programs conducted in a foreign languages (e.g English), you will be required to prove your knowledge of the language of instruction. IELTS is widely accepted to prove proficiency in English.
List of Universities in Belgium
- Brussels University
- Catholic University of Louvain
- Faculte Polytechnique de Mons
- Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
- Limburgs Universitair Centrum
- Royal Military Academy
- Universite Libre de Bruxelles
- University of Ghent
- University of Kent
- University of Liege
- University of Namur
- Vesalius College (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)Boston University
- Brexgata University Academy
- Flanders Business School
- Université de Liège
- Universiteit Antwerpen
- Universiteit Gent
- Vrije Universiteit Brussel
American Universities in Belgium
- Boston University
- American University
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