Studying in Flanders

Flanders is the Flemish (Dutch-speaking) Community of the federal Kingdom of Belgium. The capital of Flanders is Brussels, a capital it shares with Belgium and the European Union.

Flanders' six million inhabitants live right at the crossroads of Europe. Amsterdam, Köln, London and Paris are all within a radius of 300 km.

Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French and German. Dutch ('Flemish') is spoken in Flanders. French is spoken in Wallonia, the southern part of Belgium, while German is spoken in the border region with Germany. The three language communities have their own state, with an elected parliament and government.

Brussels has a bilingual status. As the capital of Europe, it has become the headquarters of a long list of international organisations and companies.

What you need to know

There are several things you need to know about studying in Flanders. There are of course practical issues and issues related to education.

Practical issues

When you want to study in Flanders, you need to know the proper formalities for entering Belgium and the European Union. This mainly concerns issues related to visa and residence.

Higher education studies and living abroad costs money. What are the costs of a year of studies (tuiting fees, cost of lving, ...) and are there possibilities to receive grants?

To make the most of living abroad we recommend you to get acquainted to some practicalities such as how to get around.

Educational issues

Which programmes are offered in Flanders and in which degree system do they fit? How do I know if the degree I will receive is recognised? And which institutions are recognised higher education institutions?

How does the credit system work and will my degree easily readable and recognised abroad?

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