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Study in Belgium

There are many reasons to want to study in Belgium: world-renowned universities, excellent opportunities for international networking, famously multicultural and multilingual cities, a host of regional cuisines and specialties, beautiful countryside, overall high quality of life, and, of course, those fantastic Belgian waffles.

An established hub for international politics, Belgium’s capital Brussels has even more ambassadors and journalists than Washington DC, and is the headquarters of many international businesses and organizations. As you’d expect, Belgium’s resident population is also highly international, with around a quarter of the population of 11 million known as ‘new Belgians’ – those from other countries, and their descendants, who have become permanent citizens.

Likewise, many universities in Belgium have a strong international outlook and composition, as well as a strong position in the international rankings. A total of seven universities in Belgium are featured in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings®, all within the global top 300 and six within the top 200. The highest ranked Belgian university is the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, currently placing at 77th in the world.

Fast Facts

  • Official name: Kingdom of Belgium
  • Capital city: Brussels – the headquarters of the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), amongst others
  • Constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy and unique federal government
  • Federal government situated in the bilingual Brussels region – official languages: French and Dutch
  • The Flemish region (Flanders), the Walloon region (Wallonia) and the Brussels-Capital region each have autonomous regional administrations.
  • Language communities: the Flemish Community in the north (official language: Dutch), the French Community in the south (official language: French) and the German-speaking Community in the east (official language: German)
  • Borders with France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the North Sea
  • Major exports include machinery and electrical equipment, chemicals, finished diamonds, metals and metal products, and foodstuffs.
  • Known for delicious chocolates, waffles, French fries and a huge selection of beers
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Major religion: Christianity (Roman Catholic, Protestant)
  • An estimated 99% of the adult population is literate.
  • More castles per square mile than any other country
  • Blankenberge in the Flemish region hosts the largest sand sculpture festival in the world.
  • Internet domain: .be
  • International dialing code: +32
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