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Study in Belgium

There are many reasons 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.

If you’re keen to spend time studying in Belgium, click on the tabs below for information about top universities in Belgium, popular student cities, and what steps to take next.

Fast Facts

  • Official name: Kingdom of Belgium
  • Capital city is Brussels – the headquarters of the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
  • Constitutional monarchy, parliamentary democracy and unique federal government
  • Official languages: French, Dutch and German
  • The Flemish region (Flanders), the Walloon region (Wallonia) and the Brussels-Capital region each have autonomous regional administrations.
  • Three language communities: the Flemish (a form of Dutch) Community in the north, the French Community in the south, and the German-speaking Community in the east
  • 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