Find out how to apply to study in Belgium, or student exchange, or carry out research.
Step 1: get your acceptance letter from the university.
If you are not sure which university to go to, you have to decide which university you want to study. After determining and applying for the university, you’ll get an acceptance letter. It will help to get your visa.
Step 2: Analyzing the Belgium community for studies:
There are three main types of federal-state structure, where they practice different types of policies and regulations:
- Flemish Community, using the Dutch language.
- Wallonia, the French Community, using the French language.
- German community, using the German language.
Note: students from China have to obtain a certificate from the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) of the German Embassy in Beijing.
Step 3: getting a visa
It depends on your region where you live and the number of days you’ll be living for your studies for the visa.
Students from EU/EEA/Switzerland: they will not need any documents as they have a right to study in Belgium.
Non- EU/EEA/Switzerland students: if you want to study for less than 90 days, you will only need a D-visa. But if you’re going to study longer than that, you will need a residence permit, along with the D-visa.
Tip: if you want to study for less than 90 days, it is recommended to start the process before 3 weeks. And if you want to study for more than 90 days, it is recommended to begin to apply at least 2 months before.
Note: The processing of visa might take a few weeks, or it might take 3 months. It depends upon your nationality, duration of your studies, and how many people apply for a visa.
If you’re a native speaker, your previous study document will be accepted. But if you are an international student, you have to get certificates from the following:
- English: TOEFL or IELTS.
- Dutch: Dutch NT2-II diploma
- French: DELF or DALF
- German: DSH or TestDaF
Preparing documents for visa application:
- Passport (valid for three months longer than the visa)
- Original visa application forms (2)
- Acceptance letter from a Belgian university (usually the original document +2 copies)
- Copies of educational certificates
- Motivational letter
- Proof of sufficient financial (670 EUR/month)
- A medical certificate
- A certificate of good conduct if you are over 21 (including fingerprinting)
- Visa application fee (70 EUR for short-stay visa and 210 EUR for long-stay visa)
Note: Within 8 working days after arrival in Belgium, you’ll need to reach out to local municipal administration (Maison-communale/gemeentehuis) to register for a residence permit. In some cases, the university will help you with the application.