If you have been denied a fully-funded university scholarship, consider enrolling in universities that are tuition free or charge low tuition fees or those offering tuition fee waivers.
Belgium is a European country situated in Western Europe. The country has distinctive regions which include the Dutch-speaking Flanders to the north, French-speaking Wallonia to the south and a German-speaking community to the east. The country has a population of 11.2 million and Brussels is the capital.
Tuition is free but there are registration fees for all public institutions which are set by the government. Registration fees are around 700 Euros. Several course are taught in English: Arts, Engineering, Business and Economics. Master’s degree (post-graduation) is for two year for most of the courses, some M.Sc. (like Economics) programs are for one year too.
Lets look at the tuition fees for EU and international students.
The tuition fees of EU students are usually lower than that paid by international students. Tuition fees for EU students in Belgium range from 374 to 836.96 EUR per year for institutions in the French community. About 0.70 to 9.30 EUR for institutions in the Flemish community and an average of 435 EUR for institutions in the German-speaking community.
Non EU or International student
Tuition fees for this class of student range from 890 EUR to up to 4175 EUR per year for institutions in the French community. About 0.70 to up to 25 EUR for institutions in the Flemish community and an average of 435 EUR for institutions in the German-speaking community.
Entrance examinations exist only for Civil Engineering, Architecture, Dental Sciences, Medical Sciences, Nautical Sciences and Fine Arts. Higher non-university education offers short-term (one cycle), three-year study courses and long-term (two-cycle) four-to five-year study courses of academic level. University education takes four, five, six or seven years, depending on the area.
IELTS is widely accepted to prove proficiency in English. Kindly check the list of cheap tuition and affordable universities in Belgium below. Endeavour to visit their webpages for specific instruction or click here
Cost of living
The cost of living in Belgium is not high compared to some European countries. For accommodation , transportation, food, books and other expenses, a students should budget 800 to 900 EUR per month.
Living costs in Belgium vary slightly, depending on the city you live in. The highest amounts of your budget would be spent on accommodation, and, if you decide to eat mostly at restaurants, you should be aware that some of them can be pretty expensive. So, go live like a student and survive only on noodles and coffee!
Still, in the spirit of fairness, you should know that the average living costs in some Belgian student cities are;
- Antwerp: between 800 and 1,230 EUR;
- Brussels: between 890 and 1,300 EUR;
- Gent: between 790 and 1,210 EUR/year;
- Leuven: around 870 and 1,300 EUR/year;
- Liege: around 690 and 1,070 EUR/year.
Below is the breakdown;
- Courses and books ……………………… 35 €; Note; if you want to buy second-hand books, you can look for announcement boards on your campus, as some students sell their books for good prices. You can also check Stubooks.be, an online platform where students buy and sell their books second hand (available in Dutch only).
- Accommodation……………………………………… 500 €; Accommodation in Belgium
Prices for accommodation are in line with the international average when it comes to student halls of residence, but, when it comes to the private sector, the discussion (and sums) changes a bit.
You have three options when it comes to finding an accommodation in Belgium;
University halls of residence – a room in a student campus can be around 200-400 EUR/month;
In the private sector, on average, a room for a student can be around 500 EUR/month;
And, if you’re a shy person, you should know that renting an apartment or studio can take you at around 600-700 EUR/month.
Also, don’t forget the utility bills! Electricity, water, internet, etc. would be another 150 EUR/month.
- Food…………………………………………………………. 300 €; Food costs in Belgium
Buying from the supermarket and cooking at home is the cheapest option when it comes to food costs. On average, you would spend around 300 EUR/month for your groceries, if you remember that some of the cheapest supermarkets in Belgium: Lidl, Aldi, and Colruyt.
However, eating out once in a while is a nice experience, and, in Belgium is really worth it. A meal in a reasonable restaurant is between 8 and 15 EUR, and even less in Antwerp, for example.
With prices between 4 and 16 EUR, you can eat soups, salads, platters of cheese and cold meats, and patisserie at Le Pain Quotidien restaurant chain.
And, if you like seafood, you should be thrilled to hear about La Mer du Nord / De Nordsee, serving croquettes aux crevettes, escargots de mer (whelks), fish soup, pickled herring, smoked mackerel and salmon, hot dishes of crab and scallops, all at about 8-10 EUR.
- Healthcare (insurance, medical costs)………. 20 €
- Public transport…………………………………………… 40 €; Transportation in Belgium
The easiest, and also cheapest, ways to travel while living in Belgium are trains and buses. That’s why you should know that you can buy:
A monthly public transportation pass for students younger than 25 years old, that costs 50 EUR/year;
A forty-minute trip from Ghent to Brussels that costs 7.50 EUR, because the train network in Belgium is one of the best in Europe!
Also, heads up! Taxi rides can be around 25 EUR for inner-city trips.
- Miscellaneous (telephone, leisure …)…………… 55 €
Recommended Universities in Belgium
- Boston University Brussels
- Brexgata University Academy
- Flanders Business School
- Université de Liège
- Universiteit Antwerpen
- Universiteit Gent
- Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Scholarships in Belgium
Scholarships for international students in Belgium are offered by some universities, the government, Academy of Research and Higher Education, and other Belgian agencies or organisations.
Some examples of scholarships are;
- Master Mind Scholarships provided by the government of Flanders
- ARES Scholarships in Belgium – for students coming from developing countries
- Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for International Students.