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Study in Brussels

All the information you need about studying in Brussels as an international student.

Why study in Brussels?

Brussels is the capital city of Belgium, and as the home to many EU institutions, it’s a center of bureaucracy and politics in Europe. It’s also one of the top financial hubs in Western Europe, making it an attractive prospect for international students interested in the world of finance.

Studying in Brussels means you’ll be living in the heart of Europe with excellent transport links to the rest of the continent. It also offers great career prospects with great access to big businesses and European politics.

Universities in Brussels

There are a number of universities in Brussels, and the majority of them are private institutions. Universities in Brussels tend to be either French or Dutch speaking, depending on which community they belong to.

As well as large private universities, there are also several colleges in Brussels, specializing in areas such as drama, music and architecture.

Student reviews for Brussels

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    Overall experience 5 stars
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    Vrije Universiteit Brussel Communication Management
    Tell us about Brussels
    Good transportation and nice vibe. Would be great if shops opened on Sundays!

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How to study in Brussels

If you’ve found a program you want to study in Brussels, you’ll need to apply to the university directly. Check you fulfill their admissions requirements and submit your application: you can usually do this online through the university’s website.

You’ll also need to submit documents with your application including copies of your passport, education certificates and a covering letter. Once you’ve been accepted, you’ll need to apply for a student visa to study in Brussels.

What to study in Brussels

Higher education in Brussels is organized into three cycles that lead to a bachelor’s, master’s or doctorate degree. There’s a wide range of programs available to study in Brussels at each cycle, with a focus on business and economics.

Like most of Europe, Belgian universities can specialize in particular fields, including business schools, arts colleges, medical universities and engineering universities.

Cost to study in Brussels

Tuition fees in Brussels are considerably cheaper than the US or UK, especially if you’re from inside the EU and EEA. If you’re from outside of the EU and EEA then tuition fees will cost between $2,000 to $6,000 a year.

Living costs in Brussels are considered fairly high, and it’s generally more expensive than the rest of Belgium. However, it’s cheaper to live in than other major cities in Europe like London and Paris.

Key facts of Brussels

  • 64/38°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 1.2 million Population
  • 16 Universities
  • Belgium Country