5 reasons for choosing Belgium
1. The heart of Europe
Home to the European Commission and many hundreds of international companies and institutions, situated in one of the world's most densely populated and prosperous regions, a major logistics hub for the distribution of goods and services - Belgium is truly the heart of Europe. Moreover, its unique, global orientation makes Belgium a centre for international networking activity and offers a whole array of possibilities to young graduates and executive students.
2. High-quality education at an affordable price
Belgium's institutions of higher education are renowned worldwide and hold their own in the authoritative rankings compiled by the Financial Times and the Times Higher Education magazine. They have also developed an external quality assurance system in addition to regular self-assessments. Add their close ties with the business community, expert lecturers and modest tuition fees, and it's difficult to match Belgium's educational price-quality ratio anywhere else in the world.
3. Research at the core of the education system
Belgium has a strong research culture, and the synergy between the lecturers' teaching and research activities vastly enriches the students' learning experience. In addition, Belgium boasts world-class research institutes in fields ranging from biotechnology to aeronautics. And as one third of Belgium's PhD students come from abroad, the research community benefits from a vibrant exchange of perspectives, knowledge and ideas.
4. An open and multicultural society
Centuries of international trade, its amazing multilingualism and widespread use of English, and its location at the crossroads of the Germanic, Romance and Anglo-Saxon cultures have made Belgium the open, multicultural society it is today. All of these factors help generate huge educational benefits - including an open-minded perspective on the world and a unique advantage in the labour market.
5. A great place to live
Belgium is a comfortable, safe place to live, with an extremely high quality of life (including excellent food and drink) and a healthcare system that is among the best in the world. In addition to Brussels, the country is full of attractive and culturally rich cities like Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Liege and Namur. And from your base in Belgium, you can easily discover the rest of Europe as well: Paris, Amsterdam and London are all less than two hours by train from Brussels.
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Celebrated for its waffles, beer and chocolates, birthplace of The Smurfs, and home to more castles per square foot than any other country in the world, Belgium is a destination like no other. While relatively small in size, Belgium has a mighty global footprint. Home to both the European Union and NATO, Belgium offers international students a unique education experience steeped in rich history and vibrant culture, right in the heart of Europe. Read more about studying in Belgium here.
1) You can get a scholarship to go study in Belgium
While the Belgian government focuses much of its scholarship programming on international students from developing countries, there are a number of opportunities for international students from other regions of the world, as well.
- Belgian Development Agency (BTC) Scholarships: Scholarships and internships are awarded to nationals of Belgium’s 18 partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation in support of master’s and Ph.D. studies, internships and travel in a number of academic disciplines. 1,000 grants are offered every year in Belgium with 4,000 local grants.
- VLIR-UOS Training and Masters Scholarship: Up to 180 scholarships are awarded annually to students from 54 countries for development-related training and master’s programs in preparation for leadership roles in their home countries. Funding covers tuition, accommodations and program-related costs, as well as a monthly allowance.
- CIUF-CUD Scholarships: The University Commission for Development (CUD) grants 150 scholarships for courses and 70 for training programs to international students from selected developing countries training or pursuing Master’s studies in Belgium.
- Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Programs in Belgium: This program allows international students to pursue participating Erasmus Mundus study programs free of charge.
- Science@Leuven Scholarships for International Students: These one-year, 8,000 € (Euro) scholarships -- which can be continued into a second year depending on results -- are offered to motivated international students pursuing Master’s studies in astronomy and astrophysics, biology, molecular and cellular biophysics, chemistry, physics, geography, geology, mathematics and statistics.
- The IRO Doctoral Scholarship Programme at K.U. Leuven: Supporting deserving Ph.D. students from developing countries, this program has funded more than 100 international Ph.D. students over the past 10 years. Read more about Katholieke Universiteit Leuven here.
- Liege University Scholarships for International Students: Offered to both EU and non-EU Master’s students from emerging or developing countries, these 1-2 year scholarships include a monthly allowance, travel costs and enrollment fees. Read more about the University of Liege here.
- Belgian American Education Foundation Fellowships: The Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) awards up to eight fellowships each carrying an annual stipend of $25,000 in support of advanced study or research to citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
- Ghent University Masters Grants for Students from Developing Countries: Up to 10 scholarships are awarded annually to Master’s students from developing countries. This award covers a monthly allowance, health insurance and tuition fee reimbursement for up to two years. Read more about Ghent University Law School and Economics and Business Administration Faculty.
- University of Ghent Doctoral Special Research Fund: This unique award supports promising PhD students from developing countries with a 24-month scholarship which must be divided into several periods within a span of four years beginning and ending at Ghent University.
- Fulbright Scholarship: The Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States of America, Belgium and Luxembourg administers these scholarships to support graduate study, predoctoral research and post-doctoral research with special programs for language teaching assistants (Dutch, French and German) and secondary school teachers.
2) You'll get the change to study in one of the most attractive countries in the world.
Here are five great reasons to study in Belgium (not counting the Brussels sprouts):
1. An Unbeatable Price Tag
Belgium’s cost of living is low -- particularly for students, who are also permitted to work to defray costs. Factor in the premiere higher educational opportunities and strong research culture and international students reap an unparalleled price to quality ratio. With a full one-third of the country’s Ph.D. students hailing from other countries, the result is a vibrant and diverse research community. Besides, Belgium has six of the top 200 universities according to the "QS World University Rankings" : KU Leuven, University of Ghent, UCL, ULB, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Antwerp, University of Liege.
2. At the Center of it All
People from all over the world aspire to study, work and live in the bustling business center of Belgium, due to its central location, tradition as an international trade hub and progressive global focus. Home to countless international institutions and represented by every nation, Belgium offers unparalleled educational and networking opportunities.
3. Multilingual Magnificence
In addition to multiculturalism, Belgium also offers astounding multilingualism, and higher education institutions prioritize the improvement of language skills for foreign students. With not one, not two but three official languages (Dutch, French and German), Belgium offers a multitude of opportunities to improve language skills. As the second or third language of many native Belgians, most of whom speak two or three languages, English is also prevalent.
4. Exceptional Quality of Life
Belgium is known for its safety, high quality of life and vibrant culture. From its internationally renown healthcare to countless culinary delights, Belgium offers countless thing to see and do. Architecturally rich cities like Brussels, Antwerp and Belgium are wondrous, while castles, tranquil gardens and historic battlefields provide a different view. For its many student-friendly amenities, Brussels is ranked 38th in the QS “Best Student City Rankings.”
5. Home Base to Anywhere
Not only does Belgium offer premier public transportation for getting around within the country, it also offers an ideal home base for travel to parts unknown. London, Paris, Amsterdam and many other popular destinations are less than two hours away by train.
- You can study in English, but also practice your French, Dutch, and German.
While Belgium offers a terrific opportunity to study in the three national languages, there are plenty of chances for study abroad programs in English, as well. The Belgian Association of Anglicists in Higher Education (BAAHE)encourages and rewards research in English Studies through an annual prize --alternating each year between literature and cultural studies and linguistics and translation studies -- for outstanding undergraduate dissertations written in English.
Because of the diversity of languages offered at Belgian institutions, it can be helpful to first determine your preferred language of study before deciding on a school or program.
- You'll be part of the top EMBA and MBA programs.
An increasing number of international students and expats are taking advantage of Belgium’s premiere MBA offerings -- both traditional and executive. The executive MBA trend in particular has experienced exponential growth, with over 3,500 EMBA programs now offered across the globe. This trend can be seen playing out in Belgium, where international students receive an executive education through full- or part-time studies in management sciences, as well as corporate internships. Read more about part-time EMBA in Belgium here.
Belgium’s reputation as an ideal place for international studies is amplified when it comes to MBAs -- particularly in a global economy in which employers are focused on international perspectives. MBA programs in Belgium offer not only great value but also great returns: they present a wide range of employment possibilities in multinational government and non-government sectors, as well as the increased chance of meeting influential people who can help you after graduation both in Brussels and beyond.
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