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Study in Belgium: Student Visas & Permits

EU/EEA/EFTA National-Student Visa in Belgium

European nationals don’t need a visa or residence permit in order to stay and study in Belgium. You will just need to have your personal identification or passport with you during your stay and also register at the city hall after your arrival, if you intend to stay more than three months.

Non-EU/EEA/EFTA National-Student Visa in Belgium

If you are not a European citizen, you will need to apply for a student visa in Belgium before your arrival, if your stay exceeds 90 days (Type D long-stay visa). If you stay in Belgium for less than three months, then you will need a Type C short-stay visa. 

In both cases, you will need to initiate your visa application by the Belgian Embassy or Consulate of your country of residence. You can find all the Belgian Embassies or Consulates here. You might need to book an appointment with the Embassy if needed in order to submit your application. The procedure takes approximately six to eight weeks. 

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Belgian Student Visa: Necessary Documents

For your Belgian student visa application you will need the following documents. Be aware that additional documents might be required from the Belgian Embassy of your country of origin. 

  • Admission letter from the Belgian university.
  • A completed and signed visa application form. 
  • Previous educational certificates. 
  • Passport with at least 12 months validity remaining at the moment of your visa application. 
  • Proof of solvency, meaning that you have the sufficient funds to support yourself during your studies. The minimum amount required for Belgium is around 660 EUR per month and you can prove it by providing bank statements. 
  • Certificate of good conduct with no prior criminal record. 
  • Medical certificate and insurance. If you are a European national, then you need to provide the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). 
  • Proof of payment of the administrative fee. 
  • Chinese students who want to study at Belgian universities or colleges need an APS certificate issued by DAAD Beijing. 

Don’t forget that both European and non European prospective students need to register at the town or city hall in Belgium upon their arrival. In order to receive the registration certificate you will need to provide the aforementioned documents to the city hall as well. 

For more information regarding the student visa in Belgium you can contact the Federal Public Service for Foreign Affairs

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

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Application Process

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Last update: 29 Jun 2021


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