Apart from the beautiful countryside, historic yet multicultural cities, castles, delicious food (like moules-frites, fine chocolates and waffles) and a vast array of quality beers, BELGIUM is also endowed with renowned and first-class universities.
Higher education in Belgium is organized and regulated at the Community level. There are three Communities in the country: the Flemish Community (Dutch-speaking), the French Community and German-speaking community. While the official languages of teaching are Dutch, French and German, plenty of universities and university colleges for higher education offer a great variety of programs that are entirely taught in English. Students can opt to enroll to a wide variety of study domains, both academic and professionally oriented. In general terms, the bachelor’s degree programmes are 3 years in duration, 1 or 2 years for the master’s and 3 to 4 years for the doctorate.
Several Belgian universities appear in the top 200 of international rankings, including the Reuters ranking for Europe’s most innovative universities, which is topped by a Belgian university. Approximately 20% of students (40% at doctorate level) enrolled in higher education in Belgium are international.
Brussels, Belgium's capital, is home to many international businesses and organizations, including NATO and the EU institutions. Brussels also houses the world's largest press communities and it is the city with the 2nd most diplomats globally.
With this multilingual and multicultural environment, studying in Belgium, as you would expect, is certainly the ultimate and well-rounded international experience.
EDUCATION IN THE FLEMISH COMMUNITY
Flemish institutions are in the northern, Dutch-speaking part of Belgium and in Brussels. You will find a comprehensive overview of all possibilities here:
In order to find out if your diploma receives the same recognition in the Flemish Community as in the Philippines, you may consult the NARIC website.
EDUCATION IN THE FRENCH COMMUNITY
French-speaking institutions are in the southern part of Belgium and in Brussels. You can find an overview of opportunities for studying in French-speaking Belgium on these links:
Most Belgian universities take part in multi-county scholarship programmes of the European Commission such as Erasmus Mundus, where students study in 2 or more universities. Belgian universities usually offer courses or internships of one or two semesters. More information can be found here.
The Belgian Development Cooperation also funds scholarships and internships through two umbrella organizations: ARES (French-speaking universities) and VLIR-UOS (Flemish universities). Their scholarship award programmes are specifically aimed at students from developing countries like the Philippines.
LIVING IN BELGIUM
Many schools and universities have rooms available for students. As such, it is advisable to contact your educational establishment to request for a comprehensive list of accommodations.
Located at the heart of Europe, Belgium is well-connected to much of the continent. You can quickly go around the country as well as visit neighboring countries by train. With the rich Belgian heritage of cycling, it is common for students to use bicycles to go to the university and around the city. Other pluses of the country are green spaces, healthcare and social services.
Belgium has a varied climate. Rainfall is mild and stable throughout the year. Summer days are sunny. Winters are mostly overcast. Average temperatures: January 1°C; March 7°C; May 13°C; July 19°C; September 17°C; November 7°C.