Belgium is ranked 6th in the world in terms of school leavers per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the World Economic Forum Belgium is also sixth in education, with a higher percentage of students than any other OECD country.
If you cannot say no to diplomas, Belgium has one of the highest degrees of all OECD countries in the world in terms of the number of students per 100,000 inhabitants. For students coming to Belgium from cheaper universities outside Belgium, the average admission cost to a higher education institution in Belgium is nearly $5,000, according to the OECD.
On the Flemish side, there are a number of universities and associated colleges as well as colleges and universities. You have bachelor, diploma and doctoral programmes and can be divided into the following groups: Higher education offers a variety of environments in which teaching and research are combined. Some universities teach in a variety of fields, from healthcare to IT, in addition to traditional fields of law, medicine, engineering and economics.
In general, higher education in Belgium can be divided into three main groups: municipal education, educational institutions and universities. Each Belgian municipality has its own education system and the municipalities are divided into two categories according to educational institutions: Haute Ecoole (secondary schools) and Hautes Ecoole (universities).
Universities and colleges in Belgium are colleges offering specialised vocational training. To be admitted to an Autonomous University, one must have a bachelor’s degree in a subject area (e.g. law, economics, philosophy, mathematics, etc.). Antwerp also has several universities or colleges, including the University of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Institute of Technology and the Universite de Bruges. The University is also home to the College of Europe, which offers a wide range of specialisation degrees, including Masters and PhDs. There are no existing universities in Brussels, but some specialisation degrees are offered, such as a Master’s degree.
If you want to study English in Belgium, there are a number of colleges available, many of which are very prestigious and first-class institutions. Interestingly, it is one of the few colleges in Belgium and France to offer an Anglo-American style of education.
The best known is the University of Antwerp, which is ranked 210 in the QS World University Rankings and has more than 3,000 students enrolled. KU Leuven, or “University of LeUven,” is also Belgium’s largest university, with more than 57,300 students, according to the 2011-2012 census.
In 1971, the Times Higher Education praised the establishment of the “gold standard” for higher education in the Netherlands, the world’s second-largest country after the United States. It is also thought to be one of the top ten universities in Europe with the highest number of students per capita.
The College of Europe of the European Parliament is based in Belgium and Leuven is home to the highest-rated Belgian university in the European Union, the University of Liège. There are 19 universities in Brussels, including the Universite Libre de Bruxelles and the Institut de l’Ecole Normale Superieure. Among the major universities outside Brussels are the Dutch-speaking Vrije Universitat Brussels, which collectively ranks 182nd, and the French-speaking Universities Libre in Bruxelles, which collectively ranks 205th, with the Belgian Institute for International Studies (UIS) at the top.
Vesalius is located in the centre of Brussels and is surrounded by the VUB (French Free University in Brussels), which includes the University of Antwerp, the Universite de Leuven and the Institut de l’Ecole Normale Superieure. UA has other higher education institutions that are members of the Antwelp University Association, as well as a number of private universities.
Scholarships for international students from abroad are offered by the University of Antwerp, the Universite de Leuven and the Institut de l’Ecole Normale Superieure in Brussels.
Non-EU students pay special tuition fees, which are set by ARES (Academy for Higher Education Research). Postgraduate studies in Belgium are relatively affordable, but even at an institution, there is a considerable range of tuition fees. For most courses, the average annual tuition fee for a postgraduate study at the Universite de Leuven is between 900 and 4000 euros per year.
In Flanders, several registered universities offering specialised courses in foreign languages are recognised by the government. The Dutch organisation NVAO, which evaluates the recognised education standards for foreign language teaching in Belgium and other EU countries.
In Belgium, two types of institutions offer programmes in higher education: universities and colleges (in the Netherlands, these colleges are called Hogescholen). Universities in Belgium offer a wide range of courses in English, French, German, Dutch, English and English as second languages. There are five types of institutions that offer master’s programmes, which are essentially geared to the university and its colleges. The Associate Universiteit Ghent (Gent University Association) is made up of the University of Ghent, the University of Ghent and the Association of Universities and Colleges in Ghent (AGUG).