1. IntroductionIn Belgium, the Communities are responsible for education. The Flemish Community (www.vlaanderen.be) is responsible for education in the Dutch-speaking part of the country whilst the French Community (www.cfwb.be) is the competent authority for the French-speaking part of Belgium. On the site of the Belgian Development Cooperation and a relevant publication you will find all official bodies offering grants in Belgium. European grants are listed on this website.
You can also take a look at the EU website compiling data on European-wide education, as well as a new website offering a EU view on European education, Eurypedia.
2. Belgian UniversitiesYou can find an overview of the main Belgian higher education institutions on this website and in this splendid publication, courtesy of Top Study Belgium.
2.1 Education by the Flemish communityAn overview of higher education by the Flemish community is available on the website of "Study in Flanders". This website lists and explains the various degrees and diplomas which can be obtained from Flemish educational establishments. It also provides information on the range of study options in Flanders. The brochure also gives a comprehensive overview of higher education establishments and financial information on all types of courses (e.g. grants). You can find more information on this website.
2.2 Education by the French communityAn overview of higher education by the French community is available on this website with contact details for request for additional info. The site lists and explains the various degrees and diplomas which can be obtained from French community educational establishments. It also provides information on the range of study options in the French community. The website also gives a comprehensive overview of higher education establishments and financial information on all types of courses (e.g. grants).
2.3 Short list of universities in the Flemish community
2.4 Short list of universities of the French Community
3. Further information
From the academic year 2007-2008 onwards all students from the P.R. China have to obtain a certificate of academic screening issued by the Academic Evaluation Centre (APS) of the German Embassy in Beijing before being allowed to enrol at any higher education institution, language course or other preparatory course in Belgium. The APS certificate is also required for obtaining a student visa to Belgium.
You can contact the APS centre in Beijing here.
4. You've been accepted - great! How to apply for a visaPlease refer to our visa section under "study" or "留学".
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 priceBelgium'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 systemBelgium 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 societyCenturies 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 liveBelgium 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 away by train from Brussels.
With thanks to "Top Study Belgium" for their five reasons