Why should I study in Belgium?

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Study in Belgium

Belgium is one of the smallest countries in Europe but nevertheless it has a huge amount of fascinating and divers places to discover. Situated in Western Europe, Belgium borders the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and France as well as the North Sea. Thereby, Belgium not only has urban cities but also beautiful beaches. One remarkable characteristic of Belgium is that most people in the Northern part speak Dutch and the majority in the Southern part French.

The Belgian Higher Education System

The Belgian higher education system is divided into universities and universities of applied sciences. As usual in the European Union, the degree-structure is three-tiered: bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.

There are currently 65 Belgian higher education institutions, of which 30 are private. In 2016, approximately 500,000 students were enrolled at Belgian universities. In general, the study programmes are structured by academic years.

Belgium’s Higher Education System in International Comparison 

In this section, we highlight the overall performance of Belgian universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of Belgian universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), versus below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the country’s strengths and areas for improvement.

It becomes apparent that in general Belgium’s higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional engagements dimensions.

National performance: Belgium

Percent of all Universities 100% 80% 60% 40% < below Average above > 40% 60% 80% 100% Teaching & Learning 23.68421052631579% 26.31578947368421% Research 4.878048780487805% 82.92682926829268% Knowledge Transfer 21.05263157894737% 69.73684210526316% International Orientation 9.803921568627452% 82.3529411764706% Regional Engagement 11.11111111111111% 59.25925925925926%

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Key highlights for students interested in studying in Belgium

Belgium’s higher education performance in U-Multirank

  1. Belgian higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s Research, Knowledge Transfer, International Orientation and Regional Engagement dimensions.
  2. The Belgian higher education institutions with the highest number of overall top scores are:
  3. Hasselt University is among U-Multirank’s 2018 Global Top 25 Performers in Student Mobility.

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