Study in Belgium

Belgium is one of the world’s most international countries, boasting several elite universities that teach in a whole host of languages. Located in the heart of Europe, less than two hours from Paris, London and Amsterdam by train, Belgium is well-connected to much of the continent.

Each of its main cities is easily accessible within a day from anywhere in Belgium; it takes three hours to drive from north to south or east to west, and its excellent infrastructure makes journeys by train even shorter. Belgium’s public healthcare system is known as one of the best in Europe.

Belgium is a multilingual country, with three official languages (Flemish, French and German). Many more are spoken day-to-day in its universities and in the vast range of international organisations that are based in Brussels, its capital.

Each main city boasts a high-ranking university. Examples include the KU Leuven, the largest in Belgium; Ghent University; and the University of Antwerp. Brussels’ two main universities have the same name when translated into English - the Free University of Brussels - following a split in 1970 that resulted in separate French-speaking and Dutch-speaking institutions being formed.

The home of moules-frites, waffles, fine chocolate and a vast array of quality beers, the cost of living in Belgium is generally low compared to most surrounding countries, and it is arguably one of the most attractive study destinations in Western Europe.

Famous Belgians, other than Tintin and the Smurfs, include painter Réne Magritte and five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx.

If you want to study in Belgium, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Belgium has 8 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in Belgium is KU Leuven, which is ranked at number 40.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Belgium is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Belgium below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Belgium’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Belgium is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

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Top universities in Belgium

Statistics about Belgium

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 11.92%
  • Of which, on higher education 22%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 73.32%
  • Population 11,285,721
  • Unemployment 8.5%
  • Annual GDP 1.37%
Data source: The World Bank