Top 10 Universities in Belgium Offer Scholarships

Belgium is a great destination to study abroad. While relatively small in size, Belgium has a mighty global footprint. The country offers international students a unique education experience steeped in rich history and vibrant culture, right in the heart of Europe. You can get a scholarship to go study in Belgium. While the Belgian government focuses much of its scholarships programing on international students from developing countries, there are a number of opportunities for international students from other regions of the world, as well.

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  1. KU Leuven

The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, abbreviated as KU Leuven, is a research university in the Dutch-speaking town of Leuven in Flanders, Belgium. It conducts teaching, research, and services in the sciences, engineering, humanities, medicine, law, and social sciences. In addition to its main campus in Leuven, it has satellite campuses in Kortrijk, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Ostend, Geel, Diepenbeek, Aalst, Sint-Katelijne-Waver, and in Belgium’s capital Brussels. KU Leuven is the largest university in Belgium and the Low Countries. In 2017-18, more than 58,000 students were enrolled. Its primary language of instruction is Dutch, although several programs are taught in English, particularly graduate degrees. KU Leuven consistently ranks among the top 100 universities in the world. As of 2018-2019, it is ranked 81st in the QS World University Rankings.

KU Leuven offers a wide range of scholarship and funding opportunities to its current and prospective students. These include:

  • For EU Students
  • KU Leuven Central Bilateral Agreements – grants for PhD students and staff
  • FWO Research Funding
  • Senior Fellowships
  • Postdoctoral professorships
  • Industrial Research Managers
  • AXA Research Fund
  • Master Mind Scholarships
  • For Non-EU Students
  • Marc Vervenne Fund
  • GM PhD scholarships program
  • GM Mobility between the North and the South
  • KU Leuven Central Bilateral Agreements – grants for PhD students and staff
  • Master Mind Scholarships
  • Roger Diliemans Fund
  • Wilfried Martens Fund
  • Coimbra Group Scholarships for postdocs from European Neighbourhood, Africa and Latin America
  • FWO Research Funding
  • Senior Fellowships
  • Postdoctoral mandates
  • Research professorships
  • ASEM-DUO
  • Priority Country Program
  • China Scholarship Council Program for Chinese students and scholars
  • VLIR-UOS scholarships
  • Industrial Research Managers

For more information, visit Scholarship and Funding Opportunities at www.kuleuven.be.

  1. Ghent University

Ghent University, abbreviated as UGent, is a public research university located in Ghent, Belgium. It was established in 1817 by King William I of the Netherlands. In 1930, the University became the first Dutch-speaking university in Belgium, whereas French had previously been the standard academic language. In 1991, UGent was granted major autonomy and changed its name accordingly from State University of Ghent to its current designation. UGent is one of the biggest Flemish universities, consisting of 41,000 students and 9,000 staff members. The University also supports the University Library and the University Hospital, which is one of the largest hospitals in Belgium. UGent consistently rates among the top universities in the world.

UGent has a number of funding opportunities and scholarships to offer to support the students’ studies at the University. These include:

  • International education and exchange programs
  • Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters
  • Scholarship possibilities for candidates from Developing Countries: Development Cooperation (ICP – VLIRUOS)
  • Master program in American Studies
  • Master Mind scholarships from the Flemish Ministry of Education for academically outstanding international master students (all nationalities)
  • CESAM Platform
  • Russia Platform
  • Top-up grants

Check out the Funding Your Studies webpage at www.ugent.be for more information.

  1. Université Catholique de Louvain

Université Catholique de Louvain is Belgium’s largest French-speaking university. It is located in Louvain-la-Neuve, which was expressly built to house the University, and in Brussels, Charleroi, Mons, Tournai and Namur. Since September 2018, the University has used the branding UCLouvain, replacing the acronym UCL, following a merger with Saint-Louis University, Brussels. The original University of Louvain (Universitas Lovaniensis) was founded at the center of the historic town of Leuven (or Louvain) in 1425, making it the first university in Belgium and the Low Countries. In 1968 the Catholic University of Leuven split into the Dutch-language Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, which stayed in Leuven, and the French-language Université Catholique de Louvain, which moved to Louvain-la-Neuve in Wallonia. The UCLouvain is often ranked among the world’s top 50 institutions for the study of philosophy and top 20 institutions for theology and religious studies.

Under certain economic and academic conditions, the French Community Studies Allowance Service may grant students scholarships and/or loans. The helpers of the Assistance Service at UCLouvain also offer financial assistance tailored to students’ situation, even if the student has a grant from the French Community. They constitute with the student a file of request for financial intervention after analyzing the student’s academic, economic and family situation.

For more information, visit the Reduce the Cost of Studies webpage at https://uclouvain.be.

  1. Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is a Dutch-speaking university located in Brussels, Belgium. It has four campuses: Brussels Humanities, Science and Engineering Campus (in Ixelles), Brussels Health Campus (in Jette), Brussels Technology Campus (in Anderlecht) and Brussels Photonics Campus (in Gooik). VUB is organized into 8 faculties that accomplish the three central missions of the University: education, research, and service to the community. The faculties cover a broad range of fields of knowledge including the natural sciences, classics, life sciences, social sciences, humanities, and engineering. The University provides bachelor, master, and doctoral education to about 8,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. It is also a strongly research-oriented institute, which has led to its top-188th position among universities worldwide. Its research articles are on average more cited than articles by any other Flemish university.

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel participates in several scholarship programs which offer grants at different levels of study, from Bachelor to Academic staff, and n various regions, for long and short stays. Below is teh different scholarship programs which are currently available.

  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarships 4CITIES
  • Master Mind
  • Erasmus+ KA1 – Incoming
  • PRONABEC
  • China Scholarship Council
  • ICP Master
  • OAS (Organization of American State – VUB Program)
  • VUB Scholarships for European Master of Science in Photonics

For further details, visit the Scholarships webpage at www.vub.ac.be.

  1. University of Antwerp

The University of Antwerp is one of the major Belgian universities located in the city of Antwerp. The official abbreviation is UA, but UAntwerpen is more recently used. UAntwerpen has about 20,000 students, which makes it the third-largest university in Flanders. UAntwerpen is characterized by its high standards in education, internationally competitive research and entrepreneurial approach. It was founded in 2003 after the merger of three smaller universities: UFSIA, RUCA, and UIA. UAntwerpen has 33 academic bachelor programs, 69 master programs, 18 master-after-master programs and 23 postgraduates. In addition, there are 31 programs completely taught in English (13 master, 14 master-after-master and 4 postgraduate programs). All of these programs are divided into 9 faculties.

At UAntwerpen students can request financial aid from the Office for Students Affairs under certain conditions, but only for the current academic year: an advance payment of your scholarships, the spread or reduction of tuition fees, a financial intervention in the cost of studying.

Students who meet all the requirements (nationality, study and financial conditions) for a scholarship may be eligible for an advance payment. At the beginning of the academic year, whereas the cost of studying is highest, scholarships haven’t usually been paid yet. The Office of Student Affairs will grant an advance payment of the scholarship for the current academic, which can amount to 50% of the granted scholarship.

Another form of financial aid is an allowance which students do not have to repay. Students who have difficulties making ends meet and/or paying their studies can request such an allowance.

For more information, visit the Financial Aid from UAntwerp webpage at www.uantwerpen.be.

  1. Université libre de Bruxelles

Université libre de Bruxelles (or the Free University of Brussels), abbreviated ULB, is a French-speaking private research university in Brussels, Belgium. The Free University of Brussels was originally established in 1834 and split into the French-speaking ULB and Dutch-speaking Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in 1970. It is one of the most important Belgian universities. As a major research center open to Europe and the world, it has about 24,200 students (33% of whom come from abroad), and an equally cosmopolitan staff. The Free University of Brussels has been ranked 239th in the QS World University Rankings, and is one of the best universities in the country.

The Free University of Brussels offer funding and scholarship opportunities to current and prospective students. The different types of funding and scholarship opportunities include:

Select the funding and scholarship opportunities above to see the details. Learn more about the Free University of Brussels (ULB) at www.ulb.ac.be.

  1. Université de Liège

The University of Liege (ULiège), in Liège, Wallonia, Belgium, is a major public university in the French Community of Belgium. Its official language is French. As of 2019, ULiège is ranked in the #251–300 category worldwide according to the Times Higher Education, 391st by the QS World University Rankings, and between the 205th and 300th place by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. More than 2000 people, academics, scientists and technicians, are involved in research of a wide variety of subjects from basic research to applied research.

Several financial supports are offered by ULiège (ULiège heritage) and by external (Walloon, Belgian, international) bodies. The following specialized scholarships can be granted as part of a 2nd cycle (complementary Masters) and 3rd cycle (Doctorate).

  • Scholarships from the Docquier Foundation
  • Award of the Consular Corps of the Province of Liège
  • Elisée Legrros Award
  • Jean Gol Foundation Award
  • Halkin-Williot Foundation Award
  • “Promoting Research” Foundation Award
  • Marc de Selys Longchamps Award
  • Scholarship(s) from the Herman-Van Beneden Foundation
  • Scholarship from the Duesberg-Baily Thil Lorrain Foundation
  • Scholarship(s) from the Jeanne Collinet Foundation
  • Louise Gillet Award
  • Julie Dehay Award
  • Denise Dounan Award
  • Marie-Louise LEONARD Award

Visit Social and Financial Aid for more information. Learn more about ULiège at www.uliege.be.

  1. University of Mons

The University of Mons (UMONS) is a new Belgian university located in the city of Mons, created by merging the Engineering Faculty of Mons (FPMs) and the University of Mons-Hainaut. The merging of the institutions was achieved following a geographical logic because of the high complementarity between them and their location in the same city. This merger was accepted by the two universities in 2007 and confirmed by the Belgian French Community Parliament in 2008. From an administrative point of view the University of Mons was founded in 2009. It is the fourth (and smallest) university of the French community of Belgium with about 5,700 students.

UMONS offers several mobility programs to support students to study at the University. These mobility programs are categorized into three: European Mobility, International Mobility and Interuniversity Agreements. The mobility programs are supported by the following mobility grants and scholarships opportunities:

  • Erasmus+
  • Erasmus Belgica
  • FAME – Fonds d’Aide à la Mobilité Étudiante (students mobility assistance fund)
  • BCI – Bureau de Coopération Interuniversitare (Québec, Canada)
  • WBI – Wallonie-Bruxelles International
  • Ciência sem Fronteiras – Science without Borders
  • The Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF)
  • Fulbright
  • ARES-CCD Student Grants
  • I.M.E. – Top Industrial Managers for Europe

Visit International for further information. Learn more about UMONS at https://web.umons.ac.be.

  1. Hasselt University

Hasselt University (UHasselt) is a university with campuses in Hasselt and Diepenbeek, Belgium. It was officially established in 1971, as the Limburgs Universitair Centrum (LUC). In 2005 the University changed its name to Hasselt University. The University has 7 faculties and 6 research institutes. It is ranked amongst the top 400 universities by the Times Higher Education (THE). Currently, the universities of Hasselt and Maastricht work together as the Transnational University Limburg (TUL). Together with Hogeschool PXL, it established the Limburg Association of Higher Education (AUHL).

There are various scholarships for international students at Hasselt University, depending on their country of origin, study program, etc. The scholarships are categorized into two:

  • Program specific scholarships
  • ICP Program Statistics
  • ICP Program Transportation Sciences
  • ENABEL scholarships
  • General scholarships for master – Master Mind scholarships for master students (for outstanding students only). The Flemish Ministry of Education awards scholarships of €8,000 per academic year to outstanding students for master programs in Flanders. A number of scholarships are reserved for students from certain countries: Japan (3), Mexico (3), Palestine (2) and USA (5).

For further details, visit the Scholarships page on Hasselt University’s official website: www.uhasselt.be.

  1. University of Namur

The University of Namur, located in Namur (Belgium), is a Jesuit, Catholic private university in the French Community of Belgium. Both teaching and research are carried out in six faculties or university level schools in the fields of: Philosophy and Letters; Law; Economic, Social and Management Sciences; Computer Sciences; Sciences; and Medicine. Established in 1831, the University of Namur has a long history resulting in making it one of the best universities in Belgium. It is also ranked amongst the top 1000 universities in the world according to the Best Global Universities Rankings.

The University of Namur supports student exchange programs. The University’s International Mobility Service is available for students wanting to come to Namur for a mobility period in the framework of a bilateral exchange program under Erasmus+ (studying or training), Erasmus Belgica, or other exchange agreements.

Mobility for researchers are also supported by the University of Namur.the Research Administration manages the mobility related to research projects (donors: Federal, FNRS, FWB and EU).

  • Mobility Ulysse (MISU)
  • MSCA-IF (Marie Sklodowska Curie program – International Fellowships)
  • RISE (Research and Innovation Exchange Staff)
  • BELSPO return mandates
  • BELSPO postdoc fellowships for non-EU researchers

Visit the Exchange Students or the Inward Mobility for Researchers page for further details. Learn more about the University of Namur at www.unamur.be.

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