Your stay in Belgium
How to lodge your visa application?
If you are a national from a non-European Union country, you may need a visa to enter Belgian territory. You can obtain it at a Belgian embassy/consulate in your home country.
The Visa is issued on the basis of the following documents:
Arriving in Belgium
Go to the municipal administration in the place where you are staying within 8 days of your arrival in Belgium to ask to be registered on the aliens register and issued with a residence permit. You may need to bring those documents with you:
The municipal administration will then issue a declaration of arrival (déclaration d'arrivée or DA), made out for the duration of the visa. Registration in the Citizens' Register (registre de la Population) can be done by the Aliens Office and the student will be given an alien ID card, renewable during course duration.
In Belgium, personal health insurance is mandatory, and students must belong to a health insurance of their choice. This means that, should they have any health problems, they can go to the doctor's and be reimbursed for most of the medical costs incurred. More details will be provided on registration.
In addition, students registered at the University benefit from a third-party liability group insurance policy covering all accidents associated with their university work.
Study grants may be awarded by certain bodies (Belgian, EU, national or international).
The ULB is not involved in awarding such grants. Students should get into direct contact with their national authorities, which can give them details on availability, award criteria, etc., in the context of cultural or cooperation agreements.
Proficiency in French
To be eligible for exams for a Bachelor degree or an upper secondary teaching qualification (Agrégation), students must be able to prove that they have sufficient command of the French language.