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Why study medicine in Belgium?

Belgium is better known as a centre of politics and business, but it is also a popular destination among international students looking for a medical education. As a compact country with three official languages, this is a diverse and cosmopolitan country which offers excellent medical programs to international students.

What medical programs are offered in Belgium?

Belgium offers the full range of medical programs, from undergraduate medical degrees through to medical specialisations. A medical program from a college in Belgium will be divided into different parts, with years of study for medical sciences, clinical work on training hospitals and a final internship.

Most medical programs in Belgium will take six years to complete, with courses taught in German, Dutch and French, as well as some in English – making it a perfect option for international students.

Immigration and visas in Belgium

EU students are allowed to study at a medical college in Belgium providing they fulfil the following criteria:
  • They have a valid passport
  • They are studying for more than three months at the institution
  • They have sufficient income to support themselves during their studies
  • Have comprehensive health insurance

Non-EU students will need to check the relevant details for studying in Belgium with their own country.

What are the costs of studying at a medical college in Belgium?

The amount you pay to study at a medical college in Belgium will depend on the institution you choose to study at and whether you are an EU or non-EU national.

EU nationals pay the same tuition fee rate as Belgian students. Some courses will charge non-EU students a higher rate of tuition fee.

As a guide, you should expect your medical program in Belgium to cost around €2,000- €4,000 per year.

Working in Belgium

Belgium’s economy is well-developed for its size, with the EU headquarters providing plenty of jobs and services opportunities, particularly in capital Brussels.

Belgium has cashed in on its important, centralised location, building a highly developed transport and network and using its international contacts to build trade and export links. The country’s main industrialised areas are to the north, with steel, textiles and chemicals all providing employment.

It’s worth noting the difference in productivity and unemployment rates between Flanders and Wallonia – almost twice as many people are unemployment in Wallonia.

What to do next

If you would like more information on choosing and applying for to a medical college in Belgium, sign up to our Free Application Service. We’ll get in touch with you with information tailored to your requirements, including advice on the best medical program for you.