Visa for Belgium

General information on obtaining a visa as a student in Belgium can be found here: https://dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/FR/Guidedesprocedures/Pages/Etudier.aspx

Please note this is usually a lengthy process, so we advise to start it at least three months prior to the start of the programme. For a February 2021 start, students will still need to secure a visa for a start 'in person' prior to the start of their programme (even if circumstances dictate that tuition will continue online closer to that time). 

  • For visa admittance, students need to have received a formal offer (on meeting the condition of entry -these documents will also be reviewed as part of the visa). Students who are not from an EU/EEA country also need to have:

  • Applicants may need to make an appointment with their consulate or embassy in order to make their application

  • Proof that the student has sufficient financial income or support for the duration of their stay. This must cover healthcare, living, study and accommodation costs as well as the cost of the return ticket.  The amount needed for each month differs each year. For 2020-21 Belgium, it is estimated at 6700 euros for 10 months. This sum will be paid to UBI, who will 'refund' the student each month the sum of 670 euros, to spend on daily expenditures (accommodation, books, food, transport, social activities..) More details about the sufficient means of subsistence can be found here: https://dofi.ibz.be/sites/dvzoe/EN/Application-guides/Pages/Sufficient_means_of_subsistence_Students.aspx

  • A medical certificate stating the student carries no disease that may endanger public health (such as TB, diseases that require quarantine and other infectious diseases)

  • A police certificate of good conduct confirming that the student does not have any prior convictions (if aged over 21). If the student is from the USA, it probably means an FBI background check, which can take up to five months to obtain.