The Student Visa
All non-Belgian students wishing to participate in an exchange program are required to fulfil certain administrative obligations. These are:
For European students: prospective students must be in possession of a valid identity card or passport.
For non-European students sent by a European university: prospective students wishing to study in Belgium as part of an exchange program must, send the following documents to our international relations department (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) which will submit the application to the foreigners' office :
- a copy of valid passport ;
- proof of valid residence permit issued by the first Member state;
- the address of residence in Belgium (if already known);
- the expected duration and dates of the mobillity;
- proof of health insurance coverage;
The student must contact the International Relations Unit at least 1 month before the start of their mobility. The Immigration Office has 1 month to report any comments to us. Once this waiting period has passed, the International Relations Unit will deliver the annex 33 to the student.
For students from a non-EU country : prospective students wishing to study in Belgium as part of an exchange programmust, in the first instance, make an application in person for a short stay visa for the purposes of entry into Belgium as a student. This is a first step in obtaining a student visa (Type D visa).
To make the initial short-stay application, students must visit the closest Belgian embassy or consulate to their home and introduce their application in line with the rules in force.
On top of the application fees, prospective students must provide the following:
- a valid passport (for a 15-months duration at least)
- two copies of a properly completed, signed, and dated visa application form
- two recent photos (I.D. card format) signed on the back side
- a proof of payment of the fee
- a certificate of good conduct (for students aged 18 or over) or copy of their criminal record
- a proof of health insurance covering all risks in Belgium for the duration of the stay
- a recent medical certificate (using a standard form)
- proof of access to sufficient resources to fund their entire stay (parent, guarantor, bursary 730€/month)
- a certificate from the receiving university testifying that they are either enrolled as a full-time student or that they fulfil the admission criteria required to enrol. This document will be available in the student's Mobility Online workflow.
Further information is available from USA diplomatie in the case of students from the USA.