As you will undoubtedly want to travel during your stay in Brussels, we strongly recommend that you ask for a long-stay Schengen Visa, or ‘Type D’ Schengen Visa, which will allow you to travel hassle-free to any of the countries within the Schengen region and to make multiple entries into Belgium (please note that the United Kingdom is NOT included in the Schengen region). This type of visa is not issued by all embassies/consulates. Please contact the Belgian embassy or consulate nearest you for details on their specific procedures and requirements.
It should be noted that not every country and, in the United States, not every state has a Belgian embassy or consulate. As such, you may need to travel to another country/state in order to submit your application. Most Belgian embassies or consulates require that the applicant appear in person for submission of the application and, in some cases, for retrieval of the passport and visa.
You should apply for a visa between 1–3 months before leaving. Visa processing usually takes about 2–4 weeks, but can take more. If you are 21 years of age or over, you are required to undergo a background check plus fingerprinting, a process that can take 6 weeks or longer. All instructions and forms can be found on the website for the Belgian Foreign Affairs Office or on the website of the Belgian embassy or consulate near you.
For the Vesalius College Summer Programme, it is usually not necessary to apply for a study visa. Most students can be issued with a tourist visa upon entry into the Belgium.
Belgian Student Visa Application: Requirements and Fee
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