Student Visa

If you are a national of a non-European Union country, you may need a visa to enter Belgian territory and study at Vesalius College. For questions regarding visa and related matters, contact the Belgian embassy or Belgian consulate in your country or a neighbouring country. 

The time it takes to obtain a student visa may vary from one to several months depending on a variety of factors including the student’s age and country of origin. Vesalius College recommends that students apply for their student visa as soon as they are accepted into the programme. 

Vesalius will confirm acceptance via the issuance of an official acceptance letter, which is necessary for all student visa applications. It should be noted that student visas for study in Belgium are only issued to applicants demonstrating proof that they are accepted as a full-time student at a Belgian institution.

Vesalius College allows students to opt for a blocked account for visa purposes. The amount is linked to the duration of the student’s stay in Belgium and it is proof that you have sufficient financial income or support for the duration of your stay. This must cover your healthcare, living, study and accommodation costs as well as the cost of your return ticket. This can be in the form of a certificate stating you have received a grant or scholarship, an agreement of financial responsibility from your sponsor, or your personal bank statement showing sufficient funds. More information can be found on the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, here. Students who have been accepted to one of our programmes can inquire more about this option directly with our Financial Department at financial.vesalius@vub.be

Visa requirements vary according to the student’s country of citizenship and residence. Therefore, students must contact the Belgian consulate overseeing their jurisdiction to obtain a complete list of requirements to apply for a student visa.

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