Belgium opens doors for International Students to study for Academic year 2024-25

Belgium, a picturesque European destination, has opened its doors to international students with many scholarships for the academic year 2024-2025. 

These fully funded scholarships, offered by Belgium’s Ministry of Education, encompass undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, making it an attractive option for students worldwide. 

One can have a chance to explore Belgium without the hassle of IELTS exams and with most expenses covered.

Why Choose Belgium for Studies?

Belgium, nestled amidst France, the Netherlands, and Germany, offers an ideal academic environment. It focuses significantly on international students’ scholarship opportunities, making it an enticing study-abroad destination.

Scholarship Opportunities:

Belgium Government Scholarships: The Belgium Government welcomes international students annually by offering 220 fully funded scholarships. 

These scholarships are available for master’s degree programs and short courses in Belgium. If one hails from a developing country, they’re eligible for this opportunity.

 The benefits include tuition fees, monthly grants, accommodation expenses, airfare tickets, and other financial support.

VLIR-UOS Scholarship Program: Considered one of the finest scholarship programs in Belgium, VLIR-UOS accepts 31 international students annually to study at Flemish universities or colleges.

 This scholarship covers tuition fees, monthly grants, accommodation expenses, airfare tickets, and additional support.

ARES Scholarships Program: Ideal for students seeking a one-year specialization degree or advanced training lasting 4-6 months in Belgium. This program admits 150 international students for master’s programs and 70 for advanced training courses.

Master Mind Scholarship by the Government of Flanders: The Government of Flanders also offers scholarships to international students.

The Master Mind Scholarship is available to international students pursuing master’s degrees. Approximately 30-40 international students are awarded this scholarship annually.

Universities Without IELTS in Belgium:

Several universities in Belgium allow students to study without IELTS, making it even more accessible:

Ghent University

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

University of Antwerp


Hasselt University

How to Study in Belgium Without IELTS?

Belgium universities offer a straightforward pathway for students to be exempt from IELTS requirements. 

One can study in Belgium without IELTS if they’ve completed their previous degree in an English language institute. 

Applicants can apply with an English Language Proficiency Certificate as evidence of their previous education being in English. This certificate must be an official declaration or certificate printed on headed and stamped paper.

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Belgium’s commitment to welcoming international students, with these attractive scholarship opportunities and the flexibility of studying without IELTS, makes it a top choice for students worldwide, including Pakistan. 


Gabriel Peters

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