Study in Belgium and Europe



  1. Education Structure in Belgium

When you study in Belgium, it is important to know that there are two language communities:

– French-speaking community

– Dutch-speaking community.

The higher education includes university education (applied sciences, engineer, medicine, law, bio-medics), and the non-university higher education (agricultural, artistic, accounting, maritime, paramedical, touristic, teaching, technical and translation/interpretation) which is a continuation of secondary education (young people within the age range 12-18).

The academic year starts in September and ends in June. There is the possibility of additional examinations in August-September.

To apply to a university of applied sciences and engineer it is required an additional admissions exam.

  1. General conditions for admission

1- Authenticate the diploma and the school records at the Belgian Consulate.

2- Ask to grant the degree equivalence of the diploma giving access to post-secondary education in Belgium. Obtaining the equivalence implies a long procedure and it is necessary to request before going to Belgium. It is needed to have the most certificates and documents related to the school curriculum.


a) Procedure

Introduce the documents on the Equivalence Department of the language communities.

Introduce the documents on the chosen higher education institution (University or Higher education), which will allow you to obtain a proof of registration.


b) Deadlines

From 15 November to 15 July of the academic year before the registration (deadlines may vary from university).


c) Costs

Verify within the University or Higher School.


d) Useful addresses:

French community

Direction générale de l’enseignement obligatoire

Service des équivalences Bureau 5534

Quartier Arcades Bloco D

Boulevard Pacheco, 19 Boîte 0

B 1010 Bruxelles

Tel.: +32 2 210-5490

Fax: +32 2 210-5624



Vlaamse Gemeenschap (Comunidade Flamenga)

Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemmenschap

Afdeling Informatie en Documentatie Onderwijs

Hendrik Consciencegebouw

Koning Albert II laan, 15

B 1210 Brussel

Tel.: +32 2 553-9819

Fax: +32 2 553-9705



Service d’Information sur les Etudes et les Professions (SIEP)

SIEP direction

Siège social

Rue Forgeur 25

B-4000 Liège

Tel. : +

Fax : +

Site :


Useful links:

Guide to study in Belgium

Universities in Belgium


Dutch-speaking community:

Flemish Universities

Higher School


French-speaking community:



  1. Scholarships applicable to Timorese students


Government of Flanders Master Mind Scholarships for International Students

Governo de Flandres

Masters Degree

Deadline: 30 Apr 2017 (annual)

Studies begin in 2017


Science@Leuven Scholarships for International Students

K.U. Leuven Faculty of Science

Masters (MS) Degree

Deadline: 15 Feb 2017 (annual)

Studies begin in September 2017


IRO PhD Scholarships for Developing Countries at K.U. Leuven University

K.U. Leuven

Doctoral Degree (PhD)

Deadline: 13 Nov 2016 (annual)

Studies begin in October 2017


Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for International Students

European Union

Masters/PhD Degree

Deadline: varies

(to study in European countries)

Studies begin in August-September 2017

Please visit the European Union’s website: and the United Nations’:


  1. Study in Europe


a) European Government Scholarships


Holland Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students (Netherlands)

The Holland Scholarship, financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s at one of the Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences  in Holland.


Danish Government Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students (Denmark)

A number of scholarships are being offered each year by the Danish Ministry of Education to fund highly qualified and motivated international students from outside the EU/EEA who wish to pursue full degree higher education programme at participating Danish Universities. The scholarship can be given as full or partial tuition fee waivers and/or grants towards covering your living costs.


b) European University Scholarships


University of Sussex Chancellor’s International Scholarships (UK)

University of Sussex Chancellor’s International Scholarships are available in the majority of Sussex Schools, and are awarded on the basis of academic performance and potential to non-EU international students who have applied for and been offered a place for eligible full-time Postgraduate Taught degrees at the University of Sussex.


Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to outstanding non-EU/EEA students pursuing any MA, MSc and LL.M programmes offered at Leiden University.


University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships (Netherlands)

Maastricht University (UM) offers the UM High Potential Scholarships to talented students from outside the EEA to follow any UM master’s programme or graduate programme for professionals offered at the University, except for School of Business and Economics.  The scholarships cover tuition fee, living expenses per month, insurance, and visa costs.


Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)

The Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (AES) awards scholarships to exceptionally talented students from outside the EU/EEA to pursue eligible Master’s Programmes offered at the University of Amsterdam. The AES is a full scholarship of €25,000 covering tuition and living expenses.–tuition/scholarships-and-loans/amsterdam-excellence-scholarship/amsterdam-excellence-scholarship.html


Radboud University Scholarship Programme (Netherlands)

The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a selected number of talented prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue a complete English-taught Master’s degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen.


Lund University Global Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students (Sweden)

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is targeted at top academic students who are citizens of countries from outside the EU/EEA (and Switzerland) and who are pursuing a Masters Degree Programme at the University. The scholarships may cover 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the tuition fee. Living costs are not covered.


Uppsala IPK Scholarships (Sweden)

The Uppsala University offers the IPK scholarships to first year applicants from outside the EU/EEA who wish to pursue a Master’s Degree Programme offered at the University. The scholarship covers the tuition fee.


Emile Boutmy Scholarships for International Students (France)

Sciences Po created the Emile Boutmy Scholarships after the founder of Sciences Po in order to attract the very best international students from outside of the European Union who are first time applicants and who have been admitted to an Undergraduate or Master’s programme offered at the University. The scholarships can take different forms ranging from €5,000 to €16,000  for 2 years of postgraduate study or €3,000 to €12,300  for 3 years of undergraduate study.

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