At the heart of Europe, the city of Brussels matches perfectly the definition of the proverbial melting pot. Brussels is the largest student city in Belgium, offering top quality academic environment, a dynamic international atmosphere and many great opportunities for students. In addition to plenty of English-taught study programmes, you will also be able to study in French or Dutch (Flemish), the two official languages of the city. Brussels is the capital and the largest city in Belgium, hosting over 1.2 million inhabitants. The city is a major centre for international politics and the seat of some of the most important institutions in the European Union.
An established hub for international politics, Belgium offers many career opportunities in diplomacy, journalism, translations, or governance, and is the headquarters of many international businesses and organisations. Because it is such a widely visited place, the leisure, hospitality and tourism sectors are also highly developed in Brussels.
If you wish to study and work in Brussels, here is a list of large employers that offer students jobs: IBM, KU Leuven, Ernst & Young, Unilever, BNP Paribas, Primark, Brussels Airlines, Procter and Gamble, Ericsson, Sony, Kellogg’s, and more.
Brussels is a surprising eclectic mix that reunites 4 parliaments, the impudent Manneken Pis, comic strip museums and centres, breathtaking art nouveau architecture, over 450 different varieties of beer and some of the most luxurious chocolate shops in the world. This is a city where something always goes on and that knows how to cater for many different tastes.
Some places to include in your city tour are: the Grand Place, the Cantillon Brewery, Notre Dame du Sablon, the Royal Palace, the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, the Horta Museum, and the Saint Hubert galleries, the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Parlamentarium, the Magritte Museum, or the Belgian Comic Strip Centre, among many others.
The nightlife in Brussels is not as large as in other European capitals, but it is indeed diverse: RnB clubs, lounge bars, electro clubs, blues pubs, live rock shows, jazz festivals, summer musical events, etc. Keep an eye out for many student promotions and discounts.
Brussels is known for its internationality and diversity, receiving a large number of foreign visitors, expats and international students each year. Brussels has over 45 different nationalities and 46% of the Brussels population is not of Belgian origin. The largest groups of foreign residents include immigrants from France, Morocco, Italy, Romania, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Bulgaria and Turkey. Studying in Brussels will open doors to experiencing new cultures and ways of seeing the world from different points of view.
Temperatures are relatively mild during the whole year with the average low at 1°C (34°F) in winter and only 23°C (73°F) in summer. You should often be prepared for rain in Brussels (similar to London and Amsterdam), the rainiest months being July and December.
Today, KU Leuven is Belgium’s largest and highest-ranked university as well as one of the most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university, KU Leuven offers a wide variety of programmes in English.
The IEE-ULB is a centre of interdisciplinary excellence in teaching and research. It focuses on European issues. The organisation of the IEE-ULB is unique, thanks to its international teams, the interaction with EU institutions, and the strong connection between teaching and research.
Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, located in the cosmopolitan heart of Belgium and Europe, is an international school, from its conception. Our international reach and recognition is tightly linked with our international stakeholders´ network, whose members we consider to be real partners in co-creation.
Vlerick Business School is a top European management school, with campuses in Brussels, Ghent, and Leuven, Belgium, and St-Petersburg, Russia. Our School is one of a select group of institutions in the world to hold all 3 of the major international accreditations relevant to the world of management education: EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB.
The Institute for European Studies (IES) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is an academic Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and a policy think tank that focuses on the European Union in an international setting. The Institute advances academic education and research in various disciplines, and provides services to policy-makers, scholars, stakeholders and the general public.
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the largest Dutch-speaking employer in the Brussels Region. Centrally situated in the capital of Europe, our university takes up its role as an ambassador for Flanders and Brussels, in a spirit of active pluralism and open mindness.
CIFE is a private institution of higher education and research, founded in 1954 with its head office in Nice and branch offices in Berlin, Brussels and Istanbul. It receives special funding in the framework of the Jean Monnet Program of the European Union.
Vesalius College is an international college situated in the heart of Brussels, Belgium. The college is operated in association with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
Designed for those who wish to study, understand and experience Europe, the International Master in European Studies is a postgraduate programme which provides students with a professional knowledge of the European dimension at the institutional, policy and funding levels. The Master's programme gives its participants a solid background regarding the EU planning procedures for becoming a policy advisor and project consultant.
ICHEC adopts a rigorous approach to its academic programs, informed by research, with an emphasis on business practice.
The European Heart Academy governs the ESC postgraduate programmes, training the future leaders in cardiovascular medicine. In collaboration with selected excellent universities, the Academy provides the ultimate cardiovascular degrees. The specialised programmes combine key opinion leaders, executive style teaching formats with innovative, interactive and on-line learning tools.
LUCA School of Arts is the only university college in Flanders exclusively dedicated to art and design, making it unique in the region. The art school combines the strengths and expertise of five renowned Flemish higher education institutions for art and design, spread across Brussels, Genk, Ghent and Leuven. LUCA is a member of the KU Leuven Association.
The purpose of the association is to promote and support the development of innovative technologies and human resources to enable a prompt transition to a sustainable energy system.
The University of Salzburg, or Paris Lodron University (German Universität Salzburg) after its founder, the Prince Archbishop Paris Lodron, is located in the Austrian city of Salzburg, Salzburgerland, home of Mozart. It is divided into 4 faculties: catholic theology, law, humanities and natural science.
BSIS (Brussels School of International Studies) is a multidisciplinary postgraduate School of the University of Kent bringing together the disciplines of politics, international relations, law and economics to provide in-depth analysis of international problems such as conflict, security, development, migration and the political economy and legal basis of a changing world order.