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Hasselt University

4.2 out of 5 (68 ratings / 42 reviews) Hasselt, Belgium
Hasselt University is a young, dynamic centre of expertise for teaching, research and service provision. It regards it as its social responsibility to contribute actively to a sustainable and innovative region. It aspires to be a hub in this innovation web. 

Master's Programmes

Natural Sciences & Mathematics (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Arts, Design & Architecture (1)



  • 1973: The Limburg University Centre (LUC for short) – the predecessor of Hasselt University - officially opens to students in Diepenbeek, two years after the legal authorisation of the creation of an autonomous university institution in Limburg. LUC starts with six programmes: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, dentistry and medicine.
  • 2005: LUC is renamed Hasselt University.


Hasselt University is an independent, innovative university with strong regional roots, yet with a distinct international orientation. It stands for excellent education, and top-notch research in key domains, and is actively involved in innovation and entrepreneurship. We strive for academic excellence, combined with economic and social relevance. The university also wants to increase participation in higher education, and offers a dynamic environment in which students and staff can fully develop their talents.


Hasselt University has chosen to concentrate a large proportion of its research resources in a number of research institutes. The institutes aim to cover the entire research spectrum, from fundamental research via strategic basic research to the building of concrete applications. Innovative research and the valorisation of it are therefore important components of the university’s research policy.

In order to respond to social and economic challenges, the university chooses to focus research on a number of priority areas. These priority areas are chosen from opportunities that present themselves at regional, national and international level.

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Student services

The International Office organises information sessions when new calls are launched, and acts as a link between the applicant and the financing institution if there are any questions. In addition, the International Office is available for:

  • advice about the various financing channels
  • call-specific information and templates / administrative forms
  • general information on Hasselt University
  • revision of Letters of Intent, and arranging for their signature by the rector
  • (support for) submission of project proposals
  • support for the establishment of consortia and new educational initiatives with international partners
  • registration of definitive project proposals in the contract database

Housing services

  • Accommodation is arranged ONLY for VLIR-ICP Scholarship students.All other foreign students should find accommodation by themselves.
  • One option is to use the ‘accommodation pool’ put together by the Office for Student Affairs of UHasselt. This pool includes student rooms which are let under conditions controlled by the Office for Student Affairs. 

Library services

The Library is equipped with 11 cubicles and three meeting rooms, where students can learn to work together in a group in a professional atmosphere. It offers WiFi-friendly learning and work islands with a vast book collection and a very wide range of electronic journals at your finger tips.

Medical services

If you are from an EEA country you are insured through your own national health service by the European Health Insurance card (EHI). This card covers expenses in case of illness abroad, and is valid for a maximum of one year.

Student Life

Campus life

Since 1973 Hasselt University is located on the Campus Diepenbeek, which occupies an attractive 150 acre site in the middle of Limburg's green belt. It is 2 kms west of the town centre of Diepenbeek, a residential town of 17717 inhabitants, and 4 kms east of Hasselt which has a population of about 69529 and is the administrative and commercial centre of the province. Brussels is 90 kms away (to the South-West), Antwerp lies 90 kms to the West, Liège (in the French-speaking part of Belgium) 45 kms to the South, Maastricht (in the Netherlands) 25 kms to the East, Aachen (in Germany) 60 kms to the South-East. 

Sports facilities

Discover the sports on offer and the sports benefits for students in Limburg at Student sports Limburg!  

To take advantage of this student rate, you need a sports card. It only costs €20 for the entire academic year and is (partially) refunded by your health insurance! You can apply for a sports card via your studentfile (registration for sporting event). After registration you can pick up your sports card at the indicated student desk (Diepenbeek / Hasselt).

Student clubs

Every faculty has its own student society: A.S.G. for the Faculty of Industrial Sciences, Hermes for Business Science, Themis for Law, Miezerik for Medicine, Biomedica for Biomedical Sciences; Filii Lamberti for Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science; Commeatus for Transport Sciences,Rekinéa for Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Sofa for Architecture.

There are also various alternative and political student clubs and societies:

  • Ambifaarke: student brass band
  • ESN Hasselt: the association for international and Erasmus students. ESN organises various activities to promote the integration of foreigh students on campus.
  • Inderdaad!: a youth group for gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the province of Limburg 

Student Reviews

I acquired a lot of potential in a shot time in terms of soft mobility network planning , airport management, road design with a couple of applications such as visim, QGIS, Moreover how transportation is organised modelling and just to mention a few
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

It has been a grade experience studying in the university as I have come in contact with many lecturers with a lot of potential. I just believe that the best is still to come since this is just my first year of study

Mind Shift
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

My study experience has been very interesting cause i get to study in a different way, exposing me to much hard work and more knowledge, in my past university, i can now indeed see the gap of studying in a university which is more technologically oriented

Beautiful experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Hasselt University has a diversity of students and professors. This obviously learned and widened my horizon. It was my first experience of seeing a university with such and it helped in my lesson process. The Professors are quite friendly also

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