A visa should be applied for at the Belgian Embassy or Consulate in the home country well in advance.
You can check on the following website http://www.diplomatie.be/en/travel/visa/default.asp whether you need a visa to come to Belgium.
Although procedures and documents may vary from country to country, you definitely need an official invitation letter from Hasselt University. You will receive this invitation letter as soon as possible after admission.
There are three types of visa for Europe:
Please note that visa applications are the responsibility of the incoming student or guest.
Certain European countries have entered into an agreement regarding the opening of their borders to international visitors. In effect, a new type of visa - the Schengen Visa - has been introduced by the member countries. This visa covers a short-stay period of a maximum of 90 days (three months) within a six-month period and allows the holder to travel freely between all the Schengen member states. The Schengen Visa is also referred to as Visa Type C.
Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Countries that do not require a visa to enter Belgium for a short period of up to three months
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Estonia, Guatemala, Honduras, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea (South), Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, San Marino, Singapore, the United States of America, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela
However, always check at http://www.diplomatie.be/en/travel/visa/default.asp
This particular type of visa (in Dutch: Machtiging tot Voorlopig Verblijf) allows the holder to stay in Belgium for a period longer than three months. This visa is also referred to as Visa Type D. For non-EEA Students, the Authorisation for Provisional Sojourn is also commonly known as the ‘Student Visa’.
As a rule, students must apply for this visa at the Belgian Consulate or Embassy in their own country or in the country where they legally reside, and not from the public authorities in Belgium itself. If there is no Belgian Consulate or Embassy in their home country, they may submit their application at the Belgian Consulate or Embassy in a neighbouring country.
Non-EEA researchers and visiting professors are also required to apply for the Authorisation for Provisional Sojourn in order to enter and stay in Belgium for a period longer than three months. They may therefore apply for a so-called scientific visa.
ATTENTION: non-EEA students should not enter Belgium with a tourist visa if they intend to stay longer than 90 days or three months. The University will not support an application for a change of status or visa.
In March 2015 a new visa fee of € 209 or €366 was set by the Belgian Federal Government. Typically, Master's and PhD-students pay €209. If you come to UHasselt with a so-called Host Agreement, you will need to pay €366.
Students, carrying a scholarship issued by a Belgian Authority (e.g. VLIR or one the universities) are exempt from this tax.
You can find full details (including the payment procedure) in this document.
When applying for a visa or a residence permit, students are asked to proof their solvency. Depending on the country, one of the following proofs of solvency may apply:
In case you would like to use the last option (proof your own financial means), Hasselt University can assist you and provide you a letter to proof solvency.
All students/guests who need proof of solvency are referred to this document, which describes the full procedure.
For applications for 2023-2024 the final amount is 950 EURO/month. An additional 100 EURO has to be added for administrative costs.
So the total amount for year students will be 12 x 950 = 11.400 + 100 = 11.500 EURO
For semester students the amount will be 6 x 950 = 5700 + 100 = 5800 EURO
Kindly send back the fully filled Agreement (see above) BEFORE sending the money.
Hasselt University will hold this money in your name. Upon your arrival, this amount will be transferred to a blocked account. This account will be blocked for the duration of your studies. You will have to open a Belgian current account on your name. An amount of EUR 950 will then be transferred within the first 10 days of every month to this account to cover your daily expenses during a study period of one academic year (12 months).